F1 Paddock Pass: 2016 Spanish Grand Prix, Thurs. & Fri. (VIDEO)

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Formula 1 arrives in Spain this weekend for the start of the European season at its traditional first stop of Barcelona.

Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg arrives at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya riding the crest of a wave after claiming his seventh straight grand prix victory in Russia two weeks ago.

The result makes Rosberg’s record 4-0 for the season, leaving him with a healthy championship buffer of 43 points over defending champion and teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton is not a man to turn down a challenge, though, and with 17 races to go, it would be foolish to rule him out of the title race just yet.

Recapping all of the news and interviews from a busy Thursday in the Barcelona paddock, NBCSN pit reporter Will Buxton brings you the latest edition of Paddock Pass.

UPDATE, May 13: This week, it’s a double dip of pre-event Paddock Pass!

Check out a special Friday edition of Paddock Pass in the below two clips.