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Australian Grand Prix on NBCSN set to kick off 2017 F1 season

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In a little more than a week, the 2017 Formula 1 season will be underway with the Australian Grand Prix from the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne. This not only serves as the kickoff to the 2017 season, but also to the NBC Sports Group’s fifth season of coverage of Formula 1.

Nico Rosberg won last year’s Australian Grand Prix, which saw him set sail for his first World Championship run with Mercedes AMG Petronas. But Rosberg stunned the F1 world when he retired shortly after winning the title in December, leaving Mercedes to fill the seat alongside three-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton, who looks to resume on top at a race he’s won twice before (2008, 2015).

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Hamilton enters as the presumptive preseason title favorite, while his new teammate Valtteri Bottas will look to impress in his debut with the team. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo races in his home Grand Prix alongside teammate Max Verstappen, while Ferrari looks to convert preseason testing pace shown by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen into results next weekend.

All sessions will be live streamed on NBC Sports or via the NBC Sports App. FP2, qualifying and the race also will air on NBCSN. Leigh Diffey, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett are on the call with Will Buxton reporting from the pits and paddock.

Here’s the schedule with where to watch on TV on digital platforms.

  • Practice 1: Thursday, March 23, 9 p.m.-10:30 p.m. ET (digital only)
  • Practice 2: Friday, March 24, 1 a.m.-2:30 a.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Practice 3: Friday, March 24, 11 p.m.-12 a.m. ET (digital only)
  • Qualifying: Saturday, March 25, 2 a.m.-3:30 a.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Race: Sunday, March 26, 12 a.m.-3:30 a.m. ET (NBCSN)

The next race is the Chinese Grand Prix, on April 9.

Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:


2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars


 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions



Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.


Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.