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Ferrari suffers first double DNF since 2006 in Mexico

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Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix proved to be a race to forget for Ferrari as both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen retired, marking the Italian team’s first double DNF in over nine years.

Vettel’s race was compromized at the start when he was hit by Daniel Ricciardo, sustaining a puncture that dropped him to the very back of the field.

The German driver managed to fight his way back up to the fringes of the top ten, only for a recurring brake issue to cause him to spin.

Vettel’s race eventually came to an early end on lap 51 when he spun into the barrier at turn seven, bringing out the safety car.

Despite dealing with the brake issue throughout the race, Vettel hinted that it was the result of his own mistake, apologizing to the team over the radio.

Teammate Kimi Raikkonen’s race also ended in retirement following a run-in with Williams driver Valtteri Bottas.

Starting 19th, Raikkonen worked his way up into the top ten with a long first stint, but found himself being hounded by Bottas for position as his tires began to fade.

Bottas tried to pass Raikkonen around the outside of turn four, giving himself the inside line for turn five, only for the Ferrari driver to shut the door and leave him nowhere to go.

The two Finns made contact – just as they did three weeks ago in Russia – leaving Raikkonen with a broken rear axle and out of the race, ending his hopes of a fight-through-the-field to a points’ finish.

The result marks Ferrari’s first double DNF since the 2006 Australian Grand Prix when both Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa failed to finish the race.

In spite of Williams’ strong showing, Ferrari remains assured of second place in the constructors’ championship, although Vettel’s retirement combined with Nico Rosberg’s first race win since the Austrian Grand Prix in June realistically ends his hopes of finishing the year as runner-up to drivers’ champion Lewis Hamilton.

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.”