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Lewis Hamilton arrives at Monza today on the brink of extending his Formula 1 drivers’  championship lead to over 30 points after scoring his 11th pole position of the season on Saturday.

Hamilton has dominated proceedings so far this weekend at Monza, finishing as the fastest driver in every single session thanks to his newly-upgraded Mercedes power unit.

To make matters even better for Hamilton, teammate Nico Rosberg was forced to downgrade back to his old power unit after a problem emerged on his new one, leaving him to qualify only fourth on the grid.

The two Mercedes drivers are split by the Ferrari duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel for the start of the Italian Grand Prix, setting the stage for a great battle between the quartet at the front of the field.

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Hamilton and Rosberg are currently separated by 28 points at the top of the drivers’ championship following the Briton’s victory at Spa two weeks ago. Victory at Monza would see this advantage increase to at least 35 points.

It would also mark a third Italian Grand Prix victory for Hamilton, which would draw him level with legends of racing such as Alberto Ascari, Juan Manuel Fangio and Alain Prost.

More importantly in the short-term, it would see him close out the European leg of the 2015 F1 season in perfect fashion as he continues to surge towards a third world title.

With a number of storylines lingering up and down the field, make sure to check out our “What to watch for” post here.

You can watch the Italian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Valtteri Bottas fastest in Friday F1 practices for Russian Grand Prix

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SOCHI, Russia — Valtteri Bottas paced both F1 practices Friday for the Russian Grand Prix on Friday as Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton was slowed by damaged tires in the first session.

Bottas turned a fast lap of 1 minute, 33.519 seconds in the second session that bettered Hamilton’s 1:33.786.

Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo was more than a second behind Bottas in third at 1:34.577, followed by the McLaren Racing duo of Carlos Sainz Jr. (1:34.723) and Lando Norris (1:34.847).

In the first F1 session at Sochi, Valtteri Bottas set the pace with a time of 1 minute, 34.923 seconds, beating Ricciardo by half a second. Max Verstappen was third quickest in his Red Bull, a further 0.147 back.

Hamilton could only manage 19th fastest after locking up his tires and leaving them with a flat spot. Ferrari again struggled to find pace with Sebastian Vettel ninth and Charles Leclerc 11th.

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The first session was briefly red-flagged when Nicholas Latifi crashed his Williams. Carlos Sainz Jr. spun his McLaren backward into a barrier and broke off his rear wing.

Verstappen spun during the second session but avoided damage to his car.