F1: New car news for Scuderia Toro Rosso, Force India

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Two bits of news have emerged involving the 2015 cars for both Scuderia Toro Rosso and Sahara Force India.

We’ll start with Toro Rosso, which has confirmed a Jan. 31 unveiling of its new Renault-powered STR10 on the pit lane at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

The first of three 2015 preseason test sessions will begin at Jerez the following day.

The team has also confirmed that its two new drivers, Carlos Sainz Jr. and Max Verstappen, will split the four days of testing at Jerez. Sainz will run the first and third days of the test, while Verstappen will handle the second and fourth days.

As for Force India, they will delay the public debut of its new Mercedes-powered VJM08 to February 19 and the second preseason test session in Barcelona. The team will run its 2014 machine, the VJM07, in the opening Jerez test.

News of the VJM08’s delay comes one day before the team holds its official 2015 launch ceremony in Mexico City. As of now, Force India is the first team to reveal a delay on its new car this winter.

While we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see the Silverstone team’s latest challenger, we do know that it will bear a new sponsor as a deal has been struck with worldwide tequila giant Jose Cuervo.

Force India says that the Cuervo brand will be spotted on the VJM08’s headrests, as well as on the driver suits for Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg plus other team apparel.

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.”