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Ricciardo surprised to reach front row in China

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Daniel Ricciardo was surprised to qualify on the front row of the grid for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix after beating both Ferraris to second place at the end of Q3.

Ricciardo posted a late lap time just half a second down on that of pole sitter Nico Rosberg to rise to second at the checkered flag.

Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel both made mistakes on their final Q3 laps, leaving them third and fourth respectively, while Lewis Hamilton was sidelined by an engine issue in Q1.

When asked where his late lap in qualifying came from, Ricciardo said: “Not sure!

“To be honest, I didn’t think we started in the best position in Q1, obviously it was a disrupted session. Just with the the balance, it didn’t seem we’d be in a fight with the front few rows today.

“Q3 we basically found a bit more speed. The option here, the super-soft, it’s a tricky tire to manage. To get the one lap out of it, it’s not exactly easy, it gets chewed up quite a bit as the lap goes on.

“I think just understanding that as the session went on, and obviously between me understanding a bit more what to do on track and the engineer making a few adjustments with pressures and front wing, I think we got a good package at the end.

“Second is pretty awesome, we didn’t expect this.”

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.”