NBC Sports Group On Pace to Deliver Its Most-Watched Formula One Season To Date, Currently Up 17% vs. 2014
NBCSN, CNBC and NBC Sports Live Extra Combine to Present Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, F1’s Only Twilight Race
NBCSN Presents Superprestigio of the Americas Motorcycle Race Sunday at 9 p.m. ET
STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 24, 2015 – NBC Sports Group presents the season finale of the 2015 Formula One season this weekend with live coverage of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – F1’s only twilight race – from Yas Marina Circuit this Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN.
NBC Sports Group is on pace to deliver its most-watched Formula One season to date, with just Sunday’s season finale in Abu Dhabi remaining on the schedule. Through 18 races, NBC Sports Group’s F1 coverage has averaged 533,000 viewers, up 17% vs. the same point of the 2014 F1 season. Last week, NBCSN delivered the most-watched live cable telecast of the Brazilian Grand Prix since 2010, averaging 493,000 viewers.
Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and will be joined by veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett. F1 insider Will Buxton will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) is looking to close out the 2015 campaign with a third consecutive victory, following wins in Mexico and Brazil. Rosberg has also earned the pole position in five consecutive races. Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton clinched his second consecutive Drivers’ Championship with a victory at the United States Grand Prix in October. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has won the race in Abu Dhabi three times (2009, 2010 & 2013), followed by Hamilton’s two victories (2011 & 2014). The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix debuted in 2009 and holds the distinction as F1’s only twilight race, beginning in the sun of the afternoon and concluding after dusk under the lights.
Coverage of this weekend’s season finale in Abu Dhabi begins Friday at 4 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra with Practice 1, followed by NBCSN’s live coverage of Practice 2 at 8 a.m. ET. Live Extra will carry Practice 3 on Saturday at 5 a.m. ET, and CNBC will present live qualifying on Saturday at 8 a.m. ET.
NBCSN’s race day coverage begins Sunday at 7 a.m. ET with F1 Countdown, followed by NBCSN’s live presentation of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at 7:30 a.m. ET. F1 Extra will provide post-race analysis at 10 a.m. ET, and NBCSN will air an encore presentation of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET. NBCSN will also air coverage of the GP2 race in Abu Dhabi on Sunday at 10 p.m. ET, with Alex Jacques calling the action.
NBCSN PRESENTS “SUPERPRESTIGIO OF THE AMERICAS” MOTORCYCLE RACE SUNDAY AT 9 P.M. ET
The Superprestigio of the Americas brings together motorcycle racers from different disciplines to race together on a specially-designed indoor short track at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Top flat track riders such as defending AMA Pro Grand National Champion Jared Mees and former champs Jake Johnson, Kenny Coolbeth, Jr., Brad Baker and X Games Gold Medalist Bryan Smith will race against road racing champs such as former MotoAmerica/AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes and former AMA Supersport Champion Roger Hayden.
Motorsports Coverage This Week on NBCSN, CNBC & NBC Sports Live Extra (subject to change):
|Wed., November 25||NASCAR America||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Thur., November 26||Mecum Auctions – Kissimmee (Encore)||9 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions – Kissimmee (Encore)||2 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Fri., November 27||F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Practice 1||4 a.m.||Live Extra|
|Mobsteel (Encore)||6 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Off The Grid – Talladega (Encore)||7 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Off The Grid – Austin (Encore)||7:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Practice 2||8 a.m.||NBCSN|
|“1” – F1 Documentary||9:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions – Anaheim (Encore)||11:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat., November 28||F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Practice 2 (Encore)||1:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Practice 3||5 a.m.||Live Extra|
|F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Qualifying||8 a.m.||CNBC|
|F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore)||12:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., November 29||F1 Countdown||7 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||7:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Extra||10 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Encore)||4:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Superprestigio of the Americas||9 p.m.||NBCSN|
|GP2 – Abu Dhabi||10 p.m.||NBCSN|
MOTORSPORTS ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA: NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will stream this week’s F1 coverage via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV.
MOTORSPORTSTALK: MotorSportsTalk (@MotorSportsTalk) on NBCSports.com brings racing fans up-to-the-minute news, video and information on Formula One, the Verizon IndyCar Series, and other open-wheel and off-road racing from around the world. The site also serves as the destination for all news, analysis and video from NBC and NBCSN productions of IndyCar and F1, including contributions from on-air commentators.
MotorSportsTalk’s content is provided by top racing journalists and expert analysts, including:
- Luke Smith is creator and editor at Richland F1, which begins its second season this year. Smith works alongside Tony DiZinno in providing F1 content on MotorSportsTalk He’s on Twitter at @LukeSmithF1, primarily handling the F1 scene from Europe in great detail.
- Tony DiZinno has most recently served as web editor for RACER Magazine and provides open wheel coverage on MotorSportsTalk. DiZinno has more than seven years of experience in the industry. Follow him on Twitter at @TonyDiZinno.
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