Rossi proud after first US GP, matching Manor’s best 2015 result

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Alexander Rossi felt proud to have completed his first United States Grand Prix and match Manor’s best result of the 2015 Formula 1 season in Austin on Sunday.

Rossi became the first American driver since Scott Speed in 2007 to line up on the grid for his home grand prix on Sunday, and benefitted from a race of attrition to rise through the order.

As more and more cars dropped out towards the end, Rossi looked capable of recording just the second top-ten finish in Manor’s F1 history, rising as high as 11th at one point.

However, a lack of pace late on and relatively clean finish to the race meant that he had to settle for P12 overall, albeit finishing on the lead lap.

Speaking to NBCSN following his first US GP, Rossi made no secret of his pride and delight after a memorable race at the Circuit of The Americas.

“When you see P10 and P11 on pit board, getting towards the end of the race, you want it really bad,” Rossi said.

“But nonetheless a really good result for the team. Shame for Will [Stevens, who retired early]. It’s a very positive end to a great weekend.

“I was fighting with Felipe Nasr for a few laps. It was nice to race a car! I thought we could maybe pull something off. In the end, we were just missing the ultimate pace.

“It’s been an amazing week. So proud to be here. In the end, a great show for the fans on a Sunday. Difficult because of the weather, but positive reception all around, [helps] grow the profile in the States.”

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.”