WATCH LIVE: FP2 for the Chinese Grand Prix on NBCSN and Live Extra from 2a ET

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Following Sebastian Vettel’s shock victory for Ferrari at the Malaysian Grand Prix two weeks ago, the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are hoping to strike back in China this weekend and resume normal service.

The Silver Arrows went a long way to doing that in FP1 on Friday morning at the Shanghai International Circuit by finishing first and second, 1.1 seconds clear of Vettel in third place, and will be hoping to continue this form in the second practice session later today.

You can watch FP2 for the Chinese Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 2am ET on Friday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Hamilton’s memories of racing in China are bittersweet. Although he has won in Shanghai on three occasions, it was also the site of a retirement in 2007 that eventually cost him the world championship in his rookie year. However, he will be hoping to secure a fourth Chinese Grand Prix victory on Sunday and extend his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship.

His biggest challenge is likely to come from within Mercedes in the shape of teammate Nico Rosberg. The German driver has won just once since the German Grand Prix last July, and appears to have little answer to Hamilton’s pace at the moment. A third defeat in the opening three races of 2015 would put yet another dent in Rosberg’s hopes of a championship.

The Chinese Grand Prix promises to be another entertaining and enthralling event, so be sure to join us for all of our live coverage across the course of the weekend.

You can watch FP2 for the Chinese Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 2am ET on Friday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.