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Villeneuve: ‘Dangerous’ Rosberg to blame for Hamilton crash


1997 Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve believes that Nico Rosberg is to blame for the crash with teammate Lewis Hamilton that forced both to retire from last Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.

The two Mercedes drivers collided when Hamilton tried to pass Rosberg down the inside at Turn 4, only to be forced onto the grass and lose control.

Opinions were split on who was to blame, with both the team and the FIA race stewards believing that neither driver was predominantly at fault, putting it down as a racing incident.

However, CART and F1 champion Villeneuve deemed Rosberg to have caused the incident, and believes it was the kind of move that would not have been attempted in past eras of grand prix racing.

“You never saw it in the eighties because they’d kill each other. Now the drivers think they are in a video game,” Villeneuve told the Daily Mirror.

“It’s the one thing you never do. You can ask if Lewis should have been so aggressive but if you want to blame someone, it’s 100% Nico.

“He moved when Lewis had already made his move. You don’t do that, it’s why there is a rule in place.

“It’s the most dangerous thing you can do in racing, and the unfairest.

“From that point of view he was 100% wrong.”

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.”