F1 Paddock Pass: 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix (VIDEO)

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The latest episode of the NBC Sports Group original digital series “Paddock Pass” has arrived, as teams and drivers arrive in Bahrain for the second round of the season.

The two-parter hits on a couple key story lines going into the Bahrain Grand Prix.

In part one, NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton speaks with Fernando Alonso, who’s been ruled out of the Bahrain Grand Prix following doctor’s advice after his savage accident in the Australian Grand Prix. Stoffel Vandoorne will replace him for his Grand Prix debut. Buxton also talks with Renault’s Jolyon Palmer  Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen, who’s keen for a result after missing big points in Melbourne.

In part two, Buxton chats with two drivers keen to roll on their form after big season openers in Melbourne – Romain Grosjean of Haas F1 Team, and Australian Grand Prix winner Nico Rosberg of Mercedes AMG Petronas.

You can watch this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix on NBCSN, CNBC and NBC Sports Live Extra. First practice is Friday at 7 a.m. ET on Live Extra with FP2 live on NBCSN at 11 a.m. ET.