Loss of power leaves Massa 18th in Sochi qualifying

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Felipe Massa has been left lamenting a loss of power on his Williams FW36 car during qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix today, leaving him down in 18th position in the final standings.

The Brazilian driver has enjoyed a promising season with his new team after leaving Ferrari at the end of last year, but it has been marked by a series of unlucky incidents, leaving him short of his deserved points total.

In qualifying at the Sochi Autodrom today, Massa found himself stuck in the Q1 dropzone with a few minutes remaining, and could not improve his lap time due to a loss of power on his Mercedes engine.

As a result, he finished in 18th position at the end of the session, matching his worst qualifying result of the season from the British Grand Prix back in July.

“I’m very disappointed as the car has been looking very competitive at this track and we should have been looking at the second row at least, but a problem with the car in Q1 has pushed us down the grid,” Massa said. “I had no real power throughout qualifying and we were trying different things to resolve this out on track but in the end there was nothing I could do.

“P18 is far from ideal but I know I have the car underneath me to overtake tomorrow so we should have a chance to score points and limit the damage.”

Williams has shown impressive pace throughout the weekend in Sochi, with Valtteri Bottas narrowly missing out on his first pole position in Formula 1. He will start the race from third place on the grid.

You can watch the Russian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 6:30am 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.”