Toro Rosso confirms schedule for Verstappen and Sainz in Barcelona

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Scuderia Toro Rosso has become the latest team to confirm its line-up for the upcoming F1 pre-season test, taking place in Barcelona next week (Feb 19-22).

The Italian team celebrates its tenth season of racing in Formula 1 this year, and boasts the youngest ever line-up in the history of the sport.

Max Verstappen, 17, and Carlos Sainz Jr, 20, may have a combined age that is just two years older than Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button, but both have enjoyed impressive junior careers to date.

The rookies enjoyed a solid first running in the STR10 car in Jerez two weeks ago, completing a total of 352 laps between them, and both will be hoping to continue this form in Barcelona next week.

Toro Rosso confirmed to MotorSportsTalk that Max Verstappen will be testing on days one and three of the test, with Carlos Sainz Jr. running on the second and fourth days.

Day 1: Max Verstappen
Day 2: Carlos Sainz Jr.
Day 3: Max Verstappen
Day 4: Carlos Sainz Jr.

Sunday in Barcelona is set to be a busy one for the Spanish fans, with both Sainz and Fernando Alonso giving the locals a home favorite to watch out on track ahead of the new F1 season.

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.”