Here are your Russian GP times on CNBC, NBCSN and Live Extra

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This week’s Russian Grand Prix will air across CNBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra, with LIVE qualifying and the race occurring on CNBC this weekend.

Live qualifying is Saturday at 8 a.m. ET on CNBC, with F1 Countdown on Sunday at 7 a.m. ET on CNBC, leading into live race coverage at 7:30 a.m. ET on CNBC. Lights out are expected at 8 a.m. ET on Sunday.

Both qualifying and the race will have late afternoon re-airs on NBCSN.

Full times and details for the weekend coverage are below:


Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) looks for his fourth consecutive win to begin the 2016 F1 season this weekend, and his seventh straight dating back to the 2015 season. This marks the third running of the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi – teammate Lewis Hamilton has won both iterations of the race, but Rosberg captured last year’s pole. Rosberg’s three wins have given him an early lead in the drivers’ standings (75 points) ahead of Hamilton (39 points) and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo (36 points), who has finished in fourth place in all three races this season.

Live coverage begins exclusively on NBC Sports Live Extra on Friday morning at 3 a.m. ET with Practice 1, followed by NBCSN’s live coverage of Practice 2 at 7 a.m. ET. Live Extra’s coverage continues Saturday at 5 a.m. ET with Practice 3, followed by live qualifying at8 a.m. ET on CNBC. Live Russian Grand Prix coverage begins Sunday morning at 7 a.m. ET on CNBC. NBCSN will air an encore presentation of the race on Sunday at 4 p.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 Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia.

Date Program Network Time (ET)
Fri., April 29 F1 Russian Grand Prix – Practice 1 NBC Sports Live Extra 3 a.m.
F1 Russian Grand Prix – Practice 2 NBCSN 7 a.m.
Sat., April 30 F1 Russian Grand Prix – Practice 3 NBC Sports Live Extra 5 a.m.
F1 Russian Grand Prix – Qualifying CNBC 8 a.m.
F1 Russian Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore) NBCSN 11 p.m.
Sun., May 1 F1 Countdown CNBC 7 a.m.
F1 Russian Grand Prix CNBC 7:30 a.m.
F1 Extra CNBC 10 a.m.
F1 Russian Grand Prix (Encore) NBCSN 4 p.m.

Andretti Autosport picks James Hinchcliffe for last 3 races of season

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James Hinchcliffe will finish the NTT IndyCar Series season for Andretti Autosport, replacing Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda.

The team made the announcement Friday afternoon that Hinchcliffe will return after racing for Andretti at Texas Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Indianapolis 500.

Hinchcliffe, who also has worked as an IndyCar on NBC analyst and pit reporter, will race in the Oct. 2-3 doubleheader race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

“It’s always unfortunate to have to change drivers this far into a season, but we have to look at finishing the year the best we can for the 26 team and start evaluating and looking at options for 2021,” team owner Michael Andretti said in a release. “James has an existing relationship with our team that we’d love to build on and it makes the most sense for him to step in for these last three races. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Hinchcliffe has a season-best finish of seventh in the Indy 500. He had been working on trying to put together a deal for next season after scrambling to secure a partial schedule this year when he lost his ride at Arrow McLaren SP after 2020 with a year left on his deal.

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“I know, probably better than most, what Zach is feeling right now, and I have to say that he has handled everything about as class act as you can,” Hinchcliffe said. “I’ve known Zach as a teammate, before that as a colleague and even before that as a friend, and he is a guy that I respect in every way. I know he is a fighter and will fight back to where he wants to be.

“For me now, my focus is 100% on racing the Harvest GP and getting the best possible results for Gainbridge, for Honda, for Michael and for the team. I obviously haven’t been on a road course in a while, but at least the last time I was, it was here at IMS! Hopefully that puts us in a good position to go out there and have a strong weekend.”