Vettel relishing first Italian GP in Ferrari colors

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Sebastian Vettel is relishing the opportunity to race in the Italian Grand Prix as a Ferrari driver for the first time at Monza this weekend.

Vettel, a lifelong Ferrari fan, joined the Italian marque for 2015 after spending the entirety of his Formula 1 career racing under Red Bull’s umbrella.

The German driver has made a strong start to life at Maranello, winning two races so far this season en route to third place in the championship standings behind Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

The Italian Grand Prix boasts one of the most unique atmospheres on the F1 calendar thanks to the tens of thousands of Ferrari fans – the Tifosi – that will make the trip to Monza.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, Vettel spoke about his hopes of standing on the podium and giving the Ferrari fans plenty to smile about in his first outing for the team at Monza.

“Obviously I’ve heard lots of good things,” Vettel said. “I’ve been here before so obviously [I know] the passion for Ferrari, so obviously very much looking forward to becoming part of that.

“If we do well, which is our target, and we manage to be on the podium on Sunday I’m looking forward to not receiving booing for a long time.

“So, yeah, plenty of stuff to look forward to. So far we have had a great season.”

Vettel also explained how he is treating the Italian Grand Prix as his home race for 2015 given the absence of a race in Germany.

“This is our home grand prix as a team and since I didn’t have a home grand prix this year I adopt this one as well,” Vettel said.

“Hopefully we can make it a good one.”

The Italian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra this weekend. For more information, click here.

WATCH LIVE: IndyCar Carb Day coverage on NBCSN

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It’s Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And that means hours of coverage for IndyCar fans, just days away from the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.

Coverage on NBCSN will include the Indy Lights Firestone 100 at 1 p.m. ET, a live edition of NASCAR America from Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 3:30 p.m. ET with Krista Voda, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Steve Letarte, A.J. Allmendinger and Marty Snider, and new Indy-centric episodes of Proving Grounds and Off The Grid. Jake Query will call the Indy Lights Firestone 100 alongside analyst Anders Krohn and pit reporter Katie Hargitt.

Click here to watch online or on the NBC Sports app.

All this leads up to Sunday’s race (11 am ET on NBC), but don’t forget about Saturday’s Indy 500 parade coverage, which you can watch on NBC Sports Gold.