Mar 11, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT
The NBC Sports Group will present its most extensive and comprehensive motorsports coverage ever in 2013, with more than 200 programming hours of Formula One races, practices, qualifying, pre- and post-race studio shows, and behind-the-scenes programs. Coverage will air across NBC, NBC Sports Network, and NBC Sports Live Extra, the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platform, via TV Everywhere. Additionally, two F1 races will air on CNBC, NBCUniversal’s business channel.
Formula One, which makes its NBC Sports Group debut this week on NBC Sports Network with the Rolex Australian Grand Prix, will air four races live on NBC, 13 on NBC Sports Network, and two on CNBC. The famed Monaco Grand Prix will air live on broadcast television at 7:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 26 on NBC.
Programming for both open-wheel circuits will include significant shoulder content that is consistent with their unique brands. In addition, NBC Sports Digital will dedicate more motorsports coverage than ever. It will cover the entire racing industry with the recently launched MotorSportsTalk on NBCSports.com, and, later this year, it will live stream the circuit on NBC Sports Live Extra, via TV Everywhere.
The 2013 Formula One World Championship schedule includes all 19 races in 19 countries from March through November, including 13 on NBC Sports Network, four on NBC and two on CNBC.
COMMENTATORS: As previously announced, NBC Sports Group’s F1 booth will feature lead announcer Leigh Diffey, who will call both F1 and the IZOD IndyCar Series this year, veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst Steve Matchett, a former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team, including two years with seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher.
Rounding out the team is Will Buxton, an F1 insider and journalist, who will serve as the team’s on-site reporter. Respected by fans and critics alike, Diffey, Hobbs, Matchett and Buxton bring continuity to each telecast, as all four worked together for several years previously on SPEED’s coverage of the circuit.
ON-SITE: It is estimated that Buxton will travel more than 115,000 miles this season while covering all 19 races in 19 countries.
MIMOSAS FROM MONACO: Sunday, May 26 can arguably be called ‘the biggest day in racing’ as it features three of sport’s most famous races from three different circuits — the Monaco Grand Prix (Formula One), the Indy 500 (IndyCar) and the Coca-Cola 600 (NASCAR).
This year, the day will begin with live coverage of the famed Monaco Grand Prix on broadcast television when NBC airs the race at 7:30 a.m. ET. The entire NBC Sports F1 studio team will join Buxton on site to capture the unique glitz-and-glamor atmosphere of the Monaco Grand Prix.
NBC GRANDS PRIX: NBC will provide F1 with unprecedented exposure this year as it airs four races in 2013. In addition to Monaco, races scheduled to air on NBC are the Canadian Grand Prix (Montreal) on Sunday, June 9, the United States Grand Prix (Austin, Texas) on Sunday, November 17, and the final race of the season, the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, Nov 24. The NBC Sports F1 studio team will also be on site for live coverage of the Montreal and Austin races.
Due to scheduling conflicts, CNBC, NBCUniversal’s fully-distributed business channel, will air the Grands Prix from the United Kingdom and Germany.
F1 EXTRA: NBC Sports Network’s post-race show, F1 Extra, will air live after every NBC Sports Network and CNBC race, as well as the Monaco NBC race. Post-race coverage for Canada, USA and Brazil will air on NBC. The 30-minute wrap-up show will be handled by the F1 team of Diffey, Hobbs, Matchett and Buxton.
F1 36: Three-time defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel will be the first driver profiled in the first-ever episode of F1 36, airing Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m. ET. F1 36 is the latest in the NBC Sports Group’s original behind-the-scenes 36 series, which gives viewers an all-access pass into the life of world-class athletes. For each episode, cameras will follow a F1 driver for 36 hours, providing a behind-the-scenes look at their on- and off-track activities. The all-access 36 series, which is produced by IMS Productions, also includes NHL 36, Fight Night 36, IndyCar 36 and MLS 36.
PRACTICE, QUALIFYING & RE-AIRS: NBC Sports Network will offer extensive coverage of F1 practice and qualifying throughout the season. The network will also offer a re-air of the race, often in the early afternoon, allowing viewers to enjoy coverage during a more traditional sports-viewing time period.
ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX: The first race of the season will air live from Australia on Sunday, March 17 on NBC Sports Network at 1:30 a.m. ET. The race will re-air at 1 p.m. ET. F1 action gets underway Friday, March 15 at 12 a.m. ET with the first practice session.
Following is this week’s coverage schedule for the Rolex Australian Grand Prix on NBC Sports Network:
|Friday, March 15||Practice #1||Midnight||NBC Sports Network|
|Friday, March 15||Practice #2||1:30 a.m.||NBC Sports Network|
|Sat., March 16||Qualifying||2 a.m.||NBC Sports Network|
|Sat., March 16||Qualifying Re-Air||1:30 p.m.||NBC Sports Network|
|Sunday, March 17||Australian Grand Prix||1:30 a.m.||NBC Sports Network|
|Sunday, March 17||F1 Extra||4 a.m.||NBC Sports Network|
|Sunday, March 17||Race Re-Air||1 p.m.||NBC Sports Network|
More practice times for the entire season can be found here.
2013 FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE (Subject to change, all times ET):
|Date||Grand Prix||Time||Re-Air (NBCSN)||Network|
|Sun., March 17||Australia||1:30 a.m.||1 p.m.||NBC Sports Network|
|Sun., March 24||Malaysia||3:30 a.m.||3 p.m.||NBC Sports Network|
|Sun., April 14||China||2:30 a.m.||1 p.m.||NBC Sports Network|
|Sun., April 21||Bahrain||7:30 a.m.||Noon||NBC Sports Network|
|Sun., May 12||Spain||7:30 a.m.||2 p.m.||NBC Sports Network|
|Sun., May 26||Monaco||7:30 a.m.||10:30 a.m.||NBC|
|Sun., June 9||Canada||2 p.m.||7 p.m.||NBC|
|Sun., June 30||United Kingdom||7:30 a.m.||Noon||CNBC|
|Sun., July 7||Germany||7:30 a.m.||Noon||CNBC|
|Sun., July 28||Hungary||7:30 a.m.||1 p.m.||NBC Sports Network|
|Sun., Aug. 25||Belgium||7:30 a.m.||Midnight||NBC Sports Network|
|Sun., Sept. 8||Italy||7:30 a.m.||1 p.m.||NBC Sports Network|
|Sun., Sept. 22||Singapore||7:30 a.m.||1:30 p.m.||NBC Sports Network|
|Sun., Oct. 6||Korea||1:30 a.m.||4 p.m.||NBC Sports Network|
|Sun., Oct. 13||Japan||1:30 a.m.||1 p.m.||NBC Sports Network|
|Sun., Oct. 27||India||5:00 a.m.||1 p.m.||NBC Sports Network|
|Sun., Nov. 3||Abu Dhabi||7:30 a.m.||6 p.m.||NBC Sports Network|
|Sun., Nov. 17||USA (Austin)||1 p.m.||6 p.m.||NBC|
|Sun., Nov. 24||Brazil||11 a.m.||4:30 p.m.||NBC|