Alonso fastest in first practice for Singapore GP


Fernando Alonso has finished fastest in the first free practice session for this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.

The Ferrari driver posted a fastest lap of 1:49.056 to outpace both of the Mercedes drivers in the first session at Marina Bay as the drivers got their first taste of racing under the lights in Singapore on Friday evening.

As the session began when there was still some daylight, most opted not to complete any serious running in the first part of the session despite having a free set of Pirelli tires available. Instead, the majority of the quick times came once the track had rubbered in, with Alonso finishing at the top of the timesheets.

Kimi Raikkonen could not match his teammate’s pace in the sister Ferrari, finishing seventh and some 1.7 seconds down on Alonso’s time. The Finn’s session came to an early end after a brake fire with three minutes remaining.

Instead, it was the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg who posed the stiffest challenge to the Spaniard, finishing second and third respectively. As many expected, Red Bull showed signs of good pace in first practice in Singapore. Sebastian Vettel, a three-time winner of the race, came home in fourth place ahead of teammate Daniel Ricciardo. However, he was forced to pull his car over at the end of the pit lane once the session had finished due to an engine problem.

Jean-Eric Vergne rallied to finish sixth for Toro Rosso, but he was also sidelined after an ERS failure on his car. Toro Rosso teammate Daniil Kvyat finished behind Jenson Button and ahead of Sergio Perez, who rounded out the top ten.

The session also gave drivers a first chance to get to grips with the new radio regulations. Many asked their engineers questions that could not be answered, forcing them to give vague and nondescript answers.

Alonso’s pace will certainly give Ferrari some encouragement, and the Italian marque will hope to carry this form over into FP2 later today.

You can watch FP2 live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 9.30am ET today.

Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

Peacock Supercross Motocross 2023
Feld Entertainment, Inc.

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.