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.

Ka-boom! NHRA Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon blows up brand new car body

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Former NHRA Funny Car champ Cruz Pedregon was a happy man coming into Friday’s qualifying for this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Morrison, Colorado (a suburb of Denver).

The reason Pedregon was feeling good was he had a brand new Toyota Camry body atop his Funny Car chassis. It was state of the art, it looked fast and it was prepared to run fast.

And everything really looked good as soon as Pedregon hit the gas in his qualifying run vs. Tim Wilkerson.

Well, for a few seconds, that is.

As the two drivers hurtled down the 1,000-foot drag strip, Pedregon’s brand new body was destroyed in a massive explosion.

Fortunately, Pedregon was uninjured.

Check out the big ka-boom: