WATCH LIVE: FP1 for the Canadian Grand Prix on Live Extra from 10am ET

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Formula 1 heads to North America for the first time in 2015 this weekend for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, one of the most popular events on the calendar.

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve poses a unique challenge on the F1 calendar, combining high-speed straights with heavy braking zones and closed-in walls that punish even the smallest of errors.

Lewis Hamilton arrives in Montreal leading the drivers’ championship by ten points from Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, and remains adamant that he has put the disappointment of his defeat in Monaco behind him for this weekend.

The Briton will be hoping to kick off the race weekend in the best possible fashion by topping the first practice session on Friday, which could be threatened by rain.

You can watch FP1 for the Canadian Grand Prix live on Live Extra from 10am ET on Friday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Rosberg enters the weekend with plenty of momentum after claiming back-to-back wins for the first time in his F1 career, but with this being such a happy hunting ground for Hamilton, the German knows that he faces a big challenge to overcome his teammate on Sunday.

Further back, Ferrari is bidding to make up some of the ground to Mercedes at the front of the field with a new engine upgrade that could yet bring it closer to the Silver Arrows. However, both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen know that it will take something sizeable for the team to claim a second win of the season.

The pecking order could be set for a shake-up from Monaco, and FP1 could be the first indication of any possible changes for this weekend.

You can watch FP1 for the Canadian Grand Prix live on Live Extra from 10am ET on Friday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

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.