F1 Paddock Pass: Italian Grand Prix (VIDEO)

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Two weeks on from the Belgian Grand Prix, Formula 1 returns this weekend for the final European race of the season at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy.

The Italian Grand Prix has been a mainstay on the F1 calendar ever since the formation of the world championship in 1950, with Monza hosting all but one grand prix since.

The high-speed nature of the circuit makes it a unique challenge for the drivers and the teams, whilst the loyal following of the Tifosi – Ferrari’s fan club – creates an atmosphere few other venues in motorsport can rival.

Ahead of the race weekend in Italy, Will Buxton brings you all of the news, interviews and analysis in the latest edition of NBC Sports Group original digital series “Paddock Pass”.

In part one, we hear from Daniel Ricciardo about the challenge of Monza and from Felipe Massa about the possibility of closed cockpits being introduced to single seaters. We also speak to Federico Gastaldi following a rather turbulent week for Lotus amid financial uncertainty.

Will brings you more insight from Lotus in part two as we hear from Alan Permane about the details of setting up a car for Monza’s unique challenge and high-speed straights. Nico Rosberg also discusses his tire blowout at Spa and the subsequent focus on Pirelli.

In the final part of this week’s Paddock Pass, Will is joined by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to discuss the idea of closed cockpits, with the debate being reignited following the death of Justin Wilson last week.

The Italian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra this weekend. For full details, click here.

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.”