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Interlagos wants Brazilian GP contract through 2025

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Officials at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace – better known as Interlagos – have expressed an interest in securing a five-year extension to its current contract to host the Brazilian Grand Prix, due to expire in 2020.

Interlagos first hosted a Formula 1 grand prix back in 1972, and has embedded itself in the sport’s folklore by staging a number of championship deciders since moving to the back-end of the calendar in 2005.

However, F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone cast doubt on the future of the race over the European Grand Prix weekend, expressing concerns about the progress being made with planned development work at Interlagos.

In a statement issued by the track, officials stressed that the improvements will be completed in time for this year’s race on November 13 before confirming an interest in extending the existing contract.

“The circuit’s engineering department conducted a visit for the Brazilian press on 22 June to show the current work which should complete the ambitious three-year, $60 million programme to improve the various facilities of the classic Interlagos circuit before the forthcoming Brazilian Grand Prix,” the statement read.

“The circuit, a great favourite of drivers of all categories due to its challenging layout and many overtaking opportunities has been hosting the Brazilian Grand Prix since 1990 when the race was moved from the city of Rio de Janeiro.

“The city’s current contract runs through 2020. It is expected that, after this year’s municipal elections, conversations will take place with the Commercial Rights Holder [Ecclestone] and the FIA to extend it for a further five-year period.”

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.”