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Ricciardo takes confidence from Red Bull’s F1 2016 preparations

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Daniel Ricciardo will head to next weekend’s Australian Grand Prix full of confidence after Red Bull made good preparations for the new Formula 1 season.

Ricciardo endured a difficult second year with Red Bull in 2015 as issues with the Renault power unit prevented him from adding to his trio of grand prix victories.

The noises coming out of Red Bull have been far more positive heading into the 2016 season though, and Ricciardo believes that the team is better prepared than it was before last year’s race in Australia.

“Testing’s been a lot better for us this year. You still don’t really know where you are until you get to Melbourne, but we’re better prepared than we were this time last year so we can use that as some confidence,” Ricciardo said.

“Me personally, I’m ready to go – I was ready in January and I’m still ready now! Just keen for those lights to go out and to get racing! I think everyone’s excited to get going, but even if the race was elsewhere I think there’s no-one more excited than me to go racing, period!”

Ricciardo is relishing his fifth Australian Grand Prix weekend, having first raced in front at Albert Park back in 2012 with Toro Rosso, and will once again be the only home driver on the grid in 2016.

“The fact that it’s in Oz and I’m going to have more supporters than anyone else, hell yeah I’m excited!” Ricciardo said. “In fact, I’m going to have to control my adrenaline because there’s a long build up over the weekend.

“Sunday’s cool, it’s probably the quietest day of the week for us in terms of other obligations so it’s really time to just focus on the race.

“When I’m on the grid on Sunday, it’ll just be full focus, full determination, knowing that I’ve got a battle on my hands the next hour and a half, a battle I’ll look forward to!”

The Australian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN on March 20.

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.”