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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.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”