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Vettel ‘quite happy’ with Raikkonen as Ferrari teammate

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Sebastian Vettel hopes that Kimi Raikkonen will still be his Ferrari teammate for the 2017 Formula 1 season, believing stability to be key to pushing the team forwards.

Vettel joined Raikkonen at Ferrari in 2015, but the Finn’s future was brought into question as he failed to match the German across the course of the season.

Ferrari opted to keep Raikkonen on for another year, and despite scoring three podium finishes in the opening seven rounds of 2016, his future has once again become the focus of ‘silly season’ speculation.

Raikkonen said in Canada last weekend that he wanted to stay at Ferrari for 2017, and Vettel hopes to continue with the Finn by his side at Maranello next year.

“I’m quite happy with Kimi because there’s no bullshit as he puts it going on, no funny games or anything like that,” Vettel told NBCSN.

“We’re both trying to work with the team, push the car forward and not putting ourselves in first place if you understand what I mean.

“In this regard, it would be great if he decides to keep going. If not, it’s not really in my hands.”

At 36, Raikkonen is one of the oldest drivers on the grid and even raced against current Red Bull racer Max Verstappen’s father, Jos, in the early part of his career.

He famously walked away from F1 in 2009 after a three-year stint at Ferrari, only to return in 2012 with Lotus and win two races before returning to Maranello.

Raikkonen has faced questions about his motivation throughout his career, but with his on-track fortunes continuing to improve, it appears Ferrari will have little reason to rock the boat and part company with him for next season.

Vettel’s contract is known to expire at the end of 2017, but the German is already rumored to be in talks with the team over a three-year extension that would take him to the end of 2020.

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.”