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NBCSN to show Australian qualifying Sunday morning

Mar 16, 2013, 2:07 PM EDT

Daniel Ricciardo AP

NBC Sports Network will show the remainder of qualifying from the Australian Grand Prix at 12:30 a.m. EST Sunday morning. Live race coverage begins one hour later at 1:30 a.m EST.

Qualifying was interrupted due to rain after the first qualifying session finished. The session itself resumes at 11:00 a.m. local time from the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne, which is 8:00 p.m. EST.

Nico Rosberg led the truncated session, while Pastor Maldonado, Esteban Gutierrez and the four drivers from Marussia and Caterham were knocked out after Q1.

  1. Jim Kennedy - Mar 16, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Good start NBC, first race and we already have taped Qualifying coverage. Even Fox showed qualifying live! Going downhill FAST

    • pete32782 - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      Wow, somebody’s obviously looking for any excuse to rip on NBC. Let me ask you a question, Jim. If this were Speed, and they had NASCAR programming scheduled at the same time as *postponed* F1 qualifying, do you honestly think they would have pre-empted NASCAR coverage for F1 qualifying? Did you even read this article? Live qualifying coverage was scheduled; rain and darkness made it impossible to complete the session. NBCSN is not going to pre-empt their previously scheduled live sports programming, nor should they really be expected to. If anything, I would like to see them move it to one of the other NBC Universal channels, like MSNBC or CNBC, but that’s not really likely either, and there would probably still be people like you complaining that they have to search all over their channel guides for qualifying coverage.

      • warpybird - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        Thanks, Pete, I was going to log in and say exactly the same. In fact, I think when we had similar situations with Speed, we didn’t get the delayed qualifying at all! So far, NBC have actually not been disappointing at all.

      • baroach - Mar 16, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        No, what Speed would have probably done is stream it live on as they’d been doing with F1 content.

        NBC Sports Extra has a streaming App and in fact in their early press releases re: F1 coverage they said they’d be streaming F1 … except it’s garbage on Android (> 5k one-star reviews because it literally doesn’t work on most devices, including my own which is a Nexus 10). That’s ok though because it does work on my iOS devices … and they’re not streaming it live.

        As someone else mentions below … even ignoring the non-streaming, NBC couldn’t find a slot on any of their channels? Really?

        ::shrug:: It’s easy enough to find it streaming live on the internet via a number of other nations’ sports networks who *did* figure out a way to make that happen.

        Just because the US coverage has always paled in comparison to everywhere else (Watch the BBC coverage if you want to see how it’s done) doesn’t mean people shouldn’t ask for it to improve here or point out when it is sub-par. It’s not like F1 is a tiny market in the US. It’s not NASCAR but it’s certainly not MLS either.

      • apexassassin - Mar 16, 2013 at 9:24 PM

        Sorry Pete but I don’t see these comments at people taking a swip at NBC. I see people expressing their dissatisfaction after having the high hopes dashed.

        As fans we expect NBC to be bigger, better, and exponentially more professional than it’s predecessors. While the weather threw a monkeywrench into the works that management wasn’t prepared for, I’m hoping it will be a lesson learned and the product improved as a result.

        In some regards, NBC has themselves to blame with the media promises they made and have yet to fulfill. I for am glad that rival ppv broadcasters offer free online live coverage while nbc sorts itself out. I’m also glad I dvr the NBCSports broadcasts so I can ffwd the numerous commerical breaks and get to the fine commentary. Gla dI didn’t miss Hobb’s Nic O’Rosberg comment, lol. That cracked me up.

    • wfletchb - Mar 16, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      I’m OK with the taped delay. I just don’t want to turn to NBCSN at 12:29 and see a crawl or sports update telling us the results.

      • ferraristaforlife - Mar 17, 2013 at 12:14 AM

        Totaly agree. Pretty disappointing to look on NBC to see at what time the qually are to see a big picture telling me that Vettel has taken Pole.Thanks

    • salspag - Mar 16, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      NBC better get on program. They should be broadcast qualifying live. Speed would have put it on alternate Chanel, and NBC should do same.

      They need to start to try and understand F1 fans passion.

      I’m going to give them a chance , but I’m not hopeful.
      according to the schedule I saw , there are going to be many conflicts of overtime with soccer scheduled behind F1 broadcasts!

      NOT GOOD!

      And what’s with Hobb’s and Matchet in SUITS, looks a little to corporate and not much like FUN!
      SUITS should be for those NBC executive who don’t have a clue.

