Alonso: P5 much better than what we expect

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Fernando Alonso has come away from qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix with his tail up after finishing fifth and ahead of some drivers that he did not expect to beat.

The Spaniard was one of the earliest drivers to post his final time in Q3 on Saturday, meaning that he could not take advantage of the track improving late on, but he does not feel that he could have finished any higher than fifth.

“I always think it’s a fantastic result, P5,” Alonso said. “I don’t think that we could beat the guys in front.

“Probably if we go a little bit later with the track a little bit drier, we could do something, we could recover one-tenth or two-tenths – position four is six-tenths in front of me, so it doesn’t change too much.”

Alonso benefitted from Lewis Hamilton’s engine fire which left the Mercedes driver at the back of the grid, and also Felipe Massa’s failure to put in a later lap time for Williams.

“P5 is much better than what we expect,” he said. “If Hamilton was on track, if Felipe could do another lap, our position maybe would have been a little bit lower than that so we take some opportunities that arrive to us.

“Starting on the clean side, which normally here is very important in Hungary, so I expect a very strong start, hopefully gain some positions, try to be P4 or P3 at the end of the first lap, that will give us a chance.”

The Spaniard claimed his first ever win in Formula 1 at this track back in 2003, and although a repeat result isn’t on the cards, he will be looking to score some good points and continue his streak of top ten finishes, which dates back last year’s Indian Grand Prix.

You can watch the Hungarian Grand Prix live on CNBC and Live Extra from 7:30am ET tomorrow.

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.