Singapore GP, Red Bull GRC highlight weekend’s NBC motorsports coverage


NBC Sports Group continues its presentation of the 2014 Formula One season “under the lights” this weekend, with comprehensive coverage of the Singapore Grand Prix across NBCSN, CNBC and NBC Sports Live Extra. Live race coverage begins Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN, and is followed by F1 Extra, NBC Sports Group’s F1 post-race show, at 10 a.m. ET.

This weekend’s motorsports coverage also features a doubleheader in the Red Bull Global RallyCross series from Los Angeles on NBC this Saturday and SundayNBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream both the Singapore Grand Prix and Red Bull Global RallyCross events.


NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive coverage of the F1 Singapore Grand Prix begins Friday at 6 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra with Practice 1, followed by Practice 2 at 9:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Live Extra will carry Practice 3 on Saturday at 5 a.m. ET, followed by live qualifying coverage at 9 a.m. ET on CNBC.

Live Singapore Grand Prix coverage begins Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET, followed by F1 Extra at 10 a.m. ET. NBCSN will air an encore presentation of the Singapore Grand Prix on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

The Singapore Grand Prix was the first F1 race to be run at night in 2008, and is one of three races this year that are taking place under the lights (Bahrain, Abu Dhabi).  Two weeks ago, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) capitalized on an error from teammate Nico Rosberg in the first chicane, and held onto the lead for his sixth victory of the 2014 campaign. Hamilton now boasts 216 points in the championship standings, and ranks second behind Rosberg (238 points) with six races remaining in the season. Last year,Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) led wire-to-wire to win at Singapore.

Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call the Singapore 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 the Marina Bay Street Circuit.


NBC will present coverage of the Red Bull Global RallyCross series from Los Angeles this Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. ET. Rhys Millen (Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing) took the checkered flag at Daytona on Aug. 23, holding off Ken Block (Hoonigan Racing Division) for his first victory of the year. Block currently sits second in the driver standings with 205 points behind Nelson Piquet Jr. (245 points), who boasts a season-high four podiums this year.

Veteran motorsports play-by-play announcer Tes Sewell will call the action on this weekend from the Port of Los Angeles, joined by former driver and analyst Tommy Kendall and reporter Kristen Kenney.


NBCSN’s coverage of the 2014 Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, Sept. 7 (7:30-9:35 a.m. ET), averaged 410,000 viewers, making it the most-watched Italian Grand Prix since 2006 (422,000 viewers, SPEED).

Through eight races on NBCSN, the 2014 F1 season has averaged 388,000 viewers, up 98% from the average viewership through eight races in 2013 on NBCSN, with four races remaining on the network (Singapore, Japan, Russia, Abu Dhabi).

Motorsports Coverage This Week on NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NBC Sports Live Extra (subject to change):

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Thurs., September 18 NASCAR AMERICA 5 p.m. NBCSN
Off The Grid – Budapest (Encore) 8:30 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Dealmakers: Kansas City (Encore) 9 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Dealmakers: Indianapolis (Encore) 10 p.m. NBCSN
/DRIVE on NBC Sports 11 p.m. NBCSN
Fri., September 19 Motocross Highlight Series 12 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Singapore Grand Prix – Practice 1 6 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Singapore Grand Prix – Practice 2 9:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Countdown 5 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., September 20 F1 Singapore Grand Prix – Practice 2 (Encore) 12:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Singapore Grand Prix – Practice 3 5 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Singapore Grand Prix – Qualifying 9 a.m. CNBC
F1 Singapore Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore) 12:30 p.m. NBCSN
Red Bull Global RallyCross: Los Angeles 1 5 p.m. NBC
Sun., September 21 F1 Singapore Grand Prix 7:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Extra 10 a.m. NBCSN
Red Bull Global RallyCross: Los Angeles 2 5 p.m. NBC
Mon., September 22 NASCAR AMERICA (60 minutes) 4:30 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Singapore Grand Prix (Encore) 7 p.m. NBCSN
Off The Grid: Budapest (Encore) 10:30 a.m. NBCSN
GP2 – Italy 2 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Italian Grand Prix (Encore) 3 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Extra (Encore) 5:30 p.m. NBCSN


NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

McLaren Formula E Hughes
McLaren Racing

Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.