Hockenheim boss says German Grand Prix is dead for 2015

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One of Formula 1’s more iconic Grands Prix now is likely to appear off the calendar for 2015, with Hockenheim’s circuit chief telling Germany’s Bild that the track can’t host the race.

Georg Seiler, Hockenheim’s boss, said the track has run out of time to suitably put together the race this season.

“We have no more hope that the Formula 1 race takes place here. We have done in the last few years everything to make the fans happy,” Seiler said to Bild (German).

“The time has expired, to organize a race here. Otherwise, the quality of the event would have suffered.”

The news comes a day after Bernie Ecclestone told The Independent that if the German round fell off the calendar, it wouldn’t be replaced.

This news comes after a bit of a saga for the race to stay on the calendar, when a decision had been due before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Ecclestone said if the German round happened, it would be at Hockenheim instead of the Nurburgring, as the Nurburgring was due up in the rotation this season. But several weeks later the race’s future fell into question, even though Ecclestone said he was trying to save it.

Nico Rosberg, who nearly won last year’s World Championship and is one of three German drivers on the grid (Sebastian Vettel, Nico Hulkenberg) expressed concern at the first test of the winter in Jerez about the race’s future.

With the German race set to drop off, it would leave a 19-race calendar for the 2015 season.

The last year without a German Grand Prix was 2007, but the Nurburgring did play host to the European Grand Prix that season.

It’s been since 1955 that a Formula 1 season has not included a race in Germany.

Official confirmation would still need to come from the FIA on the German race. But barring a Manor-like, 11th hour revival, it appears the German Grand Prix is dead for 2015.

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.”