WATCH LIVE: Italian GP qualifying on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET

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After completing a clean sweep of practice sessions at Monza on Friday and Saturday morning, Lewis Hamilton heads into qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix as the overwhelming favorite for pole position.

The defending world champion has claimed ten of the 11 poles on offer thus far in 2015, which combined with an impressive set of six wins has given him a 28-point lead at the top of the drivers’ championship over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton and Rosberg are both running with an updated Mercedes engine for this weekend’s race, increasing their advantage over the chasing pack to over three-quarters of a second in FP2 on Friday.

With another Silver Arrow battle on the cards in qualifying at one of the fastest and most exciting tracks on the F1 calendar, Saturday’s session is a must-watch.

You can watch qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET on Saturday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Behind the Mercedes drivers, Ferrari looks to be leading the way as the ‘best of the rest’ at Monza as Sebastian Vettel finished P3 in both Friday sessions and second in practice on Saturday morning.

In front of its loyal Tifosi fanbase, the Italian marque will be gunning to give them plenty to shout about during qualifying on Saturday.

With Force India, Williams and Lotus also running strongly during practice at Monza thanks to their Mercedes power units, the fight to complete the podium appears to be wide open, though.

You can watch qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET on Saturday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

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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