Formula One: Sebastian Vettel The Favorite In Japan -- Preview and Broadcast Information

By James Williams
Presse Sports-USA TODAY Sports

Come Sunday at the Japanese Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel looks to wrap up his fourth consecutive Formula One World Championship. His Team Red Bull powered Renault can accomplish the feat this weekend with a win, coupled with a finish of ninth or worse by Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), who trails Vettel by 77 points in the F1 points standings with five races remaining.

Vettel is a three-time winner at the Japanese Grand Prix, earning victories in three of the last four seasons at Suzuka International Racing Course, while Alonso has won the event twice. Vettel clinched his second World Championship in 2011 at the Japanese Grand Prix with a third-place finish.

Vettel enters the Japanese Grand Prix following back-to-back “Grand Slams” at the Singapore and Korean Grand Prix, where he won the pole position, led every lap and recorded the fastest lap en route to victory. It was only the third time ever a driver has achieved a Grand Slam in consecutive F1 races, and the first time in 50 years.

With a fourth consecutive World Championship, Vettel tied Alain Prost (four) and trail only Juan Manuel Fangio (five) and Michael Schumacher (seven) for the most career F1 World Championships. Vettel’s resume currently includes numerous F1 records, including youngest pole-sitter, youngest race winner, and youngest world champion.

Broadcast information:

Live coverage of the Japanese Grand Prix begins with practice on Friday at 1 a.m. ET on NBCSN, followed by qualifying on NBCSN on Saturday at 1 a.m. ET. Live race coverage of the Japanese Grand Prix begins on Sunday at 1:30 a.m. ET. NBCSN will also air an encore presentation of the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

F1 Extra, NBC Sports Group’s half-hour post-race show, will air immediately following the conclusion of NBCSN’s Japanese Grand Prix coverage.


Live coverage of practice, qualifying, and the Japanese Grand Prix can also be seen on NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets.


Sirius XM has the race live as does the BBC 5 Live for those listening outside the United States. Real time tracking of the practices, qualifying and the race can be found at

Rant Sports columnist James Williams is a seven time Emmy Award winning producer, director and writer. Follow him on Twitter @Wordmandc and add him to your Google circles.

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