WATCH LIVE: Australian GP on NBCSN, Live Extra from 12am ET

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The new Formula 1 season is finally upon us. After a long winter without any grand prix racing, Sunday’s race in Australia marks the beginning of a record campaign for the sport.

As the first of 21 races, the opening round is technically less important than ever in regards to the championship, but title fighters Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel will all be keen to get off to a good start.

Hamilton enters 2016 going in search of his fourth world title, while Rosberg will be hoping to end his run of being the bridesmaid and finally topple his teammate from his perch.

Somewhat predictably, the title-tipped trio locked out the top three positions on the grid in qualifying on Saturday ahead of the race.

You can watch the Australian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 12am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

The opening race of 2016 offers a number of ‘firsts’. It was the first race where the new quickfire elimination format was used for qualifying, albeit to somewhat disastrous ends, prompting the sport’s major figures into a possible rethink.

Elsewhere, the race marks the first starts for Jolyon Palmer, Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto, as well as the first grand prix for the new Haas F1 Team.

NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas will realize a long-running dream today as his eponymous squad becomes the first to race in F1 under the American flag in 30 years.

You can read our complete run-down of what to watch for in today’s race by clicking here.

You can watch the Australian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 12am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.