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Thursday, November 10th, 2016
NICO ROSBERG CAN WIN 2016 FORMULA ONE DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AT BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX THIS SUNDAY AT 10:30 A.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBC Sports Group to Provide Comprehensive Live F1 Brazilian Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying and Race Coverage on NBCSN and NBCSports.com
Sunday’s Race Coverage on NBCSN Begins with F1 Countdown at 10 a.m. ET
NASCAR on NBC Heads to Phoenix This Weekend
STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 10, 2016 – Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg can capture the 2016 Formula One drivers’ championship with a strong performance at the Brazilian Grand Prix this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming coverage of practice, qualifying, and the Mexican Grand Prix.
F1 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 10:30 A.M. ET ON NBCSN
Rosberg has been battling teammate and three-time champion Lewis Hamilton atop the F1 standings all season long, and can capture his first-ever season title at Interlagos this weekend. Rosberg (349 points) currently holds a 19-point advantage over Hamilton (330 points) with two races remaining on the 2016 calendar. If Rosberg wins Sunday’s race, he will win the title. Below are further permutations in which Rosberg can win the championship on Sunday. Rosberg is the two-time defending champion in Brazil.
HOW ROSBERG CAN WIN THE TITLE
|If Rosberg finishes in…||And Hamilton finishes…|
|Second place||Fourth place or worse|
|Third place||Sixth place or worse|
|Fourth place||Eighth place or worse|
|Fifth place||Ninth place or worse|
|Sixth place||10th place or worse|
Hamilton has won the last two races (United States and Mexico) to chip away at his deficit to Rosberg. With a strong showing this Sunday in Brazil, Hamilton would set up a decisive 2016 finale at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN.
Live coverage begins exclusively on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app on Friday at 7 a.m. ET with Practice 1, followed by NBCSN’s live coverage of Practice 2 at 11 a.m. ET. Streaming coverage on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app continues with Practice 3 on Saturday at 8 a.m. ET, followed by qualifying on NBCSN at 11 a.m. ET.
Live Brazilian Grand Prix race coverage begins Sunday afternoon at 10 a.m. ET with F1 Countdown, and F1 Extra will recap the race at 1 p.m. ET. NBCSN will air an encore presentation of the race on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Lead play-by-play announcer Leigh Diffey will call this weekend’s action, 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 report on-site from Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Brazil.
In addition to this week’s live motorsports coverage, NBCSN continues its weekly Thursday Night Motorsports Block tomorrow, with a two-hour block of Grudge Race beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Tomorrow’s motorsports coverage also features Mecum Auctions coverage from Portland beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET.
NASCAR ON NBC HEADS TO PHOENIX THIS WEEKEND
NBC Sports heads to “The Grand Canyon State” for complete coverage of the penultimate races of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series seasons from Phoenix International Raceway. NBCSN presents the final XFINITY race in the Round of 8 Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. Daniel Suarez, Elliott Sadler, Erik Jones and Blake Koch stand above the cut line all seeking their first XFINITY Championship title. NBC Sports’ Sprint Cup race coverage begins Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET as NBC presents the semi-final race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Before Sunday’s green flag falls, pre-race coverage includes a look at Jimmie Johnson’s storied career and quest for an elusive seventh title. Click here for more information.
Following is this week’s NBC Sports Group motorsports coverage schedule:
|Thurs., November 10||NASCAR America||NBCSN||5:30 p.m.|
|Grudge Race||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Nitro World Games All Access||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|Fri., November 11||F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice 1||Streaming||7 a.m.|
|F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice 2||NBCSN||11 a.m.|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Phoenix – Practice||NBCSN||12:30 p.m.|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Phoenix – Practice||NBCSN||1:30 p.m.|
|F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice 2 (Encore)||NBCSN||3 p.m.|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Phoenix – Final Practice||NBCSN||4:30 p.m.|
|NASCAR America||NBCSN||6 p.m.|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Phoenix||NBCSN||6:30 p.m.|
|Sat., November 12||F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice 3||Streaming||8 a.m.|
|F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying||NBCSN||11 a.m.|
|/DRIVE – Colorado||NBCSN||12:30 p.m.|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Phoenix (Encore)||NBCSN||1:30 p.m.|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice – Phoenix||NBCSN||3 p.m.|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Qualifying – Phoenix||NBCSN||4 p.m.|
|NASCAR America||NBCSN||5:30 p.m.|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Phoenix||NBCSN||6 p.m.|
|Countdown to Green||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing from Phoenix||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Post-Race||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|Sun., November 13||F1 Countdown||NBCSN||10 a.m.|
|F1 Brazilian Grand Prix||NBCSN||10:30 a.m.|
|F1 Extra||NBCSN||1 p.m.|
|Countdown to Green||NBC||1:30 p.m.|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Racing from Phoenix||NBC||2:30 p.m.|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Post-Race||NBCSN||6 p.m.|
|NASCAR Victory Lap||NBCSN||6:30 p.m.|
|F1 Brazilian Grand Prix (Encore)||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
MOTORSPORTS ON NBCSPORTS.COM AND THE NBC SPORTS APP: NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming coverage of this weekend’s motorsports content 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.
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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.
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