The F1 Australian Grand Prix 2016 live stream online and TV coverage gets going late Saturday, or early Sunday, depending on the region of the country one lives in. This latest Formula One race will take place on the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit at Alberta Park over 58 laps. Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton has the pole position and will try to repeat as the winner once again, while his containing rivals, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel, will attempt to take the win. Will any team be able to outdo Mercedes as the season gets underway? Fans of F1 racing will be able to watch it all unfold with Australian Grand Prix live streaming and televised viewing available through the NBC Sports Networks on late Saturday or early Sunday morning.
According to BBC Sport in their March 19 report, Hamilton took pole position for this season’s first official race, but the new elimination qualifying format has already been under heavy criticism. Hamilton was able to take a lap 0.360 seconds faster than his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, but during the final five minutes of qualifying, the track was empty. Due to the new format, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen weren’t participants during that final five minutes. Ferrari decided it couldn’t beat the Mercedes and opted to save a set of tires for the race itself. Vettel and Raikkonen will start at third and fourth on the starting grid behind Hamilton and Rosberg as they get going in Melbourne. Even Rosberg would admit after his second-place finish, “It’s good to try something but it hasn’t worked – so we should go back.”
Starting in the fifth spot will be Max Verstappen of Toro Rosso, with Williams drier Felipe Massa in the sixth spot. Carlos Sainz has the seventh spot with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo in eighth. Rounding out the top 10 of the starting grid are Sergio Perez and Nico Huldenberg of Force India. A total of 22 drivers will be a part of this season-starting race, with MRT’s Rio Haryanto and Pascal Wehrlein in the final two positions of the grid. Haryanto was actually made to start in 22nd place for the lineup due to a grid penalty being placed against him.
With 2015 Formula 1 champ Lewis Hamilton capturing the pole position for Sunday, it became the 50th in his legendary career so far. He’s listed as a 1 to 2 favorite on the future odds to win the F1 Drivers Championship for 2016, with Vettel an 11 to 4 favorite and Rosberg at 3 to 1. Kimi Raikkonen has odds of 22 to 1 followed by Daniel Ricciardo at 40 to 1. When it comes to Sunday’s big race, Hamilton is priced as the favorite to win at -250 at the Bovada online sports book, followed by Rosberg at +300, Vettel at +700 and Raikkonen at +2000. Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto are both huge long shots priced at +500000 as of this report.
The 2016 Australian Grand Prix has a scheduled start time of 1 a.m. Eastern Time on Sunday morning. Live television coverage of this race is available for United States viewers on NBC Sports Network where available. To watch the Australian Grand Prix live streaming online, viewers will need to log into the NBC Sports Live Extra website or mobile apps.