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Lewis Hamilton may have arrived in Malaysia trailing Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the Formula 1 drivers’ championship for the first time since July, but the Briton showed few signs of rustiness after storming to pole position on Saturday.

Hamilton dominated proceedings in Q3 on Saturday afternoon at the Sepang International Circuit, finishing four-tenths of a second clear of the pack as Rosberg was left ruing mistakes en route to P2 on the grid.

A front-row lock-out for Mercedes may have been academic, yet if the long-run pace of Red Bull and Ferrari holds up from Friday, a tighter battle may be on the cards in the race.

You can watch the Malaysian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports App from 2am ET on Sunday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Leigh Diffey, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett will be on the call, with pit reporter Townsend Bell on the ground at Sepang providing updates and interviews throughout the race.

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

2016 Malaysian Grand Prix – Starting Grid

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
3. Max Verstappen Red Bull
4. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
5. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
6. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
7. Sergio Perez Force India
8. Nico Hulkenberg Force India
9. Jenson Button McLaren
10. Felipe Massa Williams
11. Valtteri Bottas Williams
12. Romain Grosjean Haas
13. Esteban Gutierrez Haas
14. Kevin Magnussen Renault
15. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso
16. Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso
17. Marcus Ericsson Sauber
18. Felipe Nasr Sauber
19. Jolyon Palmer Renault
20. Esteban Ocon Manor
21. Pascal Wehrlein Manor
22. Fernando Alonso McLaren

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.