F1 Paddock Pass: Spanish Grand Prix (VIDEO)

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MONTMELO – This weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix is poised to be one of the most unpredictable races of the 2015 Formula 1 season so far, given that a number of teams will be applying major upgrade packages to their cars in a bid to move up the field and perhaps place pressure on the pace-setters, Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton extended his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship last time out in Bahrain, and is chasing a second victory in Spain this weekend to turn the screw in the intra-team fight with teammate Nico Rosberg.

Ahead of the race weekend, Will Buxton brings you all of the interviews and insight in the latest edition of NBC Sports’ original digital series, Paddock Pass.

In part one, Will catches up with the Force India boys ahead of their Mexican chili cook-off this weekend in the team motorhome, whilst we also hear from Nico Rosberg about his bid to turn his fortunes around in the fight against Lewis Hamilton.

In part two, we hear from Romain Grosjean as Lotus prepares for a big weekend and a number of updates in Spain, whilst Roberto Merhi tells us why he’s at a disadvantage to his Manor teammate, Will Stevens, in 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.”