Rosberg: Beating Hamilton in testing a “useful” edge

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Nico Rosberg has said that finishing as the quickest driver in F1’s winter testing in Barcelona may not mean anything in reality, but it does give him a small edge over teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Rosberg posted the quickest time of the eight-day test in Barcelona on Friday, recording a lap of 1:22.792 to finish at the top of the cumulative timesheets.

Although he acknowledged that it is not worth any points or accolades, he said that it does give him a small edge heading into the new season.

“I’m happy to be quickest, it’s better than not being quickest for sure!” Rosberg said. “It’s not worth much in winter testing, but it just gives you that little bit extra. It’s useful.”

Mercedes has once again been the team to beat in testing, suggesting that it could be poised to repeat its double championship success of 2014 this year.

Rosberg was pleased with how his winter went, and feels that the team is moving in the right direction after struggling with his setup on Friday.

“I’m pleased with the winter,” Rosberg said. “We’ve done a good job with the development of the car. That’s not to say that others aren’t also quick, but I’m optimistic for the first couple of races because we have a good car.

“I’ve been comfortable, and been quick, setting the best time of the whole winter test here in Barcelona two days ago. Things are going in the right direction.”

Speaking to journalists after testing on Sunday, Rosberg said that he hopes Mercedes can improve the reliability of its car after a number of problems in 2014, with some striking the team once again during pre-season.

“It’s such a challenge to get these cars perfect for every team, and that’s been our weakness last year,” Rosberg said. “So that’s what we need to improve this year. We’re on the right track, but it’s so early in the season. That’s what I think one of our biggest challenges is.”

The 2015 Formula 1 season kicks off with the Australian Grand Prix on March 15.

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.”