The Formula 1 season shifts fully to Europe for the next long period of the year, save for the trip to the Canadian Grand Prix in June. First up in the traditional European season is the Spanish Grand Prix, which airs this weekend on NBCSN.
Full times and coverage details are below:
Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) aims for his eighth consecutive win this weekend, as NBCSN presents live coverage of the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix this Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET. Pre-race coverage starts at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN withF1 Countdown.
NBC Sports LiveExtra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will provide comprehensive streaming coverage of practice, qualifying, and the Spanish Grand Prix.
F1 SPANISH GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 7:30 A.M. ET ON NBCSN
Rosberg has dominated the F1 circuit to begin the 2016 campaign, rattling off four consecutive wins to start the season, including his first ever “grand slam” at the Russian Grand Prix on May 1, as he led every lap from the pole and set the race’s fastest lap.
Rosberg has won seven consecutive races dating back to the 2015 campaign, tied with F1 legends Alberto Ascari and Michael Schumacher for the second-most consecutive wins in F1 history. With a win in Spain this weekend, Rosberg would move within one of Sebastian Vettel’s F1 record nine straight victories. Rosberg won his first Spanish Grand Prix last year, holding off Mercedes teammateLewis Hamilton.
Eight different drivers have won the Spanish Grand Prix the past eight years, including Hamilton, Fernando Alonso (McLaren), and current Ferrari teammates Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.
Live coverage begins exclusively on NBC Sports Live Extra on Friday morning at 4 a.m. ET with Practice 1, followed by NBCSN’s live coverage of Practice 2 at 8 a.m. ET. Live Extra’s coverage continues Saturday at 5 a.m. ET with Practice 3, followed by live qualifying at 8 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Live Spanish Grand Prix coverage begins Sunday morning at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN.
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 Spain.
NBCSN will also present the GP2 race from Spain on Sunday at 6 a.m. ET, leading into pre-race coverage of the F1 Spanish Grand Prix.
Following is this week’s F1 coverage schedule on NBCSN:
Lawrence led all 16 laps of both races after taking the holeshot in the second moto and grabbing the lead from Dylan Ferrandis in Turn 2 of Moto 1. Lawrence claimed a four-second lead in Moto 1 and five seconds in Moto 2, but as dominant as it seems on paper, there were some exciting moments during the weekend. In the second race, Lawrence wanted to build an advantage that would allow him to maintain his pace and he nearly high-sided a couple of times in heavy ruts.
In his second race back from a concussion, Ferrandis finished in the runner-up spot with a second in Moto 1 and a third in Moto 2. While his finish of second overall goes into the record books, Pro Motocross points are rewarded for each individual race and that meant Ferrandis lost eight points in championship battle to Lawrence. With Sexton failing to mount up for the race, Ferrandis advanced to second in the standings with an 18-point gap to Lawrence. Equally important, Ferrandis gained ground in the SuperMotocross World Championship (WSX) points and now has a gap of 44 over 21st-place Justin Starling.
Cooper Webb is also in his second round since returning from a Supercross injury suffered in Nashville at the end of their season. Claiming results of fourth and second in the two races, Webb earned 40 SuperMotocross points at Hangtown and closed in on Sexton in the WSX battle. Sexton entered Hangtown with a large enough lead that he could not be overtaken, but he is now only 38 points up and could face a difficult decision next week at Thunder Valley in Lakewood, Colorado if he wants to hold onto his lead.
Aaron Plessinger had an adventurous weekend in which he seemed to close on Lawrence in his second race before crashing and dropping to fourth. Coupled with a fifth-place finish in Moto 1, he earned 35 points and was credited with fourth overall.
Cashing in on confidence he gained in the final rounds of the Supercross season, Adam Cianciarulo earned his first top-five of the Pro Motocross championship after narrowly missing out last week with a sixth. He earned the distinction with consistent results of fifth in Moto 1 and fourth in Moto 2.
The Lawrence brothers made history last week as the first siblings to win in two Pro Motocross divisions on the same day. Fans should get accustomed to seeing this happen with some regularity as Hunter Lawrence posted identical results in Hangtown to those he had at Fox Raceway in the season opener.
In both races, Lawrence got off to a slow start in Moto 1 and had to claw his way back to the podium. He dominated Moto 2 in both rounds to earn the overall victories.
Justin Cooper did not allow Lawrence to gain much of an advantage in the Motocross points’ standings, however. Finishing second in both motos, the earned only one point less than Lawrence. His modest showing in Round 1 of the outdoor season has him 12 points out of first in the championship standings.
Haiden Deegan scored his first moto win in just his fourth start in the series. In the first race of the day, he had to withstand constant pressure from Cooper, but when his teammate closed in on him, Deegan reached down and found a little more speed. Now that he’s won one of these races, he has his sight set on challenging Lawrence for the title. Deegan is second in the Pro Motocross championship standings with a 10-point deficit to the leader.
RJ Hampshire rounded out the top five with a pair of fifth-place results and 32 points for the round. Even though the deficit is a whopping 61 points, Hampshire climbed to second in the SuperMotocross championship standings now that Jett Lawrence has moved to the big bikes.
Jalek Swoll struggled last week and finished 21st overall at Fox Raceway. This week, he finished on the cusp of 10th in both races with a ninth in Moto 1 and 11th in Moto 2. In the SuperMotocross standings, he has a lot of ground to make up. He currently sits 49th on the chart with a 70-point gap to Chance Hymas, who is on the bubble to earn a guaranteed position in the SMX Mains for the three playoff races that will be held on September.