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Ferrari updates working as expected in Montreal

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Ferrari senior performance engineer Jock Clear is pleased with the Italian marque’s newly-updated turbo in Montreal, saying that it is performing as the team expected.

Ferrari arrived in Canada hopeful of turning its fortunes around after a winless start to the season and concerns of slipping behind Red Bull in the pecking order.

The updates offered by Ferrari so far this season have failed to live up to expectations, but Clear confirmed on Friday that the updated turbo on its power unit was yielding positive results.

“So far, they’ve performed as expected,” Clear said.

“Obviously you don’t arrive with these things fresh out of the box. It’s done a lot of work on the dynos back at home. It’s been fully calibrated.

“We should know what to expect and the good thing about today is that we’ve had no surprises in that respect. It’s doing what it said on the tin.”

Clear revealed that Ferrari could have introduced the updates in Monaco two weeks ago, but do not feel the tight and twisty nature of the circuit would have yielded representative results.

“It’s somewhat a strategic decision because obviously the different aspects of the car benefit different circuits in different ways,” Clear said.

“We try and bring a development to the car as soon as possible and accelerating that development, bringing those things to the track as fast as possible has some risk involved.

“Were we to try and get that turbo to Monaco, the benefits would not have been huge around Monaco and the risk would have been another two weeks less of development. So it’s a balanced risk that we’re always working on in all of our developments and Canada were that risk was decided to be worth taking.

“It’s a circuit that will benefit the upgrade that we’ve bought; it’s a circuit where we should be able to clearly see the benefits for ourselves – and that’s important to justify and to close the loop on that development from the factory point of view.

“This is the kind of circuit where it is going to benefit us and, as I say from the earlier question, we’re seeing that today in our data. So we’re happy.”

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.”