Heidfeld in talks with teams over Formula E seat for season two

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LONDON – Venturi Formula E Team driver Nick Heidfeld has revealed that he is in talks with teams over a seat for the second season of the FIA Formula E championship in spite of a difficult first campaign.

Heidfeld had been poised to win the inaugural ePrix in Beijing last September, only to crash out at the final corner after being hit by Nicolas Prost.

Since then, Heidfeld’s luck has failed to improve, limiting him to just a single podium finish at the Moscow ePrix three weeks ago.

Speaking to MotorSportsTalk ahead of this weekend’s season finale in London, the German said that although his first year has been a tough one, he believes that it has been a great success for the series as a whole.

As a result, Heidfeld is in talks with multiple teams over a drive for season two.

“For me personally it was unlucky, but for Formula E as a whole, I think it was very, very successful,” Heidfeld said.

“I want to be here in season two and I’m talking to teams at the moment.”

Another driver that is keen to remain in the championship for the 2015-2016 campaign is Mahindra Racing’s Bruno Senna, who hinted that he could be set to remain with the Indian team.

“We’ve had a difficult season,” Senna said. “The first season is always bit of a tricky one in that you don’t know which team or circumstances will be best, so I think we definitely could have done better.

“But at the same time we’ve had lots of bad luck as well. I had so many car failures, so many part failures. We lost lots of points from that.

“We need to improve, and I think we know a lot of the weak points we’ve had this year, so we’re going to try and make them better for next season.”

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.”