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FIA Formula E to cut down in-season driver changes

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One of the, if not hallmarks, certainly quirks of the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship season was a continual, thorough checking of the entry lists to see what changed from race-to-race.

The changing won’t be as frequent in 2015-2016, the series announced today.

Formula E announced Monday that the 10 teams will be limited to just two driver changes per car during season two. Driver changes need to be announced two weeks prior to the event.

No changes will be allowed for the final three races of the year, to prevent outside “ringers” from posing a threat or conflict in championship battles.

A driver can be replaced last-minute if he or she is unavailable for an unforeseen reason, with Stewards having discretion for force majeure.

This comes in the wake of some 35 drivers competing in the inaugural season of Formula E, when grids were just 20 cars.

Andretti Formula E led the way with eight different drivers. It began the year with Charles Pic and the later-suspended Franck Montagny, then cycled through Jean-Eric Vergne, Matthew Brabham, Marco Andretti, Scott Speed, Simona de Silvestro and the late Justin Wilson in one of their two cars. The No. 28 car alone featured all of the above with the exception of Montagny and Vergne, who ran the No. 27 car.

De Silvestro and Robin Frijns have been announced as drivers for the renamed Amlin Andretti FE for season two.

There were also five driver changes going into the last double race weekend of the year at Battersea Park in London, although only one of the five, Oliver Turvey, scored points during the weekend.

The changes were:

  • Turvey in for Antonio Garcia at NEXTEV TCR
  • De Silvestro in for Wilson at Andretti
  • Fabio Leimer in for Jaime Alguersuari at Virgin
  • Alex Fontana in for Vitantonio Liuzzi at Trulli
  • Sakon Yamamoto in for Antonio Felix da Costa at Amlin Aguri

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.”