Fernando Alonso to consider F1 future after 2017 season

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Fernando Alonso will make a decision whether or not to continue his Formula 1 career after trying out the new iteration of car under the proposed overhaul of the technical regulations in 2017.

Alonso made his F1 debut back in 2001 and won two championships with Renault, but has been without a title since 2006.

The Spaniard endured a tough first season back at McLaren in 2015 as issues with the Honda power unit held the team back, leading to questions about his long-term future in the sport.

Alonso has said time and time again that he would see out his three-year contract with McLaren, due to expire at the end of 2017, and will consider extending his F1 career after racing the new cars proposed for 2017.

“I have a contract until the end of 2017, so that’s the minimum I will be [at McLaren],” Alonso told reporters in Azerbaijan earlier this week at the launch of the European Grand Prix.

“Then in 2017 the regulations will change a lot, the cars will be very different, supposed to be five seconds faster.

“So I will drive in 2017, see how much I enjoy driving those cars, and I will make a decision to stay more years or to stop in F1.”

A decision on the new technical regulations for the 2017 season is due by the end of April, with more durable tires and more downforce being planned to make the cars a minimum of three seconds per lap quicker than in 2016.

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.