F1’s British GP, IndyCar at Pocono highlights weekend on NBC/NBCSN/CNBC

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Formula One travels to Silverstone Circuit for the Santander British Grand Prix, while IndyCar visits “the Tricky Triangle” for the Pocono IndyCar 500 at Pocono Raceway, highlighting more than 30 hours of motorsports coverage across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NBC Sports Live Extra this week.

Live race coverage of the British Grand Prix begins at 7:30 a.m. ET on CNBC, followed by the Pocono IndyCar 500 on NBCSN at noon ET.

NBC Sports Group’s live motorsports coverage is rounded out by the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross RedBud National on Saturday across NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

F1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 7:30 A.M. ET ON CNBC

NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the British Grand Prix from Silverstone Circuit begins with Practice 1 on NBC Sports Live Extra on Friday at 5 a.m. ET, followed by live coverage of Practice 2 on NBCSN at 9 a.m. ET.

Live Extra will exclusively stream Practice 3 on Saturday at 5 a.m. ET, followed by live qualifying at 8 a.m. ET on CNBC, due to NBCSN’s Tour de France coverage. Live coverage of the British Grand Prix begins at 7:30 a.m. ET on CNBC, followed by F1 Extra at 10 a.m. ET.

NBCSN will air an encore presentation of qualifying on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET, and an encore of the British Grand Prix on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET. NBCSN will air the GP2 race from Silverstone Circuit Sunday at 11 p.m. ET.

Lead F1 voice Leigh Diffey will call the British Grand Prix, and will be joined by veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett. F1 insider Will Buxton will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from Silverstone Circuit in Silverstone, England, and will also call the GP2 race.

POCONO INDYCAR 500 – SUNDAY AT NOON ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN’s coverage of the Pocono IndyCar 500 from Pocono Raceway begins Saturday at 7 p.m. ET with qualifying, followed by live race coverage at Noon ET on Sunday.

Bob Varsha will call the Pocono IndyCar 500 on-site, alongside former IndyCar driver Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell, who raced in this year’s Indy 500. Reporters Jon Beekhuis, Kelli Stavast, Kevin Lee and Robin Miller will report from the pits.

NBCSN will also present coverage of the Indy Lights race from Pocono Raceway on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET. Lee will handle play-by-play alongside analysts Anders Krohn and Jake Query.

LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS REDBUD NATIONAL – SATURDAY

NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will combine to present five hours of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross RedBud National coverage from Buchanan, Mich. on Saturday.

Coverage starts on Live Extra at 10:30 a.m. ET with practice, followed by the pre-race show at 12:15 p.m. ET. Race coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on Live Extra with 1st Motos, followed by NBC’s live presentation of the 450 Class of Moto 2 at 3 p.m. ET. Coverage shifts to NBCSN at 4 p.m. ET with the 250 Class of Moto 2.

Veteran play-by-play voice Jason Weigandt, analyst and two-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion Grant Langston, and pit reporter Georgia Lindsay will call the action from RedBud National in Buchanan, Mich.

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Valtteri Bottas on Silverstone pole; Nico Hulkenberg a surprising third

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Valtteri Bottas nipped Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in Silverstone qualifying Saturday to maintain the team’s hammerlock on F1 results this season while Nico Hulkenberg was a surprise in third.

Hulkenberg is filling in for Sergio Perez for the second consecutive race while the Racing Point driver recovers from coronavirus.

It’s the best F1 start since 2016 for Hulkenberg, who was left without a full-time ride after the 2019 season. He finished 20th at Silverstone last week when an engine problem on the grid prevented him ftaking the green.

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“The last seven to eight days have been crazy,” Hulkenberg said after qualifying. “This weekend I felt much better prepared. Q3 was just head down, full beans, and give it whatever I had.

“I’m a bit surprised to be standing here, but there’s a big smile on my face.”

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen qualified fourth and will be among the field trying to derail the Mercedes duo that has won the first four races of an F1 season delayed because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Feels good,” Bottas said after nipping Hamilton by a few hundredths of a second on his final lap for his 13th career pole position. ” I just love qualifying especially, when it goes well. Proud to drive this car. The race pace is there, so our first job is to get a good start off the line tomorrow and go from there.”

The impressive lap came two days after Bottas, who won the season opener in Austria, announced a one-year contract extension with the team.

Mercedes also is set to begin negotiating a new deal with Hamilton, who has won the past three races in F1 but was disappointed Saturday.

“Valtteri did a great job, but for me, it wasn’t a perfect last lap,” he said. “I don’t think many teams will be doing a one-stop race tomorrow so let’s wait and see how things turn out.”