Ricciardo happy to take blame for FP2 crash in Japan (VIDEO)

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Daniel Ricciardo has been quick to accept the blame for his crash during the second practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka on Friday.

The Australian driver made a mistake at the final sweeping right-hander at Suzuka, causing him to go straight on and crash into the wall heading onto the main straight. Thankfully, he managed to walk away unharmed, but it did cost him a good chunk of his planned running during FP2.

However, Ricciardo was quick to take the blame for the error, and will work closely with teammate Sebastian Vettel to ensure that he is not on the back foot for practice and qualifying tomorrow.

“I made a mistake in FP2,” he admitted. “I did a quick lap and then I was trying to get a good exit to start the next one. We were trying to cool the tires and there was a yellow flag so I was trying to go slow enough to miss it at the start of the lap, but I think the tires cooled too much and I was too hard on the throttle for the situation and lost the car.

“It’s of course not what I wanted in the first ten minutes of the second session, but I’ll learn from it. It’s not ideal as we missed running this afternoon, but Sebastian did a full session so we will be able to see his data.

“The Mercs were really quick today, we think we’re there but then they pull a gap. I think we should be able to be third on the grid.”

Vettel led Red Bull’s charge at Suzuka, finishing fifth in FP2 on Friday, but he is hoping to build on this on Saturday as he looks to extend his 100% podium record at the circuit.

“I think we can definitely do better than fifth, but we may hit the limit when we get to third!” he said. “Mercedes seem to be very quick around here but I think we can improve, especially on a short run.

“It would be nice to fight the Mercedes in the race, who knows if it rains, but otherwise we will be against Williams, McLaren, who seem stronger here, and Ferrari.”

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.”