The 2013 FIA Formula 1 season kicks off Down Under this week. A few notes:
This from the 2012 INDYCAR banquet -- the host. NBC was probably happy that he hosted, since he will be a part of NBC's F1 broadcasts.
NBC has been showing their F1 preview show for a few days consecutively -- trying to get viewers ready when the lights extinguish for the Rolex Grand Prix Sunday morning.
F1 fans will have to get used to a new broadcast home in the United States, as Comcast (NBC Sports Network) has replaced longtime carrier SPEED. This weekend begins the first of a four-year deal. The announced schedule:
1:30 AM ET NBC Sports Network – Rolex Australian Grand Prix, Korean Grand Prix, Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix
2:30 AM ET NBC Sports Network – Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix, UBS Chinese Grand Prix
5:00 AM ET NBC Sports Network – Airtel Grand Prix of India
7:30 AM ET NBC Sports Network – Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, SingTel Singapore Grand Prix, Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and all European Rounds EXCEPT those listed under CNBC and NBC Broadcast Network.
7:30 AM ET NBC Broadcast Network – Grand Prix de Monaco.
7:30 AM ET CNBC – Santander British Grand Prix, Großer Preis Santander von Deutschland
11:00 AM ET NBC Broadcast Network -- Grande Prêmio Petrobras do Brasil
1:00 PM ET NBC Broadcast Network Live Onsite – United States Grand Prix
2:00 PM ET NBC Broadcast Network Live Onsite – Grand Prix du Canada