WATCH LIVE: FP2 for the Bahrain GP on NBCSN and Live Extra from 11am ET

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With the first free practice session in the books, darkness has now descended on the Bahrain International Circuit and the floodlights are on as the teams and drivers prepare for FP2 on Friday evening.

The Bahrain Grand Prix became a night race in 2014, and running under the lights significantly improved the spectacle and made the event all the more intriguing.

FP1 was something of a mixed-up session, with most choosing to post a fast time late on or – in Mercedes’ case – not record one at all. Kimi Raikkonen set the pace for Ferrari at the top of the timesheets, finishing ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel and Williams’ Valtteri Bottas.

Attention now turns to the second free practice in Bahrain, which should give us some more clues about the pecking order ahead of this weekend’s race.

You can watch FP2 for the Bahrain Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 11am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will be keen to get back to the front of the field in this session after opting not to post a fast lap at the end of FP1. It was the first time this year that neither Mercedes driver had topped a weekend session.

Naturally, Raikkonen and Vettel will be hoping that they can fend off the threat of the Silver Arrows in FP2. Ferrari does appear to be ready to pounce should Mercedes drop the ball in Bahrain, and a solid display of its long run pace in this session would go a long way to proving its potential.

The rest of the field will undoubtedly be showing its hand in this session as well, so make sure you join us for all of the action live from the Bahrain International Circuit.

You can watch FP2 for the Bahrain Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 11am ET. 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).