Wolff: No concerns about Hamilton and Rosberg racing each other

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Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff has no concerns about Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg racing each other in today’s Italian Grand Prix in spite of the on-track clash in Belgium two weeks ago.

At Spa, Rosberg made contact with Hamilton when trying to make an overtake, giving the Briton a puncture that ruined his race. Rosberg finished second and extended his championship lead, but was disciplined internally by the team for his role in the incident.

Wolff was left fuming that his two title contenders had made contact, costing the team precious points. Therefore, when the Silver Arrows locked out the front row of the grid at Monza yesterday, the obvious question was asked: “Will there be a repeat?”

“I think it is pretty clear where the line is,” Wolff said. “I have no doubt that this is how the race is going to pan out.”

Following the incident, Hamilton and Rosberg held talks with the team, and were told in no uncertain terms that a repeat event would not be tolerated. However, Wolff confirmed that the team did not discuss a plan of action for if the two went side-by-side into the first chicane at Monza.

“Because we didn’t know the grid we didn’t have the discussion yet,” he said. “But you can see that the two of them are so professional and experienced that after the discussions we had in the week after Spa it should be pretty obvious and clear about what is going to happen tomorrow.

“We are going to have the discussion as always, the strategy discussion, and one of the points is going to be what is happening in the first couple of laps.”

You can watch the Italian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7.30am ET today.

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.