Four races free-to-air in new French F1 deal

Sunday, 17 Sep, 2017

"The Singapore race is clearly a signature race... it's also our gateway into Asia which is important for our future and our growth", Carey said on Friday. So far the only night race I have done was in Bahrain, but this will obviously be very different as it is on a street circuit.

In 2015, the average was 87,000 and the highest was 100,000 in 2008 when the first Singapore Grand Prix was hosted. Both Ricciardo and teammate Max Verstappen took engine penalties at the beginning of the weekend but rain in qualifying meant they were able to qualify in the top three. The race is on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 8 a.m. ET, and NBCSN's pre-race live coverage will start at 7 a.m. ET.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel arrives for practice at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore this week.

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With this year being the tenth straight F1 Night Race in Singapore, it has been a landmark event in the country every year - with its races, parties and grand music performances.

For the full driver's list, visit the F1 website. Mercedes now lead Ferrari by 62 points - and this weekend represents a great chance for Ferrari, who undoubtedly hold the upper hand in Singapore - to close the gap on the Silver Arrows.

“Our focus as of today is making sure that the 21 races next year is everything as it can be. The Formula One Group have agreed a deal with French television channel TF1 to show four full races exclusively free-to-air, with the rest of the 2018 season continuing as highlights.