Formula 1 has six races remaining this year and four of them in the month of October, with two sets of back-to-back races coming up.
First on that list is F1’s final trip to the Sepang International Circuit at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, for the 19th and last scheduled Malaysian Grand Prix.
The circuit announced earlier this year due to rising costs that it would end its contract one year early.
So if you’re a night owl or early riser, you can watch all the Malaysian Grand Prix sessions live via NBCSN and/or the NBC Sports App. On NBCSN, free practice two is on Friday, Sept. 29, at 3 a.m. ET, qualifying on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 5 a.m. ET and pre-race coverage Sunday, Oct. 1 at 2 a.m. leading into lights out at 3 a.m. ET. Free practices one and three are on the NBC Sports App.
The Mercedes AMG Petronas team has, surprisingly, won only once in Malaysia in its history when Lewis Hamilton won in 2014. That’s also Hamilton’s only win here. But this was the site of his first podium for Mercedes, third in 2013 behind the Red Bull pairing of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, Vettel having prevailed that day in the infamous “Multi 21” team orders controversy.
A devastating engine failure for Hamilton this race last year was the death knell in his title hopes for the season, and opened the door for Daniel Ricciardo to take a surprise win for Red Bull Racing.
Vettel, who is now on the back foot in this year’s championship fight after he, teammate Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen all collided on the run to the first turn in Singapore, is the active wins leader at Malaysia with four triumphs (2015 with Ferrari; 2010, 2011, 2013 with Red Bull).
Hamilton leads Vettel by 28 points with six races remaining as a result of Hamilton’s win and Vettel’s DNF in Singapore.
Raikkonen is twice a winner in Malaysia, having taken his maiden Grand Prix win here in 2003 with McLaren Mercedes and adding a second triumph with Ferrari in 2008.
Fernando Alonso, who became F1’s youngest polesitter at the time in that 2003 race, is the other active winner in the field, having won three times for three different teams (2005 with Renault, 2007 with McLaren and 2012 with Ferrari).
Ricciardo’s win here last year was a Red Bull 1-2 over Verstappen – the team’s most recent 1-2 finish.
Here’s the schedule, with stream links and TV network if applicable:
- Practice 1: Thursday, Sept. 28, 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET (Story; Watch replay)
- Practice 2: Friday, Sept. 29, 3 a.m.-4:30 a.m. ET (Story; Watch replay)
- Practice 2 (Replay): Friday, Sept. 29, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
- Practice 3: Saturday, Sept. 30, 2 a.m.-3 a.m. ET (Watch replay)
- Qualifying: Saturday, Sept. 30, 5 a.m.-6:30 a.m. ET (Story; Watch replay)
- Pre-Race: Sunday, Oct. 1, 2 a.m.-3 a.m. ET (NBCSN)
- Race: Sunday, Oct. 1, 3 a.m.-5 a.m. ET (Story; Watch replay)
- Post-Race: Sunday, Oct. 1, 5 a.m.-5:30 a.m. ET (NBCSN)
- Race (Replay): Sunday, Oct. 1, 9 p.m.-11 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
- Race (Replay): Monday, Oct. 2, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
The next race is the Japanese Grand Prix, on October 8.