2015 Spanish GP TV and broadcast times for NBCSN, CNBC and Live Extra

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After a three-week break, Formula 1 returns this weekend with the first European race of the year: the Spanish Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton heads to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with hopes of repeating his victory from the 2014 race, but with Nico Rosberg on the warpath and Ferrari bringing a raft of upgrades for the SF15-T, the pressure will be on the defending world champion.

You can follow all of the action live on NBCSN, CNBC and NBC Sports Live Extra, so be sure to check out the TV times and broadcast information so you don’t miss a second of the Spanish Grand Prix weekend.

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FORMULA ONE SPANISH GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 7:30 A.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBC Sports Group’s Formula One coverage continues this weekend from Barcelona with the Spanish Grand Prix this Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) has followed up last year’s championship season with victories in three of the first four races of the season, including a win at the Bahrain Grand Prix on April 19.

Hamilton (93 points) is followed in the standings by Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg (66), and Ferrari counterparts Sebastian Vettel (65) and Kimi Raikkonen (42). Eight different drivers have won the past eight Spanish Grands Prix, including Hamilton, Vettel and Raikkonen.

Coverage begins Friday morning at 4 a.m. ET with exclusive coverage of Practice 1 on NBC Sports Live Extra, followed by live Practice 2 coverage at 8 a.m. ET on NBCSN. CNBC will provide live coverage of qualifying on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. ET, prior to race coverage on Sunday at 7:30 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 Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. NBCSN will also provide GP2 coverage from Spain on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Fri., May 8 F1 Spanish Grand Prix – Practice 1 4 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Spanish Grand Prix – Practice 2 8 a.m. NBCSN
Sat., May 9 F1 Spanish Grand Prix – Practice 3 5 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Spanish Grand Prix – Qualifying 8 a.m. CNBC
F1 Spanish Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore) 3:30 p.m. NBCSN
GP2 – Spain 5 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., May 10 F1 Spanish Grand Prix 7:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Extra 10 a.m. NBCSN

Hunter and Jett Lawrence walk a delicate balance between winning races and favoring the fans

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ANAHEIM, California – Hunter and Jett Lawrence are two of the most popular riders on the Monster Energy Supercross circuit, with fan bases that established and grew immediately when they came to America to ride for HRC Honda. Connecting with those fans came naturally for the charming Australian brothers, but it has not come without cost.

“It’s cool they’re there and it’s one of the things we try to do is give the fan that interaction,” Hunter told NBC Sports during Supercross Media Sessions ahead of the 2023 season. “It’s why we do ride days, meet-and-greets, press conferences  – all that stuff, because it’s exciting for them. We are trying to bridge the gap so they get personal interaction. Because that’s all they’re after. It’s all about getting that fan to think, ‘I know that guy. I didn’t meet him, but I get him. I get his humor.’ ”

There is no artifice in either brother. Their fan appeal is directly attributable to who they are at their core. And it’s that very genuineness that has throngs of fans standing outside their hauler, waiting for just a moment of their time.

“It’s about being yourself – talking to people,” Hunter said. “It’s not like I turn it on or turn it off; it’s just about being yourself. This is who we are, this is who you get and this is how it will be. You can’t portray something you’re not. If you keep saying you’re an orange, but apples keep popping out, it’s only a matter of time [until they figure it out].”

The key word is ‘throngs’, however. One person wanting just a few moments of time is incidental. Dozens are an entirely different matter.

“It’s tough in Supercross because it’s such a long day,” Hunter said. “The recovery side of it’s tough to do everything. We get stuck outside the grid; we can’t be there for like 10 minutes. We’re stuck there for like an hour. It gets overwhelming at times.

“You feel bad because you want to sign everything, but you’re still here for a job. Every race day is like that. We do the best we can, but there are so many people who wait out front. They’re screaming for you. Even when we’re coming off the sessions, they’re already yelling before you put your bike on the stands. You don’t even get time to take you helmet off.”

It can be a double-edged sword. Personality is only one part of the equation. A much bigger part of the brothers’ fan appeal comes because of their success. Hunter finished second in the last two Supercross 250 West title battles and third in the past two Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships.

Jett won the last three titles he competed for, including last year’s 250 East Supercross Championship and the last two Motocross contests.

“I think they expect me to have nothing else to do on a Saturday and that I have unlimited energy,” Jett said. “But, I’m trying to recover for the next race.”

It’s a matter of timing. Jett has gained a reputation last year for handing out hundreds of donuts before the races during Red Bull fan appreciation sessions. And after the race, once the business at hand has been settled, Jett is equally available to the fans.

“After the race it’s fine; I’ll stay behind.” Jett said. “My job is done on the racing side of things, but until that last moto is done, my main thing is dirt bikes. The fans come along with it. The fans are part of the job, but main job at hand is the racing side of things. After the race, I’ll stay there for an hour or so. It’s a lot calmer.”