Kvyat learned of Red Bull demotion while watching Game of Thrones

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Daniil Kvyat has revealed that he found out about his shock demotion from Red Bull to Toro Rosso for the Spanish Grand Prix while watching Game of Thrones.

For a series that is filled with drama and characters being bumped off when you least expect it, it’s incredibly fitting.

Was this ‘The Red Bull Wedding’?

Last week, Red Bull announced that Kvyat would be replaced by Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen for the remainder of the season, with the Russian moving in the opposite direction.

Thursday’s FIA press conference proved to be a fascinating affair as Kvyat was joined by Verstappen and new teammate Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz Jr.

Predictably, the majority of the questions were directed towards Kvyat and Verstappen, but both handled themselves in an incredibly grown-up manner, showing a maturity greater than their collective 40 years.

Kvyat admitted that the news had come as a shock, but he chose to look on the bright side of the demotion, believing he still has a chance to prove himself with Toro Rosso.

“The decision was a bit of a shock also for myself, but it is what it is at the moment,” Kvyat said.

“I’ve always been giving my answers on the track and nothing will change.

“There are 17 races remaining. I come back to Toro Rosso, the team I raced for in 2017, the team I like a lot, the team that the last few days gave me a very warm welcome.

“The goals are clear for the team and myself. I’ll be pushing to the absolute limits on track and be giving my answers there.

“If you look at what happened three weeks ago, we were standing on the podium. Then suddenly there were a few decisions made around. I do my best possible now with the team I am with and that’s Toro Rosso.

“I’ve done everything correctly until now and nothing will change from my side.”

Kvyat said that he did not receive much of an explanation for the decision, and feels that using the word ‘dropped’ is unfair.

“There was no real explanation to be honest,” Kvyat said. “If the bosses want something to happen, they make it happen. Simple as that.

“I think the word ‘dropped’ is a bit heavy because I still get my chance from Red Bull in Toro Rosso. I think it’s a positive thing.

“Like I said, I feel like I’ve done everything for the time. I’ve been bringing the points, I’ve been bringing the development work. I think it’s a question for other people who made this decision. They can give a better answer for that.

“I really don’t see any reason. It’s a question for them.”

Kvyat then revealed that he received a phone call from Red Bull motorsport advisor Dr. Helmut Marko regarding the decision while he was watching Game of Thrones.

“I was laying on the sofa, I was watching a TV series,” Kvyat said. “Then a phone call comes saying ‘Well, we have some news for you.’

“I think it was about a 20 minute talk. I wanted to have a lot of explanation. I got to know many interesting details, but I’ll keep it to myself for now. Dr. Marko made the phone call.

“I went back to bed to finish my TV series. That’s all.”

Time will tell whether Kvyat can do a Jon Snow with his F1 career…

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.