WATCH LIVE: Austrian GP Race Day on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7:30am ET


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.