This week’s Bahrain Grand Prix marks the second race in Formula 1’s first back-to-back sequence of the season. Here is the NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra TV times and breakdown for this weekend’s coverage:
F1 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 10:30 A.M. ET ON NBCSN
The F1 season rolls on this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN with live coverage of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Last weekend, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) earned his second win of the 2015 campaign, and fourth Chinese Grand Prix title of his career, with a victory at Shanghai International Circuit ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel earned his third podium in three races with a third-place finish, and currently sits 13 points behind Hamilton (68). Vettel is a two-time winner of the Bahrain Grand Prix, while Hamilton earned his first Bahrain GP victory last season.
Coverage begins Friday morning at 7 a.m. ET with exclusive coverage of Practice 1 on NBC Sports Live Extra, followed by live Practice 2 coverage at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN. CNBC will provide live coverage of qualifying on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. ET, prior to race coverage on Sunday at 10:30 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 Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain.
SEASON PREMIERES OF /DRIVE ON NBC SPORTS AND OFF THE GRID THIS WEEKEND
NBCSN presents the season premieres of the original series /DRIVE on NBC Sports and Off the Grid this weekend, beginning tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. ET with the Middle East episode of /DRIVE on NBC Sports, immediately following Bahrain GP practice. In this week’s season premiere, /DRIVE hosts Chris Harris, Matt Farah and Mike Spinelli explore the unique car culture of the Arabian peninsula, home to two exciting Formula 1 races — the Bahrain Grand Prix and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. An epic road trip in three of the world’s fastest supercars culminates along one of the greatest driving roads on earth — the dramatic “road to nowhere” that winds up Jabal Al Jais, the UAE’s tallest mountain.
NBCSN will present the season premiere of Off the Grid with its Melbourne episode this Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET, immediately following the Bahrain Grand Prix. Off the Grid host Will Buxton takes viewers behind the scenes of the Australian Grand Prix. From discovering how a city park turns into a race track to interviewing some of Australia’s most famous racing drivers (Mark Webber, Daniel Ricciardo and Jamie Whincup), Off the Grid: Melbourne is a racing fan’s guide.
Click here for a preview of Off the Grid: Melbourne.
TV TIMES: F1, INDYCAR AND MORE
|Fri., April 17||NASCAR K&N Series – Irwindale||12:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Bahrain Grand Prix – Practice 1||8 a.m.||NBC Sports Live Extra|
|F1 Bahrain Grand Prix – Practice 2||11 a.m.||NBCSN|
|/DRIVE on NBC Sports: Middle East||12:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|IndyCar Countdown||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat., April 18||NASCAR Whelen Series: Thompson||12:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Bahrain Grand Prix – Practice 3||8 a.m.||NBC Sports Live Extra|
|F1 Bahrain Grand Prix – Qualifying||11 a.m.||CNBC|
|IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach – Qualifying||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Bahrain Grand Prix – Qualifying||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|/DRIVE on NBC Sports: Middle East (Encore)||9 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., April 19||F1 Bahrain Grand Prix||10:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Extra||1 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Off the Grid: Melbourne||1:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Indy Lights Series: Long Beach||3 p.m.||NBCSN|
|IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach||7 p.m.||NBCSN|