As the European racing season came to a close this weekend, two of the biggest paddocks took a moment to send their support to Jules Bianchi as the Frenchman continues to fight for his life in hospital in Japan.
Bianchi was left with severe head injuries following an accident towards the end of the Japanese Grand Prix two weeks ago, and the motorsport world has since sent all of its thoughts and support to the Frenchman and his family.
Earlier this week, the drivers racing in the World Series by Renault programme – Formula Renault 3.5, Eurocup 2.0 and Eurocup Clio – united for a picture with a giant poster reading “Forza Jules”. Bianchi finished second in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship in 2012, narrowly losing out to eventual champion Robin Frijns. He would go on to graduate to F1 just a few months later.
Following the example set in the F1 paddock at last weekend’s Russian Grand Prix, the drivers in the German touring car championship (DTM) formed a circle on the starting grid ahead of the final race of the season at Hockenheim today.
“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.”
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.”