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Vettel pleased to unleash performance of Ferrari in Canada

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Sebastian Vettel may have seen his chance of winning the Canadian Grand Prix pass by thanks to a questionable strategy call, but he was pleased to unleash the full performance of his Ferrari en route to second place in Montreal.

Vettel made a rocket getaway from third on the grid to take the lead at Turn 1 from pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton.

Ferrari gambled on a two-stop strategy early on, pitting Vettel under a Virtual Safety Car period called following Jenson Button’s retirement.

Vettel emerged from the pits after his second stop six seconds behind Hamilton, and although he was able to cut the gap to 4.4 seconds at one stage, he could not sustain this pace to the end of the race, leaving him to settle for second place.

When asked on the podium what the issue was late on, Vettel wryly responded: “Lewis was a bit too quick, that was the issue!

“I think we had a great weekend. Fantastic start. Then lap one was bit hairy, I struggled to stop the car in the last corner. It was very windy today, maybe struggled a bit from the wind from behind.

“I was pushing all race. I think we committed fairly early to a different strategy which we were planning to come back. Obviously then Lewis had the chance to stay and see what the tires were doing.

“Probably the tires lasted a bit better than what we expected, so hat made it quite tricky with fresher tires to close the gap.”

Vettel was nevertheless pleased with the pace that Ferrari showed in Canada, making a big step forwards that showed it can compete with Mercedes for pace.

“Overall a great weekend for us. We struggled a little bit in the last couple of races and the beginning of the season,” Vettel said.

“But now to see the car has performance and I could unleash it, it was a really fun race. I really enjoyed it.”

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.”