F1: Year-on-year, Ferrari’s gains, Mercedes’ continued edge reigns after four races

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With back-to-back Grands Prix in the books at China and Bahrain, the 2015 Formula One season is already more than 20 percent complete. Four of the now 19 races are in the books, with the first set of flyaway races done before the primarily European stretch between May and early September.

In looking at the year-on-year points standings, Mercedes’ dominance has carried over – that is no surprise. But to see the gains made by Ferrari from a pure numbers standpoint is impressive, as the stats do back up the pace enhancements made by the Scuderia over the winter.

Additionally, there have been fewer “big” points available for the taking thus far beyond Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams this year, whereas last year it was a mad scramble from third on back behind the pair of Mercedes.

Here’s a look at where the points standings were last year after four races, followed by where they are now in 2015:

DRIVER’S CHAMPIONSHIP

2014 2015
1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 79 1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 93
2. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 75 2. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 66
3. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 41 3. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 65
4. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 36 4. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 42
5. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 33 5. Felipe Massa, Williams, 31
6. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 24 6. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 30
7. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 24 7. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 19
8. Jenson Button, McLaren, 23 8. Felipe Nasr, Sauber, 14
9. Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, 20 9. Romain Grosjean, Lotus, 12
10. Sergio Perez, Force India, 18 10. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 6
11. Felipe Massa, Williams, 12 11. Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso, 6
12. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 11 12. Carlos Sainz Jr., Toro Rosso, 6
13. Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, 4 13. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, 5
14. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 4 14. Sergio Perez, Force India, 5
NC. Romain Grosjean, Lotus 15. Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull, 4
NC. Marcus Ericsson, Caterham NC. Fernando Alonso, McLaren
NC. Pastor Maldonado, Lotus NC. Jenson Button, McLaren
NC. Kevin Magnussen, McLaren

 

CONSTRUCTOR’S CHAMPIONSHIP

2014 2015
1. Mercedes, 154 1. Mercedes, 159
2. Red Bull, 57 2. Ferrari, 107
3. Force India, 54 3. Williams, 61
4. Ferrari, 52 4. Red Bull, 23
5. McLaren, 43 5. Sauber, 19
6. Williams, 36 6. Lotus, 12
7. Toro Rosso, 8 7. Toro Rosso, 12
8. Lotus, 0 8. Force India, 11
9. Sauber, 0 9. McLaren, 0

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.