Wehrlein leads Tuesday Austria test; Fuoco crashes on debut

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Mercedes AMG Petronas reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein picked up right where the the team’s race drivers, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, left off at the end of this weekend at the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.

The young German set a best time of 1:11.005 in the W06 to lead the first of two days of the Austrian in-season test, primarily comprised of young and reserve drivers.

Fellow Mercedes-powered driver Esteban Ocon, sitting in at Force India, was second with Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen third.

Much of the day was halted by rain, and there wasn’t a ton of running. The session was extended to account for the lost time.

One driver who had a rough inaugural outing was Ferrari Driver Academy youngster Antonio Fuoco, who crashed on debut.

The 19-year-old Italian, in his first day in an F1 car, went off at Turn 1. The car was brought back to the paddock on a flatbed. Still, he completed 71 laps of running and ended fourth on the day.

Susie Wolff completed 39 laps for Williams, as the team premiered a new aero component in front of the rear wheel assembly.

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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.”