Report: Caterham can run next season with 2014 car if buyer can be found

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Time will tell if we’ve seen the last of Caterham in Formula One, but should a new buyer be found for the team, it will have the ability to run next season with its 2014 car, the CT05.

Britain’s Press Association reports that the team has received a special dispensation to do just that following a recent meeting of the Formula One Commission in Geneva, Switzerland.

The decision must still be ratified by the World Motor Sport Council during its own meeting this week in Qatar.

But with no need to worry about money toward building a new car in 2015, potential buyers may now see the financially stricken Caterham as a less costly way to enter the sport and get a proper base for 2016.

“The F1 Commission and FIA agreed if it would assist the weaker teams they can use the 2014 car next year, so giving them more time and options,” Caterham administrator Finbarr O’Connell said to the PA. “That is of interest to all the parties I’m talking to because it gives them a choice, an easier start to get into F1 if they chose that route. It helps.”

Caterham needed a successful crowd-funding campaign to make it to the grid for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. During that weekend, O’Connell said that a sale of the team by Christmas was important to ensure its survival.

But while he’s still pushing for a pre-Christmas deal with somebody, he said the deadline is no longer as urgent thanks to the dispensation.

“It now doesn’t have to happen by then, but the earlier the better from my point of view, and I’m encouraging people as much as I can,” he said. “It’s a very difficult purchase decision for any party because of the huge costs involved in running a F1 team. I’m still talking to a few interested parties, and I’m hoping one of them can do the deal.

“The number of people I’m talking to has increased, with two very strong candidates, and a third less strong. All I can do is show what I have, show the team, the assets and the facilities, and facilitate in any way I can with them making a decision. I remain confident something will be done.”

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.