Yesterday, it was business as usual for the Mercedes drivers, with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg each topping a session in their first F1 runs at the Red Bull Ring.
Both showed good one-lap pace, which will put them in good stead for qualifying, but this was underlined by an impressive long-run pace that should see the Silver Arrows return to the top step of the podium on Sunday.
Red Bull’s morale boost from Canada shows few signs of going much further this weekend after both Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel struggled throughout the sessions on Friday. At the team’s first ever home race, a podium finish will be the target, but both Ferrari and Williams are also in the mix to try and finish as the ‘best of the rest’ in Austria.
For most of the drivers, FP3 will be about finalizing their qualifying programme and making sure that all systems are working properly ahead of qualifying later today.
“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.”
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.”