Hamilton completes Friday practice sweep in Austria FP2


Lewis Hamilton completed a sweep of Friday’s Formula 1 practice sessions in Austria by topping the timesheets in FP2 at the Red Bull Ring, posting the fastest-ever lap of the track in the process.

Hamilton topped FP1 earlier in the day for Mercedes before finding yet more time in the afternoon session, edging out F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel at the head of the field.

A fastest lap of 1:05.483 gave Hamilton P1 by 0.147 seconds in FP2, but the Briton had a number of complaints with his car throughout the session.

A spark plug change cost Hamilton some time on-track midway through the running before he reported a front wing issue late on, forcing Mercedes to pit the three-time world champion and investigate the issue.

Nevertheless, Hamilton was able to retain P1 at the end of the day ahead of Ferrari’s Vettel, with Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas slotting into third place despite a spin on his qualifying simulation.

Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo took P4 and P5 respectively for Red Bull, with all of the top five drivers being covered by less than four-tenths of a second. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen lagged behind in P6, 0.661 seconds down on Hamilton’s lap.

Kevin Magnussen led Haas into the top 10 despite its ongoing brake woes, taking P7, while Fernando Alonso built on McLaren’s impressive FP1 performance to finish the day eighth-fastest. Nico Hulkenberg was ninth for Renault, with Romain Grosjean completing the top 10 in the second Haas.

FP2 will be replayed on NBCSN at 3pm ET on Friday, with the next live on-track action coming with FP3 on Saturday morning on the NBC Sports app from 5am ET.

Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

Peacock Supercross Motocross 2023
Feld Entertainment, Inc.

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.