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F1 Paddock Pass: Austrian Grand Prix (VIDEO)

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After flyaway races in Canada and Azerbaijan, Formula 1 returns to its European heartland this weekend with the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.

The key talking point upon arrival in Austria was the fall-out from title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel’s clash two weeks ago in Baku, the pair making contact behind the safety car.

It acted as the first flashpoint in their erstwhile-cordial rivalry in 2017, stoking the fire nicely for another showdown in Austria.

Previewing this weekend’s grand prix in Spielberg with all of the latest news and interviews, NBCSN pit reporter Will Buxton brings you the latest edition of Paddock Pass.

 

F1 races in Austin, Mexico City hitting financial rough patches

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AUSTIN, Texas — Two of Formula One’s three races in North America are facing financial issues that are raising concern about their future.

Organizers of the U.S. Grand Prix won’t get at least $20 million from the state of Texas for the 2018 race after missing a paperwork deadline set by state law. And new questions lurk about the future of the Mexican Grand Prix after the country’s new president suggested the government may not spend on the race like it has the last four years.

Both races have been popular with drivers and fans, and have enjoyed key dates on the F1 calendar. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton clinched season championships in Texas in 2015 and in Mexico City in 2017 and 2018.

Officials in Formula One and at the Circuit of the Americas, host of the U.S. Grand Prix, did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday.