F1 Chinese Grand Prix live stream:
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Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have the front row for the F1 Chinese Grand Prix, and here’s how you can watch.
The Formula One Chinese Grand Prix is almost here, and Lewis Hamilton once again has his Mercedes on the pole. But Hamilton expects to face stiff opposition from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who won the first race of the season and qualified in second at the Shanghai International Circuit.
If you’re looking to watch the race in the United States, you can stream the whole thing online at NBC Sports Live. It will be broadcast on television by NBCSN, but you’ll have to keep some pretty odd hours to take part as the race begins at 2 a.m. ET.
The schedule of the Formula 1 season includes multiple races that begin around this time, but as the season goes on they are fewer in number and many more end up at more reasonable hours, from 8 a.m. to early afternoon in some cases.
“I think the Ferraris are going to have a very strong car,” said Hamilton after Saturday’s qualifying session. “Particularly a step up more in the race pace and how they treat the tires, particularly when it’s warm.”
With the potential for a wet race after weather wiped out two practice sessions earlier in the weekend, things are an even bigger question mark.
“Tomorrow is going to be an unusual day,” Hamilton said.
Behind Vettel by only one thousandth of a second is the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas, who himself qualified in front of the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen. Thus far, Bottas has been good, but in two qualifying sessions hasn’t pushed his teammate, Hamilton. Last season, Hamilton was engaged in a battle with then-teammate Nico Rosberg, who eventually won the championship and retired in the offseason.
One Red Bull is near the front of the pack with Daniel Ricciardo qualifying in fifth, while one is near the back with Max Verstappen qualifying in 17th after having engine problems in qualifying. Both Williams drivers made it into the top 10, with Massa qualifying sixth and Stroll qualifying 10th.
Nico Hulkenberg of Renault, Sergio Perez of Force India and Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso all also qualified in the top 10. Other notables include Fernando Alonso of McLaren coming in at No. 13 after a disappointing practice session but strong first qualifying session.
Below is all the information you need to catch the race online and on television in the United States on Sunday.
How to watch Formula One Chinese Grand Prix
Date: Sunday, April 9
Location: Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai
Time: 2 a.m. ET
Online Streaming: NBC Sports Live