Rosberg: Narrow defeat to Hamilton in qualifying ‘annoying’

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Nico Rosberg was disappointed to have missed out on pole position for the British Grand Prix by just one-tenth of a second in qualifying on Saturday, calling his defeat to Lewis Hamilton “annoying”.

Rosberg’s initial flying lap in Q3 was 0.113 seconds shy of Hamilton’s, and he was unable to improve on his second run due to a change in track conditions.

The German driver radioed Mercedes after the session had finished to inform them of an issue on his left front tire that had caused him to suffer from some understeer on his final lap.

Speaking after the session, Rosberg admitted that he was disappointed to have missed out on pole position, but was full of praise for the British fans who had come out to see qualifying on Saturday at Silverstone.

“First of all, the first lap was really good so there’s not much to say about that,” Rosberg said. “Lewis was just one-tenth quicker, which is annoying but that’s the way it is.

“Other than that, really awesome to see how many people have come today. Out in the grandstands, it’s incredible, it’s a full house already more or less today. That’s really great to see how enthusiastic everyone is in this country about our sport.

“The last run, not many improved on that run. Something wrong with my left front so I had big understeer, something very wrong. We need to look into what it was.”

Rosberg currently trails Hamilton by ten points at the top of the drivers’ championship, but would close on the Briton if he can claim his fourth victory of the year at Silverstone on Sunday.

However, with Hamilton enjoying the support of his home crowd, the German may face a tough task to beat his teammate in the race.

The British Grand Prix is live on CNBC and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday.

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.”