Bottas: More than I could ever imagine

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Formula One’s newest superstar may have come to the fore after Valtteri Bottas ended Williams’ disastrous start to the season by qualifying a superb 3rd for tomorrow’s Canadian Grand Prix.

“It is way more up the grid than I could ever imagine,” Bottas said in the post-qualifying press conference.

“It has been so difficult during the first six races of the season so this is a nice boost for the team.”

The team has endured one of its worst ever starts to a Formula One season, failing to score any points in 2013 off the back of a race-winning campaign in 2012. Bottas has outshone teammate Pastor Maldonado, leading Williams’ charge and he has increased his superiority after producing such a brilliant performance in the wet conditions.

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“We really got everything quite right today,” Bottas said, with his lap coming at the right time in Q3. As the conditions worsened, none of the other drivers could better their times, handing the Finnish driver P3 behind Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton on the grid.

Ever since winning the GP3 championship in 2011, Bottas has been touted as a star for the future, but his immediate impact on the sport was restricted by the capability of the FW35 car. However, the tables may have turned in Canada, and Williams will be banking on scoring some points for the first time in 2013 tomorrow.

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.”