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Hulkenberg upbeat about Renault’s Monaco GP chances

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Nico Hulkenberg is optimistic about Renault’s chances in next weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix as he looks to extend his streak of points finishes in Formula 1.

Hulkenberg led Renault to its best result since returning to F1 with a full works program at the beginning of 2016, finishing sixth.

The German has scored points in each of the last three races, scoring all 14 of Renault’s points so far this season – six more than it scored through the entirety of last season.

Hulkenberg will bid to extend Renault’s points streak next weekend in Monaco, but expects the conditions at the street circuit to play to the strengths of the team and its R.S.17 car.

“The track should suit us, especially with the super-soft and ultrasoft tires. I am looking forward to race day and obviously I’m aiming for a good result,” Hulkenberg said.

“Last year I performed there quite well and with the new cars it will feel even quicker. You need a good rhythm and a good harmony with yourself and the car and feel comfortable.

“Lap times can be tricky to find, but in recent years I have done well, so hopefully we can have another strong performance.”

The Monaco Grand Prix is live across NBC, NBCSN and the NBC Sports app next weekend.

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.”