Alonso: My future is not Ferrari’s decision


Fernando Alonso has said that his future is not Ferrari’s decision as he looks increasingly likely to return to McLaren for the 2015 season.

The Spaniard’s next move has been speculated for some time, but he is poised to leave Maranello after five years of unfulfilled potential to make room for four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel has already confirmed that he will be leaving Red Bull at the end of the year, and although Alonso’s future is not yet publicly known, his path does appear to be set.

In 18 races this year, Alonso has outqualified Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen on 16 occasions, prompting NBCSN’s Will Buxton to ask Alonso if Ferrari was getting rid of the wrong driver.

“I think it is not Ferrari’s decision,” Alonso replied.

In qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix today, Alonso finished the session in eighth place, but feels that this is all Ferrari was able to manage. His time was just 0.05 seconds shy of fifth place on the grid, though.

“We didn’t have any expectations to be honest,” he said. “We were seventh and eighth this morning in free practice, we are eighth and tenth now. We are more or less around those positions.

“We arrived with just one set of tires in Q3 so we just tried to maximize the set. The lap was good. Obviously with one-tenth you can be fifth or tenth, we are eighth and tenth so we could be a little bit more lucky there, but I think we are where we deserve to be.”

You can watch the Brazilian Grand Prix live on CNBC from 10:30a 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.”