F1: Gene Haas among possible bidders at ongoing Marussia auction

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Today saw the beginning of a two-day live webcast auction of the assets of the former Marussia Formula One team.

And among the potential bidders for some of those assets is new F1 team owner Gene Haas, who indicated to the Guardian that he was likely to take part in the auction.

In his interview with the Guardian, Haas also noted that he had been looking at several sites in the UK for his team’s European operations.

“We looked at a place in Abingdon [Oxfordshire] and there are several available in that area,” he said. “I guess it might be a possibility to take a look at the Marussia HQ too.”

Main design for the Haas machines will take place in Kannapolis, North Carolina in a campus adjacent to his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series side, Stewart-Haas Racing.

Haas also insisted that his team would avoid the same fate as Marussia (and perhaps Caterham if they’re unable to find a buyer for their team). Early this fall, his team announced a technical partnership with Ferrari.

“If we did it the way Caterham and Marussia did it, we would have the same result so I think we are going to do it differently,” Haas said. “A lot of the teams in the UK build everything themselves.

“They seem to have this English mentality that this is the way it has to be done and that is just not our business model at all.”

Meanwhile, a variety of old Marussia items and memorabilia have already gone on the auction block.

The British Press Association reports notable sales from Day 1 such as: £15,000 for a nose cone from Max Chilton’s former machine; £2,200 for a 2010 steering wheel; £700 for an old fire suit and pair of racing boots of driver Timo Glock; and £100 for a four-pack of team umbrellas.

Day 2 of the webcast auction will begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. GMT or 5 a.m. ET here in the States. Assets will also be auctioned through timed online sales that will occur this Thursday and on Jan. 21, 2015.

A notice on the website makes it clear that the Jan. 21 auction will feature Marussia’s 2014 race cars (albeit without their Ferrari engines), 2014 car components and spare parts, 2014 race day pit equipment, and some GP3 race cars as well.

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.”