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F1 Brazilian Grand Prix on NBCSN, NBC Sports App this week

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Brazilian Grand Prix coverage comes up this week on NBCSN and the NBC Sports App, the penultimate round of the Formula 1 season.

Friday practice sessions air live at 7 a.m. (app) and 11 a.m. (NBCSN) ET, with Saturday’s third practice at 8 a.m. and qualifying at 11 a.m. ET, both live on the app. A qualifying encore airs Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Live race coverage begins with one hour of pre-race coverage from 10 to 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN before lights out at 11.

Various replays occur throughout the weekend, which you can see in the below chart.

Active Brazilian Grand Prix winners include Lewis Hamilton (2016), Sebastian Vettel (2010, 2013), Felipe Massa (2006, 2008) and Kimi Raikkonen (2007).

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have wrapped their respective championships in the last two races in Mexico City and Austin, respectively, but there’s still two more races to go where other minor placings can get swapped and a few remaining story lines are set to play out.

Williams becomes a story this week with Felipe Massa having announced his second retirement (this one should stick) in advance of the race, and Lance Stroll’s 2018 teammate still to be determined. Massa will now have another Brazilian Grand Prix home race sign-off, although one wonders if it’ll match last year’s on an emotion standpoint.

Second place in the driver’s standings is still up for grabs with Sebastian Vettel just 15 points ahead of Valtteri Bottas. Additionally, Daniel Ricciardo has only 14 points on Kimi Raikkonen for fourth. They’re not huge story lines but they could change hands over this race and Abu Dhabi. Mexican Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen sits sixth in points but has scored the most points of any driver over the last four races (80), and starred in the wet here last year to end third behind the Mercedes teammates.

More crucial to season-ending payouts are the minor placings in the constructor’s standings. Sixth-placed Scuderia Toro Rosso leads Renault by five points and Haas by six. So it’ll be worth noting if either of Toro Rosso or Renault’s refreshed lineups emerges ahead here, or if Haas can steal a position or two in its second season.

Here’s the F1 schedule, with stream links and TV network if applicable:

  • Practice 1: Friday, Nov. 10, 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m. ET (Streaming)
  • Practice 2: Friday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Practice 3: Saturday, Nov. 11, 8 a.m.-9 a.m. ET (Streaming)
  • Qualifying: Saturday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET (Streaming)
  • Qualifying (Replay): Saturday, Nov. 11, 9:30 p.m.-11 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Practice 2 (Replay): Sunday, Nov. 12, 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Qualifying (Replay): Sunday, Nov. 12, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Pre-Race: Sunday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Race: Sunday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Post-Race: Sunday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Race (Replay): Sunday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)*
  • Race (Replay): Monday, Nov. 13, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

*Subject to delay if Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race coverage from Phoenix runs long.

Cooper Webb leaps from obscurity to Supercross lead

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Cooper Webb could not even locate the radar tower before the 2019 season began – let alone expect to see his number dead center in the radar screen.

His ascent to 450 competition came with little fanfare. Finishing 13th in Supercross in 2017 and then eighth in Motocross, Webb did not turn many heads as a rookie. Last year was more of the same.

Through Round 7 at Arlington, Webb failed to record a single top five. That elusive result would come the following week at Tampa with a fourth-place finish. Two weeks later, he stood on the podium at Daytona for the only the second time in his Supercross 450s career. But at season’s end, Webb was only ninth in the standings in both Supercross and Motocross.

No one expected much from him when Anaheim rolled around this year.

Webb started the season much the same as he ended 2018. A fifth-place finish in Anaheim I in muddy and equalizing conditions was followed by a modest 10th at Glendale, but the rider from North Carolina believed in himself.

In professional racing, nothing is more difficult than winning the first race. Webb’s first taste of victory came in Heat 1 of the Triple Crown at Anaheim II. Everyone remained skeptical – it was only one heat race after all. The skepticism turned to interest when he won Heat 2. Then Webb finished third in Heat 3 to take the overall victory. It was his first win in the 450 class.

That was all it took to unleash his potential. Webb won the following week in Oakland and then again two weeks later in Minneapolis.

The Supercross riders left Minnesota and headed straight down Interstate 35 to Arlington with four of them separated by two points. All eyes were focused on Ken Roczen, Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin – and, oh yeah Webb who sat in second.

Someone was likely to stumble in Arlington and the odds on favorite to do so was Webb. That seemed to be confirmed once the feature started. While the three more experienced riders led by Tomac scooted away from the field, Webb was mired outside the top five for the first six lap.

It was Tomac who tripped and fell, however. Webb passed the stricken rider and surged to fifth on Lap 7. He was in fourth by Lap 10 and third on Lap 16.  As Webb and teammate Musquin battled for the second, they slowly reeled in the leader Roczen. Once Webb broke free on the conflict with the runner-up position firmly his, he could see the red plate on Roczen’s Honda like a cape being waved in front of a bull.

Webb charged through the final six laps getting closer and closer until he edged Roczen for the closest finish in Supercross history. It was Webb’s fourth victory of the season, coming only four weeks after he scored his first career win.

Relive the final laps in the video posted above.

As incredible as Webb’s rise to the points lead is, it has been done before.

Last year Jason Anderson seemingly came out of nowhere to lead the standings after Round 2. Anderson held the advantage for the remainder of the year, while Webb has been part of a game of hot potato in which no one seems to want to don the red plate for more than a week.

The pressure continues to mount. Webb now has a two-point advantage over Roczen, who is the only rider to sweep the top five this season.

Webb’s advantage over third is a mere four points, while Musquin has a current five-race streak of podium finishes to his credit.

Tomac’s trouble in Texas serves as a cautionary tale that a single loss of focus can be devastating and Webb still lacks the seat time of his three principal rivals, but last week’s incredible come-from-behind victory is showing that Webb is riding above experience level.

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