Brazilian Grand Prix times, schedule across NBC, CNBC, NBCSN this weekend

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NBC Sports Group will present more than 15 hours of comprehensive coverage of the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix this week across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, and NBC Sports Live Extra. Live coverage of the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday begins at 10:30 a.m. ET on CNBC. NBC will air an encore presentation of the race at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide streaming coverage of all practices, qualifying, and the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will continue their battle atop the F1 drivers’ championship standings this weekend in Sao Paolo. Hamilton currently leads Rosberg by 24 points with two races remaining in the 2014 season. Hamilton held off Rosberg last weekend at the United States Grand Prix for his 10th victory of the season, but Rosberg’s second-place finish ensured that the 2014 title will be determined at the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, Nov. 23.

Coverage begins Friday at 7 a.m. ET with Practice 1 exclusively on NBC Sports Live Extra, followed by Practice 2 at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Live Extra will provide exclusive live coverage of Practice 3 on Saturday at 8 a.m. ET, and CNBC will present live qualifying at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday. CNBC will air live coverage of the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET, prior to NBC’s encore presentation of the Brazilian GP at 1 p.m. ET.

NBCSN will air encore presentations of qualifying on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET, and the Brazilian GP on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.

Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call the Brazilian Grand Prix, and will be joined by veteran analyst and former 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 Interlagos in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Pre-race coverage on F1 Countdown Sunday at 10:30 a.m. ET on CNBC will feature a look back at the great moments in Brazil’s F1 history by NBC Sports Group F1 essayist Sam Posey. In addition, NBC Sports Group motorsports analyst Townsend Bell will take fans on a drive around Interlagos in the iRacing Simulator on F1 Extra on Friday at 5 p.m. ET.

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

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Thurs., November 6 NASCAR AMERICA 5 p.m. NBCSN
Auctions America – Auburn (Encore) 7 p.m. NBCSN
Auctions America – Auburn (Encore) 9 p.m. NBCSN
Fri., November 7 Auctions America – Auburn (Encore) 12 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice 1 7 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice 2 11 a.m. NBCSN
Road To Mercedes (Encore) 12:30 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Countdown 5 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice 2 (Encore) 10:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., November 8 F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice 3 8 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying 11 a.m. CNBC
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore) 12:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., November 9 F1 Countdown 10:30 a.m. CNBC
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix 11 a.m. CNBC
F1 Countdown (Encore) 1 p.m. NBC
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix (Encore) 1:30 p.m. NBC
F1 Extra 3:30 p.m. NBC
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix (Encore) 4 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Extra (Encore) 6:30 p.m. NBCSN

X44 Racing win 2022 Extreme E championship as Abt Cupra score first race victory

2022 Extreme E Uruguay
Extreme E
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Abt Cupra Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and Klara Andersson scored their first win in the Extreme E Energy X Prix in the 2022 finale in Uruguay as Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Vida Carbon Racing drivers Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez survived a chaotic finale to edge the 2021 champion Rosberg X Prix team of Johan Kristoffersson and Mikhaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, by two points.

“There are so many emotions,” Andersson said in Extreme E’s coverage. “I’ve been waiting for this for so long. In my second race, first full weekend to be at the top of the podium: it’s big.”

Andersson was behind the wheel at the finish.

Rosberg Racing entered the event with a 17-point advantage over X44, but the standings were close enough that four teams remained in contention in Round 5.

“It’s a crucial weekend for us,” Loeb said in Extreme E’s coverage prior to the race. “We are not in the best position to win the championship, but the only thing we can do is try to win the race and score as many points as possible.”

The top two title contenders each crashed in qualification and were relegated to the Crazy Race, Extreme E’s version of the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). For the moment, they had the steepest hill to climb, but then the other two championship contending teams, Chip Ganassi Racing and Acciona Sainz Racing failed to advance from their heats.

Only one team advances from the Crazy Race, so the X44 drivers were in a must-win situation to simply keep hope alive.

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Ahlin-Kottulinsky and Gutierrez ran wheel to wheel into the first turn at the start of the LCQ.

The Rosberg racer experienced crash damage in that turn that damaged her front steering, but managed to limp back to the pits at the end of her two-lap stint. The team attempted to fix the steering, but incurred a penalty for having too many mechanics in the pit area.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez took the early lead, but knew she would need to sit through a five-second penalty for an incident earlier in the weekend. The female half of the gender equal pair erased the penalty by entering the Switch Zone with a five-second lead before turning the car over to Loeb.

That was all the nine-time World Rally Championship titlist needed to give him the advantage needed to win the Crazy Race.

But the championship was not over yet. X44 Racing needed to finish third or better in the five-car finale to earn enough points for the title and after advancing from the LCQ, they were forced to take the worst grid position.

A chaotic start to the Finale saw Loeb run as high the lead and low as fourth after getting pushed off course during his first lap. And that is how he entered to Switch Zone.

On her first lap, Gutierrez slammed into Molly Taylor. With one lap remaining, X44 and Gutierrez were still in fourth and the title hope was quickly evaporating, but it was announced halfway through the lap that the third-running Andretti United team would suffer a penalty for a Switch Zone infraction. The seven-second deduction for Timmy Hansen braking too late in the zone made the difference in the title.

Coming off a disappointing Copper X Prix when Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour crossed under the checkers first, but were relegated to fifth by penalty, the McLaren pair scored their first podium of the season in second.