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Raikkonen hopeful of remaining at Ferrari for 2017 F1 season

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Kimi Raikkonen hopes that he can remain with Ferrari for the 2017 Formula 1 season, but concedes that the decision about his future lies solely with the team.

Raikkonen’s motivation and on-track form has come into question in recent years, but Ferrari opted to stick with him alongside Sebastian Vettel for 2016 despite the Finn scoring over 100 points less than his teammate last year.

Raikkonen has enjoyed an upturn in form at the start of the new season, scoring three podium finishes in the opening six races to sit one point ahead of Vettel in the drivers’ championship.

Paddock speculation suggests that Raikkonen will be kept on for 2017, and although Raikkonen said he is keen to stay, he admitted that the decision is Ferrari’s to make.

“I don’t know anything more. You guys seem to know a lot every week, this and that,” Raikkonen said when asked about his future.

“It’s not my decision in the end. I always said I’m happy to be here, I hope I will be here helping Ferrari to get where we want to get as a team.

“What happens in the future, we’ll see.”

Despite being tipped to topple Mercedes at the start of the season, Ferrari has struggled to put up much of a fight to the German marque in the opening six races, and appears to have slipped behind Red Bull in the pecking order.

However, Raikkonen remains certain that the team has progressed and that the SF16-H car is stronger than its predecessor.

“We know what we’ve done. We’re definitely stronger in the car and other areas than we were last year,” Raikkonen said.

“Maybe the results haven’t showed it exactly. It hasn’t been the easiest start for us as a team, but we keep working and it will pay off.

“The package has improved and we’re working on that all the time, our weakness. You always look for better results and wins and putting the two cars up there.

“We are more or less there, so we keep doing the same things.”

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.”