Qualifying Coverage – Saturday at 2 a.m. ET
F1 36 Featuring Sebastian Vettel Premieres at 12 a.m. ET on Saturday
NEW YORK – April 10, 2013 – NBC Sports Network presents more than 11 hours of Formula One™ coverage this weekend highlighted by the Chinese Grand Prix live on Sunday, April 14 at 2:30 a.m. ET from Shanghai with an encore presentation at 1 p.m. ET. The race will be preceded by F1 qualifying live on Saturday at 2 a.m. ET, practice on Friday at 2 a.m. ET with an encore on Saturday at 12:30 a.m. ET, and the premiere of F1 36 featuring defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel on Saturday at 12 a.m. ET. F1 Extra, NBC Sports Network’s post-race show, will air live after the Chinese Grand Prix at 5 a.m. ET.
NBC Sports Network’s Formula One Coverage This Weekend (subject to change):
|Fri., April 12||Practice||2 a.m.|
|Sat., April 13||F1 36: Sebastian Vettel||12 a.m.|
|Sat., April 13||Practice Encore||12:30 a.m.|
|Sat., April 13||Qualifying||2 a.m.|
|Sun., April 14||Chinese Grand Prix||2:30 a.m.|
|Sun., April 14||F1 Extra||5 a.m.|
|Sun., April 14||Chinese Grand Prix Encore||1 p.m.|
|Sun., April 14||F1 Extra||3:30 p.m.|
|Sun., April 14||F1 36 Encore||4 p.m.|
F1 COMMENTATORS: Leigh Diffey will serve as lead announcer for this week’s Formula One race. Sharing the booth with Diffey will be former racecar driver David Hobbs and analyst Steve Matchett, a former race mechanic for the Benneton F1 team. Will Buxton, F1 insider and former journalist, will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from Shanghai.
F1 36 PREMIERE: Three-time defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel will be the first driver profiled in the first-ever episode of F1 36, airing Saturday, April 13 at 12 a.m. ET. Encore presentations of F1 36 will air on Sunday, April 14 at 4 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.
F1 EXTRA: NBC Sports Network’s post-race show, F1 Extra, will air live after the Chinese Grand Prix with an encore on Sunday, April 14 at 3:30 p.m. ET. The 30-minute wrap-up show will be handled by the F1 team of Diffey, Hobbs, Matchett and Buxton.
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