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


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.