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Sauber appoints Hennel de Beaupreau as new head of aerodynamics

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Sauber Formula 1 Team has continued its rebuilding drive with the appointment of Nicolas Hennel de Beaupreau as its new head of aerodynamics.

Following a long period of financial uncertainty, Sauber’s long-term future was secured over the summer following its takeover by Longbow Finance.

The team began its recruitment drive with the arrival of former Williams and Toro Rosso engineer Xevi Pujolar, and has now added Hennel de Beaupreau to its ranks.

“The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to announce that it has been able to employ another key technical member of staff by appointing Nicolas Hennel de Beaupreau as new head of aerodynamics,” a statement from the team reads.

“The 43-year old Frenchman started at the Sauber F1 Team headquarters in Hinwil at the beginning of September. Hennel de Beaupreau has worked for several Formula 1 teams; previously he worked as head of aerodynamics at the Lotus F1 Team.

“Mariano Alperin-Bruvera and Seamus Mullarkey, who split the position as head of aerodynamics on interim bases, will be back in their previous positions.”

Sauber currently finds itself at the foot of the F1 constructors’ championship without a point to its name in 2016, but has recently introduced a number of updates to its C35 car in a bid to move up the grid.

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.”