It’s the final Grand Prix of the year, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from the Yas Marina Circuit.
Here’s the TV times and game plan for the weekend across NBCSN, CNBC and NBC Sports Live Extra:
NBC Sports Group presents the season finale of the 2015 Formula One season this weekend with live coverage of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – F1’s only twilight race – from Yas Marina Circuit this Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN.
NBC Sports Group is on pace to deliver its most-watched Formula One season to date, with just Sunday’s season finale in Abu Dhabi remaining on the schedule. Through 18 races, NBC Sports Group’s F1 coverage has averaged 533,000 viewers, up 17% vs. the same point of the 2014 F1 season. Last week, NBCSN delivered the most-watched live cable telecast of the Brazilian Grand Prix since 2010, averaging 493,000 viewers.
Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call the Abu Dhabi 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 Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) is looking to close out the 2015 campaign with a third consecutive victory, following wins in Mexico and Brazil. Rosberg has also earned the pole position in five consecutive races. Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton clinched his second consecutive Drivers’ Championship with a victory at the United States Grand Prix in October. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has won the race in Abu Dhabi three times (2009, 2010 & 2013), followed by Hamilton’s two victories (2011 & 2014). The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix debuted in 2009 and holds the distinction as F1’s only twilight race, beginning in the sun of the afternoon and concluding after dusk under the lights.
Coverage of this weekend’s season finale in Abu Dhabi begins Friday at 4 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra with Practice 1, followed by NBCSN’s live coverage of Practice 2 at 8 a.m. ET. Live Extra will carry Practice 3 on Saturday at 5 a.m. ET, and CNBC will present live qualifying on Saturday at 8 a.m. ET.
NBCSN’s race day coverage begins Sunday at 7 a.m. ET with F1 Countdown, followed by NBCSN’s live presentation of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at 7:30 a.m. ET. F1 Extra will provide post-race analysis at 10 a.m. ET, and NBCSN will air an encore presentation of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET. NBCSN will also air coverage of the GP2 race in Abu Dhabion Sunday at 10 p.m. ET, with Alex Jacques calling the action.
Motorsports Coverage This Week on NBCSN, CNBC & NBC Sports Live Extra (subject to change):
|Fri., November 27||F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Practice 1||4 a.m.||Live Extra|
|Off The Grid – Talladega (Encore)||7 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Off The Grid – Austin (Encore)||7:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Practice 2||8 a.m.||NBCSN|
|“1” – F1 Documentary||9:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat., November 28||F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Practice 2 (Encore)||1:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Practice 3||5 a.m.||Live Extra|
|F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Qualifying||8 a.m.||CNBC|
|F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore)||12:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., November 29||F1 Countdown||7 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||7:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Extra||10 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Encore)||4:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|GP2 – Abu Dhabi||10 p.m.||NBCSN|