Kovalainen encouraged by Austin comeback

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Heikki Kovalainen said he was encouraged by his debut race weekend with Lotus in Brazil even though he was unable to score any points.

“Apart from the race it was an encouraging weekend in Austin, so I feel well prepared,” said Kovalainen ahead of this weekend’s season finale in Brazil.

“The car is quick for sure. It’s fantastic to drive when things are going the right way, so if we can get on top of the issues we had in Austin then the potential is certainly there for a good result.”

Kovalainen’s return to F1 began with an encouraging showing in practice after which he qualified in the top ten. But he lost four places at the start in the race and finished outside the points.

“I don’t think we could start the weekend much better than we did last time out, but we can sure finish it better,” he said. “My goal is to help the team achieve their target in the constructors’ championship, so I’ll be pushing right to the end.”

Lotus are 18 points behind Ferrari, who are third in the constructors’ championship, heading into the final race of the year.

Kovalainen said Grosjean’s drive to second in Austin showed what the car was capable of. “We just need to work well with the car like we did in Austin, get up to speed quickly so we’re in good shape
going into qualifying, and try to avoid any issues in the race.”

“A better start with a stronger first lap will help too of course; if we put all these things together we should have a strong race.”

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.”