Mark Webber pays tribute to late Sir Jack Brabham

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Ex-Formula One competitor and Porsche World Endurance Championship driver Mark Webber has penned a touching statement on the loss of three-time F1 World Champion Sir Jack Brabham, whose death at the age of 88 was confirmed yesterday.

Calling him “the epitome of a champion racing driver,” Webber said that the man known as ‘Black Jack’ was an inspiration to him and his family.

“He provided me with endless support and advice over the years and became a close confidante  – even right up until the last couple of years when, after hearing the rumors that I might move to Ferrari, he told me he would be very disappointed if I went there because for him, it was the absolute betrayal because they were his motivation – the ones he wanted to beat in his day,” Webber wrote on his web site.

The former Red Bull racer also writes that while he couldn’t join Brabham and Alan Jones as Aussie World Champions, he was proud to have made Brabham happy by winning “some of the more prestigious, special Grands Prix”; Webber was a two-time winner of both the Monaco Grand Prix and the British Grand Prix in his F1 career.

He closes his statement in part by telling the surviving Brabhams – Jack’s wife, Margaret, his three sons, and their respective families – that “you are very much in our thoughts at this sad time.”

Sir Jack Brabham became the only driver in F1 history to claim a World Championship in a car of his own creation in 1966. That was the third and last of his titles, with his first two crowns coming in 1959 and 1960 in the Cooper Climax.

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.”