WATCH LIVE: FP3 for the Italian Grand Prix on Live Extra from 5am ET

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Lewis Hamilton has shown few signs of relenting at the front of the Formula 1 field at Monza after he topped both practice sessions on Friday.

Running with an upgraded Mercedes engine for the Italian Grand Prix weekend, Hamilton led home a one-two finish for Mercedes in both FP1 and FP2 ahead of teammate and championship rival Nico Rosberg.

Mercedes laid down an ominous pace at the front of the field that seems to be out of reach for the chasing pack. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished as the best of the rest, but was still over three-quarters of a second behind in FP2.

All eyes will be on Hamilton and Rosberg to see if they can continue this good form in the final practice session at Monza on Saturday morning ahead of qualifying later today.

You can watch FP3 for the Italian Grand Prix live on Live Extra from 5am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Hamilton moved into a 28-point lead at the top of the drivers’ championship after winning the Belgian Grand Prix two weeks ago at Spa, and will be hoping to increase this advantage to over 30 points this weekend with a seventh win of the season.

The Briton is a two-time winner at Monza, but with Rosberg running him close during FP2 on Friday, he may face a stiff challenge to make it a hat-trick on Sunday.

You can watch FP3 for the Italian Grand Prix live on Live Extra from 5am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Please note that the planned premiere of Off The Grid: Silverstone on Saturday has now been moved to Sunday 9/6 following F1 Extra.

Coyne signs Ferrucci for final two IndyCar races of 2018

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Dale Coyne Racing will field a third entry at the Grand Prix of Portland and the INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma for former Haas F1 test and reserve driver Santino Ferrucci, the team revealed earlier on Friday.

Ferrucci previously raced with Coyne at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit, where he finished 22nd and 20th, and will drive alongside Sebastien Bourdais and Pietro Fittipaldi. The entry, the No. 39 Honda, will also feature sponsorship from Cly-Del, a Connecticut-based manufacturing company.

“I am extremely grateful to Dale (Coyne) and everyone at Dale Coyne Racing for giving me this opportunity to get back behind the wheel of an IndyCar in Portland and Sonoma,” said Ferrucci, who had been racing in FIA Formula 2 this year until it came to an unceremonious end in July.

Ferrucci continued, “I’m also excited to be bringing my long-time sponsor Cly-Del on board and introducing them to the world of IndyCar racing. I truly enjoyed my time with Dale Coyne Racing in Detroit earlier this season and I couldn’t be more excited to be back with them for a couple more races as I look to the future and enter the next chapter of my career.”

Team owner Dale Coyne highlighted the team’s experience with Ferrucci as a motivating factor in signing him up again for the final two races.

“We were very impressed with Santino at Detroit this year, and not just by his performance behind the wheel, but also by his professionalism and maturity outside of the race car,” said Coyne.

Coyne added, “We’ve had lengthy discussions with Santino in the past few months and we’re excited to have him back for the final two rounds of the season. We look forward to seeing what he will do with this opportunity as he gets back behind the wheel of an Indy Car. We’re also happy to welcome Cly-Del to our ever-growing family of sponsors.”

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