Manor still considering introducing new car in 2015

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Manor Marussia F1 Team is still evaluating whether or not to introduce a new car during the 2015 Formula 1 season, according to founder John Booth.

After collapsing three races before the end of the 2014 season as Marussia F1 Team, Manor returned to the grid this season with minimal updates and improvements to its old car.

The team failed to participate at the Australian Grand Prix, and only managed to get one of its cars running in Malaysia, but has since made great strides and displayed great reliability.

In light of the team’s progression, there have been doubts about the plans to introduce a 2015-spec car at the Belgian Grand Prix in August as originally planned.

Reserve driver Fabio Leimer hinted last month that the team had shelved these plans, but in an interview with the official F1 website, Booth said that the team was still considering its options.

“I think now we’ve got a fairly senior technical management team in place and I think it’s under consideration as to which is the best way forward,” Booth said.

“The end goal is to have the best possible result at the end of 2016 and into 2017. So we need to establish what’s going to be the best way of achieving that.”

Given the pace difference between Manor and the midfield, pouring time and resources into a new car may seem to be a fruitless exercise for the backmarker squad.

However, Booth explained how the upgrades that have been applied to the car in recent weeks have proved that developing the car is important.

“You only have to look at what affect the upgrades had at Silverstone,” he said. “Amazingly every single race we’ve closed the gap to the front, and considering how hard they are pushing at the front it’s amazing!

“So far it’s been done on good, sound engineering principles. The Silverstone upgrades were the first upgrades we’ve brought.”

Manor scored its best result in over a year at Silverstone last weekend as Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens finished 12th and 13th, and the team will be hoping to follow this up at the Hungarian Grand Prix at the end of the month.

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.”