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F1 heads to Montreal with Canadian GP Sunday on NBC

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Formula 1’s first of two trips to North America in 2017 takes place with this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, which you can see live from 2 p.m. ET on Sunday on NBC.

Coverage occurs this weekend across all NBC Sports Group networks, NBC, CNBC and NBCSN, for live coverage with streaming on the NBC Sports App.

TV times for live sessions are free practice two, Friday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN, qualifying Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on CNBC and the race Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBC.

Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will look to become the first driver to win multiple races consecutively this year in the seventh race of the year. Vettel took an authoritative victory at Monaco, with his third of the year, which now sees him 25 points clear of Lewis Hamilton for the World Championship lead.

A Ferrari win in Montreal would be the first for the team since Michael Schumacher’s in 2004. Vettel’s Monaco win was the team’s first there since 2001.

Hamilton, by contrast, is in search of his third straight Canadian Grand Prix victory and sixth overall at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Prior to that, Red Bull won twice as Daniel Ricciardo won his first career Grand Prix there in 2014 and Vettel won his first and thus far only Canadian Grand Prix a year earlier in 2013.

Of note, 2006 Montreal winner Fernando Alonso returns to his usual McLaren Honda after his Indianapolis 500 odyssey where he was named Sunoco Rookie of the Year there. And Kimi Raikkonen is the other past Canadian Grand Prix winner in the field, having done so in 2005 with McLaren.

Here’s the schedule, with stream links and TV network if applicable:

  • Practice 1: Friday, June 9, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. ET (Story; Full replay)
  • Practice 2: Friday, June 9, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. ET (Story; Full replay)
  • Practice 3: Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. ET (Story; Full replay)
  • Qualifying: Saturday, June 10, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ET  (Story)
  • Qualifying (Replay): Sunday, June 11, 12 a.m.-1:30 a.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Pre-Race: Sunday, June 11, 1:30 p.m.-2 p.m. ET (Streaming)
  • Race: Sunday, June 11, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. ET (Story; Full replay)
  • Race (Replay): Sunday, June 11, 8 p.m.-10 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Race (Replay): Monday, June 12, 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

The next race is the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, on June 25.

 

Karam, Daly get IndyCar rides with Carlin for Iowa

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NEWTON, Iowa – Sage Karam returns for the second-straight race and Conor Daly is back for another race with Carlin Racing at this weekend’s Iowa 300 NTT IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway.

For Karam, it’s his third start of the 2019 season and his second straight with Carlin. In his five starts at Iowa Speedway dating back to 2010, Karam has never finished outside of the top three, recording four wins (USF2000 – 2010, Indy Pro 2000 – 2011 and 2012, Indy Lights – 2013) and scoring his first NTT IndyCar Series podium in 2015 with a third-place finish.

“I’m really excited to be back again this weekend with Carlin and SmartStop Self Storage for the Iowa 300. Iowa Speedway has always been a good track for me in the past, so I’m really looking forward to getting back to work there,” Karam said. “Coming off of a very productive weekend in Toronto, I’m looking forward to applying everything I’ve learned and continuing to work with the team to get the best results possible. A huge thank you to everyone at Carlin and SmartStop Self Storage for a great opportunity to race at one of my favorite tracks.”

Daly is back in a second Carlin entry. Earlier this year, the popular driver finished 11th for Carlin in the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 8. At Iowa, he will drive the team’s No. 23 Gallagher Chevrolet.

Daly finished 10th in the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge for Andretti Autosport.

Daly raced at Iowa in 2016 for Dale Coyne Racing (finishing 21st) and in 2017 for A.J. Foyt Racing (finishing 19th).

The combination gives Carlin two more drivers to gather additional feedback on the car. Max Chilton remains the team’s primary driver but announced recently that he will forego all oval races to concentrate on street and road courses.

That created opportunities for Karam and Daly.

“We were very impressed with Sage’s steady progression throughout the Toronto race weekend and his willingness to learn and adapt,” said Carlin Team Principal Trevor Carlin. “The fact that he hadn’t been on a street course since 2015 and was still able to come right out of the gate confident and constantly improving every session was extremely impressive.

“The SmartStop Self Storage Chevrolet looked great out on track and their group has been a pleasure to work with, so we couldn’t be more pleased to have them back this weekend in Iowa. Sage has done really well in Iowa in the past, so hopefully we can use his experience and our past success at Iowa Speedway to come away with a good result for the team and our partners at SmartStop Self Storage.”

The Iowa 300 at Iowa Speedway will take place on Saturday, July 20th at 7:15 pm ET and will be televised on NBCSN.