German GP “dead at the moment”, won’t be replaced

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Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has said that the German Grand Prix will not be replaced on the calendar if it fails to go ahead in 2015.

The race had been due to be held at the Nurburgring as part of the circuit’s deal to alternate hosting the event with Hockenheim.

However, Ecclestone (pictured) had planned to take the race away from the Nurburgring due to its financial difficulties, but officials at Hockenheim claim that they are not prepared to play host for a second year in a row.

A deadline for a decision has now passed without any firm announcement from either circuit or the sport, and although Ecclestone did not completely write off the race’s chances, he did admit that it will not go ahead as things stand.

“The German Grand Prix is dead at the moment,” Ecclestone told The Independent. “It won’t get replaced if it doesn’t happen.

“As with any race, if it is cancelled it is cancelled. There’s not much we can do.”

Should the race fail to be saved, the 2015 calendar would fall back down to 19 races. With the addition of the Mexican Grand Prix in November, this year’s schedule had been set to equal the record for the most number of events in a season at 20.

The absence of the German Grand Prix would also ease some of the congestion in the calendar over the summer. It is currently scheduled as a back-to-back with the Hungarian Grand Prix in July, and should it be cancelled, we would be left with just a single race in a seven-week period between the British and Belgian Grands Prix.

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.”