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The Austrian Grand Prix may only have returned to the calendar in 2014 after an 11-year absence, but it has already established itself as one of the most popular and unique races in Formula 1.

The Red Bull Ring played host to another fascinating qualifying session on Saturday that saw Lewis Hamilton secure his seventh pole position of the season despite spinning on his final Q3 lap.

Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg blew his chance of snatching away pole by making a similar error, but he will start from second place on the grid ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and 2014 pole-sitter Felipe Massa.

The battle at the front of the field is set to be another enthralling one, particularly with Ferrari’s long-run pace on Friday giving Mercedes plenty of cause for concern.

You can watch the Austrian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

For the second year in a row, Mercedes did its chances of a front-row lock-out little good as both Hamilton and Rosberg spun on their final qualifying laps and appeared to hand the advantage to the chasing pack.

However, Ferrari’s one-lap pace was unable to rival that of either driver, leaving Vettel third on the grid. His teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, will start from P15 after a communication error saw him drop out in Q1.

The other big talking point after qualifying was the variety of penalties that had been handed out by the race stewards. Both Red Bull and McLaren drivers were hit with grid drops, and three of the quartet will have to serve a further penalty during the race on Sunday.

At the front though, we looked poised for another thrilling fight between Hamilton, Rosberg and Vettel, making the Austrian Grand Prix a must-watch.

You can watch the Austrian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday. 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.