Grosjean unharmed, frustrated after high-speed crash in Sochi

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Romain Grosjean has called on Lotus to find out why he lost control of his car and crashed at one of the fastest points of the track during today’s Russian Grand Prix.

Coming through the high-speed turn three left-hander, Grosjean lost the back-end of his Lotus E23 Hybrid car and slammed into the wall, causing a great amount of damage to the chassis.

Remarkably, Grosjean walked away unscathed from the incident bar a cut on his arm, and was more frustrated to have lost a good points-scoring opportunity in Russia.

“I lost the rear end in a very high speed corner going through turn three and couldn’t recover it,” Grosjean explained.

“We don’t know exactly why yet. We need to check what has happened – was it a driver error or something technical? – we’ll see.

“I feel sorry for the guys because there will be a lot of work to repair the car. I feel okay physically and I’ll certainly be a bit sore tomorrow morning, but I’ll be completely fine again after a couple of days.

“We lost some good points today but let’s understand what happened and look forward to the next race.”

Lotus teammate Pastor Maldonado managed to work his way up into the points in the final stages, finishing eighth and moving up to seventh after Kimi Raikkonen’s post-race penalty.

“It was a bit tough today but we opted for the right strategy from the beginning starting on the soft tires and going longer on the first run,” Maldonado said.

“Unfortunately we lost a lot of time on the second stint with the new super-soft tires. Our car didn’t perform as expected at the beginning of the run but then after a few laps we started to get back into the rhythm.

“We scored points today which is very positive for the team and hopefully we can continue to do so in the next races.”

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.”