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Lewis Hamilton: Ferrari currently quickest team in Formula 1

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Lewis Hamilton believes that Ferrari is currently the quickest team in Formula 1 following five days of pre-season testing, with Mercedes following close behind.

Three-time champion Hamilton enters 2017 looking to reclaim his crown after losing out to teammate Nico Rosberg last year, with the German retiring five days after his victory.

Mercedes has won every world title on offer in F1 since 2014, claiming three straight championship doubles and winning 51 of the 59 races in that period.

Despite an overhaul in the technical regulations for 2017, Mercedes remains the favorite to win both titles once again, and currently holds the quickest time in pre-season testing in Barcelona.

Hamilton and new teammate Valtteri Bottas both led one day each last week, with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen topping the remaining two.

Ferrari appears to have made inroads at the front of the pack, with its reliability being of particular note through testing so far, but Hamilton went as far as to name it as the pack leader.

“Honestly I’ve not really been out and see too many cars. I saw today the Williams, but it was going slow,” Hamilton told NBCSN when asked if he’d checked out the opposition.

“But just on times, it looks like the Ferraris might be quickest I think.

“And maybe we’re close with the Red Bulls behind.

“So yes, I’m excited to see how it evolves over the next days.”

Williams’ Felipe Massa finished as the fastest driver on Tuesday in Barcelona, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo ending up second ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton split running with Bottas once again in Barcelona, the pair finishing the day fourth and fifth respectively in the timesheets.

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.”