This week, the marathon 21-race 2016 Formula 1 World Championship season finally comes to an end with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The race is live on NBCSN while note, live qualifying is on CNBC on Saturday.
The full details of the weekend’s coverage – including GP2 as well – is linked below:
Mercedes teammates and rivals Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will duel for the Formula One Drivers’ Championship at the 2016 season finale, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, this Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming coverage of practice, qualifying, and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Hamilton, a three-time F1 Drivers’ champion and two-time defending champion, has won three consecutive races to pull within 12 points of Rosberg. Despite Hamilton’s run, he will need to win this weekend and will require some help to overtake Rosberg. If Rosberg secures a podium finish at Abu Dhabi this weekend, he will win his first career title, regardless of Hamilton’s finish.
Following are permutations for a third-consecutive Drivers’ Championship for Hamilton.
|HOW HAMILTON CAN WIN THE TITLE|
|If Hamilton finishes in…||And Rosberg finishes…|
|First place||Fourth place or worse|
|Second place||Seventh place or worse|
|Third place||Ninth place or worse|
Hamilton has won twice at Yas Marina Circuit (2011 & 2014), but Rosberg has bragging rights as the most recent victor in Abu Dhabi with his win last season over Hamilton by eight seconds.
This will be the second consecutive weekend in which NBC Sports has presented a major racing circuit championship. Last week at Homestead in Miami, Daniel Suarez and Jimmie Johnson captured the NASCAR XFINITY and Sprint Cup Series Championships on NBCSN and NBC. Earlier this year, NBCSN telecast coverage of the Grand Prix of Sonoma, as Simon Pagenaud captured his first career season title in the Verizon IndyCar Series. NBC Sports Group is the home of motorsports and is the only sports-media company to annually broadcast all three major circuit championships.
Live coverage begins exclusively on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app on Friday at 4 a.m. ET with Practice 1, followed by NBCSN’s live coverage of Practice 2 at 8 a.m. ET. Streaming coverage on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app continues with Practice 3 on Saturday at 5 a.m. ET, followed by live qualifying on CNBC at 8 a.m. ET. NBCSN will air an encore presentation of qualifying on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Live Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race coverage begins Sunday at 7 a.m. ET with F1 Countdown, and F1 Extra will recap the race at 10 a.m. ET.
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 Yas Marina Circuit in the United Arab Emirates. NBCSN will also present the GP2 race from Abu Dhabi on Sunday at 6 a.m. ET.
In addition to this week’s F1 coverage, NBCSN will air a 10-hour Mecum Auctions marathon on Thanksgiving, beginning at 7 a.m. ET. The Mecum marathon will feature highlights from this year’s auctions in Denver, Kansas City, and Kissimmee.
Following is this week’s NBC Sports Group motorsports coverage schedule:
|Thurs., November 24||Best of Mecum Auctions – Denver||NBCSN||7 a.m.|
|Best of Mecum Auctions – Kansas City||NBCSN||9 a.m.|
|Best of Mecum Auctions – Kissimmee||NBCSN||11 a.m.|
|Best of Mecum Auctions – Denver||NBCSN||2:30 p.m.|
|Fri., November 25||F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Practice 1||Streaming||4 a.m.|
|/DRIVE on NBCSN – Autonomous||NBCSN||7 a.m.|
|/DRIVE on NBCSN – Colorado||NBCSN||7:30 a.m.|
|F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Practice 2||NBCSN||8 a.m.|
|Off The Grid – Japan||NBCSN||9:30 a.m.|
|/DRIVE on NBCSN – Turbocharged||NBCSN||10 a.m.|
|APEX: The Story of the Hypercar||NBCSN||10:30 a.m.|
|Sat., November 26||F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Practice 3||Streaming||5 a.m.|
|F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Qualifying||CNBC||8 a.m.|
|F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore)||NBCSN||2:30 p.m.|
|Sun., November 27||GP2 – Abu Dhabi||NBCSN||6 a.m.|
|F1 Countdown||NBCSN||7 a.m.|
|F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||NBCSN||7:30 a.m.|
|F1 Extra||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|GP2 – Abu Dhabi||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Awards Show||NBCSN||8 p.m.|