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F1 season comes to a close live on NBC this weekend

Nov 21, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

F1 US Grand Prix Auto Racing AP

Eighteen down, one to go. The Brazilian Grand Prix will draw the curtain on the 2013 Formula One season that has been dominated by Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull, but it also sees a number of other ‘lasts': the last race for V8 engines, the last race of Mark Webber’s F1 career, the last race at Ferrari for Felipe Massa, the last for Sergio Perez at McLaren, the last for Pastor Maldonado at Williams… the list goes on. It may not have been a classic season, but, with rain forecast, we could be in for a spectacular finale.

Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix is the fourth F1 race to air live on NBC this year. NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Brazilian Grand Prix begins Friday at 11 a.m. ET with practice on NBCSN. CNBC will carry live coverage of qualifying on Saturday at 11 a.m. ET, leading into Sunday’s race coverage on NBC at 11 a.m. ET.

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will provide live comprehensive streaming coverage of the Brazilian Grand Prix, as well as practice and qualifying in the days preceding the race.

In addition to coverage of the Brazilian Grand Prix, NBC will present coverage of the Red Bull Hare Scramble on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Fri., November 22 F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice NBCSN 11 a.m.
Sat., November 23 F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice (Encore) NBCSN 12 a.m.
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying CNBC 11 a.m.
Red Bull Signature Series – Hare Scramble NBC 2:30 p.m.
Sun., November 24 F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore) NBCSN 1 a.m.
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix   NBC 11 a.m.
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix (Encore) NBCSN 3 p.m.

COMMENTATORS: Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call the Brazilian Grand Prix, and will be joined by veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst and former Benetton race mechanic Steve Matchett. F1 insider Will Buxton will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from Interlagos in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

FORMULA ONE ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA: NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will provide live comprehensive streaming coverage of the Brazilian Grand Prix, as well as practice and qualifying in the days preceding the race . Coverage will be streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Coverage airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

  1. testover6370 - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    This article makes it abundantly clear that qualy will be live on CNBC, and the race will be live on NBC. I wonder how many people will comment after qualifying and/or the race in a rage because “no one ever told them it would be on CNBC/NBC and how are they expected to know to set their DVRs?”

    • uplander99 - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      It should be pointed out though, Comcast, which owns this whole mess can’t get their own cable boxes fed with the correct times for Sunday in the Chicago market.

      Oh, and last week, while CBS showed every play of the Bears game, we didn’t see one second of the United States Grand Prix just because it was windy in Peoria.

      Hashtag Unacceptable.

      • alfaroberto - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:46 PM

        At least you don’t have WOW cable. Anytime that NBC has chosen to show F-1 on CNBC, I cannot see it at all. I have missed every qualifying or race session shown live on CNBC, as WOW shows infomercials. WOW says that it is CNBC’s fault, CNBC says they’ll have someone contact me about the problem, and so far that’s just been a lie.
        The program guide lists F-1 on CNBC, but I get Christie Brinkley. I’ve recorded races, and skipped the rebroadcast thinking I had it, only to be infuriated later.
        As soon as I can pay to stream F-1, it’s goodbye cable.
        Last week I recorded four hours of tornado coverage on NBC. Thankfully, I checked to see what I had and caught the rebroadcast on NBCSN. Watched it instead of recording, so I had to sit through the ridiculous Mobil 1 soda cookie crap.

  2. alicesrightfootesq - Nov 21, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Watched every race this year and outside of the Vettel/Webber row in Malayasia, I can’t recall anything interesting happening this year. Is it just me?

    • racerphotog - Nov 24, 2013 at 12:47 AM

      Let’s see… tyres tearing apart, tyre test kept secret, cars on fire, Kimi not getting paid, Ferrari might not get second place in constructor’s championship, etc, etc. Hmmm…. Am I missing anything?

  3. f1waybetterthannascar - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    glad to know its on NBC, hope more people tune in. but to make the viewing pleasure better increase the size of the non stop box showing the race while in commercial break. other than that I think NBC is doing a damn good job. keep it up boys

    • alfaroberto - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      We’re just getting the rehashed Speedchannel coverage. We saw a race on TV in Canada last year, and the coverage was so much better than what we see it was astounding. Better commentary, and different views of the pits and circuit. The world feed from F-1 obviously offers options that are not taken advantage of by NBC – I’d bet it’s done on the cheap because they don’t think it’s as important as stick and ball coverage.

      • f1waybetterthannascar - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:46 PM

        that’s weird, I have WOW cable myself and haven’t had any problems. if you have a HD box try checking the listings on standard and HD, sometimes they’ll play local crap on standard and other stuff on HD. hope that helps you

  4. bluets327 - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Is the Sunday telecast on NBC (11am ET) really live or delayed by a half hour for the usual F1 pre-race show?

  5. brimab - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Can we please have Bob Varsha back next year? Leigh Diffey is horrible.

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