Brazilian GP preview and broadcast information
The 2013 Formula 1 season will come to an end after the completion of the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend. The Red Bull – Renault powered cardriven by Sebastian Vettel has already wrapped up the 2013 F-1 World Championship. He will be the favorite to win the race at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on Sunday after winning the last eight consecutive races.
A Vettel victory in Brazil would tie Alberto Ascari’s F1-record nine straight victories spanning the 1952-53 seasons. A win in Brazil would also give Vettel 13 victories this year, tying Michael Schumacher’s F1 record for most wins in one season.
Vettel set a new record after winning the United States Grand Prix as the German became the first driver to win eight consecutive races. The Red Bull driver has already won the championship and leads the driver’s leader board with 372 points while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso is in the second place, trailing the leader by 145 points.
Vettel and his teammate Mark Webber’s impressive form this season, Red Bull have won the constructor’s championship this season. They top the table with 553 points while second place Mercedes are 205 behind them, while Ferrari are third with 333 points.
Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix is the final race on the 2013 F1 schedule, and the fourth F1 race to air live on NBC this year.
NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Brazilian Grand Prix begins Friday at 11 a.m. ET with practice on NBCSN. CNBC will carry live coverage of qualifying on Saturday at 11 a.m. ET, leading into Sunday’s race coverage on NBC at 11 a.m. ET.
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 Brazilian Grand Prix, as well as practice and qualifying in the days preceding the race.
In addition to coverage of the Brazilian Grand Prix, NBC will present coverage of the Red Bull Hare Scramble on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET
The broadcast crew will be NBC F1 lead announcer Leigh Diffey will call the Brazilian 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 Interlagos in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Todd Harris (play-by-play) and Tes Sewell (analyst) will provide live commentary of the Red Bull Hare Scramble in Erzberg, Austria.
Brodcast schedule for this week:
Friday November 22nd – F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN
Saturday November 23rd – F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice (Encore) – Midnight ET on NBCSN
Saturday November 23rd – F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying – 11 a.m. ET on CNBC
Saturday November 23rd – F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore) – 1 a.m. ET on NBCSN
Saturday November 23rd – Red Bull Signature Series – Hare Scramble – 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC
Sunday November 24th – F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – 11 a.m. ET on NBC
Sunday November 24th – F1 Brazilian Grand Prix (Encore) – 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Brazilian GP preview and broadcast information by James Williams