Button: Overtakes on Vettel and Schumacher ‘most memorable’

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Jenson Button has said that his most memorable overtakes were those on Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher while speaking in an interview with the official Formula One website.

Button was speaking as part of a series called ‘The Finishing Line’ in which drivers are asked more personal questions stemming away from the usual ambiguity of press releases, giving a great insight to their lives and memories.

“Overtaking is always a good feeling,” Button explained. “A couple that have been mentioned recently aren’t necessarily the best moves, but were great moments.

“Going past Sebastian [Vettel] on the last lap at Montreal in 2011 to win the race is one.”

Button had endured a torrid race involving a crash with his teammate, a drive-through penalty, numerous safety cars and a red flag which had relegated him to last place. Eventually though, the Briton came through to seize the victory from Vettel on the final lap of the race in Montreal.

“Overtaking Michael Schumacher at my first ever British Grand Prix is another. There were also some special moves in Brazil, in 2009, when I won the world title having started 15th on the grid but finishing fifth to secure the points I needed.”

Button’s performance in Brazil was certainly more impressive than his singing after the checkered flag, with his rendition of Queen’s “We are the Champions” shocking fans all over the world even if he was full of emotion having secured the 2009 drivers’ championship.

You can read the full interview with Jenson Button here.

Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

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NBC Sports and Feld Motor Sports announced that Peacock and the NBC family of networks will stream all 31 races of the combined Monster Energy Supercross, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and the newly created SuperMotocross World Championship beginning January 7, 2023 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and ending October 14 in the place where Supercross was born: the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The combined series will create a 10-month calendar of events, making it one of the longest professional sports’ seasons in the United States.

The agreement is for multiple years. The season finale will air live on Peacock and the USA Network.

Peacock will present live coverage of all races, qualifying and heats across both series. The 31 total races will mark a record for the combined number of Supercross and Pro Motocross events that NBC Sports will present in a single season.

NBC, USA Network and CNBC will provide coverage of all races, including the SuperMotocross World Championship Playoffs and Final, through 2023 and beyond. For more information about the Peacock streaming service, click here.

“With our wide array of live and original motorsports offerings, Peacock is a natural home for Supercross and Pro Motocross races,” said Rick Cordella, Chief Commercial Officer, Peacock. “We’re looking forward to providing fans with an easily-accessible destination to find every race all season long, including the exciting finish with the newly formed SuperMotocross World Championship.”

MORE: A conversation about media rights created the new SuperMotocross World Championship Series

The NBC family of networks has been home to Supercross for the past several seasons and this is a continuation of that relationship. The media rights for both series expired at the end of 2022, which allowed Supercross and Motocross to combine their efforts.

In fact, it was that conversation that led to the formation of the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX).

The SMX series will begin on September 9, 2023 after the conclusion of the Pro Motocross season. Points will accumulate from both series to seed the SMX championship, which creates a record number of unified races.

“The SuperMotocross World Championship adds a new dimension to the annual Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons that will result in crowning the ultimate World Champion,” said Stephen C. Yaros, SVP Global Media and Supercross for Feld Motor Sports. “We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with NBC Sports so our fans can watch all the racing action streaming live on Peacock and the option to also watch select rounds on NBC, USA Network and CNBC.”

Complete 2023 coverage schedules for Supercross, Pro Motocross and the SuperMotocross World Championship on Peacock, NBC, USA Network and CNBC will be announced in the near future.