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F1 Paddock Pass: British Grand Prix (VIDEO)

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One of Formula 1’s classic races takes place this weekend with the British Grand Prix from Silverstone, and there’s plenty of talking points heading into the race.

That makes it a perfect day for the pre-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass.

NBCSN F1 pit reporter and insider Will Buxton gathers reaction following the “F1 Live London” fan event in Trafalgar Square and Whitehall on Wednesday and then from the drivers arriving at Silverstone. There’s also the event’s future to discuss, with Silverstone having announced a contract break earlier this week after the 2019 race.

Meanwhile the championship battle stands at a critical point with Lewis Hamilton entering 20 points back of Sebastian Vettel, and needing his fourth straight British Grand Prix win and fifth overall to stop his run of difficult races.

Here’s the latest episode, below:

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.