Report: Ecclestone still open to grand prix in New Jersey

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Bernie Ecclestone has not yet given up hope of holding a Formula 1 grand prix in New Jersey, according to a recent report from motorsport.com.

The proposed Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial, NJ, has been a recurring saga in Formula 1 over the past five years, having originally been planned for 2013 on a ten-year deal.

After being postponed for 2013 and 2014, the race did not even appear on the provisional 2015 calendar and was thought to no longer be in the running to join F1 in years to come.

However, according to veteran F1 journalist Adam Cooper, fresh talks were held between event promoter Leo Hindery Jr and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone over the Canadian Grand Prix weekend.

“He’d like to see that race happen,” Ecclestone told Cooper, talking about Hindery. “We’ll have a look and see what we can do for him.”

New Jersey’s F1 love affair has been mainly cold for the past two years, with little in the way of positive news coming out about the race.

Ecclestone said back in 2014 that he felt the race was still viable, only for it not to appear on any of the draft 2015 calendars that even made room for the Korean Grand Prix at one point.

The race also did not feature on the leaked 2016 calendar, which emerged at the end of April. MotorSportsTalk did contact GP America for comment at the time, but received no response.

Ecclestone is known to be keen on a second race in the United States, and the prospect of a race with the New York skyline as a backdrop has appealed to him for some time. Quite whether New Jersey will be able to deliver on that remains to be seen, though.

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.”