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.

IMSA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: Why Sebring is so special to Bobby Rahal

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Bobby Rahal has driven in some of the biggest races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 Hours and, of course, winning the Indianapolis 500 as a driver in 1986 and in 2004 as a team owner.

But winning the 12 Hours of Sebring two years in a row (1987 and 1988), Rahal feels, is right up there in terms of his greatest accomplishments as a race car driver.

As IMSA celebrates its 50th anniversary, Rahal reflected on what racing at Sebring International Raceway has meant to him:

“To me, Sebring is the ultimate endurance race. Not as long as Daytona or Le Mans, but the demands put on a car and driver at Sebring are highly unusual.

“My father raced at Sebring in the late 60’s. To win that race two years in a row really meant something to me.

“While we’ve won a lot of other races, we’ve won just about everywhere, you name it. But for me personally, winning at Sebring those two years in a row was very special.”

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