Preview ‘Haas F1: America’s Return To The Grid’, premieres 3/16 at 11:30pm ET

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This weekend’s Australian Grand Prix will see history be made regardless of the end result.

For the first time in 30 years, an American team will be lining up on the Formula 1 grid, acting as the latest achievement for the sport in the United States.

Haas F1 Team has come a long way since owner Gene Haas and team principal Gunther Steiner first considered entering the series six years ago, with this weekend’s race acting as the culmination of many years of hard work and planning.

The past few months have been particularly busy for all involved with the team as the final touches were put to the VF-16 car ahead of its on-track debut in testing.

Profiling Haas’ launch and development, Wednesday night will see the premiere of Haas F1: America’s Return To The Grid on NBCSN at 11:30pm ET.

Haas F1: America’s Return To The Grid invites viewers inside the doors of Haas F1, providing behind-the-scenes access to the team, garages and drivers, as they prepare for the upcoming Formula 1 season and become the first American-led team to officially compete in F1 since 1986.

As well as featuring interviews with Haas, Steiner, drivers Esteban Gutierrez and Romain Grosjean, and team manager Dave O’Neill, cameras travel to Haas F1’s European headquarters in Banbury, England, its chassis partner Dallara’s factory in Parma, Italy and to Barcelona, Spain for pre-season testing.

Ahead of tonight’s premiere, check out our preview clips above and below.

Haas F1: America’s Return To The Grid will also air at 8:30pm ET on Thursday and 3pm ET on Sunday on NBCSN.

You can also watch the show via live stream by heading to nbcsnstream.nbcsports.com at 11:30pm ET.

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.”