Hamilton chasing history in Austin as he vies for third US GP win

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Today’s race in Austin could be a very poignant one for Mercedes driver and F1 world championship leader Lewis Hamilton.

Not only could it see him move to within touching distance of his second title, but he could also break Nigel Mansell’s record for the most wins by a British driver in F1.

Hamilton has enjoyed one of the best years of his career in 2014, winning nine races to give himself a 17-point lead at the top of the standings ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg. However, he starts behind his teammate on the front row of the grid at the Circuit of The Americas today.

The Briton now stands on 31 grand prix victories, ranking him joint-sixth in the all-time list alongside Mansell, who raced in F1 between 1980 and 1995. He won the world championship with Williams in 1992 before then winning the CART title one year later.

With victory today in Austin, Hamilton would move clear of Mansell and become the winningest British driver in F1 history, as well as drawing level with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso for fifth in the all-time list with 32 wins.

This would also be Hamilton’s third victory in the United States in just four attempts, having also won at COTA in 2012 and at the last Indy race in 2007.

Hamilton’s record in North America is a mightily impressive one, having won a further three races at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. No driver on the current grid can boast more victories in either Canada or the USA.

The Briton would also draw level with two other British F1 legends on three United States GP victories should he win in Austin today. Jim Clark and Graham Hill won three races apiece at Watkins Glen between 1962 and 1967, with Michael Schumacher being the only driver to have claimed more grands prix victories in the USA, boasting five from Indianapolis.

Finally, today also marks the sixth anniversary of Hamilton’s dramatic world championship win in Brazil, where he overtook Timo Glock on the last corner of the last lap of the last race of the year to deny Felipe Massa the title by a single point.

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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.