Rosberg: Singapore pole lap ‘one of my top three ever’

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Nico Rosberg believes that lap that took him to pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix on Saturday night is among the best three of his Formula 1 career.

Rosberg stormed to his 29th pole position under the lights at Marina Bay, his first lap in Q3 good enough for pole by over half a second from Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

After cutting Hamilton’s championship lead down to just two points with victory in Belgium and Italy, Rosberg can move back ahead in the standings with a third straight win on Sunday.

Speaking after qualifying, Rosberg made no secret of his delight after taking pole on the weekend of his 200th F1 start.

“Yeah definitely happy with that one for my 200th grand prix – for sure one of my top three laps ever,” Rosberg said.

“Happy with that, really went well.

“At times it wasn’t clear in qualifying how we were going to stack up against Red Bull because they were very quick on the super-soft in Q2.

“I knew I had to give it everything and really pull one out of the bag which is cool. Great feeling.”

Rosberg will start alongside Ricciardo on the front row in Singapore, who opted to fit the super-soft tire in Q2, meaning he can go longer into the race before stopping and has more strategy options.

When asked if he was worried about Ricciardo, Rosberg replied: “No, but for sure I’ll be keeping an eye on him yes.

“They were quick on race pace on Friday, I think more so than the qualifying pace.

“For sure he’ll be a threat, especially with that super-soft tire.”

Pole position in Singapore was the 29th of Rosberg’s F1 career, drawing him level with five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio for eighth place on the all-time record list.

The Singapore Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 7am ET on Sunday.

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.”