The 2016 Formula One campaign rolls into Suzuka Circuit in Japan for the annual running of the Japanese Grand Prix this Sunday at 12:30 a.m. ET/Saturday at 9:30 p.m. PT on NBCSN.
In addition to this weekend’s F1 coverage, NBC Sports Group presents the final race of the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship this Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC from Los Angeles, Calif., and NBCSN presents more than 15 hours of Mecum Auctions coverage from their event this weekend in Chicago.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will provide streaming coverage of this weekend’s motorsports events.
F1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 12:30 A.M. ET/SATURDAY AT 9:30 P.M. ET
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg hopes to increase his lead in the championship standings this weekend over teammate and rival Lewis Hamilton in Japan. Rosberg finished third at last weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, which featured a 1-2 finish for Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, but he was able to gain ground on Hamilton, who was forced to retire with 17 laps remaining due to an engine failure. Rosberg now leads Hamilton by 23 points in the standings with five races remaining on the schedule.
Rosberg captured the pole position at Suzuka last year, but Hamilton took the checkered flag, his third career Japanese Grand Prix victory.
Live coverage begins exclusively on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app tonight at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with Practice 1, followed by NBCSN’s live coverage of Practice 2 on Friday morning at 1 a.m. ET/Thursday at 10 p.m. PT. Streaming coverage on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app continues with Practice 3 on Friday night at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT, and live qualifying on Saturday at 2 a.m. ET/Friday night at11 p.m. PT.
Live Japanese Grand Prix race coverage begins Sunday morning at 12 a.m. ET/Saturday at 9 p.m. PT on NBCSN with F1 Countdown, and is followed by F1 Extra at 3 a.m. ET/12 a.m. PT.
Lead play-by-play 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 report on-site from Suzuka Circuit.
Here’s the times:
Following is this week’s NBC Sports Group motorsports coverage schedule:
|Thurs., Oct. 6||F1 Japanese Grand Prix – Practice 1||9 p.m.||Streaming|
|Fri., Oct. 7||F1 Japanese Grand Prix – Practice 2||1 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Japanese Grand Prix – Practice 3||11 p.m.||Streaming|
|Sat., Oct. 8||F1 Japanese Grand Prix – Qualifying||2 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., Oct. 9||F1 Countdown||12 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Japanese Grand Prix||12:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Extra||3 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Japanese Grand Prix (Encore)||7 p.m.||NBCSN|