Formula One on NBC

Formula One on NBC
Genre Sports
Presented by Leigh Diffey
David Hobbs
Steve Matchett
Will Buxton
Townsend Bell
Opening theme Fusebox Sound by Michael Schmidt
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
Location(s) Worldwide
Editor(s) Rich O’Connor
Running time Race: 1.5 to 2.5 hours (depending on race length)
Production company(s) NBC Sports
Original network NBC Sports
NBC Sportsworld
NBC Sports Network
NBC Sports Live Extra
Comcast SportsNet
Picture format 16:9
Audio format Stereo
Original release
  • First run: October 17, 1981 (1981-10-17) – September 25, 1982 (1982-09-25)
  • Second run: March 15, 2013 (2013-03-15) – Present
Related shows F1 Countdown
F1 Extra
F1 Paddock Pass

Formula One on NBC is a presentation of Formula 1 produced by NBC Sports. Races, practices, and qualifying are televised on NBC, NBCSN, and CNBC, and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra.


Early days

NBC broadcast both Caesars Palace Grands Prix in 1981 and 1982 on NBC Sportsworld but did not cover F1 races until 2013.


On October 12, 2012, Speed and Fox Sports, then owned by Fox announced that it was unable to renew its contract to air Formula One racing after the conclusion of the 2012 season. Two days later, NBC announced that it had reached a new four-year deal to broadcast F1 races beginning in the 2013 season, with the majority of its coverage to be carried by NBC Sports Network (now NBCSN).[1][2] The races are televised live on NBC, NBCSN, and CNBC and on the NBC Sports Live Extra mobile app, and are typically replayed later in the day on NBCSN.[3]

During Summer Olympic years (one during the contract, in 2016), NBC will assign different NBCUniversal channels to air races as a result of scheduling conflicts. For 2016, CNBC (used for Premier League, INDYCAR, and Formula One for NBCSN conflicts) will have some Formula One Practices and qualifying along with three races, Austria, Britain and Hungary.


Leigh Diffey hosts the broadcasts and provides lap-by-lap commentary, with David Hobbs and Steve Matchett providing analysis. For most races, they call the action from NBC Sports' studio in Stamford, Connecticut; however, they do call the Monaco, Canadian, and United States Grands Prix on location. At all races, Will Buxton reports from pit lane and conducts pre-race and post-race interviews but he was replaced by Townsend Bell for Malaysia and Mexico.


  1. "SPEED coverage of Formula One comes to an end in 2012". Retrieved October 13, 2012.
  2. "Formula 1 lands four-year deal with NBC". Racer. Retrieved October 16, 2012.
  3. Jenna Fryer (October 14, 2012). "NBC Sports Group gets US rights to Formula One". The Huffington Post. AOL. Associated Press.
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