WATCH LIVE: Malaysian Grand Prix FP1 at 10 p.m. ET on Live Extra

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The 2015 Formula 1 season continues on Friday morning in Kuala Lumpur with the first free practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

High heat is a staple of the Malaysian round, as drivers and teams seek to conquer the Sepang International Circuit.

You can watch FP1 for the Malaysian Grand Prix live on NBC Sports Live Extra from 10p ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

After their dominance in Melbourne, Mercedes AMG Petronas look to continue their status at the top of the pecking order.

Meanwhile Fernando Alonso and Valtteri Bottas make their F1 returns, while Raffaele Marciello (Sauber) makes his debut. The Manor pair also seek to get on track for the first time.

Here’s our full grand prix preview for Malaysia and Will Buxton’s Paddock Pass.

Be sure to join us at 10p ET for live coverage for FP1 for the Malaysian Grand Prix on NBC Sports Live Extra. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).