Vettel disappointed to lose second, but feels Mercedes deserved one-two finish in Spain

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MONTMELO – Sebastian Vettel felt frustrated to have lost second place to Lewis Hamilton in the final stages of the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday, but felt that P3 was the best result Ferrari could manage given the relative pace of its car.

Vettel made a good start to leapfrog Hamilton into second place by the end of the first lap, and defended well to keep the Briton back and force him to switch to a three-stop strategy.

Despite showing good pace on the medium compound tire, Vettel faded in the final part of the grand prix when he switched to hards before ultimately finishing 45 seconds down on the race winner.

Speaking after the race, Vettel said he was disappointed to lose second place, but thought that Mercedes deserved its one-two finish in Barcelona.

“Well to be honest I thought it would be tricky to keep him behind,” Vettel said. “They were a fair amount quicker as we saw at the end of the race.

“Obviously we were a bit lucky, at the first pit stop Lewis had a problem, so we were able to stay ahead. I think we reacted as well as we could.

“Then he decided to pit very early and go for a three-stop. I think it was our best chance to stay out, which is what we did, but unfortunately I came out in a bit of traffic. Lost maybe a couple of seconds, two or three seconds, which would have been just enough to stay in front.”

“With the speed they had, they deserved to finish in front of us today. So well done to them.”

Vettel believes that Ferrari has made progress since the last race in Bahrain, though, and remains confident for the upcoming races.

“For us, I’m pretty confident we will get closer again pretty soon, so hopefully in two weeks’ time it will be a different picture,” Vettel said.

“I think we’ve done a step forwards as a team in terms of performance. Obviously it doesn’t really show here but I’m quite confident for the next couple of races.”

Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams

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With three multiple winners now vying for the championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Chase Sexton earned his second victory of the season in Detroit when Aaron Plessinger fell on the final lap. Though he was penalized seven points for disobeying a flag, Sexton is third in the championship race. The Honda rider trails leader Cooper Webb (two victories) by 17 points, and defending series champion Eli Tomac (five wins) is three points behind Webb in second with seven races remaining.

Tomac won last year in Seattle on the way to his second season title.

Honda riders have a Supercross-leading 20 victories in the Seattle event but none at Lumen Field since Justin Barcia in 2013. Tomac and Barcia are the only past 450 Seattke winners entered in Saturday’s event.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 11 of the 2023 Supercross season in Seattle:


(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 11 will begin Saturday at 10 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with a re-air Monday at 1 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race. Click here for the full schedule.

POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division

ENTRY LISTS450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

4:50 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
5:05 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:20 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:35 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
6:25 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
6:40 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
7:55 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
8:10 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
10:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
10:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
10:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
10:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
11:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:34 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
12:28 a.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUTClick here to view the track map

HOW TO WATCH SUPERMOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON IN 2023Full NBC Sports, Peacock schedule

FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


2023 SEASON RECAPS

ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown

ROUND 5: Eli Tomac leads wire to wire in Houston

ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa

ROUND 7: Webb wins again in Arlington

ROUND 8: Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time

ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022

ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points


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