Buemi battles to fifth Formula E victory in Punta del Este

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Sebastien Buemi stormed to his second victory of the 2015-2016 FIA Formula E season in Punta del Este on Saturday, fighting his way from fifth on the grid to beat title rival Lucas di Grassi to the win.

Buemi made a good start before picking off the leaders to hit the front of the field before the one and only round of pit stops.

Despite suffering a scare under a full course caution, the Swiss racer was able to remain cool at the front to record his fifth win in Formula E and take the lead of the championship.

Off the line, pole-sitter Jerome d’Ambrosio made a clean getaway to hold onto his lead through the first tight complex of corners. Sam Bird made a flying start to jump up to second ahead of Loic Duval, while Sebastien Buemi moved up into P4 after passing Lucas di Grassi.

Buemi quickly pushed on in the early stages as he sought to make up for his mistake in qualifying, jumping ahead of Duval with a brave move into turn nine on lap four. He tried a similar move on Bird one lap later, only for the Briton to shut him off, with their dicing allowing d’Ambrosio to scamper away at the front of the pack.

Buemi eventually made light work of Bird, who also dropped behind Duval in the process, and was quickly on the tail of d’Ambrosio at the front, who in spite of his best efforts was powerless to stop the Renault e.dams driver from passing. Buemi soon kicked on at the head of the field, establishing a lead of over three seconds before pitting on lap 17.

A quick stop from the Renault e.dams team allowed Buemi to remain at the front of the pack, but now had di Grassi for company after the Brazilian jumped both d’Ambrosio and Duval to take second place. D’Ambrosio now ran third ahead of Bird who had also passed Duval, but the Briton’s joy was short-lived as an issue on his car forced him to park up on the main straight and retire.

A full course yellow was called so that Bird’s car could be recovered, but miscommunication between race control and Buemi allowed di Grassi to close to within a second at the front ahead of the restart on lap 21.

Buemi couldn’t pull away from di Grassi immediately as he may have liked, but soon found his feet under green once again to create a gap of over one second. All the while, Buemi was using less power than di Grassi, giving him more breathing room as the laps ticked down.

Come the checkered flag, Buemi had extended his lead to 3.5 seconds, allowing the Swiss driver to easily secure his fifth Formula E, albeit under yellow flags after a scary crash for season one champion Nelson Piquet Jr. on the penultimate lap.

Di Grassi followed Buemi home to finish second but now trails the Swiss driver by a single point at the top of the championship standings. Pole-sitter d’Ambrosio completed the podium in third place ahead of Dragon teammate Duval, marking his best result of the season so far.

Nicolas Prost spent much of the race stuck in traffic, limiting him to fifth place ahead of Team Aguri’s Antonio Felix da Costa and Jean-Eric Vergne. Daniel Abt finished eighth for his family-backed team, while Stephane Sarrazin and Robin Frijns rounded out the top ten.

Simona de Silvestro narrowly missed out on her first Formula E point by finishing 11th ahead of Oliver Turvey, who saw his hopes of points be dashed after a drive-through penalty. Oliver Rowland finished 13th on debut ahead of Nathanael Berthon, who was the last car to finish.

Formula E returns in the new year with the Buenos Aires ePrix in Argentina on February 6.

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.