Starting grid for the 2015 Austrian Grand Prix

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After spending much of Friday lamenting a lack of rhythm, Lewis Hamilton bounced back on Saturday at the Red Bull Ring by capturing pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Hamilton shot to the top of the timesheets during his second flying lap of Q3, but appeared to have blown his chance of starting from first place on the grid when he spun at the end of the session.

However, Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg surprisingly made the same error, sliding off the track at the final corner to scupper his own hopes of a second pole of the season.

The end result was that Hamilton had pole position number 45 of his career ahead of Rosberg, whilst Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished as the best of the rest in third place.

You can read our full report of qualifying here.

The biggest talking point after the session was the variety of grid penalties that needed to be applied on what has been a busy weekend for the FIA race stewards.

FROM THE STEWARDS’ OFFICE

Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo were both handed a ten-place grid drop for making changes to their power unit. Kvyat drops from P8 to P18, but gains three positions thanks to other penalties being applied after his. As a result, he will start the Austrian Grand Prix from 15th place.

Ricciardo qualified 14th on Saturday, so can only theoretically take six places of his penalty to drop to P20. As he cannot serve all of his sanction, he will enter the race with a five-second time penalty to his name, and, like Kvyat, gains places thanks to McLaren’s penalties.

Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button incurred the biggest penalties – 25 places – following a variety of changes that were made to their cars. Both will therefore start from the back row: Alonso in P19 with a drive-through penalty to serve; Button in P20 with a stop/go penalty.

STARTING GRID FOR THE 2015 AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
3. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
4. Felipe Massa Williams
5. Nico Hulkenberg Force India
6. Valtteri Bottas Williams
7. Max Verstappen Toro Rosso
8. Felipe Nasr Sauber
9. Romain Grosjean Lotus
10. Pastor Maldonado Lotus
11. Marcus Ericsson Sauber
12. Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso
13. Sergio Perez Force India
14. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
15. Daniil Kvyat Red Bull
16. Roberto Merhi Manor
17. Will Stevens Manor
18. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
19. Fernando Alonso McLaren
20. Jenson Button McLaren

The Austrian Grand Prix is live from 7:30am ET on Sunday on NBCSN and Live Extra.

Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

Peacock Supercross Motocross 2023
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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.