F1 Paddock Pass: 2016 Chinese Grand Prix (VIDEO)

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The latest of NBC Sports Group’s original digital series “Paddock Pass” has arrived, following paddock activity and the usual Thursday press conference in advance of this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.

In part one of the two-part episode, NBCSN F1 pit reporter Will Buxton chats with Lewis Hamilton about his past success at the track, Kimi Raikkonen about his confidence level and much more. Hamilton will face a five-spot grid penalty for this weekend’s race, following a gearbox change, to create a stiffer challenge.

In part two, Buxton makes his way along the paddock to talk with a number of other drivers, including Fernando Alonso, Carlos Sainz Jr. and Marcus Ericsson. Alonso has been cleared to return this weekend, although will face a further test after free practice on Friday.

You can catch all the weekend’s sessions from China live on NBCSN or NBC Sports Live Extra.