Live F1 qualifying to air on CNBC for last 3 Grands Prix

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NBC Sports Group will present qualifying for three November Formula One Grands Prix on NBCUniversal’s CNBC, the leading global brand in business news and analysis distributed to more than 100 million U.S. households. Qualifying coverage for the Abu Dhabi, United States, and Brazilian Grands Prix had not yet been announced.

Live qualifying coverage begins this Saturday, Nov. 2 at 9 a.m. ET on CNBC from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Qualifying coverage continues on CNBC on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. ET for the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. Live Formula One coverage on CNBC concludes Saturday, Nov. 23 at 11 a.m. ET with the Brazilian Grand Prix qualifying.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Sat., November 2 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Qualifying CNBC 9 a.m.
Sat., November 16 United States Grand Prix – Qualifying CNBC 1 p.m.
Sat., November 23 Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying CNBC 11 a.m.

NBC Sports Group’s F1 broadcast team of Leigh Diffey (announcer), David Hobbs (analyst), and Steve Matchett (analyst) will provide live commentary for all F1 qualifying sessions on CNBC. F1 insider Will Buxton will serve as the team’s on-site reporter. Diffey, Hobbs, and Matchett will also be on-site for the United States Grand Prix qualifying.

Live coverage of the Abu Dhabi, United States, and Brazilian Grand Prixes can be seen on NBCSN. Coverage will also stream live exclusively via NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets.

Coverage will be streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Coverage airing on NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

Lewis Hamilton comes home to Mercedes factory after fourth title

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On Monday, the Formula 1 schedule finally allowed teams to be in Europe before heading to Abu Dhabi for this weekend’s season finale.

And as such, that provided a window for now four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton to return to the Mercedes AMG Petronas factories in Brackley and Brixworth to be celebrated for taking the driver’s title, as Hamilton an Valtteri Bottas delivered Mercedes its fourth straight constructor’s title.

Hamilton was at Brixworth, the home of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and its highly successful Mercedes-Benz Power Units first before heading to Brackley, where he was welcomed with a “guard of honor” as the entire team came out to greet him.

The champion was overwhelmed at the response and the welcome.

“This a very emotional day. I was not expecting this, thanks everyone for the warm welcome,” he said. “Today is something that I will never forget, turning up at the front gate of the factory and seeing everyone out on the street to welcome me – I’m blown away.

“This has been an incredible year, it’s been an incredible journey together. There’s a huge amount of respect and appreciation I have for everyone. I’ve been in the sport for a long time now, but to see the work ethic in Brixworth and Brackley really inspires me. Every time I come around, I see everyone operating at 100%, which encourages me to bring my best performance.

“Thank you all for helping me achieve my dreams, it would not have been possible without you. This is the best championship year, because we’ve been fighting another team and because we’ve had the difficulties and challenges we’ve had – that just makes it so much greater.”

A social roundup of images and videos are below, all via Hamilton and the Mercedes team on social media.