Di Montezemolo officially confirms Alonso exit from Ferrari

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Not that this is a surprise, but outgoing Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has confirmed that Fernando Alonso, officially, is leaving Ferrari.

Di Montezemolo, who himself announced plans to step down a little more than a month ago, spoke to Italian television station RAI to explain that Alonso needs a new challenge.

“Alonso is leaving for two reasons: one, because I understand that he wants to try to experience a different environment, with new motivations, and then because he is at an age when you can’t wait too long before trying to win again,” di Montezemolo said to RAI, via Yahoo Sport UK.

Alonso has long been regarded as the domino to this year’s silly season, but his game plan was usurped when Sebastian Vettel announced his departure from Red Bull, and Christian Horner said he’d be off to Ferrari.

The sea change at Ferrari is obvious this year, with Stefano Domenicali and Alonso now both gone from the team, unable to win a single World Championship together over five years.

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.”