Maldonado happier with Williams handling

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Pastor Maldonado says he’s feeling more positive about Williams’ chances in the final two races following the changes made to the car during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend.

Williams found the FW35’s handling improved when they tested a 2014-style exhaust solution which does not harness the ‘Coanda effect’ exploited by the current generation of cars.

“We made a positive step forward with the car in Abu Dhabi and its feeling better to drive, so hopefully we can continue making progress this weekend and manage to finish in the points,” said Maldonado.

The Venezuelan driver scored the team’s only point of the year so far in the Hungarian Grand Prix. The next two races will be his final outings for the team who have already confirmed he will not be driving for them in 2014, taking his PDVSA backing with him.

Maldonado’s team mate Valtteri Bottas will be making his first appearance at the track. “I did not drive this track in FP1 last year so this will be a new experience for me but one I’m really looking forward to,” he said. “I talked to some of the drivers last year and they were very positive and mentioned how challenging the Circuit of the Americas was.”

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.”