Malja, Visser join Trident for support races at Spa

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Swedish racing driver Gustav Malja will make his debut in the GP2 Series this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps as a replacement for Trident driver Rene Binder.

Binder will miss this weekend’s round in Belgium due to a bacterial infection that flared up at the last race in Hungary.

“I suffered from a streptococcus infection before Budapest and did everything to participate in that race weekend,” Binder said in a statement from Trident.

“Even if I managed to survive in the extreme heat it was maybe not a good decision as the infection – including fever – came back a few days later.

“Although I am a feeling better, my doctors have clearly recommented not to take any risk and to miss the race weekend in Belgium.

“Needless to say that I am disappointed as Spa is one of my favourite tracks, but all I can do is to wish my guys at Trident Motorsport all the best and follow the races live.”

Malja currently competes in the Formula Renault 3.5 series with Strakka Racing, finishing eighth and 14th in the two races at Spa-Francorchamps earlier this year.

Trident has also made a change to its line-up in GP3 for this weekend’s round as Beitske Visser (pictured) takes the reins of the third car vacated by Oscar Tunjo in July.

Visser also races in Formula Renault 3.5, and has previously taken part in two GP3 races with Hilmer Motorsport at the beginning of the 2014 season.

“After a promising career in karting, Beitske showcased her skills in single seater racing,” a statement from Trident reads.

“The Dutch driver has previously driven in GP3 in 2014 and she won’t be the first female racer to join the Italian squad: Visser will follow in the footsteps of Vicky Piria who drove for the team in 2012.”

In other GP2 news, Sergio Canamasas has returned to Lazarus for this weekend’s race after racing with Hilmer in Hungary. The Spanish driver replaces Zoel Amberg, who remains unfit to drive after missing the last round. Hiller will not field a driver in the car that Canamasas has vacated.

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.”