Mercedes drivers on top in practice but lament lack of long-run data

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Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton both came away from Interlagos pleased with their day of practice running ahead of this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, but lamented the lack of long-run data following four red flag periods.

Dani Juncadella, Jean-Eric Vergne, Fernando Alonso and Esteban Gutierrez all had incidents out on track during practice on Friday that warranted red flag periods, thus denying the field meaningful long runs.

With just one hour of practice left before qualifying and the race, it is likely that the teams will have to work with what little data they have on the newly-resurfaced circuit in Sao Paulo, but both Rosberg and Hamilton are expecting conditions to be slightly kinder over the rest of the weekend.

“That was a good day and we are very quick again at this circuit,” Rosberg said. “The track has a new surface which made it quite tricky. It’s smooth and not quite so bumpy as it has been in the past, but the tires were blistering because of the high temperatures and the new asphalt.

“That was a bit worrying, but we are expecting it to be a bit cooler over the weekend. I’m looking forward to tomorrow – it should be a great battle.”

Rosberg is looking to cut into Hamilton’s 24-point lead at the top of the standings in Brazil this weekend, and although he sent out a statement of intent by finishing as the quickest driver in both of Friday’s sessions, Hamilton said that he did not hook up a quick lap time in FP2.

“The car felt good today,” the Briton said. “There are a few improvements we can make but I just didn’t manage to put a lap together out there. That’s not a big issue, though. It’s just practice so that’s what we’re out there trying to do.

‘I’m not sure how many laps we’ll get out of the tires as there were quite a few red flags at the end so we didn’t get the best opportunity for long runs but that’s the same for everyone. It’s hard to tell where the tires are compared to 2013 with the different compounds as we didn’t have any dry running until the race last year.

“Otherwise the circuit felt good. It’s nice and smooth and the grip is good. It’s different every time we come here and you never know what the weather is going to do. But that’s what makes this such an exciting race.”

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.