      They will make F1 broadcast in US like the TODAY Show, BAD!

      • fastpoppa - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:42 PM

        dont mention cheap suits around hobbs it would open a can of worms

      • fokkinmoron - Mar 16, 2013 at 8:45 PM

        It’s NBC. What do you expect? NBC just bought F1 coverage because they wanted to take ‘screwing things up’ to a whole new level. It’s what they do best.

    • worknman24hours - Mar 23, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      Just put F1 on regular NBC channels and I’d be happy.

      They could show it tape delayed and condensed,I would’nt care.

      I just want the chance to see it.

      Show the qualifying at 5:00 a.m. on Sunday morning and the race at 1:00 a.m. on Monday morning.

      Work on Monday would be a brain burner with no sleep though.

  2. tseyf - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Jim get off NBC’s case. These are clearly circumstances beyond anybody’s control. You should feel fortunate that you’re getting to watch Formula One at all! I can tell you you came very close to losing it this year!

  3. miket2314 - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    How about using some of the time slots on MSNBC or CNBC that are going to be showing reruns of “The Car Chasers” & “Caught on Camera”?
    Or do those reruns pull in the rating numbers?!…..I don’t think so!
    Come on NBC……back up your investment in F1.

    • PZ - Mar 16, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      yeah, I don’t see why one of they other channels in the NBC group which is not showing something live ant be preempted. I’m worried how much challenges like this will happen when be adds EPL next season. already some qualifying is scheduled to be delayed later in the season & a couple races on CNBC. this is only gonna get worse.

  4. dokeefe1313 - Mar 16, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Let’s just keep this simple…..

  5. eddiem5 - Mar 16, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Wow… I am shocked at the NBC is the bad one here comments… I think they did a great job and they can’t just kick off others shows to accommodate the delayed quali…

    NBC sports will do for F1 in the USA what Speed never could… Lets support them and encourage, not just say it sucks because one can and maybe it makes you feel good to do so.

    • bhallsd - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      I agree that there’s a little too much hate for NBCSN. I think frustration is a better word.

      I have no issue with the actual coverage; it’s as good as Speed ever was, thanks to the astute hiring of a great commentary team. My frustration comes from the lack of communication of the programming. The NBCSN Twitter account is the perfect venue for program announcements, and there hasn’t been any. Twitter is a great venue for communicating last-minute changes, such as the coverage of delayed quali.

      Also, I am frustrated at the lack of communication on their plans for the season. Their press release announcing their F1 coverage stated that all practice and qualifying would be covered. Their original programming for this weekend included FP3 coverage before the RE-AIR of qualifying. I don’t see the logic in that. The lack of a forum on the web site is an oversight, too – another good way to connect with the fans.

    • limeytx - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      I think the real problem here is that people in the US are just used to appalling coverage. In the UK, where F1 has a huge following, Sky Sports has a special F1 channel and everything is carried live, complete with pre and post show interviews. They don’t interrupt the action for adverts and all the broadcast staff are on-site for every race. That is how REAL coverage is done. NBC and Speed, by comparison, START Qualifying and FP2 practise right as it starts. And that means all the pretty graphics and introductions telling us we are going to watch F1 come at the expense of watching the actual cars.. Personally, I’d be more than happy to pay a reasonable fee for a pay channel that covered everything properly.

      But, we should be a little grateful – after all, US TV rarely covers any sporting event actually live. Almost all Olympic coverage, for example, is on tape delay. The only exception I can think of is the World Cup (Soccer) in which ALL the games were covered in HD from start to finish without ads. But even that only started in 2006.

      • cgspens - Mar 16, 2013 at 6:25 PM

        I agree I’d sign up for a years coverage of F1 on BBC in a heart beat with all the pre and post race coverage. I use to have NHL Center Ice but hockey shot it’s self in the foot by goin on strike, but I digress. Yea and how about a 24 hour F1 channel like Sky. I think enough people would be behind it. You have 24 hour NHL,MLB,NBA,Big Ten and so on why not F1. I for one would love to watch old F1 re-runs from years ago Clark, Stewart, Rossburg, Senna.

  6. elgaspo - Mar 16, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    [quote] NBCSN is not going to pre-empt their previously scheduled live sports programming, nor should they really be expected to. [/quote]

    IMHO if the live [8 pm] program being shown is a soccer match of Portland Timbers at Seattle Sounders, yeah, nbc should show its commitment to F1 & show the Aussie quali instead.

