Starting grid for the 2014 Brazilian Grand Prix

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Despite trailing Mercedes teammate and championship rival Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ standings, Nico Rosberg has been the man to beat so far this weekend in Brazil.

The German driver has finished as the quickest driver in each and every practice and qualifying session, enjoying an advantage of just 0.033 seconds in Q3 ahead of Hamilton.

With 24 points separating the warring Mercedes duo, this weekend’s race in Brazil will be the final prologue before their final championship encounter in Abu Dhabi. With twice any many points on offer at Yas Marina, the pressure will be on both drivers to get in the strongest position possible at Interlagos today.

Rosberg will lead the grid away from pole position, and although Hamilton does not need to win in Brazil this weekend, he is still determined to extend his streak of victories to six. Should he beat Rosberg once again, he would need to finish in the top five in Abu Dhabi to secure the championship.

Hoping to spoil Mercedes’ party is Williams. Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas will start third and fourth on the grid, and ran the Silver Arrows close on Saturday. Be sure to keep an eye on them during today’s race.

FROM THE STEWARDS’ OFFICE

  • Daniil Kvyat takes the second half of his grid penalty from Austin, having been unable to serve all of it due to a low qualifying position. He will start from 17th place.
  • Sergio Perez also serves his penalty from Austin, dropping to 18th after taking out Adrian Sutil on the first lap of the United States Grand Prix.

STARTING GRID FOR THE 2014 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX

1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
3. Felipe Massa Williams
4. Valtteri Bottas Williams
5. Jenson Button McLaren
6. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull
7. Kevin Magnussen McLaren
8. Fernando Alonso Ferrari
9. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
10. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
11. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber
12. Nico Hulkenberg Force India
13. Adrian Sutil Sauber
14. Romain Grosjean Lotus
15. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso
16. Pastor Maldonado Lotus
17. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso
18. Sergio Perez Force India

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

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.”