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Palmer targeting Q2, first F1 points at home race

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Jolyon Palmer hopes to end his point-less start to life in Formula 1 by picking up his first top 10 finish in this weekend’s British Grand Prix.

2014 GP2 Series champion Palmer joined Renault at the beginning of the season, racing alongside Kevin Magnussen following the French manufacturer’s takeover of Lotus.

However, the Briton is yet to score any points in F1, recording a best finish of 11th in his opening nine races, coming in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Palmer has reached the second stage of qualifying just one so far in F1, finishing 17th or lower in all of the Saturday Q1 sessions since the opening race of the year.

Heading to Silverstone for his first home grand prix, Palmer has two key targets: reaching Q2 again, and then scoring points – his belief being that one will lead to the other.

“I think for us we’ve been quite close [to Q2],” Palmer said.

“[In] Montreal I was only 0.015s off Q2, it was really close. Austria as well we were OK but then we had a red flag and struggled to get the last set of tires on.

“We’re not far away. Hopefully this weekend we can find that last bit.

“Once you’re in Q2, you’re starting a few places higher, you’ve got more chance of scoring points.

“They’re the two aims: to get into Q2 and score some points.”

Palmer is relishing the opportunity to race an F1 car in front of his home fans for the first time, being one of three British drivers on the grid at Silverstone this weekend.

“It’s huge. My first British Grand Prix, a race I’ve been looking forward to since the start of the year really,” Palmer said.

“So a track I know really, really well, I’ve been racing here for a long time. And I love the track as well. The layout is awesome, lot of fast corners. You need a lot of commitment but I really enjoy it.

“And then the crowd, which is every year fantastic here. Been coming here myself for many years and now to be racing Formula One here is going to be pretty special.

“So I’m looking forward to 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.”