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

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Following the four-week long summer break, Formula 1 returns this weekend with the Belgian Grand Prix at the legendary Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

Few circuits stir the same kind of feeling among drivers and the sport’s loyal following than Spa thanks to its unique layout, mixing fast, sweeping corners with brutal straights through the Ardennes forest.

So far this weekend, Mercedes has shown few signs of letting up after the summer break as Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton finished first and second in all three practice sessions, suggesting that the battle for pole position on Saturday will once again be between the two Silver Arrows.

Hamilton goes in search of his tenth pole position in 11 races this afternoon, but with Rosberg enjoying the edge in FP1 and FP2, it could be a closer affair this time around.

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

It has been a far from routine weekend so far for Nico Rosberg, though. After suffering a loss of power in FP1, the German driver was sent careering off the track in FP2 thanks to a right-rear tire failure.

An investigation from F1 tire supplier Pirelli has confirmed that it was caused by a cut from an external body, meaning that there are no issues with the compounds that have been supplied at Spa this weekend.

It has also been a difficult weekend thus far for McLaren at Spa as the team has suffered yet more issues with its Honda power units. The team has already racked up 55 places worth of penalties, and this could yet pass 100 before the end of the day.

At the front though, we are poised for another tense fight between Hamilton and Rosberg at the site of their clash in 2014. Who will gain the upper hand in qualifying though?

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