via press release:
NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS MORE THAN 18 HOURS OF FORMULA ONE™ UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX COVERAGE ACROSS NBC, NBCSN AND CNBC
Coverage of United States Grand Prix Begins Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC
Four-Time World Champion Sebastian Vettel Aims for Eighth Consecutive Victory
Leigh Diffey, David Hobbs, Steve Matchett and Will Buxton On-Site
Live Coverage Begins with Practice on Friday at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN; Qualifying Airs at Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on CNBC
“This is our Super Bowl. We’re gearing up for the race of the year.” – NBC Sports Group F1 Commentator Leigh Diffey
STAMFORD, Conn. – November 12, 2013 – Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) aims for an unprecedented eighth consecutive victory this Sunday, when NBC Sports presents live coverage of the United States Grand Prix at 2 p.m. ET, highlighting more than 18 hours of Formula One™ coverage across NBC, NBCSN and CNBC this weekend.
Race coverage will begin with F1 Countdown, NBC’s 60-minute, on-site pre-race show, at 1 p.m. ET hosted by NBC Sports Group’s lead F1 commentator Leigh Diffey. Diffey will be on-site at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, alongside David Hobbs (analyst), Steve Matchett (analyst), and Will Buxton (reporter).
In addition to pre-race analysis, F1 Countdown will feature a sit-down interview with Diffey and Vettel, and an introduction to the race voiced over by Rush director Ron Howard.
Vettel, who has already clinched the 2013 World Championship, enters Sunday’s United States Grand Prix looking to etch his name in the record books after earning his seventh consecutive win at Abu Dhabi two weekends ago. An eighth straight victory would break the record for most consecutive wins in a Formula One™ season, eclipsing Michael Schumacher’s seven consecutive wins in 2004.
Sunday’s United States Grand Prix is the 43rd running of the race, which dates back 1908, when it was known as the American Grand Prize. The United States Grand Prix made its debut at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin last year, when Lewis Hamilton (then-McLaren, now Mercedes) overtook Vettel to take the checkered flag.
NBCSN will air live coverage of practice on Friday at 1 p.m. ET. Live coverage of qualifying will air Saturday on CNBC at 1 p.m. ET. In addition to NBC’s live coverage of the United States Grand Prix, NBCSN will air an encore presentation of the race on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET.
|Fri., November 15||F1 United States Grand Prix – Practice||NBCSN||1 p.m.|
|F1 United States Grand Prix – Practice (Encore)||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|Sat., November 16||F1 36||NBCSN||12:30 a.m.|
|F1 United States Grand Prix – Qualifying||CNBC||1 p.m.|
|F1 Singapore Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore)||NBCSN||6:30 p.m.|
|F1 Singapore Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore)||NBCSN||11 p.m.|
|Sun., November 17||F1 Countdown||NBC||1 p.m.|
|F1 United States Grand Prix||NBC||2 p.m.|
|F1 United States Grand Prix (Encore)||NBCSN||6 p.m.|
COMMENTATORS: Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call the United States Grand Prix on-site from the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Diffey will be joined by veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett, and F1 insider and reporter Will Buxton.
Following are quotes from Tuesday’s NBC Sports Group United States Grand Prix conference call:
Leigh Diffey: “This is our Super Bowl. We’re gearing up for the biggest game of our year.”
NBC Formula One™ producer Rich O’Connor: “Austin is not only a great race, but a great event. We want to make sure it comes across to the viewers. Every time we air F1 races, we’ve tried to make it a big event in all of our coverage.”
David Hobbs on Sebastian Vettel: “We are looking at a genius behind the wheel. We are seeing history being made here.”
Will Buxton on Vettel: “When you put him in a car, he is a ruthless operator…he’s likeable outside of the car, but he is unflinching in his determination to win at all costs…he is the all-around sporting superstar.”
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 United States 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.
MOTORSPORTSTALK: MotorSportsTalk (@MotorSportsTalk) on NBCSports.com brings racing fans up-to-the-minute news, video and information on the IZOD IndyCar Series, Formula One, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and all other motorsports 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:
- Keith Collantine (@KeithCollantine), editor and creator of the F1Fanatic blog;
- Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1) creator of the F1 site RichlandF1.com;
- Tony DiZinno (@TonyDiZinno), who has written for RACER Magazine and has covered IndyCar and NASCAR since 2006;
- Writer Christopher Estrada (@estradawriting) who has written for the Boston Globe, FoxSports.com, created the Indy Racing Revolution blog and is a contributor to IndyCar’s IndyCar Nation blog.