Here’s your 2015 Chinese Grand Prix NBCSN, NBC Sports Live Extra times

2 Comments

The series of flyaway races to kick off the 2015 Formula 1 season continues with the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend.

It’s another overnight race. Here’s the skinny on this weekend’s broadcasts:

FORMULA ONE CHINESE GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 1:30 A.M. ET ON NBCSN

Coverage of the F1 season continues on NBCSN this Sunday at 1:30 a.m. ET with the Chinese Grand Prix from Shanghai International Circuit. Two weeks ago in Malaysia, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel notched his first win with the team, defeating Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to grab the top spot on the podium for his first win since the 2013 season. Last season, Hamilton recorded his third career Chinese Grand Prix victory, the most by any driver since its inaugural race in 2004.

Live coverage begins exclusively on NBC Sports Live Extra on Thursday at 10 p.m. ET with Practice 1, followed by NBCSN’s live coverage of Practice 2 on Friday at 2 a.m. ETLive Extra’s coverage continues Saturday at 12 a.m. ET with Practice 3, and shifts to NBCSN for qualifying at 3 a.m. ET. Live Chinese Grand Prix coverage begins Sunday morning at 1:30 a.m. ET, followed by F1 Extra at 4 a.m. ET.

Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call this weekend’s action, 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 Shanghai International Circuit in China.

FORMULA ONE MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX ON NBCSN IS MOST-WATCHED OVERNIGHT F1 RACE ON CABLE IN 18 YEARS

NBCSN’s live coverage of the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix, highlighted by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel earning his first win with his new team, was the most-watched overnight F1 race on cable in 18 years, averaging 384,000 viewers.

Viewership of the race, which aired overnight from 2:304:55 a.m. ET, was up 55% vs. 2014 Malaysian Grand Prix average viewership (248,000), and up 217% vs. the 2013 viewership on NBCSN (121,000).

Including the Australian Grand Prix, which was the first race of the season, NBCSN’s 2015 F1 coverage has averaged 324,000 viewers, up 31% vs. 2014 through two races (248,000), and up 163% vs. 2013 through two races (123,000). Click here for more information on 2015 F1 viewership on NBCSN.

TV TIMES: FORMULA 1, INDYCAR, MECUM AUCTIONS

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Thur., April 9 Mecum Auctions: Houston 4:30 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Chinese Grand Prix – Practice 1 10 p.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
NASCAR K&N Series: Greenville Pickens 11 p.m. NBCSN
Fri., April 10 Mecum Auctions: Houston 12 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Chinese Grand Prix – Practice 2 2 a.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Houston 1 p.m. NBCSN
INDYCAR Chronicles: James Hinchcliffe 5:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., April 11 F1 Chinese Grand Prix – Practice 3 12 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Chinese Grand Prix – Qualifying 3 a.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Houston 2 p.m. NBCSN
IndyCar Grand Prix of Louisiana – Qualifying 5 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., April 12 F1 Chinese Grand Prix 1:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Extra 4 a.m. NBCSN
IndyCar Grand Prix of Louisiana 2:30 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Houston 7 p.m. NBCSN

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

2022 Extreme E Uruguay
Extreme E
0 Comments

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.

More: Extreme E 2023 schedule

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.