Heidfeld and Senna confirmed at Mahindra for second Formula E season

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DONINGTON PARK – Mahindra Racing has confirmed that Nick Heidfeld will race for the team in the second FIA Formula E season alongside the retained Bruno Senna.

Heidfeld raced for Venturi in season one, scoring one podium finish en route to 12th place in the drivers’ championship.

However, the German driver opted to cut ties with the team at the end of the season and join Mahindra after a successful private test for the Indian team in Spain.

“Yeah, very happy,” Heidfeld told MotorSportsTalk. “Looking forward to the season of course. I think Mahindra has done a good job, good preparation with the changes they have done for season two.

“But at the moment it is all guessing. We will all be here at Donington testing for the first time together, and the proper results we will probably only have after Beijing, after race one.

“I’m excited and I’m looking forward to it and I’m hoping of course to be very successful. The technical package and all the little puzzle parts, you think about and are important in motorsport, speaking to various teams, I believe that Mahindra can be the best choice.”

Heidfeld was welcomed to the team by boss Dilbagh Gill, who was impressed by the German’s efforts during testing in Spain in the off-season.

“I am very proud to welcome Nick to the Mahindra Racing family,” Gill said. “He brings a wealth of experience to the team and we were impressed with his performances in the inaugural Formula E season.

“Nick has also been an integral part of testing the M2Electro with our team. Mahindra Racing is targeting top results this season and with over 2,000km of pre-season testing successfully completed, we are confident we are giving Nick the car to do it.

“We have been particularly impressed with how quickly he has got up to speed with the technical aspects of the car, as well as the gains we have made in its refinement since he joined us.”

Heidfeld replaces Karun Chandhok at Mahindra, who has left Formula E to concentrate on sportscar racing.

Pre-season testing kicks off at Donington Park on Monday, with both Heidfeld and Senna set to get behind the wheel of the Mahindra car.

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.”