WATCH LIVE: FP1 for the Spanish GP on Live Extra from 4am ET

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MONTMELO – The three-week break following the Bahrain Grand Prix is finally set to end on Friday as Formula 1 returns with practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton enters the race weekend chasing a fourth victory of the season after making a mightily impressive start to his championship defence, picking up 93 of a possible 100 points in the first four grands prix.

However, he’ll need to be wary of both his Mercedes teammate, Nico Rosberg, and the work of Ferrari as the Italian team brings an extensive upgrade package to the race in Barcelona.

You can watch FP1 for the Spanish Grand Prix live on NBC Sports Live Extra from 4am ET on Friday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

The start of the European season heralds the arrival of numerous updates for the cars as the teams bid to move up the pecking order and improve their fortunes heading into the rest of the year. Be sure to keep an eye out for a number of new parts during practice today.

FP1 will also see a number of teams also run their third and test drivers. Susie Wolff will enjoy her third practice run-out on a grand prix weekend on Friday for Williams, whilst Jolyon Palmer and Raffaele Maricello will run for Lotus and Sauber respectively.

You can watch FP1 for the Spanish Grand Prix live on NBC Sports Live Extra from 4am ET on Friday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

For full details on NBC Sports’ broadcast of the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend, click here.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.