WATCH LIVE: Bahrain GP Race Day on NBCSN and Live Extra from 10:30am ET

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Lewis Hamilton goes in search of his third win of the 2015 Formula 1 season in Bahrain on Sunday, but is poised to face a stiff challenge from Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg and the Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.

Despite easing to pole position by four-tenths of a second during qualifying on Saturday, Hamilton remained wary after the session about the long run pace shown by Ferrari during practice on Friday.

The Italian marque has already sprung a surprise on Mercedes once in 2015 – when Sebastian Vettel claimed a shock win at the Malaysian Grand Prix – and will be hoping to do the same once again in Bahrain as the higher temperatures play to his advantage.

We are poised for a thrilling battle for the race win on Sunday in Bahrain, with tire strategy and management set to be the decisive factor between Mercedes and Ferrari.

You can watch the Bahrain Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 10:30am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Interestingly, Hamilton has never started the Bahrain Grand Prix from pole position before, but has fond memories of the track following his emphatic win at last year’s race. He managed to beat Rosberg in the sister Mercedes after a sensational battle in the last ten laps, and a repeat would go down a storm in the desert on Sunday.

In contrast, Ferrari limped home in ninth and tenth place at last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix. This time around though, both Vettel and Raikkonen will fancy their chances of a podium finish at the very least, if not gunning for a second race win of the year.

You can watch the Bahrain Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 10:30am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Following the conclusion of F1 Extra after the race, be sure to stay on NBCSN for the premiere of Off The Grid: Melbourne, which is on from 1:30pm ET. For a final teaser trailer, click here.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.