Vettel ‘over the moon’ with hard-fought Hungarian GP win

Getty Images
0 Comments

Sebastian Vettel was “over the moon” to win Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix despite struggling with a handling issue for much of the race, extending his Formula 1 championship lead.

Vettel had to nurse his car for much of the race, holding on for his fourth win of the year despite coming under significant pressure from Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen and Mercedes title rival Lewis Hamilton.

Vettel made no secret of the challenge he faced when talking on the podium after the race, admitting it was a struggle to keep the car under control.

“I’m over the moon, it was a really difficult race. Maybe it didn’t look like it, but I had my hands full from three or four laps after the safety car,” Vettel said.

“There was something wrong, I don’t know why the steering started to go, and it seemed to get worse. Then I stayed off the kerbs and tried to save the car. It wasn’t easy. I didn’t do a favor to Kimi, obviously I couldn’t go faster, I didn’t have the pace.

“But towards the end it did come back a bit. I had a couple of laps where I had a bit of a cushion and could breathe a bit. I really had to stay focused the whole race.

“I was hoping for a couple of laps to breathe but they didn’t come. So a bit tough, but a great result, a great day. Thank you for the support. It was really great.”

Explaining the issue, Vettel said: “It’s a weird feeling. It was tilted to the left, so you go down the straights and the steering isn’t straight. In right-handers it’s sort of OK, but in left-handers you have to get used to it.

“After a couple of laps it’s OK, but it keeps changing all the time because you have to go further than you want, and then you think in your head.

“Not ideal, but it doesn’t matter. A big thank you to the team after a great race.”

Vettel heads into the F1 summer break leading Hamilton by 14 points at the top of the drivers’ championship.

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

Peacock Supercross Motocross 2023
Feld Entertainment, Inc.
0 Comments

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.