Mallya targeting top-four finish for Force India in 2016

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Force India owner Vijay Mallya has set his sights on a top-four finish in next year’s Formula 1 constructors’ championship.

Following the first 11 rounds of the 2015 season, Force India currently sits sixth in the teams’ standings, and looks set to be embroiled in a close battle with Lotus for P5 until the end of the season.

In a wide-ranging interview with the official Formula 1 website, Mallya expressed his delight with the team’s form and on-track success in 2015 despite having a smaller budget than many of its rivals.

“We like to run a good, tight ship, with a good atmosphere, good drivers and good commitment from our people,” Mallya said. “It’s the package. And if they say that the Force India package is punching above its weight, I take that as a compliment.

“We have under 400 people – and I am sure that I don’t have to double the workforce if I want to go further up the grid. That is what I honestly believe.

“Yes, I want to get better every year, but I also believe that doubling my work force is not the answer. If somebody tells me that to get to P4 I would have to go beyond 600 people, I very much disagree. We could also do it with our 380 people!”

Although Mallya believes that fourth place may be out of Force India’s reach in 2015 with Red Bull some 59 points ahead, he feels that the team could achieve this in 2016.

“I have set my targets for the team, and we are doing very well in achieving them,” Mallya said.

“I will not get carried away saying that we will achieve P4 this season, but there is no reason why we should not target that in 2016.

“2016 is carry over from this season and when the B-spec delivers what we believe it has the potential to, then why not?

“2017 is a whole different ballgame. My guess is that the cars will have to be re-invented again, and we will start early to stay ahead of the game.”

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.”