GP2: Gelael joins Carlin for four of remaining five rounds

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Sean Gelael will make his GP2 Series debut in Hungary next weekend with Carlin as part of a four-race deal to the end of the 2015 season.

Gelael, 18, currently races in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship with the Carlin-backed Jagonya Ayam team, and will balance these commitments with GP2.

The Indonesia driver will miss the GP2 round at Monza in September due to a clash with the Formula Renault 3.5 race at Silverstone, but will race in Hungary, Belgium, Russia and Abu Dhabi.

“It’s a great championship that makes great drivers,” Gelael said of GP2. “The opportunity came up at Carlin and it was a good fit. I just want to try and learn as much as possible and it will be good to get experience of the Pirelli tires.

“I’m not quite sure what I’m doing yet next year so using this as a building year. To be able to do these GP2 races with Carlin who we have great chemistry with and a great history with makes sense.

“I’m just really happy to have the opportunity. I’ve done my seat fit and the car feels really comfortable; my feet don’t hit the chassis or anything so I’m just really excited about Budapest.”

“We’re delighted to have Sean in GP2 with us for four rounds this season,” team owner Trevor Carlin said. “He is still very young and is wisely learning as much as he can this season after stepping up from F3 [pictured] last year.

“Sean is always a joy to work with and we’ll be working with him very closely to help him get the most out of this experience as possible.”

Gelael will race alongside Julian Leal at Carlin, taking the seat vacated by Marco Sørensen earlier this year when he opted to focus on his endurance racing commitments with Aston Martin Racing.

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.”