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Kvyat, Ericsson take grid penalties to Canada

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Daniil Kvyat and Marcus Ericsson will both take grid drops ahead of next weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix after incidents in Monaco on Sunday.

Kvyat collided with Kevin Magnussen at La Rascasse while trying to unlap himself, having suffered an electrical problem in the early part of the race.

The incident ultimately caused Kvyat to retire and harmed Magnussen’s race, much to the frustration of the Renault driver.

“Kvyat just lost his mind and crashed into me and that was effectively the end of my race,” Magnussen said after also retiring.

“We did continue and made an early change to slicks as we had nothing to lose, but ultimately I hit the wall and damaged the front wing.”

While Kvyat put it down as a racing incident, the stewards looked dimly on the clash and handed the Russian a three-place grid drop for the Canadian Grand Prix on June 12.

The same penalty has been given to Ericsson, who crashed into Sauber teammate Felipe Nasr at the same corner amid a row over team orders.

Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn called the behavior of both drivers “unacceptable”, but the stewards deemed Ericsson to be responsible, leaving him with the three-place grid drop.

Both Valtteri Bottas and Pascal Wehrlein were also penalized following the race in Monaco, both receiving points on their FIA super licence.

Wehrlein went too quickly under the Virtual Safety Car and ignored blue flags during the race, resulting in 20 seconds worth of time penalties and four penalty points on his licence.

Finally, Bottas crashed into Esteban Gutierrez at La Rascasse on the final lap of the race when trying to pass for 11th position, resulting in a 10 second penalty and two points against him.

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.”