Max Verstappen finishes FIA F3 season in third place

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Max Verstappen has competed in the FIA F3 European Championship for the final time ahead of his move up to Formula 1 in 2015.

The 17-year-old has been subject to much debate after Toro Rosso confirmed that he would be replacing Jean-Eric Vergne for next season, with many questioning his age and inexperience. He is set to smash the record for being the youngest driver to start a grand prix in Australia next March.

Verstappen enjoyed his first practice run-out in a 2014 F1 car at the Japanese Grand Prix, and set an impressive time given his inexperience. He is due to return to the STR9 for practice in Austin, having missed the Russian round due to his FIA F3 commitments.

Despite receiving such high praise from the F1 community, Verstappen could only finish the championship in third place behind champion Esteban Ocon and British driver Tom Blomqvist.

At the final round in Germany this weekend, Verstappen lost second place to Blomqvist after Briton finished on the podium in all three races. Verstappen did manage to win the first race, but could only finish fifth in race two and sixth in race three, causing him to lose a position in the championship. However, he was still delighted with his campaign.

“It’s been an incredible season,” Verstappen said. “If anyone had told me I would finish third in the standings with the most victories, I would’ve settled for that.”

Verstappen did win more races than anyone else across the course of the season, claiming ten victories, but a number of retirements and incidents meant that Ocon was able to get the edge on him and eventually emerge as champion. For his efforts, Ocon will receive a test drive with Lotus F1 Team in Valencia next week.

However, it is Verstappen who will be making the step up to F1 next season with Toro Rosso as he looks to prove the naysayers wrong and make an immediate impression in the sport.

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.”