Massa enjoys Jaguar Formula E test, finds car ‘completely different’ to anything else

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Williams Formula 1 racer Felipe Massa enjoyed “a really fun day” testing for Jaguar’s Formula E team earlier this week, saying that the car was “completely different” to others he has driven.

Massa, 35, was known to be considering a move into Formula E for 2017 after announcing his plan to retire from F1 at the end of last year, making way for rookie Lance Stroll to join Williams and partner Valtteri Bottas.

Following Nico Rosberg’s shock decision to retire from F1 and Mercedes’ move to sign Bottas, Williams lured Massa out of retirement and brought him back for 2017 to ensure the team had at least one experienced driver.

Despite having a full season of F1 racing ahead, Jaguar confirmed last week that Massa would be testing its Formula E car, the I-Type, after receiving a request from the series to conduct running.

“I would like to thank Panasonic Jaguar Racing for giving me this opportunity,” Massa said after the test.

“It was great to experience a Formula E car as it’s something completely different to anything I’ve driven previously.

“The different power, brakes, tires and downforce mean it requires quite a different driving style. I’m happy with the experience and what I have learnt.

“Overall, it’s been a really fun day.”

Massa is understood to have carried out the test using one of Jaguar’s allocated development days for season four, with restrictions being placed on in-season running using the current car.

Should the Brazilian opt to move into Formula E at the end of the year, it is possible that he will make the grid for the start of season four, with series officials hoping to kick off the new campaign in Hong Kong at the beginning of December.

Jaguar will return to the track with full-time Formula E drivers Mitch Evans and Adam Carroll in Buenos Aires on February 18.

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.