Andretti: Hamilton-Rosberg ‘war’ is natural

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American racing legend Mario Andretti does not believe that there is anything wrong with the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at Mercedes.

Hamilton and Rosberg have battled for the last two Formula 1 drivers’ championships and created what has become one of the most intriguing teammate rivalries in the long history of the series.

The tension between the drivers prompted Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff to issue a warning earlier this month, saying that he could be forced to change the line-up if their rivalry had a negative impact on the team as a whole.

However, Andretti sees nothing wrong with the tension between Hamilton and Rosberg, believing it to be typical of any team at the peak of its powers.

“I don’t think it’s anything unnatural,” Andretti told GPUpdate.

“I think it’s very natural to have that. When you have a team which has two absolutely capable drivers of achieving those kind of results, you’re going to have a bit of a war.

“As a driver you’re very selfish. If you’re not, there’s something wrong with you.”

Hamilton has also spoken about Wolff’s warning, believing it to have been an unnecessary step.

“We are grown men and we have done the job that we are hired to do to the maximum,” Hamilton told Sky Italia.

“We’ve not done it 95 per cent or 80 per cent. We’ve done it 100 per cent to how they’ve wanted us to do it.

“Has there been friction? Of course, you can’t have it perfect always. But have we always shone light on this team? I believe so.

“Have we always delivered when they’ve given us the opportunity to do so? I believe so.

“Am I surprised by [the threat]? Not really. Is it necessary? Not really.”

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.