Grand Prix in Azerbaijan: As Formula One Returns, How and Where to Watch the Race

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, in Montreal, on June 11. Clive Mason/Getty

Formula One returns this weekend and is back in Europe at the Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan, where Lewis Hamilton will look to gain on championship leader Sebastian Vettel.

The race will begin at 9 a.m. (ET) and is being shown on NBCSN; you can also livestream it here.

Vettel, the German of Ferrari, leads the driver standings by 12 points, with Hamilton, of Mercedes, in second on 129 points.

Hamilton's victory in Montreal a fortnight ago saw the Briton gain on Vettel, who finished fourth, behind Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo.

Ricciardo's Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen set the pace in practice in Baku on Friday, topping both sessions at 0.1 seconds faster than Bottas of Mercedes.

Even though the 19-year-old's start to the weekend was positive, his Friday ended in the wall. Verstappen was the victim of a low-grip surface around the Baku circuit and crashed at turn two, damaging both right-hand wheels and the suspension.

Qualifying begins Saturday morning, and Friday's practice session suggested the current championship leaders may not begin Sunday's Grand Prix on pole.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Vettel finished fourth and fifth in practice, respectively, while Hamilton could only manage 10.

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