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F1: Vettel takes win, Hamilton P2 after early spin in British Grand Prix

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Sebastian Vettel took the lead on the start from pole sitter Lewis Hamilton and led the way in the first half of Sunday’s British Grand Prix, but needed to outduel Valtteri Bottas and survive advances from Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen in the final laps to emerge victorious.

Hamilton, meanwhile, had a disastrous start that saw both Vettel and Bottas get by him, and then contact with Kimi Raikkonen in Turn 3 sent Hamilton into a spin that dropped him to the back of the field. Raikkonen was given a 10-second penalty on his pit stop for initiating the contact.

However, despite the spin and reporting damage to the right-rear of the car, Hamilton rebounded to climb back up as high as second prior to pitting on Lap 26.

The second half of the race, however, turned chaotic on lap 32, when Marcus Ericsson spun his Sauber C37 entering Abbey and impacted the tire barrier, bringing out a Safety Car. Ferrari elected to pit Vettel and Raikkonen, with Red Bull Racing doing the same with Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

Mercedes, meanwhile, left Bottas and Hamilton out. That left the order as Bottas leading from Vettel, Hamilton, Verstappen, Raikkonen, and Ricciardo at the front.

Racing resumed only briefly on Lap 38 before another Safety Car one lap later – Carlos Sainz Jr. and Romain Grosjean crashed together entering Copse – but Raikkonen did manage to get by Verstappen for fourth, setting up a thrilling duel in the final laps between the Mercedes and Ferrrari drivers.

Bottas tried desperately to keep Vettel behind him when racing resumed on Lap 42, thwarting several challenges from Vettel on the Wellington Straight into Brooklands.

However, Vettel ultimately was able to slice inside of Bottas entering Brooklands on Lap 47 to take the lead for good. Bottas, meanwhile, quickly faded to fourth, as both Hamilton and Raikkonen got by in the waning laps.

Behind them, Ricciardo came home fifth after teammate Max Verstappen spun entering Vale on Lap 46 – Verstappen then retired after suffering damage in the spin.

It left Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg (P6), Force India’s Esteban Ocon (P7), McLaren’s Fernando Alonso (P8), Haas’ Kevin Magnussen (P9), and Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly (P10) to round out the points finishers.

Results from the British Grand Prix and updated driver’s standings are below. Vettel now leads Hamilton by eight points ahead of the German Grand Prix (July 20-22).

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NBC to air more than 100 hours of IMSA racing in 2019

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Beginning January 26, 2019 with the 57th annual Rolex 24 at Daytona, NBC will air more than 100 hours of exclusive coverage of the IMSA Sports Car Championship across their platforms.

NBC Sports will present 12 races across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app throughout 2019. In addition to the 24 Hours at Daytona, race highlights include the 12 Hours of Sebring from Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida, on March 16; the Grand Prix of Long Beach from the Long Beach Street Circuit on April 13; and the penultimate race of the season from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, on September 15.

“We couldn’t be more excited to begin our IMSA coverage with the 57th running of the iconic Rolex 24,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBCSN in a press release. “As the home of U.S. motorsports, we’ll showcase the uniqueness of IMSA racing to motorsports fans everywhere, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the association throughout the upcoming season.”

More than 40 hours of will be broadcast on NBCSN with live coverage of the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Laguna Seca and season finale Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta showing on NBC.

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Coverage of the 24 Hours of Daytona will get underway Thursday, January 24 at 2 p.m. ET with a season preview on NBCSN. That program will be followed by live coverage of qualification for the race from 3 to 5 p.m. ET as a world class group of drivers lock in their positions for the annual twice-around-the-clock endurance race.

The preview show will re-air Saturday as a lead-in to live coverage of the 24 Hours, which will kick off a 2 p.m. ET.

“As we all get ready for IMSA’s much-anticipated 50th anniversary season in 2019, our new NBC Sports media partnership promises to promote and showcase our unique premium product in revolutionary ways,” said IMSA CEO Ed Bennett. “Both IMSA and the WeatherTech Championship have been experiencing incredible momentum the last several years and this partnership should only help elevate the sport to new heights.”

NBC will be the exclusive home for IMSA beginning in 2019 as part of a six-year partnership between the two organizations.

The season concludes with live coverage of the Motul Petit Le Mans on Oct. 12 from Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia.

All races will be live streamed to authenticated subscribers on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.