Bottas surprised with top three qualifying result

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Valtteri Bottas has admitted that he is surprised to have qualified third for tomorrow’s Hungarian Grand Prix given the nature of the Hungaroring circuit.

The Finnish driver is currently enjoying a three-race podium streak, but he did not appear to stand much chance of extending it when the Williams cars struggled to even finish inside the top ten during practice.

However, in qualifying, Bottas appeared to find another gear and eventually finished third in Q3 despite the tight Hungaroring circuit not suiting the FW36 car.

“I think maybe it’s a little bit of a surprise,” he accepted. “We knew that Red Bull are going to be really quick here and also Ferrari and obviously Mercedes like always.

“The nature of the track in theory is not the best for us, but we’ve been able to work well as a team to bring some updates which really worked well.

“Obviously we’re still missing some grip compared to some other cars but today was, I think, a really good day from us. Third and sixth, we have a good chance also here to get some really good points.”

Bottas will start one place behind Sebastian Vettel on the grid and one place ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, and he is expecting to enjoy a race-long fight with the Red Bulls in Hungary tomorrow.

“Tomorrow it’s going to be a really close fight with Red Bull and us,” Bottas said. “So we need to see how the pace is.

“If it’s enough, keeping them behind us, at least one of them, that would be good.”

Vettel joked about the speed of Bottas’ car, saying: “In a Williams, I guess it’s fantastic down the straights!” when asked about the difficulty of overtaking at the Hungaroring.

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.