FP1 and FP2 saw Nico Rosberg finish at the top of the timesheets, fending off competition from his Mercedes teammate and probable championship rival Lewis Hamilton. Once again, the Silver Arrows gapped the field by a healthy margin (one second in FP1; 0.7s in FP2), suggesting that the team has lost none of its advantage from 2014.
Behind Mercedes, the likes of Ferrari, Red Bull and Williams will all be hoping to have a productive final session in Melbourne ahead of qualifying. The race for second behind the German marque is certainly close, with Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas all leading their respective team’s charge.
“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.”
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.”