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Nasr: Sauber ‘a very attractive place to be’ in F1

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Felipe Nasr believes that Sauber is “a very attractive place to be” in Formula 1 as the team continues to rebuild following its takeover.

Nasr made his F1 debut with Sauber at the beginning of 2015, finishing fifth in his first grand prix but has failed to score a single point so far this season.

Financial uncertainty over the past few years left Sauber struggling at the back of the grid until Longbow Finance took over the Swiss operation in the summer.

The buy-out has allowed Sauber to develop upgrades for its C35 car that had been on hold, as well as hire key personnel to help its push up the grid.

Nasr has been linked with a move to Williams for 2017, but said on Thursday in Singapore that Sauber remained an attractive proposition for next season.

“Right now I don’t have any news. Hopefully soon but right now I don’t have much to say really,” Nasr said.

“All I can say, at Sauber things are moving forward. I can see the team really stepping up, a lot of new people coming in.

“It’s still a very attractive place to be, but it’s still an unknown.

“Hopefully when I have some news I’ll bring it in.”

Nasr is thought to be in contention for the Williams seat with rising F3 star Lance Stroll, with Valtteri Bottas widely expected to be retained for 2017.

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.”