WATCH LIVE: Hungarian GP qualifying on CNBC and Live Extra from 8am ET


Lewis Hamilton heads into this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix with his sights set on becoming the most successful driver in the history of the race.

Hamilton currently sits level on four wins with Michael Schumacher, but a fifth victory this weekend would pull him clear of the seven-time world champion as the winningest driver at the Hungaroring.

The Briton currently leads the drivers’ championship by 17 points ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, and will be hoping to extend his advantage before the summer break with a sixth win of the season on Sunday.

However, with Rosberg lurking less than one-tenth of a second further back during the final practice session on Saturday morning, the in-house fight at Mercedes looks set to rage on in qualifying today.

You can watch qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix live on CNBC and Live Extra from 8am ET on Saturday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Behind the Mercedes drivers, the battle to be ‘best of the rest’ in Hungary looks set to boil down to Ferrari and Red Bull. Williams has struggled for pace so far this weekend, finishing outside of the top ten in FP3.

Although Sebastian Vettel did hold the advantage in the final practice session on Saturday morning, Ferrari has encountered a number of problems on both of its cars across the course of the weekend.

The Hungaroring is one of the few circuits currently on the F1 calendar that Vettel has not won at, and although that does not appear to be set to change this weekend, the German will be hoping to take advantage of any rain that could hit Budapest amid the city’s heatwave.

Will Hamilton secure a fifth pole position at the Hungaroring on Saturday? Or will he wilt in the heat? Join us for all of the action live at 8am ET.

You can watch qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix live on CNBC and Live Extra from 8am ET on Saturday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

SuperMotocross set to introduce Leader Lights beginning with the World Championship finals


In a continuing effort to help fans keep track of the on track action, SuperMotocross is in the process of developing and implementing leader lights for the unified series.

Currently Supercross (SMX) utilizes stanchions in the infield that are triggered manually by a race official. At least two stanchions are used in each race as a way to draw the eye to the leader, which is especially useful in the tight confines of the stadium series when lapping often begins before the halfway mark in the 22-bike field. This system has been in place for the past two decades.

Later this year, a fully automated system will move to the bike itself to replace the old system. At that point, fans will be able to identify the leader regardless of where he is on track.

The leader lights were tested in the second Anaheim round this year. An example can be seen at the 1:45 mark in the video above on the No. 69 bike.

“What we don’t want to do is move too fast, where it’s confusing to people,” said Mike Muye, senior director of operations for Supercross and SMX in a press release. “We’ve really just focused on the leader at this point with the thought that maybe down the road we’ll introduce others.”

Scheduled to debut with the first SuperMotocross World Championship race at zMax Dragway, located just outside the Charlotte Motor Speedway, a 3D carbon fiber-printed LED light will be affixed to each motorcycle. Ten timing loops positioned around the track will trigger the lights of the leader, which will turn green.

SMX’s partner LiveTime Scoring helped develop and implement the system that has been tested in some form or fashion since 2019.

When the leader lights are successfully deployed, SuperMotocross will explore expanding the system to identify the second- and third-place riders. Depending on need and fan acceptance, more positions could be added.

SuperMotocross is exploring future enhancements, including allowing for live fan interaction with the lights and ways to use the lighting system during the race’s opening ceremony.