NBC released its broadcast times for the 2015 Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix on Thursday, October 29, and updated the schedule via social media on Friday. NBC will air the grand prix live on its main channel, NBC, starting on Sunday at 2 p.m. Eastern. The network will also broadcast free practice sessions and qualifying across its various television and live streaming properties.
According to NBC, the schedule of TV broadcasts and live streaming for American fans follows below. All times listed are Eastern.
Friday, October 30:
- 12 p.m. Free Practice 1 — LiveExtra — LIVE.
- 1 p.m. Free Practice 1 — NBCSN — Same-day delay.
- 4 p.m. Free Practice 2 — LiveExtra — LIVE.
- 11:30 p.m. Free Practice 2 — NBCSN – Same-day delay.
Saturday, October 31:
- 12 p.m. Free Practice 3 — LiveExtra — LIVE.
- 3 p.m. Qualifying — CNBC — LIVE.
Sunday, November 1:
- 1 a.m. Qualifying — NBCSN — rebroadcast.
- 1:30 p.m. “F1 Countdown” (pre-race show) — NBC.
- 2 p.m. Mexican Grand Prix — NBC — LIVE.
- 7 p.m. Mexican Grand Prix — NBCSN — Rebroadcast.
At the United States Grand Prix October 25, British driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes successfully defended his title, taking his second consecutive and third world championship. The fight in the drivers’ championship now goes to who will take second and third with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel just four points ahead of Hamilton’s teammate, Nico Rosberg. Vettel has 251 points; Rosberg challenges with 247.
With two races left after Mexico, the Constructors’ Championship was decided even earlier in the season. After the U.S. Grand Prix, Mercedes now has 574 points. Going into Mexico, Ferrari has 374 points in second place and Williams is in third with 220.
Driver Sergio Perez of Force India will be the home country favorite at this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City. Perez, 25, was only two years old the last time Formula 1 brought a grand prix to Mexico. Ferrari reserve and test driver, Esteban Gutiérrez, also a Mexican native, is another driver who, while likely not on track for the race, will still receive support from the Mexican fans.
Recent reports have claimed that the rebirth of the Mexican Grand Prix this year affected attendance at the United States Grand Prix in neighboring Texas. With Mexican fans coming to Texas in past years to cheer on their favorites at the race closest to home in the season, this year many stayed home to support their own race that was scheduled to take place the very next weekend.
This season, Formula 1 will have had four races in the Western Hemisphere — in Canada, United States, Mexico, and Brazil. After Brazil on November 15, the road shows turns east again to finish the 2015 season in Abu Dhabi on November 29.