Daniel Ricciardo expecting ‘badass’ F1 silly season in 2016

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Daniel Ricciardo believes that the upcoming Formula 1 silly season will be one of the most turbulent in years, calling it “badass”.

The majority of the F1 grid is thought to be out of contract for 2017 with the exception of Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes and Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari, setting the tone for a mixed-up driver market and plenty of possible moves over the winter.

‘Silly season’ usually kicks off in the summer months as drivers begin to firm up their contracts for the following year, and Ricciardo believes that this year’s could be one of the most entertaining in years.

“It’s going to be badass, yeah!” Ricciardo said when asked by MotorSportsTalk about silly season.

“I just get excited about all the hype and the rumors and all of that, it’s funny. I could start one. I shouldn’t. I already speak too honestly already. I don’t want to bulls**t.”

Ricciardo himself is thought to be out of contract at the end of the year and has previously been linked with a move to Ferrari, but remained coy when asked if he’d be looking to sew up his future sooner rather than later.

“It is interesting, a lot of drivers are out of contract at the end of the year,” Ricciardo said. “It’s not only that, it’s some potential big rule changes for 2017. The next question is who’s going to be the seat that everyone wants.

“Is it going to be one at Mercedes, or is it time for another team to step up and be successful? It’s going to be pretty interesting. There are going to be lots of names thrown around.

“I don’t think it’s going to be as easy as saying ‘I’m jumping in that, I’m doing that’. It’s going to be let’s weigh it up, let’s see who’s going to be competitive in ’17 and ’18, because most likely whoever signs contracts it’s not just going to be one year.

“There’s a lot that goes around the silly season, but it’s fun. I haven’t really ever been that involved in it, I’ve had a pretty stable long-term contract with Red Bull, but it’s exciting knowing what goes on in the sport. It’s cool.”

Saturday’s Supercross Round 5 in Houston: How to watch, start times, streaming info

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The championship race has tightened up as the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, for Round 5 of the 2023 season.

With his 450 victory in the Anaheim Triple Crown, Chase Sexton has moved within four points of two-time and defending series champion Eli Tomac.

Jason Anderson is coming off a second place in Anaheim after crashing out of the first two rounds while racing in the top five. Ken Roczen earned his first podium last week since the 2022 season opener and the first for Suzuki since Chad Reed at Detroit in 2019.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 5 of the 2023 Supercross schedule at NRG Stadium in Houston on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023:


(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 5 will begin Saturday at 8 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock and will re-air Monday, Feb. 6 at 1 a.m. on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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.

ENTRY LISTS: 450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET):

Here are the start times for Saturday, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

2:05-2:15 p.m.: 250SX Group C Qualifying 1
2:20-2:30 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
2:35-2:45 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
2:50-3 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
3:05-3:15 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
3:20-3:30 p.m.: 450SX Group C Qualifying 1
4:20-4:30 p.m.: 250SX Group C Qualifying 2
4:35-4:45 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
4:50-5 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
5:05-5:15 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
5:20-5:30 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
5:35-5:45 p.m.: 450SX Group C Qualifying 2
8:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
8:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
8:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
8:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
9:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
9:33 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
9:53 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
10:27 p.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUT:

Click 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: Oakland postponed by storms

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown


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