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Ricciardo unsure of Red Bull updates, but is soaking up Austin thus far

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AUSTIN, Texas – Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo is still unsure what Red Bull will do for 2016, as a resolution is yet to be sorted regarding the team’s engine situation.

Still, the Australian fully expects he’ll be racing next year; it’s just a question of how competitive he will be.

“Not much has changed. I’m still not confirmed with anything. But I’m still confident I’ll be racing,” Ricciardo told assembled reporters during today’s FIA Press Conference.

“The question is, ‘Will we be here and be competitive?’ The concern is will we be competitive? We want to be competitive again.”

Ricciardo said the car hasn’t been too bad this year, just regularly down on single-lap pace in qualifying.

“It’s not a massive gap. But we’re still down a chunk,” he said.

“The car has been good. It’s just in qualifying we don’t have the one-lap pace. But if we’re not there on pace, maybe the rain will help.”

Ricciardo enters Austin fresh off his famous “Wolverine” look last year, and scored a podium here when he came third behind the Mercedes AMG Petronas teammates despite starting fifth.

He showed up today with similarly detailed “Wolverine” chops, coupled with a goatee, for the press conference (photo to come later). And he’s been busy soaking up the city – even getting a tattoo on Wednesday.

The shenanigans are present on Ricciardo’s should-be-award-winning Instagram page. Here’s the video of him getting his tattoo:

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.”