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Mallya: Stable line-up key for Force India ahead of technical changes

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Force India owner Vijay Mallya believes that a stable driver line-up will help the team to tackle the challenge of the new Formula 1 technical regulations for 2017.

Mallya confirmed over the British Grand Prix weekend that both Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg would remain with Force India for 2017, ending speculation about possible moves away.

While Perez has scored two podiums so far this season, Hulkenberg has struggled to match his teammate for pace. But this does not concern Mallya.

“Some things that happened to Nico should not have happened, but that’s what you know in hindsight,” Mallya told the official F1 website.

“I am very happy with both my drivers – Nico is every bit as good as Checo.

“He will stay with us in 2017 – and Checo as well. We will race with the same driver line-up again next season.

“This stability is good in the view of the big technical changes.”

Mallya also believes that Force India can catch Williams for fourth place in the constructors’ championship with half of the 2016 season remaining.

“The target obviously is to catch Williams. Nineteen points ahead should be manageable when you consider what Force India bagged in Silverstone,” Mallya said.

“Of course, a good result in Austria would have blended in perfectly – but we have to focus on what is and not on what could have been.

“Having said that, we are also not blind to the other side. Toro Rosso is improving. We cannot take them for granted. At some races they’ve come very close and sometimes they’ve finished ahead of us, so we have to be on our toes.”

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.”