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Jacques Villeneuve leaves Venturi after three Formula E races

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Former Formula 1 and CART champion Jacques Villeneuve has left the Venturi Formula E team after just three races.

Villeneuve made his full-time return to single-seaters with Venturi in a deal announced ahead of the first pre-season test in August 2015, partnering Stephane Sarrazin.

However, after struggling with a number of issues during testing, Villeneuve experienced no upturn in fortunes upon making his race debut at the start of the season.

The Canadian tangled with Antonio Felix da Costa in Beijing en route to finishing 14th and came 11th in Putrajaya. A qualifying crash prevented him from starting the last race in Punta del Este.

In a tweet sent from the Venturi team account on Friday, it was confirmed that Villeneuve had parted company with the team due to “a disagreement over the future direction of the team”.

Venturi confirmed that Villeneuve’s seat will be taken by former IndyCar driver and current FIA WEC racer Mike Conway until the end of the season.

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.”