Verstappen: No major updates for Toro Rosso until Austria

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MONTMELO – Max Verstappen has revealed that Toro Rosso’s biggest update package will not break cover until the Austrian Grand Prix in June.

This weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix marks the beginning of the European season in Formula 1, and is usually the venue where most of the teams introduce a major update package on their cars.

Lotus, Ferrari and Red Bull are all set to run with a number of upgrades on their cars in a bid to move up the order, but Verstappen revealed that Toro Rosso will only be making a few minor changes for the race in Spain.

“It’s little things, so hopefully a few tenths would be nice, but we have to wait and see,” Verstappen said. “It’s not our biggest update what’s coming for the upcoming races.

“I think still the car we had is very strong high-speed anyway, so I don’t see a reason why we can’t fight for points.”

When asked by MotorSportsTalk when the biggest upgrade on the STR10 would arrive, Verstappen said: “I think more around Austria. That’s where we have a bigger gain.”

With such fine margins separating the midfield teams, losing ground in the development race could cause Toro Rosso to fall further back, and Verstappen admitted that the team will face a tough challenge in the next four races.

“Of course, it will be quite hard,” he said. “Lotus is quite strong at the moment, but with Sauber, McLaren – we still have to wait because for sure their engine will improve.

“But yeah, I’m still confident that we have a great car.”

Two-time world champion Mika Hakkinen was forced to backtrack on comments about Verstappen being too young for F1 earlier this week, admitting that the Dutchman had proven him wrong so far this season.

“I think it’s a good thing,” Verstappen said. “I’m showing good performances in F1 so far in the racing, and it’s always nice that people are coming back on earlier conclusions. So yeah, I’m happy about that.”

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.