Grosjean: Lotus E23 Hybrid better suited to Monza than Spa

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Romain Grosjean is confident that Lotus can enjoy another strong outing at next weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, believing that the Autodromo Nazionale Monza circuit will suit his car well.

Grosjean finished last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix in third place for Lotus, marking both his own and the team’s first podium since the 2013 United States Grand Prix.

Amid speculation about the future of the team, Grosjean’s result gave everyone at Enstone a huge boost, and the Frenchman remains elated by it.

“I still have a massive smile on my face about it,” Grosjean said. “What a race and what a performance from everyone in the team. We have a great car in the E23 and it worked so well around Spa Francorchamps.

“Everything came together so well. I probably drove the best race of my career, but it was thanks to the hard work of everyone at Enstone that I was able to perform at the top of my ability on that day. It felt almost like a race win.”

Looking ahead to next weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, Grosjean believes that his car is in fact better suited to Monza than Spa, suggesting another big result could be on the cards.

“On paper, Monza should suit our car better than Spa so in theory a podium could be possible again!” Grosjean said.

“Of course, we don’t know how our performance relative to our rivals will stack up until we get there, but I’m certainly going out for the strongest result possible, as I always do.”

Lotus is currently being targeted by Renault as a possible new works team for the future, with reports this week suggesting that a deal is close to being struck for 2016.

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.”