Rosberg and Hamilton set to talk about Bahrain battle

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Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will sit down today and talk about some of their moves during the Bahrain Grand Prix two weeks ago in order to clear the air.

During the race, both drivers duelled for the lead with some tough overtaking and defensive manoeuvres, but it largely remained fair. However, Rosberg did take exception to one of Hamilton’s defensive moves, and asked the team to tell him to calm down.

“That was the only example where I came on the radio and thought it was above the limits,” Rosberg explained to journalists in China. “It was the rate at which he was pushing me out, because if the rate is too fast I would struggle to avoid the accident.

“I found the rate a little bit over the limit.”

The German driver insisted that discussing a race between teammates was normal for teams, and that there were no signs of any tension between each side of the Mercedes garage ahead of this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.

“It’s completely normal that as a team, when there are races where a lot has happened, you go and sit down and discuss,” he said. “That’s very important to move forward and we will do that today –  make sure that everyone discusses, knows there are different opinions and then review it to put it behind us.

“We then move on and push on full attack. It’s a very normal process that has to happen and is natural because you need to learn from what has happened in order to move forward stronger.”

Over the years, there have been a number of great inter-team rivalries when a championship is at stake. Given its dominance of the opening three rounds of the 2014 season, Mercedes looks poised to win both titles, meaning that there could be quite a tussle between Rosberg and Hamilton for the drivers’ championship.

The two drivers have known each other for years, and were teammates way back in go-karts. Now, their friendship could be tested, but so long as the racing is fair and clean, we could be set for a fantastic title 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.”