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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.

 

Sergio Perez still has coronavirus; will miss second consecutive F1 race

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SILVERSTONE, England — Sergio Perez will be out for a second F1 race at Silverstone this week after again testing positive for the coronavirus.

The Mexican driver had hoped to return to Formula One after spending seven days in quarantine, but his Racing Point team said this morning he had tested positive.

“He is physically well and recovering,” the team said. “The whole team wishes Sergio and his family well and we look forward to his return.”

That means German veteran Nico Hulkenberg again fills in for Sunday’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix after having also replaced Sergio Perez when he was out for the F1 British Grand Prix at the same venue last week. Hulkenberg did not start that race because of an engine problem.

There are two consecutive weekends of racing at Silverstone as Formula One tries to pack in races following the pandemic-delayed start to the season.

Perez became the first Formula One driver to test positive for coronavirus, and it had been unclear whether he would be available to drive after the period of quarantine was extended to 10 days.

Racing Point also was in the news Friday after being hit with a 15-point penalty in the Formula One constructors’ championship and fined 400,000 euros ($470,000) Friday for using brake ducts based on those from last year’s Mercedes cars.

The stewards ruled that Mercedes was the “principal designer” of the parts, and that Racing Point made only minor changes to computer design data it received from Mercedes.

Rival team Renault filed protests about the legality of the brake ducts, which were added to the “listed parts” under F1 rules for 2020. That means teams must design their own. Racing Point argued it was merely using information about the Mercedes parts to inform its own design.

Racing Point uses customer engines from Mercedes and has admitted basing its 2020 car design on photographs of last year’s Mercedes car. The similarities led to the Racing Point being nicknamed the “pink Mercedes” when it was first seen in testing ahead of the season.

Racing Point can appeal the ruling. The points deduction drops the team from fifth to sixth in the standings, below Renault. The ruling doesn’t affect the points totals for Racing Point’s drivers.