Hamilton gunning to repeat victory from first Austin outing (VIDEO)

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Lewis Hamilton will be gunning to repeat his victory from the first edition of the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas next weekend, as he goes in search of a fifth straight win in 2014.

The British driver has taken this year’s drivers’ championship by the throat after winning the last four races, opening up a 17-point lead over teammate Nico Rosberg at the top of the standings.

With three races remaining, Hamilton could yet clinch the title before the double points finale in Abu Dhabi if he wins the next two rounds and Rosberg hits more trouble.

Hamilton’s record at the United States GP is the envy of the field, being the only repeat winner of the race still in F1. He won the event back in 2007 at the last race at Indianapolis before the five-year hiatus, and then won again in Austin in 2012.

Although he could only finish fourth last year, Hamilton still boasts a very impressive record when racing in the United States, and, if you also factor in his three wins in Canada, North America for that matter.

In this video, Hamilton previews the race in Austin with a lap of the circuit in the Mercedes simulator, talking us through the challenges posed by COTA and why it is such a special event for him.

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.”