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Williams offering Lowe ‘a different kind of stress’ to Mercedes

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Paddy Lowe says he is experiencing a “different kind of stress” with Williams fighting in Formula 1’s midfield compared to Mercedes, where he won three straight championship doubles from 2014 to 2016.

Lowe left his position as Mercedes’ technical boss in January before joining Williams, who he first worked for in F1, in March, taking up a senior management position and a share in the team.

Lowe was asked in Friday’s FIA press conference whether he felt more relaxed for taking up a new challenge in F1, no longer embroiled in a title fight but instead focusing on building an operation up to be at the front of the pack.

“People have said that I look more relaxed the last few months. I don’t know why that is,” Lowe said.

“When you are at the very front of the grid there is an expectation that you should win every race and if you miss a single one then people are asking questions and consider it to be a disaster then, of course, that does bring a certain level of pressure, I have to say!

“But I think I handle pressure pretty well, so it wasn’t a problem to me. I think the pressure for me in my new job is very different, but it’s still very present.

“We have a lot of work to do. It will be a long road; we take one step at a time to try to move ourselves forward. It’s a different kind of stress and maybe it appears differently on my face.

“But I’m enjoying it whatever. I always enjoy this job, in whatever context.”

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.”