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Reports: Could Hulkenberg be on move to Renault in 2017?

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The Formula 1 silly season has died down in recent weeks, but may be set to turn a surprise in the coming days if reports that Nico Hulkenberg are set for a shock switch to Renault come to fruition.

Reports in the German media (Auto Bild) and via Autosport, among others, have linked the German with a switch from Sahara Force India – which only just officially confirmed Sergio Perez for 2017 in the last couple weeks.

Hulkenberg has a deal with Force India and confirmed this back in July, but would need to break the contract via an escape clause in order to test the open waters of another team – if one exists.

Renault’s Frederic Vasseur said he hoped to finalize the team’s 2017 lineup by early September.

Of course, it’s now October 10 and with Perez now out of the frame, Hulkenberg possibly in it, Esteban Ocon linked to a seat and Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer currently on board, we’re starting to wonder if the Enstone-based team has plans to build a five-seater next year.

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.”