Hamilton: Rosberg and I are still friends (VIDEO)

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Lewis Hamilton has said that he and teammate Nico Rosberg are still friends following a tenuous two-week period that ended in a clean win for the Briton in the Italian Grand Prix today.

Hamilton recovered from a bad start to defeat Rosberg on Sunday at Monza, capitalizing on two mistakes from the German driver that saw him drop behind his teammate. When he moved into the lead, Hamilton pushed ahead and wasn’t troubled for the race win thanks to a peerless display.

Many thought that the battle between the two Mercedes teammates would end badly following their clash at the Belgian Grand Prix two weeks ago, but in the end it was a very clean fight.

“A big congratulations to the team,” Hamilton said after the race. “They said that they wanted a one-two and they got it today.

“It was a difficult race. For whatever reason, the start, there was a bug in the sequence. On the formation lap, it didn’t work. Very, very strange. I tried to pull away as fast as possible but the RPM was all over the place. Fortunately I managed to not lose too many places.”

Hamilton was advised by the team to drop back from Rosberg to avoid losing time in his tow, but the Briton opted to push on and it proved to be the right call.

“They said that I should stay back, but knowing from experiences, I knew that wasn’t the way forwards, so I chose another route,” he said.

On the podium, Hamilton was asked by former F1 driver Jean Alesi whether he and Rosberg were still friends.

“Of course,” Lewis said. “We’re teammates. We always will be.”

Rosberg was still graced with boos on the podium, just as he was at Spa. However, he still leads the drivers’ championship by 22 points ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

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.