Lewis Hamilton back in action on Friday after illness

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After being forced to cut short his running on Thursday in Barcelona due to a fever, Lewis Hamilton returned to the wheel of the Mercedes W06 Hybrid feeling slightly better and hungry to get back in the car.

The Briton completed just 11 laps on Thursday before withdrawing and handing the running over to Mercedes reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein, but made up the time today by taking over from Nico Rosberg in the afternoon session.

Hamilton finished the session in fifth place, just four-tenths of a second behind pace-setter Daniel Ricciardo despite using the medium-compound tire, which is thought to be one second per lap slower than the soft.

Speaking after the session, Hamilton admitted that he did not feel 100% just yet but was keen to get back in action.

“I’ve felt better but I miss driving so I wanted to get in the car,” Hamilton said. “It’s been good today to get out there and get some laps in. I’m not sure where we stand compared to the others.

“The first test was just about completing loads of laps and today was the same, so I’ve not really started dialing the car into how I’d like to perfect it. Quick laps are for Saturday in qualifying.

“But it feels good. Similar to last year but better. We’re just focused on our own job, getting lots and lots of miles on the car, proving everything out and making the most of the time we have before the season starts.”

Rosberg was subbed out in order to keep him fresh for his next run on Sunday, with the German driver also suffering a small strain on his neck due to a change in his driving position over the winter.

Hamilton will be back in action on Saturday in Barcelona before handing the W06 Hybrid over to Rosberg for the final day of running on Sunday.

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.