STAMFORD, Conn. - Sebastian Vettel (Red BullRacing) aims for an unprecedented eighth consecutive victory this Sunday, when NBC Sports presents live coverage of the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX at 1 p.m. CT, highlighting more than 18 hours of Formula 1™ coverage across NBC, NBCSN and CNBC this weekend.

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing RB9
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing RB9

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Race coverage will begin with F1 Countdown, NBC’s 60-minute, on-site pre-race show, at noon CT hosted by NBC Sports Group’s lead F1 commentator Leigh Diffey. Diffey will be on-site at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, alongside David Hobbs (analyst), Steve Matchett (analyst), and Will Buxton (reporter).

In addition to pre-race analysis, F1 Countdown will feature a sit-down interview with Diffey and Vettel, and an introduction to the race voiced over by Rush director Ron Howard.

Vettel, who has already clinched the 2013 drivers' World Championship, enters Sunday’s f1 USGP looking to etch his name in the record books after earning his seventh consecutive win at Abu Dhabi two weekends ago. An eighth straight victory would break the record for most consecutive wins in a Formula 1™ season, eclipsing Michael Schumacher’s seven consecutive wins in 2004.

Sunday’s FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX is the 43rd running of the race, which dates back 1908, when it was known as the American Grand Prize. The F1 USGP made its debut at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin last year, when Lewis Hamilton (then-McLaren, now Mercedes) overtook Vettel to take the checkered flag.

NBCSN will air live coverage of practice on Friday at noon CT. Live coverage of qualifying will air Saturday on CNBC at noon CT. In addition to NBC’s live coverage of the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, NBCSN will air an encore presentation of the race on Sunday at 5 p.m. CT.

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