Rosberg: Still all to play for in F1 championship race

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Nico Rosberg remains confident that there is still everything to play for in the battle for the 2015 Formula 1 drivers’ championship as the second half of the season begins in Belgium this weekend.

Rosberg missed a golden opportunity to cut the gap to Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton at the top of the standings last month in Hungary, getting caught up in a collision towards the end of the race that meant he could not capitalize on the Briton’s struggles.

Heading into this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, Hamilton leads the championship by 21 points, but Rosberg is sure that he can still challenge the Briton for the title in the remaining nine rounds of the year.

“Hungary was a big disappointment and I’ve been itching to get back to racing ever since,” Rosberg said.

“When you’re in such a close battle for the championship, any opportunity to gain points is crucial and it’s up to me to take those chances – but also to make them for myself.

“That’s definitely the target for the second half of the year. We’re only halfway through the season, so it’s all still to play for.

“Spa is a fantastic circuit – a track that I think every driver enjoys and one that always produces spectacular racing. I’m looking forward to it.”

F1 returns to action this weekend with the Belgian Grand Prix after a month-long summer break that Rosberg and the team has used to recharge and refocus after a tough start to the season.

“The summer break is a great chance for the team to recharge after a tough start to the year,” Rosberg said.

“They definitely deserve it for all the hard work in making the incredible car we’ve had so far this season. But for me, personally, it’s time I’d rather be spending in the 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.”