    I mean, really. You outbid speedtv for F1 coverage & that’s the way you handle it?

    • Brian - Mar 17, 2013 at 5:35 AM

      It might actually be a good thing to piss off some MLS fans :). At least there would be a brouhaha, some new people would know about F1.

  7. lothar34 - Mar 16, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    “The session itself resumes at 11:00 a.m. local time from the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne, which is 8:00 p.m. EST.”

    It’s 8:00 pm EDT, not EST.

  8. roseb987654 - Mar 16, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    I do not know about the rest of the United States but here in Missouri NBC Sports has MSL Soccer scheduled at the same time as the rescheduled F1 Qualifying. Who at NBC decided that soccer is more important than airing the first F1 Qualifying of the season?

    Millions of Formula One fans have been waiting 2 1/2 months for the start of season. Since free practice was hindered by rain, many of us are sitting on the edge of our seats waiting to see who has the pace in qualifying. One could argue that this qualifying is one of the most important of the year; it certainly is the most anticipated. To have some genius at NBC decide that soccer is more important is sacrilegious.

    Soccer, you have to be kidding me, Soccer!!!

    I hope Bernie is happy with the few extra bucks he received from NBC over SpeedTV. If NBC is going to pull this crap, you can bet that F1 viewership will decline in the United States.

    Thank god for streaming sites whether they be SkySports or pirated. I will be watching Qualifying they way it is meant to be watched; LIVE.

    Soccer, freaking Soccer.

    • cjsgarypdx - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      There are so many sources for live feeds that this kind of issue isn’t the big deal it used to be. I imagine both the F1 audience and the MSL audience are relatively small and have loyal followings. So they made a choice guaranteed to anger one group. If I were a programmer I would probably go with the scheduled event too. As it is I am an F1 fan and will work around this using the many options available to me. This stuff happened on Speed from time to time. Stuff happens.

      • J. Benjamin - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:14 PM

        Yeah, agreed. “Soccer, freaking soccer” is a bigger sport worldwide than F1, and while the MLS isn’t huge, neither is F1’s viewer base in the US. NBC Sports has had a relationship with the MLS far longer than it has with F1, and it’s a live game that’s been scheduled months in advance. I don’t see anything wrong with NBC’s decision to keep the schedule as planned.

    • jonners99 - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      I really don’t blame NBC for this. It is a circumstance beyond their control and they already had their programming planned for the channel and have sent manpower etc to cover the soccer match while at this time on Sunday nothing interesting was meant to be happening in Melbourne.

      Lets be honest, we are all going to be up watching at 1:30 EDT so why not just tune in an hour early and watch qualifying. Why inconvenience soccer fans when we will all be up late anyway.

      Agree with the above though that my opinion will be changing very quickly if they have a scroll along the bottom that features the result.

    • richyj - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      Soccer Freaking Soccer gets about the same viewership as an F1 race (Hundreds of thousands not Millions), there is no reason at all F1 should should bump MLS.

      NBC are doing pretty much what speed would have done, same deal different network

  9. gameover18 - Mar 16, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Who cares it should be NASCAR. Nobody in the U.S really care about F1

  10. aloop4687 - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Look, I’m okay with NBCSN showing soccer, as the Timbers/Sounders is a huge Northwest Rivalry and will bring in good numbers. But, what I don’t get NBC, is why the hell you don’t just throw it on one of the following channels you own: Syfy, Chiller, Cloo, E!, G4, USA Network, Universal HD, Golf Channel, Bravo, Style, Oxygen, Telemundo (yes I’d watch it in Spanish), CNBC, MSNBC. Seriously. You have ample networks (14 of which I’ve listed) to put this on, and you honestly can’t find one network where you can burn an hour? No one cares about WWE Monday Night Raw (which is on Universal HD during the time when they will resume qualifying) after it airs “live” on Monday. I mean Good god.. You aren’t even going to stream it!?!?! That’s absolutely pathetic. You are missing out on a BIG opportunity here: F1 in Prime Time in the East and Central and Mid-afternoon/late afternoon in the Rockies and the West Coast. This could mean more viewers, bigger exposure! But apparently you don’t care that much do you?

  11. ilikef1 - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    I understand not being able to preempt the soccer, but do not understand why they could not show the F1 qualifying live on one of their other networks. (They could also show the F1 qualifying on tape delay on NBCSN for the viewers who did not know about the live coverage on another platform.)

