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

Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and Formula One embrace the United States

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Last week, Red Bull Racing revealed their new car, the RB19, and a new relationship with US-based Ford Motors in a press event in New York City complete with drivers Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and Team Principle Christian Horner. They are the only Formula 1 team to launch in the United States, but even that small move of the needle reflects a major shift in the attitude of both F1’s management and their teams – and the extent to which the American audience has fully embraced the sport.

“It’s something fantastic and unique, for the sport to be able to break it into the U.S,” Perez told NBC Sports. “The market is huge and it’s a huge opportunity for everyone involved, for the drivers, for the team. It’s always a huge market.”

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Sergio Perez finished fourth in the Unites States Grand Prix, but he was first with the fans.  – Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

In 2023, Formula 1 will race three times in the United States and five times in North America. The Circuit of the Americas will host their 11th consecutive race in October before heading south to Mexico City. Miami returns for a second time in May on a temporary street course around the Hard Rock cafe and the third addition is in downtown Las Vegas in November.

With the Canadian Grand Prix on the schedule for June and the Brazilian Grand Prix in November, American fans are now in the ballpark of Europeans, who have eight events on the continent and one in England.

In 2022, Verstappen won every race in North America. He was kept from sweeping the hemisphere only by George Russell, who won in Brazil. That fact is less remarkable when one considers that Verstappen won 15 times in the season – nearly two-thirds of the races on the schedule.

By the time Formula arrived in Austin for Round 20 of 23, Verstappen had already wrapped up his second consecutive championship.

“Sometimes it can be hard to replicate the season, but I think it’s the same as with the car, right? You always try to improve it,” Verstappen told NBC Sports. “And I always look at the little details that even when you have had a good race, you could have done better. And then of course you also learn from the bad races. So we always try to look for these little improvements and general experience you gain year after year.

“You try to do better, but of course it also depends a lot on the package you have.”

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Max Verstappen United States Grand Prix win was one of 15 for the drivers and 17 for Red Bull.
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Now Verstappen’s thoughts will inevitably turn to establishing a dynasty – and America will again play a pivotal role.

“I just enjoy what I’m doing,” Verstappen said.  “After the years in Formula One, when you have to be on top of your game and you gain a lot on your experience – in that sense nothing really can get to you anymore. Every year you just try to do the best you can. But a lot depends on the material around you. It’s always a bit of a guess. Start the season as fit as you can be and be well prepared. But if you don’t have the car, you’re not going to win the championship.”

Perez added two wins to Red Bull’s total, at Monaco and the Marina Bay Street course. With two of the US 2023 races on street courses, Perez hopes to close the gap on Verstappen and potentially be his principle rival for the championship.

“The strategy is clear; it is to maximize the potential of the car – and we believe we have a good car, but how good?,” Perez said “We don’t know what the competition is doing. We just give our best in building this car and we hope that it’s good enough to get us to win races.

“I think we have to work together as a team. At the same time. We both want to win the championship. It’s just having good compromise. The competition will be really strong out there, so we really need everything we possibly can get from each other.”

Formula One returns to the United States for Round 6 and the Miami Grand Prix on May 7.