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Ferrari cleared over Australia pit board message


The FIA has accepted Ferrari’s explanation for an alleged coded pit board message during the Australian Grand Prix three weeks ago.

Stricter rules regarding contact between the pit wall and drivers in Formula 1 have been implemented for 2016, intended to place a greater onus on drivers to run their own race.

In Australia, Sebastian Vettel was shown a message on his pit board that read ‘-3.2 LFS6 P1’ shortly after the red flag sparked by Fernando Alonso’s crash with Esteban Gutierrez.

This was spotted by a rival team who took a picture of the message to FIA race director Charlie Whiting in Bahrain last weekend.

The FIA investigated the message, but were satisfied with the explanation offered by Ferrari and took no action.

Under normal race conditions, the message would have breached the F1 sporting regulations, but it was permitted under the red flag.

Vettel ultimately finished the Australia Grand Prix in third place behind Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

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.”