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F1 Paddock Pass: Barcelona Test 2, Day 2 (VIDEO)

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BARCELONA – Testing ahead of the 2016 Formula 1 season continued in earnest in Barcelona on Wednesday as the countdown to Melbourne continued.

It proved to be another successful day for Mercedes as both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg once again racked up the miles, but Valtteri Bottas ultimately came out on top for Williams.

The super-soft tire allowed the Finn to finish three-tenths clear at the top of the timesheets, but there were plenty of talking points coming out of the running.

Recapping all of the day’s news, Will Buxton brings you the latest edition of NBC Sports’ original digital series Paddock Pass.

In part one, Buxton discusses the elimination-style qualifying system that will be implemented for 2016, although when it actually debuts remains to be seen. Buxton also chats with three-time and defending World Champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes AMG Petronas about the process he’s going through in winter testing.

In part two, Buxton talks with the ever-smiling Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing, now with its TAG Heuer badged power unit, and also with yours truly as we recap the timesheets and standout performances from the day.

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.”