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Pirelli’s ultrasoft tire returns en masse for Monaco GP

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The Spanish Grand Prix saw Pirelli’s three hardest tire compounds on offer, with the soft, medium and hard compounds available for selection.

However next week at Monaco, it’s back to Pirelli’s three softest compounds, with the ultrasoft, supersoft and soft tires available to be utilized.

And as team selections for Pirelli at Monaco have been revealed, most drivers are going heavy on the ultrasoft tire, Pirelli’s softest overall compound.

Only two teams – Mercedes and Toro Rosso – are opting to select nine sets of the ultrasofts of the available 13 sets. All other teams have gone for at least 10, and some with 11, of the 13 sets for ultrasofts.

Meanwhile on the polar end of the spectrum only one driver, the returning Jenson Button at McLaren, has opted to select two sets of the soft compound tires. The other 19 drivers have gone for only one set of softs apiece.

The remaining variance comes in the supersofts, the middle compound. Mercedes and Toro Rosso again lead the way here with three sets selected for all four of their drivers, while the rest have only selected two or one set apiece.

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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.”