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Rosberg, Hamilton explain their sides of story in Austria (VIDEO)

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After their latest coming together in the Austrian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton emerging ahead to win following the last-lap contact between he and Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg, both drivers shared their thoughts on the situation.

Hamilton secured the win and gained further points in the championship while Rosberg fell to fourth with a damaged front wing.

Rosberg, who came under fire after the race and is under investigation by the stewards, spoke to NBCSN’s Will Buxton afterwards.

The German said he had a brake issue.

“I’m massively disappointed for sure. Because I thought I was going to win that, then my brakes overheated on the last lap and that changed the brakes a lot on the pedal. That made it massively difficult,” Rosberg said.

“But anyways, I was still in a good position to defend. I had the inside line; it’s my corner. I was very surprised Lewis decided to turn in.”

Asked by Buxton why turn in late or whether he would have pushed Hamilton off, Rosberg replied, “It was a bit of both. I was struggling to slow the car. That was the main one really. But anyways I’m on inside, it’s my position, I have the corner, I have the right to dictate the way.”

Hamilton explained the contact from his vantage point in the post-race press conference.

“Nico made a mistake into Turn 1. Then he clipped inside curb and went wide. I got a good run up to Turn 2, he blocked the inside. So the only place I could go was outside,” Hamilton said.

“I was on the racing line. He was in my blind spot. I assumed he was still there. So I went very wide… left him plenty of room. As I started to turn, I was at edge of track, he collided with me. My guys said he had something wrong with the brakes. So I’m not sure exactly what happened. Then I came back on track as quick as I could. It was close between us there. 

“If he did have the brake problem, that would explain why he let off so early.

“I never gave up. I pushed all the way.”

NBC commentators Steve Matchett and David Hobbs also discussed the situation. That video is below:

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.”