Ecclestone wins damages court case

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A High Court case involving the sale of Formula One has seen the judge, Justice Guy Newey, dismiss charges of an £85 million damages claim against Bernie Ecclestone. However, the court did still say the deal was corrupt.

Ecclestone was involved in the sale of F1 to CVC Capital Partners in 2005, and the issue at hand was whether the sale was “undervalued.” It was a claim made by lawyers for the German media group Constantin Medien, who argued the sale was agreed “without the normal and proper process” and for an undervalued price. They also sought the damages amount (£85m; 103m euros) in compensation, per the BBC.

Newey said the deal was corrupt and hadn’t found Ecclestone, 83, “reliable or truthful,” but did say Constantin Medien had not suffered a financial loss as a result.

The other major pending legal issue facing Ecclestone is the bribery charge, for an alleged bribe to German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky. That trial begins in April.

On an unrelated note but one also related to Ecclestone, he has denied that Sainsbury’s departing CEO, Justin King, will replace him in running F1, in a story written by The Guardian’s Christian Sylt.

King is a known motor racing fan, but per the story, his primary focus is on furthering son Justin King’s career. The younger King reigned as champion of British Formula 3 in 2013.

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.”