This week kicks off the 2015 Formula 1 season, and NBC Sports Group is set for a wealth of coverage from Albert Park in Melbourne for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
This week’s coverage of the F1 Australian Grand Prix begins Thursday at 9:30 p.m. ET with Practice 1 on Live Extra, and will continue on Live Extra and NBCSN on Friday and Saturday (see grid below for full practice and qualifying air times). F1 Countdown kicks off race coverage Sunday at 12 a.m. ET, leading into the Australian Grand Prix at 12:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN. An encore presentation of the race will air Sunday at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
NBC Sports Group’s Formula One full announce booth returns for a third season, with lead race announcer Leigh Diffey providing live play-by-play commentary. Diffey is joined by veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst Steve Matchett, a former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team. Rounding out the broadcast team is F1 insider Will Buxton, who will provide live reports on-site for all 20 races this season.
Note for FP1, it will air live on Live Extra at 9:30 p.m. ET on Thursday night with the same-day delay occurring at 12:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN Friday morning, leading into live coverage of FP2 at 1:30 a.m. ET.
The stream link is here: http://f1stream.nbcsports.com.
Following is the Australian GP schedule. NASCAR AMERICA will also run at 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Thursday this week. All times are ET:
|Mon.-Thurs.||NASCAR AMERICA||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Thurs., March 12||F1 Australian Grand Prix – Practice 1||9:30 p.m.||NBC Sports Live Extra|
|Fri., March 13||F1 Australian Grand Prix – Practice 1||12:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Australian Grand Prix – Practice 2||1:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Australian Grand Prix – Practice 3||11 p.m.||NBC Sports Live Extra|
|Sat., March 14||F1 Australian Grand Prix – Practice 3||12:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Australian Grand Prix – Qualifying||2 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Mercedes: Race to Repeat (Encore)||11 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., March 15||F1 Countdown||12 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Australian Grand Prix||12:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Extra||3 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Australian Grand Prix (Encore)||6 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Australian Grand Prix (Encore)||4 p.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Extra (Encore)||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|