Former Marussia president thanks fans for support

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Former Marussia president Graeme Lowdon has taken to Twitter to thank fans and the wider F1 community for its support following the team’s closure on Friday.

Since making its debut in 2010, Marussia spent most of its time in F1 at the very back of the grid, fighting over the small positions with Caterham and HRT until the latter folded at the end of 2012.

In 2014, Marussia finally appeared to be on the cusp of a breakthrough, scoring its first ever points at the Monaco Grand Prix by virtue of Jules Bianchi’s ninth place finish.

However, the team’s season took a turn for the worse when Bianchi was involved in a horrific accident at the Japanese Grand Prix, crashing into a recovery vehicle and suffering severe head injuries. The Frenchman remains in hospital in Japan in a critical but stable condition.

Marussia confirmed that it would race with just one car at the Russian Grand Prix as a mark of respect to Bianchi, but this turned out to be its final grand prix, entering administration two weeks later.

Although efforts to find a new buyer were made, they eventually fell short, resulting in the closure of the Marussia operation on Friday.

Taking to Twitter, Lowdon thanked everyone for their support through a difficult period for Marussia.

Marussia may not have broken records in F1, but the team’s presence will be sorely missed by the entire F1 paddock. Its dignified end has been hard for the sport’s community to stomach, and the hope will be that the 200 staff made redundant on Friday can find new employment soon.

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.”