Bottas feels new tires will aid rookies

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Formula One rookie Valtteri Bottas believes that the unpredictable Pirelli tires will work in his favor in 2013.

“I think it’s good that we have different tires to last year and everyone has to adapt to it a little bit. It’s definitely a good thing for me.”

This season, the Pirelli tires will have a shorter window in which their optimum pace is available, forcing the drivers to race conservatively to avoid making extra pit stops. Bottas, who will race for Williams in 2013, believes that the tires will help all of the drivers who will be making their F1 debuts this season.

“If you’re a rookie and there’s something new for the year it’s always better as it equals everyone a little bit.”

Besides Bottas, Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber), Giedo van der Garde (Caterham), Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton (both Marussia) will all be racing for the first time in Melbourne in two weeks time. Chilton is the only rookie without at least one Friday practice session under his belt, and Bottas feels that the extra running on Fridays in 2012 prepared him for the season ahead.

“I’ve been in all the race weekends last year and had the practices and some test days now, it’s still the first race, but I really want to get on with it and deliver really soon.”

At just twenty-three, Bottas is already showing a mature outlook towards racing in Formula One.

“If there are mistakes that’s just how it is and I need to learn from the mistakes and learn not to do it again. In F1 I’ve learned that it’s so important to finish the race and take the flag because if you want to score the points you need to finish the race. This will be the main thing next year, to always try to finish the race.”

His pace in the Friday sessions last season was highly impressive, regularly matching teammate Pastor Maldonado. The new flying Finn appears to have a bright future in the sport, and he will be keen on excelling in 2013.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”