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Verstappen among nominees for FIA Action of the Year

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Max Verstappen’s wet-weather masterclass in Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix has been shortlisted for the FIA Action of the Year award.

Verstappen won praise from the entire Formula 1 paddock after excelling in tricky conditions at Interlagos, fighting back from 14th to third in the closing stages of the race.

The Action of the Year award is voted for online by fans, allowing them to pick out their favorite on-track moment of 2016 in the FIA-sanctioned championships.

Verstappen is one of nine nominees, joining Jean-Eric Vergne (Formula E), Kris Meeke (WRC), Andre Lotterer (WEC), Jose Maria Lopez (WTCC), Lukasz Habaj (ERC), Kevin Eriksson (WRX), Joel Eriksson (F3) and Paolo de Conto (karting) on the list.

You can see videos for all of the nominees and cast your vote by clicking here.

The winner will be announced at the FIA’s annual prize giving, which takes place in Vienna, Austria on December 2 this 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.”