Hamilton downbeat after Singapore qualifying, F1 points lead at risk

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Lewis Hamilton was left downbeat after qualifying fifth for the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday, while Formula 1 championship rival Sebastian Vettel swept to pole position.

Mercedes arrived in Singapore wary of its chances given the tight and twisting nature of the Marina Bay Street Circuit, better-suiting the rival cars from Ferrari and Red Bull.

Qualifying went largely as expected, with Vettel grabbing pole ahead of Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, with Kimi Raikkonen sat fourth.

Hamilton finished over six-tenths of a second off Vettel in Q3, and was disappointed – although not surprised – that Mercedes’ traditional struggles in Singapore were continuing.

“Every year it has been relatively difficult for us in Singapore, so we knew that we would come here and it would be tricky,” Hamilton said.

“I thought Red Bull would be as quick as they were, but I didn’t anticipate Ferrari to be that strong. I gave it everything today but I could not get any more out of the car, I squeezed it until it was dry.

“There are no points for today, so we will focus on doing the best job we can tomorrow and remain hopeful.”

To make matters worse for Hamilton, a lack of overtaking opportunities in Singapore will make progressing up the order a challenge, giving Vettel the chance to overturn the three-point deficit at the top of the drivers’ championship.

“This is a horrible track for overtaking. It will be a long race,” Hamilton said.

“I will have to try and see if I can get a good start to pick off at least one car.

“Sebastian has Verstappen next to him, so anything can happen at the start.”

The Singapore Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 7am ET on Sunday.

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.