WATCH LIVE: FP2 for the Austrian Grand Prix on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET

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After returning to Austria following an 11-year absence last season, Formula 1 heads back to the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg this weekend for the first of a five consecutive races in Europe.

Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are once again set to fight for top honors at the front of the grid, with the German team enjoying a comfortable advantage during the first practice session on Friday.

Rosberg led the way from Hamilton by three-tenths of a second, but the Briton will be pushing hard to get back on top in the second practice session later today.

You can watch FP2 for the Austrian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

The battle just behind the Mercedes drivers looks set to rage on, though. Williams and Ferrari both arrive in Austria with high expectations, whilst new upgrades for Force India and Toro Rosso could take both teams up the field.

Many of the drivers will be hoping for a simpler second practice on Friday after many ran into trouble. Fernando Alonso’s hopes of evaluating the new nose design for McLaren were dashed thanks to an engine issue, whilst Sebastian Vettel’s session was cut short after a gearbox problem.

You can watch FP2 for the Austrian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.