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Pirelli reveals teams’ Chinese GP tire selections

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There’s a good bit of variety contained within the Chinese Grand Prix tire selections, revealed on Tuesday by Pirelli.

Three teams have opted to split their strategies, notably Mercedes AMG Petronas. Lewis Hamilton has split his medium and soft compounds to four sets each. Nico Rosberg, meanwhile, has opted for three mediums and five softs.

Williams has also gone with an interesting tire strategy for both its drivers. Both Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa will have seven sets of supersofts, while Bottas is splitting his medium and soft sets two-four, and Massa is going with only one medium set to five softs.

Haas F1 Team is also looking to continue its tire selection success it had in Bahrain, with both Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez having seven sets of supersofts. Grosjean will have one medium to five softs and Gutierrez two medium to four soft sets.

Of note, Fernando Alonso’s name is listed at McLaren, even though the two-time World Champion has yet to be officially declared fit to race after missing the Bahrain Grand Prix.

You can see the full tire selection breakdown below. Previous ones for Bahrain and Australia are linked in this sentence.

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.”