Will Webber miss Vettel next year? “Probably not…”

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Mark Webber did not disguise the antipathy between him and team mate Sebastian Vettel when he appeared on BBC’s Top Gear yesterday.

Asked if he will miss Vettel when he leaves Formula One to join the World Endurance Championship next year, Webber said: “Probably not a huge amount, no.”

“I think in a competitive environment obviously there’s always going to be a bit of needle,” he added. “There’s a lot of history between us obviously that’s gone before.”

The pair had the latest in a series of rows in Malaysia this year when Vettel was ordered to hold position behind Webber at the end of the race but refused, and passed his team mate to take the win.

Webber has since announced he will leave F1 at the end of the season. “The time is right for me,” he said. “A bit of a break from what I’ve been doing for the last 14 years. I’m going to race with Porsche.”

He admitted Formula One today has become focused on tire preservation and, from next year, fuel conservation will be play a major role: “It is very different from how it used to be. But that’s the way it is, we’ve got to learn and get on with it and we’re supposed to be at the top of our game.”

“But you’ve got to be able to push. In Formula One it’s about us boys absolutely on the limit all the time. There’s a big regulation change next year, we’re going to have to save fuel.”

Webber also had another go at the series’ popular Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car challenge. Although he wasn’t able to beat Lewis Hamilton’s record lap of 1’42.9, he did beat Vettel with a time of 1’43.1.

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.”