Sebastian Vettel a big fan of Canadian GP

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The Canadian Grand Prix is one of the few races that Sebastian Vettel is yet to win, but the defending world champion is looking forward to returning to one of his favorite events on the Formula One calendar.

“The circuit has a nice rhythm and it’s one of the best races we have all year,” Vettel said in Red Bull’s GP preview. “The atmosphere and fans are great, the whole city lives F1 for the whole week and that makes us feel very special. I like it.”

Vettel came closest to winning the race in 2011, when, after a lengthy rain delay and red flag, he stormed into the lead. However, the conditions slowly improved, allowing Jenson Button to recover from last place (having made six pit stops) and win the race, passing Vettel on the very last lap.

“Obviously one of the craziest moments was in 2011. There was so much rain; I haven’t seen that much rain carry on for so long since! During the race we had a big break and were in the lead.

“The race was difficult and with half a lap to go, I made my first mistake of the race which cost us the win. But that’s racing and it’s probably great for the fans to watch when they don’t know who is going to win until the last moment.”

It is unlikely that Vettel will be hoping for a repeat of this race as he chases his third win of the season, building upon a second-place finish in the Monaco Grand Prix which saw him extend his championship lead.

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.”