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Here are your TV, stream times for Mexican Grand Prix on NBC networks

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This weekend will see the Formula 1 circuit return to Mexico for the first time in 23 years with the Mexican Grand Prix, which will air live on NBC Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Coverage will be spread across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NBC Sports Live Extra – the latter serving as home to live coverage of Friday’s free practice sessions.

Also worth noting – Daylight Savings Time takes place this weekend, so set your clocks back one hour prior to Sunday.

Here are the pertinent details from the NBC Sports Group Press Box release, with times. Note all times are subject to change:

F1 MEXICAN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 2 P.M. ET ON NBC

Formula One returns to Mexico this weekend for the first time since 1992, as Force India driver Sergio Perez is set to become the first Mexican to race in his native grand prix since Pedro Rodriguez in 1970. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton clinched the F1 Drivers’ Championship last week at the U.S. Grand Prix, which is his second straight and third career title. American driver Alexander Rossi (Marussia) will appear in his fourth career F1 race, after he nearly scored points with a 12th place finish last week.

Live coverage begins Friday morning with Practice 1 at noon ET on NBC Sports Live Extra, followed by Live Extra’s coverage of Practice 2 at 4 p.m. ET. NBCSN will televise same-day delayed coverage of Practice 1 at 1 p.m. ET, and Practice 2 at 11:30 p.m. ET.Live Extra will stream Practice 3 on Saturday at noon ET, prior to live qualifying at 3 p.m. ET on CNBC.

Live pre-race coverage begins Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET with F1 Countdown on NBC, followed by the Mexican Grand Prix at 2 p.m. ET. F1 Extra will recap the race on NBC at 4 p.m. ET, and NBCSN will air an encore presentation of the race on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.

Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call the Mexican Grand Prix, 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 the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico.

F1/Motorsports Coverage This Week on NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra (subject to change):

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Fri., October 30 F1 Mexican Grand Prix – Practice 1 12 p.m. Live Extra
F1 Mexican Grand Prix – Practice 1* 1 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Mexican Grand Prix – Practice 2 4 p.m. Live Extra
F1 Mexican Grand Prix – Practice 2* 11:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., October 31 F1 Mexican Grand Prix – Practice 3 12 p.m. Live Extra
F1 Mexican Grand Prix – Qualifying 3 p.m. CNBC
Sun., November 1 F1 Mexican Grand Prix – Qualifying* 1 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Countdown 1:30 p.m. NBC
F1 Mexican Grand Prix 2 p.m. NBC
F1 Extra 4 p.m. NBC
The Post Race Show 5 p.m. NBCSN
Victory Lap 6 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Mexican Grand Prix (Encore) 7 p.m. NBCSN

*denotes same-day delay

Rahal determined to regain winning touch in 2019 IndyCar season

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AUSTIN, Texas – Graham Rahal entered the room with a smile on his face and a chip on his shoulder.

It was IndyCar “Media Day” and Rahal wasn’t happy with the way last season went at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. He was less happy with the fact some aren’t considering him a serious threat in 2019. He playfully chided with one media outlet for failing to mention his team as one to watch in 2019.

“We use that as motivation to show everybody how we are viewed,” Rahal said. “We are here to win.”

Rahal just turned 30 in January but is entering his 13thseason in big-time Indy car racing. He entered the 2007 Champ Car Series season when he was just 17. He missed his high school prom because he was racing at Houston.

“That was the luckiest day of my life,” Rahal said. “I didn’t have to go to the prom. It doesn’t get any better than that.

“Plus, I got my second career podium that weekend.”

Rahal drove to victory in his very first race in the combined IndyCar Series in the 2008 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. He was hailed as the “Poster Boy of Unification” and a future star. What followed was a seven-year drought before he captured his second-career win in a thrilling race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

He won two races in 2015, one in 2016 and two in 2017. He was expected to contend for victories and possibly the championship last year but struggled through a disappointing season and finished eighth in the standings.

“I’m looking forward for chance this year,” Rahal said. “Last year was a tough one for me and for the team. I’m looking forward to what my new engineer, Allen McDonald, has done so far. He is an accomplished engineer and brings a different mindset to our program this year from what we had last year. He and (fellow engineer) Eddie Jones are very close friends and that will help us from the standpoint they are on the same page.

“We needed a bit of life brought back to the team.”

Rahal believes his challenges are to get everything in order before the season starts. The team has defined the areas where it was lacking in 2019. The team needed to improve in research and development after starting behind last season.

“I’m excited for what I see, and I know in the end it will all pay off,” Rahal said. “It’s just a matter of when.

“There is a lot to be excited about for us. We are in a great position as a team. We have great sponsorship and that will allow us to push forward and do the things we need to do.”

Rahal believes at 30, he has a long time ahead of him to win races and championships and maybe even the Indianapolis 500. In order to reach those goals, however, Rahal’s team needs to regain the competitive level he displayed prior to last year.

“We’ve been fortunate to win six times,” Rahal said. “A lot of people come into this sport and never win. I fully recognize there is no reason we can’t win a lot. I don’t care what anybody writes, what anybody thinks – I really feel that when it comes to race day, we perform better than 99 percent of the other people out there.

“As a team and for myself, we have to qualify better. If we can qualify better, we’ll be a thorn in everybody’s side. We know the rear of our cars just aren’t good enough. When we need to find that extra tenth or two, it’s just not there but absolutely, we want to win.

“I don’t come here year after year to just drive around. Our sponsors don’t invest in us year after year to not see us win. We feel that. But our cars aren’t good enough and we know that.”

Rahal believes the team has identified the problems with the setup of its car. It has a deep engineering staff but hasn’t had a chance to develop the damper program and other important areas that provide a competition setup.

Takuma Sato, the winner of the 101stIndianapolis 500 when he was with Andretti Autosport, scored the team’s only victory in 2018 with a win in the Portland Grand Prix. The two are back this year and have built a respect for each other.

“He’s a good guy,” Rahal said of Sato. “Other than Helio Castroneves, Takuma is probably the happiest man on the planet. He’s a great guy and fits in well with our organization. We pride ourselves on being a family and he fits in extremely well to that.

“We need to do a better job for him as a team. He won a race last year, but we can both do better to win with both cars.

“The Andretti cars are the best right now and the Penske cars will be good. We have a lot of space to close up on those two teams but hopefully, we can do it.”