Formula 1 completes the second leg of its first back-to-back stretch of races this weekend with the Bahrain Grand Prix, which this week runs on CNBC instead of NBCSN.
Sebastian Vettel won in Melbourne to kick off the 2017 season while Lewis Hamilton countered with an authoritative victory last weekend in Shanghai, to leave the Ferrari and Mercedes driver square on 43 points heading into the third round of the season.
Nico Rosberg won last year which leaves the door open for either of them to regain their Bahrain crown. Hamilton won in 2014 and 2015 while Vettel won in 2012 and 2013. So a win for either driver would be his third at the track.
Kimi Raikkonen has never won at Bahrain but the Ferrari driver has traditionally run well there. Since the race premiered in 2004, Raikkonen has eight podium finishes there (second in 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and third in 2005, 2006, 2007).
All sessions will be broadcast on CNBC, NBCSN or via the NBC Sports App. Leigh Diffey, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett are on the call with Will Buxton reporting from the pits and paddock. Times shift to a morning hour after the two late night races to start the year.
Here’s the schedule, with stream links and TV network if applicable:
- Practice 1: Friday, April 14, 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m. ET (digital only)
- Practice 2: Friday, April 14, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
- Practice 3: Saturday, April 15, 8 a.m.-9 a.m. ET (digital only)
- Qualifying: Saturday, April 15, 12:30 p.m. ET-2 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
- F1 Countdown: Sunday, April 16, 10:30 a.m. ET-11 a.m. ET (CNBC)
- Race: Sunday, April 16, 11 a.m. ET-1 p.m. ET (CNBC)
- F1 Extra: Sunday, April 16, 1 p.m. ET-1:30 p.m. ET (CNBC)
- Race re-air: Sunday, April 16, 4 p.m. ET-6 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
Formula 2 will also be streamed this weekend online via NBCSports.com, and here’s those links:
The next race is the Russian Grand Prix, on April 30.