Formula 1: Recapping the past week’s news

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Here’s some of the biggest news from the F1 world this past week:

‘Grid Kids’ to Replace ‘Grid Girls’

The controversial debate about ‘Grid Girls’ came to a conclusion earlier in the week when Formula One revealed that ‘Grid Kids’ will replace ‘Grid Girls.’ A regular practice of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, Formula 1 will pull kids from various motorsport clubs and karting series to stand alongside drivers on the grid before races during the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season.

Sean Bratches, F1’s managing director of commercial operations, quickly explained that the change is geared toward engaging young fans in the sport. “What better way to inspire the next generation of Formula 1 heroes?” he quipped during the announcement.

McLaren, Dell Confirm New Partnership

McLaren F1 Team has its first corporate sponsor and partner in several years after confirming a new partnership with computer company Dell Technologies.

“McLaren’s agreement with Dell Technologies expands beyond the traditional sponsorship model. We are like-minded organizations led by the key principles of technical innovation and human progress at the cutting-edge of data-driven technology,” said McLaren executive director Zak Brown in a team announcement.

The confirmation represents the first major corporate sponsorship for McLaren since Vodafone left the team after the 2013 season.

Confirmed Launch Dates

The first of the 2018 cars is scheduled to be officially launched next week on February 15, with Williams Martini Racing being the first team unveil their 2018 challenger.

Below are confirmed dates for 2018 car launches.

February 15 – Williams Martini Racing

February 20 -Alfa Romeo Sauber, Renault Sport F1 Team

February 22 – Scuderia Ferrari, Mercedes AMG Petronas

February 23 – McLaren F1 Team

February 26 – Scuderia Toro Rosso

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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.