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WATCH LIVE: Singapore GP on NBCSN, NBC Sports app from 7am ET

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As Formula 1 prepares to enter the twilight of the 2016 season, championship contenders Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will battle under the dark of night this Sunday in the Singapore Grand Prix.

Back-to-back victories at Spa and Monza have drawn Rosberg to within two points of Hamilton at the top of the drivers’ championship, but he’ll need to tame one of F1’s modern wonders if he is to take the lead today.

Rosberg did all he could in qualifying, setting a searing pace to take his seventh pole position of the season for Mercedes.

Hamilton cited a lack of rhythm after the session as he faded to third place, the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo slotting between the championship protagonists.

Ricciardo and teammate Max Verstappen are set to start on the super-soft tire today, an alternate strategy threatening to ursurp Mercedes at the front of the pack.

Throw in a near-certain safety car (as in every Singapore GP to date) and perhaps even a smattering of rain, and you have the makings of a classic grand prix under the lights at Marina Bay.

You can watch the Singapore Grand Prix live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports App from 7am ET on Sunday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Brian Till, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett will be on the call, with pit reporter James Allen on the ground in Singapore providing updates and interviews throughout the race.

Also be sure to follow the @F1onNBCSports Twitter account for live updates throughout the race.

NBCSN will present ‘Race and Sports in America: Conversations’ Monday

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With motor racing reckoning with its own issues of diversity and equality, “Race and Sports in America: Conversations” will tackle the topics of social justice with several athletes. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, July 13 on NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic channel and on regional sports networks.

The roundtable discussions will be hosted by Damon Hack and feature Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Jimmy Rollins and Ozzie Smith in one segment. The other segment will include Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Lynn, Troy Mullins and James Blake.

Race has been a major topic in motorsports this year.

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at its race after lobbying by Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the premier Cup Series. In Formula One, six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton has joined Black Lives Matter marches in London and also formed a panel on diversity. The lone Black driver in F1 also led 14 of 20 drivers taking a knee before the season opener in Austria.