Rosberg frustrated to fall 0.007 seconds short of pole

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Nico Rosberg has made no secret of his frustration after falling just 0.007 seconds short of pole position during qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix today.

The German driver posted a fastest lap time 1:45.688 to secure provisional pole with his final lap in Q3, only for teammate and championship rival Lewis Hamilton to go seven-thousandths of a second faster to secure his sixth pole position of the season at Marina Bay.

Upon learning that he was P2, Rosberg shouted “dammit!” over the radio back to his engineer, and summed up his feelings in the post-session press conference on Saturday.

“Yeah, because seven-thousandths, when I think back on the lap, seven-thousandths is nothing you know!” he said. “A little bit here or there, I’m like ‘come on, I could have done it!’

“But that’s the way it is, and Lewis did a good job to get pole, so fair play and second place is okay. Obviously first would be better, but still it’s a long race ahead, and that’s fine.”

Rosberg struggled for most of the qualifying session in Singapore, and only managed to find his feet in the final part of Q2 and in Q3 after a number of setup changes on his Mercedes car following practice on Saturday evening.

“We changed brakes going into qualifying, and I got into rhythm with the other brakes, so that was a challenge,” he explained. “We expected it to be, so it took me some time to get into qualifying and the balance was also very different because the track had cooled down relative to the session before qualifying when it was hotter, there was a lot more understeer now and the rear, we had a lot more grip so we had to completely adapt the settings and it took me some time to get into qualifying.

“So that’s why I’m pleased that in the end I was able to push flat out and get a good lap time.”

Rosberg will be gunning to secure his first race win since the German Grand Prix tomorrow, but the winner of the Singapore Grand Prix has won from pole position on four out of six occasions, suggesting that it will be an uphill struggle for the championship leader.

So what does 0.007 seconds look like in real terms?

If it’s that close on Sunday, we’re in for a thriller of a grand prix.

You can watch the Singapore Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7.30am ET tomorrow.

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.”