Lewis Hamilton set for pit lane start in Hungary

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Lewis Hamilton will start today’s Hungarian Grand Prix from the pit lane after a fire during qualifying caused severe damage to his W05 Hybrid car.

The Briton’s car suffered a fuel leak which caused his engine to catch fire during the first few minutes of Q1 on Saturday. He was forced to pull over at pit entry, and although he escaped unharmed, the same cannot be said for the Mercedes car.

The team has replaced the engine, gearbox and chassis on Hamilton’s car, meaning that he will have to start today’s race from the pit lane.

As he failed to post a time during the session, he fell foul out on the 107% rule that prevents drivers for starting the race if they are too slow. However, the stewards unsurprisingly confirmed that he will be allowed to race.

“The stewards grant permission for car 44 Lewis Hamilton to start the race, as the driver has set satisfactory times in practice at this event,” a statement read. Pastor Maldonado has also been given permission to race in Hungary.

Kevin Magnussen will also start the race from the pit lane after his crash in Q3, but he will start ahead of Hamilton.

Lewis was left in a state of disbelief yesterday after he suffered yet a car problem in qualifying for the second weekend in a row. In Germany, a brake failure caused him to crash during Q1, but he rallied from P20 to third in the race. This time around, he thinks it might be a bit of a tougher task.

“It will be a very difficult afternoon as it’s one of the hardest circuits to overtake on,” Hamilton said. “But these things are sent to try us and how I come out of it is going to be the most important thing.”

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

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.