No fine for Red Bull’s latest donuts

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Red Bull went unpunished by the stewards after both their drivers did donuts following their one-two finish in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The team were stung with a $33,000 fine after Sebastian Vettel drove onto the start/finish straight to perform donuts in front of the crowd. The stewards said he had broken the rules by failing to bring his car into parc ferme.

However there was no such fine this time, partly because Vettel’s team made sure he knew where to go. “Sorry to be on your case but to be clear you do need to bring it home,” said his race engineer Guillaume Rocquelin on the radio.

Vettel clearly had one of Kimi Raikkonen’s celebrated retorts in his mind when he replied: “Yeah, yeah, yeah – I know what I’m doing!”

The teasing continued on Red Bull’s radio as Rocquelin told Vettel: “I’ve counted, that’s $125,000.”

“And by the way you can pay that one!” added team principal Christian Horner.

But Vettel wouldn’t be drawn on whether the celebrations will be seen at the Circuit of the Americas if he wins the next race. “I think there’s a lot of work before we get to decide whether we can do it again or not,” he said.

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.”