Vettel not willing to play weatherman for race

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Sebastian Vettel may have tamed the tricky conditions to storm to pole position in Canada today, but he is not focusing on the weather forecast for tomorrow’s race, believing that he will be competitive regardless of rain.

The defending world champion claimed his third consecutive Canadian GP pole position on Saturday, matching the record of Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher, and he is hopeful of extending his championship lead this weekend.

“We saw today it’s very tricky in some places and then dry in some other places and the next lap is completely different,” explained Vettel in the post race press conference. “It’s difficult to see what the forecast is tomorrow, at this stage we expect dry conditions so we will see.”

Conditions in qualifying meant that the entire hour of running was completed on the intermediate tire, but this will give all of the teams a free choice of dry compounds for the start of the race, weather permitting.

“It doesn’t really matter. We have a couple of tyres left, surely lots of slicks and in the rain we should be in good shape. It will be an interesting race with mixed conditions.

“We don’t have a new set left but we only did a very short run in the last qualifying. The sets we used, one was completely new and the other scrubbed.”

Vettel did show good pace during the dry practice sessions, and he is confident that he will be able to win for the first time in Canada regardless of the conditions.

“What matters is we are in good shape for the dry and wet conditions.”

Importantly for Vettel, championship rivals Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen could only qualify 6th and 9th respectively, meaning that he is well-positioned to widen the 21 point lead he currently enjoys at the top of the drivers’ championship.

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.”