Raikkonen: Return to Ferrari “100 percent the right decision”

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Kimi Raikkonen has insisted that he has no regrets about returning to Ferrari for the 2014 F1 season despite enduring a difficult year with the Italian team.

After falling out with Lotus over a lack of payment in 2013, Raikkonen took the decision to move back to Ferrari in 2014, partnering Fernando Alonso.

The Finn is Ferrari’s most recent world champion, having claimed the drivers’ title back in 2007 before leaving at the end of 2009 to make way for Alonso. Their partnership was tipped to become one of the most explosive in F1 history, only for it to rarely create a spark due to the team’s struggles in 2014.

Raikkonen currently ranks 12th in the drivers’ championship, some 94 points behind his teammate, but insists that he has no regrets about coming back to Ferrari.

“I’m sure I made 100 percent the right decision,” he said. “Obviously the results haven’t been what I want or what the team wants but that’s how it goes.

“We have improved from where we started and there’s been some better moments but it’s not easy to fix some issues and get things exactly as you want. Then you end up having a small thing here, a small thing there, and paying a big price for it. I’m happy to be here.

“If I’m finishing out of first place I would rather be in a Ferrari than any other team so I’m pretty sure I made the right decision.”

The Finn is expected to remain with Ferrari next season as Fernando Alonso nears the exit at Maranello. He is poised to be replaced by Sebastian Vettel, who has already confirmed that he will be leaving Red Bull at the end of the year.

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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.