The Formula 1 circus heads to Brazil, its first and only stop in South America, this weekend for the Brazilian Grand Prix at the venerable Autodromo Carlos Pace at Interlagos.
LIVE race coverage returns to NBCSN after a pair of races (United States Grand Prix, Mexican Grand Prix) on NBC, with practice on NBCSN, qualifying on CNBC and all sessions streamed via NBC Sports Live Extra.
Off the Grid from Austin also premieres this week, with the first airing on Thursday night and further repeats on Friday and Sunday.
Full details are below:
F1 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 10:30 A.M. ET ON NBCSN
Formula One heads to Brazil this weekend for the annual Brazilian Grand Prix, a mainstay on the F1 schedule for more than 40 years. After both American driver Alexander Rossi (Marussia) and Mexican driver Sergio Perez (Force India) raced in front of their home fans at the U.S. and Mexican Grands Prix, two Brazilians, Felipe Massa and Felipe Nasr, will drive on native soil at Interlagos this weekend.
Massa (Williams) has won the Brazilian Grand Prix twice in his career (2006 & 2008), and finished on the podium last year at Interlagos with a third place showing. Nasr (Sauber), who is in his rookie season of F1, will be driving at Interlagos for the first time.
Live F1 action begins Friday morning with Practice 1 at 7 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra, followed by NBCSN’s live coverage of Practice 2 at 11 a.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 8 a.m. ET, prior to live qualifying at 11 a.m. ET on CNBC.
Live coverage of the F1 Brazilian Grand Prix begins Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET, followed by post-race coverage on F1 Extra at 1 p.m. ET, and an encore presentation of the race on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call the Brazilian 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 Jose Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
NBC SPORTS GROUP’S F1 COVERAGE AVERAGING 535,000 VIEWERS, UP 14% WITH RECORD 2014 VIEWERSHIP
With just two races remaining in the F1 season, NBC Sports Group’s 2015 F1 race coverage has averaged 535,000 viewers, up 14% vs. the same point in the 2014 season (471,000). Following this week’s race in Brazil, NBCSN closes out its coverage of the 2015 F1 campaign with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, Nov. 29. This season, five races on NBCSN have eclipsed 500,000 viewers, more than the 2013 and 2014 seasons combined.
Motorsports Coverage This Week on NBCSN, CNBC & NBC Sports Live Extra (subject to change):
|Thu., November 12||Off The Grid – Austin||11 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Red Bull Global RallyCross – Las Vegas***||11:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Fri., November 13||F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice 1||8 a.m.||Live Extra|
|F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice 2||11 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Off The Grid – Austin (Encore)||12:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat., November 14||F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice 3||8 a.m.||Live Extra|
|F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying||11 a.m.||CNBC|
|F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying*||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., November 15||Off The Grid – Austin (Encore)||8:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore)||9 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Brazilian Grand Prix||10:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Extra||1 p.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Brazilian Grand Prix (Encore)||9:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
*denotes same-day delay
**denotes next-day delay
***taped last week