WATCH LIVE: Belgian Grand Prix race day on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7:30am ET

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Following a month-long summer break, Formula 1 has returned this weekend for the Belgian Grand Prix at the historic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in the heart of the Ardennes forest.

Lewis Hamilton showed few signs of easing off at the start of the second half of the season at Spa as he stormed to his tenth pole position of the season on Saturday.

The British driver will lead the field away from the grid on Sunday afternoon, but will have to remain wary of the threat posed by Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg from second place on the grid.

Hamilton and Rosberg are currently separated by 21 points at the top of the drivers’ championship, making this weekend’s race a crucial one.

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

Should Hamilton win for a sixth time in 2015, his lead would be more than one full race win. However, if he were to hit trouble, Rosberg could yet move to the top of the championship standings for the first time this year.

Behind the Mercedes drivers, an enthralling fight to complete the podium is poised to take place after just 0.3 seconds separated P3 and P9 in qualifying on Saturday. Williams, Ferrari, Red Bull, Lotus and Force India all look capable of a charge at Spa, creating the possibility for a great variation in strategies.

Spa being Spa, the paddock will be keeping one eagle eye on the sky. Although we have not had any rain so far this weekend, the Belgian Grand Prix has a reputation for unexpected showers, meaning that the teams cannot rest on their laurels when it comes to strategy.

F1 is back, and where better to kick off the second half of the season than Spa?

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

INDYCAR: Pagenaud fastest in final practice at Iowa

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After winning the pole position for the Iowa 300 earlier in the afternoon, Simon Pageanaud was fastest in this evening’s final practice session for the race, turning a lap of 174.462 mph around the 0.875-mile Iowa Speedway bullring.

Pageneaud’s teammate Joesef Newgarden finished the session second-fastest, with an 173.775 mph lap. Newgarden was fastest in the first practice session earlier in the morning.

Ed Carpenter (172.636 mph), who is making his third start of the year this weekend in the No. 20 Chevrolet, completed the session third-fastest. Scott Dixon ended the session fourth-fastest with a 173.775 mph lap.

Conor Daly (170.316 mph) turned some heads and raised some eyebrows when he finished fifth-fastest in the session. Daly is making his second start of the season for Carlin Racing after a respectable 10th-place finish in the Indianapolis 500 for Andretti Autosport.

Colton Herta was sixth-fastest at the completion of the session with a 169.189 mph lap, while Marcus Ericsson (169.089 mph), Will Power (168.558 mph), Ryan Hunter-Reay (168.427 mph), and Alexander Rossi (168.326 mph) rounded out the top ten.

Live coverage of the Iowa 300 begins tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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