    For example, MSNBC is showing a rerun of a Caught on Camera episode that origially aired on 12/26/10. Why do they think we might want to wach live F1 qualifying on MSNBC when we can instead watch the Caught on Camera episode “Dash Cam Diaries, A dangerous chase, a daring maneuver and a crash, moments that need to be seen to be believed” Can’t believe I missed it when it originally aired in 2010.

    P.S. The Caught on Camera episode, “Dash Cam Diaries” that is airing at the same time as live qualifying is the last of four straight hours of four different reruns of Caught on Camera from 2009, 2011, 2011, and 2010. Would not want to preempt one of those to show live F1 Qualifying.

    • vesalia65 - Mar 16, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      I can’t believe it either with all he channels that NBC has available, that none were available to show the rest of the qualy life. Speed would have at least offered coverage online. I knew that F1 coverage was in trouble when I heard last year that NBC took over. Unfortunately, there is no other option here in the US, not even on the I-net. I am totally jealous of he Europeans and their sky sport network.

  12. unsword - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Disappointed about the level of communication about how and when the practice, qualifying and races would be covered.

    VERY frustrated that NBC with all it’s channels and streaming resources can’t manage to even offer live streaming coverage of the delayed qualifying. I’m pretty sure that like me, most people are already planning to use PVR for the race, now with the qualifying only being offered on tape delay airing right before before the race we won’t go to bed knowing what the grid lineup is for the race were looking forward to watching over breakfast.

    Come on NBC – step up and show us you are committed to improving the level of coverage and recognizing how committed fans are to F1.

  13. wdking2013wdking - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    How lame!!!

    Announcers are not even at race and no live qualifying. -:(

    • aloop4687 - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      Speed did it the same way. Only Will Buxton is at the events and frankly, I’m fine with this. But, to not show the remainder of qualifying live is inexcusable. As I mentioned above, they have multiple channels where they can place the coverage and not tick off the MLS fans. It’s just pathetic that they don’t.

  14. fastpoppa - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    i for one am underwhelmed by the promotion of the start of the f1 season you have to be an active f1 fan to get any information about this race or season for that matter nbc has to try to get more people interested in f1 [and indy car too] to be successful

  15. holywarsnum6 - Mar 16, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Yes there coverage is iffy…. While the coverage i did see looked great accept for mr machette’s damn yellow highlighter thing he mess with the great shots of the art of an F1 car and race coverage…. he needs to narrow the stoke on it or use 50% transparency on it or my opion just quit usinig it. F1 one fans or the ones i know dislike and feel some what insulted by it… lol WELL LETS HOPE THE RACE WILL BE LIVE LOL !!!!!LOL….

  16. Brian - Mar 16, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Yeah this is a complete bummer. Just want to express my disappointment. While I no longer need to pay an extra fee to get SPEEDTV on Comcast Xfinity, there is no reason why this shouldn’t have been broadcast somewhere else or online (the writing’s on the wall, guys). I’m sure there are ridiculous clauses where they can’t play it online and whatever.

    Main hassle is I just saw a tweet about the pole winner. Now quali is basically “who was 2nd and 3rd?” YAY

    Who is the program director at NBC that made this decision? The suggestion to preempt the rerun of car chasing on MSNBC seems like a good one–even preempting a *90 MINUTE* MLS game with a 35 min finish of quali would be ok. If F1 in the US is ever going to be bigger this has to stop. An uphill battle against the NASCAR masses.

  17. mmbmz3 - Mar 16, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    I understand that NBC and their networks didn’t want to change their scheduled programming. And I did appreciate that they did extend their qualifying earlier in the day.

    I do understand that a rain delay only occurs once or twice in a drivers life time…..


    What happened to the live streaming?

  18. apexassassin - Mar 16, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Lol, love the passion here and I echo all statements that say ALL F1 SESSIONS NEED TO BE SHOWN LIVE!!!

    While I’m sure many appreciate the replays, what good is a replay AFTER the race,

    Great job by the commentary staff dealing with a difficult situation but you still have too many commercial breaks that are entirely too long in length. Just thought I’d mention that one before the fans react after the race coverage.

    • apexassassin - Mar 17, 2013 at 12:33 AM

      Please forgive my inaccurate comment which I based on false twitter comments and nondescript tv listings.

      Thank You NBCSports for showing the conclusion Qualifying PRIOR to the race!

  19. apexassassin - Mar 16, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Lol, love the passion here and I echo all statements that say ALL F1 SESSIONS NEED TO BE SHOWN LIVE!!!

