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Hamilton: Young drivers need time to progress in F1

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Lewis Hamilton has hinted that he does not agree with Red Bull’s decision to demote Daniil Kvyat in favor of Max Verstappen for the remainder of the 2016 Formula 1 season.

Red Bull announced last week that Kvyat would be returning to his former team, Toro Rosso, from the Spanish Grand Prix, with Verstappen moving in the opposite direction.

Kvyat revealed that he is yet to receive a proper explanation from Red Bull about the decision, while Verstappen feels ready to make the step up to a top-line team.

Speaking in Thursday’s FIA press conference in Spain, Hamilton praised Red Bull for its commitment to developing young drivers, but said that some need more time than others.

“Red Bull has done well in bringing young talent forwards,” Hamilton said.

“But I think they need to be aware that young drivers need time to progress. Mistakes do happen.

“There’s so much pressure on drivers at a young age, especially when you’ve not done a lot of years in lower classes, there’s so much to learn, a lot of pressure on young shoulders.

“To take a driver out of a role in a team he’s comfortable and move to another one it’s a difficult position to be in.

“Do I agree with it? It doesn’t matter, but it’s not something I would do.”

Hamilton heads into this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix trailing Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by 43 points at the top of the drivers’ championship.

The Briton said that he is not fretting over the deficit, and instead relishes the challenge of fighting his way back into the title fight.

“It is what it is, so there’s no point being concerned. I’ve just got to work hard to move forward,” Hamilton said.

“I’ve got less engines than Nico and a few of the drivers, so I’ve got to do what I can with what I have.

“For sure I’ve got a steep mountain to climb. But I love a challenge.”

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.”