Vettel still in F1 title hunt after Singapore victory

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Sebastian Vettel has set his sights on making ‘the impossible possible’ and getting in the fight for the 2015 Formula 1 drivers’ championship after winning Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix.

Vettel went wire-to-wire from pole position at Marina Bay to pick up his third victory of the season as Mercedes had a weekend to forget under the lights.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg had tried to make up for their lack of qualifying pace with an alternative strategy in the race, but it mattered little for Hamilton as he was forced to retire due to an issue with his power unit.

A second safety car period sparked by a track intruder forced Rosberg to switch strategy and move in line with the leading runners, meaning that he could only finish fourth at the checkered flag.

The result saw Vettel move to just eight points behind Rosberg in the drivers’ championship, and with just 49 separating him and Hamilton at the top, he has not given up on a fifth F1 title in 2015 yet.

“Well if we have more weekends like this, yes,” Vettel said when asked if Ferrari could take the fight to Mercedes in the final six races of the year.

“All we have to do is look after ourselves, maximum attack. What they do is not in our hands.

“We still have a small chance. Maybe we can make the impossible possible. We’ll certainly go for it.”

Vettel admitted after the race that it ranked as one of his best performances as he controlled proceedings from start to finish en route to his fourth victory around the streets of Singapore.

“It must be one of [my best wins],” Vettel said. “I think it was pretty intense. Obviously we had a bit of a breather with the safety car, but obviously still lots of pressure from behind.

“I think Daniel [Ricciardo, P2] had a very good race looking after his tires very well, which made it a bit tactical towards the end of the stints. Second stint I was dictating the pace. Obviously around here it’s difficult to overtake so I was using that and from then at some point chipping away and trying to control the gap.

“Fortunately that worked. It’s obviously a great day. We had a really great weekend, so thanks to the team.”

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.”