    While I’m sure many appreciate the replays, what good is a replay of quali AFTER the race,

    Great job by the commentary staff dealing with a difficult situation but you still have too many commercial breaks that are entirely too long in length. Just thought I’d mention that one before the fans react after the race coverage.

  20. Heather - Mar 16, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    does the east coast market mean nothing to you? At the very least you could follow the speed vision model, you did not even have to think! I knew that it was not going to be good when I first heard that NBC got the rights to F-1 but this exceeds the lowest of expectations. This is why I have gone to the trouble to be able to stream the BBC,they share rights with sky sports so I cant see all the races but you can be sure that i will be watching the races they do have with out interruption,expert commentary and post race interviews.If you are going to play up the dial in the world of pay channels up your game NBC if you cant improve over Fox stay out of the game! No wonder the big three are hemorrhaging market share,BAD BAD BAD!

    • raptorc1 - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:58 PM


      Can you give me some help and tell me how I can stream the F1 coverage of BBC or any other broadcaster? I’m very disappointed in NBC.

      • Brian - Mar 17, 2013 at 12:25 AM

  21. quietstormx - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Fuck this, NBC should have Broadcast Formula 1 Qualifying LIVE period, delayed or not. That is what I expect. Not reading about it later. NBC could have broadcast it on any of their networks, all I think 6 of them than delay the live broadcast at 8pm EDT. But nothing anywhere? I had to go to to see the the times and scoring of who is where on the starting grid. There is no reason for NBC Sports to not show the delayed event like it’s suppose to be. Not taped after knowing the results. I thought this would happen on NBC that hates to show anything Live. The don’t have the money anyway. Has anyone noticed the shape NBC is in. I’m not going to watch some tape of anything of F1. I hope ESPN gets it to broadcast it right and live. Anywhere around the world.

  22. steveday72 - Mar 17, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    NBC Sports Network coverage of the first F1 race of 2013 was a disaster!

    Picture quality was awful, despite being on a digital channel. It was so bad that I couldn’t read any of the official onscreen data such as laps, times, driver names. (Area: Charter Communications Digital, Spring, TX 77373)

    The letterboxed picture was shifted up the screen to make way for the annoying ticker, shoving the letterboxed race off-center – meaning that on my widescreen TV (which I selected letterbox mode to fill the screen), there was a black bar at the bottom of the screen and an equal amount was cropped from the top of the broadcast.

    As for the barrage of advertising breaks… it was averaging 3.5mins of ads to 4mins of race. This happened four times in a row!

    I gave up in the end and will download the BBC coverage instead.

  23. citadel4u - Mar 18, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    They didn’t even show any of the rained our qualifications. We never saw any of it all day and we looked at their channel all morning until the race started. Plus, no telemetry on the cars DRS, Speed, Revs, nothing. Posting the Q1 washouts as making it into Q3 on their Qualifiers Board. Just terrible.
    Have these NBC Engineers ever seen an F1 event on Speed TV in the past? If not, then they need to get a copy of one and see how it’s done. The Broadcasters were doing the best they could with what they had: which was not much.

    • Matt Thorne - Mar 19, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      umm…. they showed it all. Immediately before the race aired live. They announced that they were going to do so almost immediately after Qualifying was postponed.

  24. Matt Thorne - Mar 18, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    can’t say as I agree with all the NBC hate going on in this thread. Let’s look at the big picture here.

    For only the 3rd time in TEN YEARS qualifying was postponed because of rain. This is not a situation that they would have contingency planned for. No one did, not even the FIA because they admitted the next day that should the postponed qualifying session get postponed again, there is no official procedure for setting the grid.

    NBC did SO MANY things right this weekend. The production value was miles ahead of anything Speed has done. We got a great pre-race show, we got Sam Posey, we got feature interviews with drivers, we got “double-wide” coverage every other commercial break and we got a proper post-race show that wasn’t mindless, thoughtless rehashes of the finishing order but proper interviews and analysis of the race.

    For their first race and the first race of the season, I’d say they did pretty good. Let’s not forget that they have obviously listened to the fans as evidenced by the fact that Bob Varsha will be filling in for Leigh when he has IndyCar conflicts. Kudos to both Speed and NBC for that one.

    I thought NBC showed good promise this weekend and I’m excited about their coverage and what it looks like they have in store for us. Now, lets get some of that streaming worked out and it will be even better.

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