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The fight at the top of the Formula 1 drivers’ championship between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg is set to rage on in Montreal on Sunday after the Mercedes teammates locked out the front row of the grid at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Bouncing back from his disappointing defeat in Monaco, Hamilton proved himself as the man to beat in qualifying by going three-tenths of a second faster than Rosberg in Q3 to secure his fourth pole position in Montreal.

More importantly for Hamilton – driver no. 44 –  it was the 44th of his career at the site of his first pole and win back in 2007 for McLaren.

Eight years and two world titles later, the Briton is now looking to extend his advantage over Rosberg at the top of the championship standings with victory in the race on Sunday.

You can watch F1 Countdown for the Canadian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 1:30pm, before switching over to NBC at 2pm ET for the race start. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Hamilton’s record in Montreal is the most impressive on the grid, boasting more victories in Canada than any other active driver. However, as he learned last year, he will need a reliable car and the edge on Rosberg if he is to clinch a fourth victory in Montreal on Sunday.

Rosberg is currently riding the crest of a wave after scoring back-to-back wins for the first time in his F1 career. He could complete a hat-trick this weekend with victory and make more inroads on Hamilton’s championship lead, but the German will know that is far easier said than done.

Ferrari’s hopes of getting in the mix for the race win were dealt a big blow on Saturday when Sebastian Vettel suffered an engine failure, leaving him 18th on the grid after taking a penalty. Felipe Massa, Max Verstappen and Jenson Button are three other surprise names lurking at the back of the pack, suggesting we could be treated to a fight or two through the field in the race.

You can watch F1 Countdown for the Canadian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 1:30pm, before switching over to NBC at 2pm ET for the race start. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.