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Felipe Massa felt no pressure in deciding on F1 comeback in 2017

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Felipe Massa says he felt no pressure when deciding to return to Formula 1 in 2017 despite initially planning to retire from the sport at the end of last year.

Massa announced last September that he would be leaving F1 following the 2016 season, making way at Williams for 18-year-old Lance Stroll to take a race seat.

Williams contacted Massa after lead driver Valtteri Bottas was approached by Mercedes following Nico Rosberg’s shock decision to retire from racing after winning the world championship.

Massa agreed a deal to un-retire in January, but said he felt under no pressure to do so when talking to reporters in Barcelona earlier this week.

“I decided to race. I had no pressure,” Massa said.

“Everything depended on me having the opportunity to race. I decided or not. If I was not happy to race, I would not decide [to].

“It’s not the money or anything around that would change my decision. My decision is ‘I want to race or not’.

“I like to race. I followed my heart, so there was no pressure to be honest. It’s just my decision.”

Even though this season is something of a bonus to Massa, given he was not expecting to race, the Brazilian does not think there will be an less pressure on his shoulders.

“Oh I think you always have pressure,” Massa said.

“Pressure in Formula 1 is normal. It’s part of the game.

“Anyway, I think I have enough experience to support the pressure.”

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.”