FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 9th, 2014
FORMULA ONE RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX FROM SOCHI HIGHLIGHTS MORE THAN 30 HOURS OF MOTORSPORTS COVERAGE ON NBCSN THIS WEEKEND
F1 Russian Grand Prix Airs Live at 6:30 a.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN; Encore Presentation Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Live Comprehensive Russian Grand Prix Coverage Begins Friday on NBCSN with Practice 2 at 6 a.m. ET; Qualifying Saturday at 7 a.m. ET
F1 Countdown Previews Russian Grand Prix Tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET
NBCSN Presents 10 Hours of Mecum Auctions Coverage from Chicago Beginning Tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET
STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 9, 2014 – Formula One returns to Russia for the first time in 100 years this weekend, when Lewis Hamilton looks to extend his lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg at the Russian Grand Prix from Sochi, Russia, site of the XXII Olympic Winter Games this past February, on Sunday at 6:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN.
This weekend’s motorsports action on NBCSN also includes 10 hours of coverage from Mecum Auctions in Chicago, beginning tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream both the Russian Grand Prix and Mecum Auctions events.
F1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 6:30 A.M. ET ON NBCSN
Live coverage from the Sochi Audtodrom begins Friday morning with Practice 1 at 2 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra, followed by Practice 2 at 6 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Live Extra will stream Practice 3 on Saturday at 4 a.m. ET, prior to live qualifying at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN.
Live Russian Grand Prix coverage begins Sunday at 6:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN, followed by F1 Extra at 9 a.m. ET. NBCSN will air an encore presentation of the Russian Grand Prix at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Formula One returns to the site of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, on the 100th anniversary of the last Russian Grand Prix at a brand new circuit. F1 ran two races in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1913 and 1914 prior to World War II.
Hamilton won last week’s Japanese Grand Prix, which was red-flagged on the 44th lap after Marussia driver Jules Bianchi was seriously injured, crashing into a recovery vehicle tending to Adrian Sutil, who had gone off track due to wet conditions. Hamilton now leads Rosberg by 10 points in the F1 points standings with four races remaining.
Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call the Russian 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 the Sochi Autodrom, and will also call the GP2 race Saturday at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN.
In addition, NBC Sports Group’s F1 telecast team will preview the race weekend on F1 Countdown tomorrow afternoon at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
MECUM AUCTIONS: CHICAGO – BEGINS TONIGHT AT 6:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBCSN continues its presentation of Mecum Auctions with 10 hours of coverage from its Chicago auction this weekend, beginning tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET. Coverage continues Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by a live presentation on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET. Mecum Auctions coverage will follow the F1 Russian Grand Prix on Sunday at 10 a.m. ET.
This weekend’s auction will feature more than 1,000 classic and collector cars, including a Bloomington Gold Survivor 1967 Silver-on-Red COPO Corvette Convertible, and a 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T.
Scott Hoke will host NBCSN’s Mecum Auctions coverage on-site at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill., alongside analysts John Kraman, Stephen Cox, and Bill Stephens. Mecum Auctions is led by Dana Mecum, Founder and President of Mecum Auctions for the past 27 years.
Motorsports Coverage This Week on NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra (subject to change):
|Thurs., October 9||NASCAR AMERICA||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions – Chicago||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Fri., October 10||Speed Energy Formula Off-Road Series||12 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Russian Grand Prix – Practice 1||2 a.m.||NBC Sports Live Extra|
|F1 Russian Grand Prix – Practice 2||6 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Countdown||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions – Chicago||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat., October 11||F1 Russian Grand Prix – Practice 2 (Encore)||12:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Russian Grand Prix – Practice 3||3 a.m.||NBC Sports Live Extra|
|F1 Russian Grand Prix – Qualifying||7 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Off The Grid (Encore)||8:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions – Chicago (Encore)||9 a.m.||NBCSN|
|GP2 Russia||11:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions – Chicago||1 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., October 12||F1 Russian Grand Prix||6:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Extra||9 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Off The Grid – Singapore||9:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions – Chicago||10 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Russian Grand Prix – Encore||1:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Extra||4 p.m.||NBCSN|
MOTORSPORTS 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 streaming coverage of this week’s F1 Russian Grand Prix and Mecum Auctions coverage. NBC Sports Live Extra’s F1 presentations allow viewers to access live on-board shots from various drivers, live shots on pit lane, highlights and an interactive track map.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at http://www.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.
All live-event programming 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.
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- Luke Smith is creator and editor at Richland F1, which begins its second season this year. 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 has more than seven years of experience in the industry. Follow him on Twitter at @TonyDiZinno.
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