Singapore GP coverage highlights 15 hours of racing on NBCSN this weekend

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Formula One’s top drivers will race under the lights this weekend at the SingTel Singapore Grand Prix, highlighting NBCSN’s 15.5 hours of motorsports coverage. Live coverage of the Singapore Grand Prix, Formula One’s original night-time race, will begin on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. on NBCSN.

NBCSN’s live coverage of the Singapore Grand Prix begins with practice on Friday at 9:30 a.m. ET. Coverage of qualifying will be live streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets – on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. ET, and can be seen on NBCSN at 3:30 p.m. ET. F1 Extra, NBC Sports Group’s half-hour post-race show, will air immediately following the conclusion of the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday.

The 2008 Singapore Grand Prix was Formula One’s inaugural night-time race. The illuminated Marina Bay Street Circuit continues to serve as the star of one of F1’s premier annual events, and remains the only F1 race to be held “under the lights”.

Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) aims for his third straight victory in the Singapore Grand Prix after taking the checkered flag the past two years. Vettel leads the F1 driver standings with 221 points and looks to build on his momentum following a first-place finish at the Italian Grand Prix two weeks ago. Vettel has won four of the last six races on the F1 schedule, and leads second-ranked Fernando Alonso(Ferrari) by 47 points. Vettel and Alonso have combined to win four of five races at the Marina Bay Street Circuit since F1’s debut at Singapore in 2008; Vettel stood atop the podium the past two years, while Alonso took the checkered flag in 2008 and 2010.

NBCSN will also air episodes of Mobil 1 The Grid and TRANSLOGIC this week as part of NBCSN’s motorsports coverage.

The full release is linked here, via the NBC Sports Group Press Box website.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Thur., September 19 Mobil 1 The Grid NBCSN 9 p.m.
TRANSLOGIC NBCSN 12:30 a.m.
TRANSLOGIC NBCSN 1 a.m.
TRANSLOGIC NBCSN 1:30 a.m.
Fri., September 20 F1 Singapore Grand Prix – Practice NBCSN 9:30 a.m.
Sat., September 21 F1 Singapore Grand Prix – Practice (Encore) NBCSN 1 a.m.
F1 Singapore Grand Prix – Qualifying NBC Sports Live Extra 9:30 a.m.
F1 Singapore Grand Prix – Qualifying NBCSN 3:30 p.m.
Sun., September 22 F1 Singapore Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore) NBCSN 1 a.m.
F1 Singapore Grand Prix NBCSN 7:30 a.m.
F1 Extra NBCSN 10 a.m.
F1 Singapore Grand Prix (Encore) NBCSN 1:30 p.m.
F1 Extra (Encore) NBCSN 4 p.m.
*Dates and times subject to change

F1 Mexican Grand Prix on NBC, NBCSN, App this week

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Lewis Hamilton is poised to wrap his fourth Formula 1 World Championship early at this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix, as NBC Sports covers the 18th of 20 rounds this season from the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City.

Expanded TV coverage comes this weekend on NBC, NBCSN and the NBC Sports App.

All sessions will air live. Both Friday practice sessions are live on NBCSN at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET. Saturday third practice airs live via the NBC Sports App at 11 a.m. ET with a practice replay show at 12:30 p.m. before live qualifying at 2 p.m. ET, those two on NBCSN.

On Sunday, race day, F1 Countdown starts at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC leading to lights out and the race at 3 p.m. ET. Post-race coverage continues on NBC for one hour, from 5 to 6 p.m. ET.

Mercedes AMG Petronas has won both Mexican Grands Prix since the race was reinstated in 2015 after a 23-year hiatus. Nico Rosberg won in 2015 a race after Hamilton had clinched that year’s title, while Hamilton won last year in a 1-2 with Rosberg continuing to close on his first title.

Controversy reined about third place in Mexico last year with all of Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen and ultimately Daniel Ricciardo ending in third, Ricciardo getting the podium after post-race penalties were assessed to the other two. Valtteri Bottas is the other active podium finisher in Mexico, having come third in 2015 with Williams.

Vettel enters Mexico 66 points behind Hamilton and can only keep the title alive to Brazil if he gets the gap under 50 points; any top-five finish for Hamilton will ensure the Englishman equals Vettel on four titles. So if Vettel doesn’t finish first or second, he can’t score enough points (either 25 or 18) to get that gap under 50 markers.

Last year’s race featured a bit of a “Noah’s Ark” finishing order with just the top five teams in the championship scoring points at this race, almost in descending order of just two-by-two. It was two Mercedes, then two Red Bulls, then two Ferraris, then Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India before the two Williams, and finally hometown hero Sergio Perez in the second Force India.

Perez is the lone home favorite this race with Esteban Gutierrez not on the grid this season.

Here’s the F1 schedule, with stream links and TV network if applicable:

  • Practice 1: Friday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Practice 2: Friday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Practice 3: Saturday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET (Streaming)
  • Practice 3 (Replay): Saturday, Oct. 28, 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Qualifying: Saturday, Oct. 28, 2 p.m.-3:45 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Pre-Race: Sunday, Oct. 29, 2:30 p.m.-3 p.m. ET (NBC)
  • Race: Sunday, Oct. 29, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. ET (NBC)
  • Post-Race: Sunday, Oct. 29, 5 p.m.-6 p.m. ET (NBC)
  • Race (Replay): Sunday, Oct. 29, 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

The next race is the Brazilian Grand Prix, on November 12.