Hamilton upbeat despite missing out on 50th pole again

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Lewis Hamilton’s search for his 50th pole position in Formula 1 continues after being edged out by Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in Saturday’s qualifying session for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Rosberg claimed his fifth pole position in a row after edging out Hamilton by less than one-tenth of a second in Q3, leaving the Briton to settle for P2 once again.

Hamilton took pole for 11 of the first 12 races in 2015, but has been stuck on 49 F1 pole positions since the Italian Grand Prix at the beginning of September thanks to Rosberg’s resurgence in form.

However, the Briton remains upbeat ahead of Sunday’s race as he looks to win the Brazilian Grand Prix for the first time.

“I might still be working on my 50th pole position, but it’s been looking closer this weekend for sure,” Hamilton said.

“Considering how this week has gone, I’m pretty happy with that. Q1 and Q2 were really good and I was trying to better them in Q3 – but it was such a fine line that it was really difficult to pull something out.

“I did go quicker on the last lap but I was already down a tenth and a half out of turn three, so that was the difference. It’s frustrating when you know you could have done better – but ultimately it’s just that one shot you have to make it count.

“What it does mean, with the gap so small, is that we will have an exciting race tomorrow. To win in front of the Brazilian fans would be something unique and special for me.”

The Brazilian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 10:30am ET 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.