WATCH LIVE: FP2 for the Canadian Grand Prix on NBCSN and Live Extra from 2pm ET

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Lewis Hamilton started as he means to go on in Montreal by topping the first free practice session on Friday morning ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg and Lotus driver Romain Grosjean.

The Canadian Grand Prix has been a happy hunting ground for Hamilton throughout his F1 career, given that he has never finished off the podium when seeing the checkered flag.

The Briton will be hoping to send out another warning shot to the rest of the field in the second free practice session in Montreal on Friday, which kicks off at 2pm ET.

You can watch FP2 for the Canadian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 2pm ET on Friday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Mercedes’ dominance in FP1 was clear as Romain Grosjean finished some 1.5 seconds down on the Silver Arrows in third place. Ferrari does appear to be leading the way for the final podium position, but with a 60% chance of a safety car, the Italian marque could yet spring a surprise in Canada this weekend.

However, with engine power being so important around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, it comes as little surprise that the Mercedes-powered cars are running strongly. Six of the top ten in FP1 were powered by the German marque, and a repeat result may be on the cards for FP2.

Be sure to read our full grand prix preview and make note of the full broadcasting schedule for this weekend’s race.

You can watch FP2 for the Canadian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 2pm ET on Friday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.