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WATCH LIVE: Austrian GP on CNBC, NBC Sports app from 7:30am ET

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The Formula 1 season nears its halfway point in Austria on Sunday with round nine of the 20-race season as the title fight continues to hot up between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.

F1 AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX LIVE STREAM

After coming to blows two weeks ago in Baku, Vettel and Hamilton’s rivalry was the talk of the paddock in Spielberg, but the pair have apparently patched things up and cooled tensions.

Neither driver was able to bag pole position on Saturday, with that honor instead going to Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, after edging out Vettel in the Q3 shootout.

Bottas heads into Sunday’s race chasing his second grand prix victory, while Hamilton has a fightback to complete after a penalty dropped him to eighth place on the grid.

With Vettel second for Ferrari and the likes of Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo, and Max Verstappen all lurking at the front, the stage is set for a close battle on Sunday.

You can watch the Austrian Grand Prix live on CNBC and the NBC Sports app from 7:30am ET on Sunday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Leigh Diffey, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett will be on the call for the race, with pit reporter Will Buxton providing updates and interviews throughout the race live from Spielberg.

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

Reviewing Danica Patrick’s highs and lows at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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So much of Danica Patrick’s fame can be traced to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

It’s where she became a household name 13 years ago when she became the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500 and emerged as a transcendent athlete.

It’s where everything started. This Sunday, it’s where everything will end, too.

In her last warmup before starting the final race of her career, Patrick had a bumpy final practice Friday on Carb Day. She was eighth fastest, but her Dallara-Chevrolet was in the garage most of the session because of an electrical problem in the engine. After returning during the final 10 minutes of the session, Patrick’s No. 13 seemed to be OK.

“At the end of the day, these are things you’re actually glad for, because if this had happened Sunday, we would have been done,” she said. “I’m glad to get the issues out of the way early on. Overall, today felt good. We made some changes when I went out the second time, and I’m feeling good about starting seventh on Sunday.”
Though she has had her share of success – along with a fourth in her debut, there was a third in 2009 and six top 10s in seven starts — Patrick has learned well how to handle frustration at the 2.5-mile track, too.

Fuel mileage might have kept her from winning her debut, a pit collision ruined 2008, and an unstable setup made 2010 a wild ride.

For a review of her up-and-down history at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and her legacy in racing, watch the video essay above that ran during Friday’s NASCAR America Motorsports Special on NBCSN.