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Formula One: Could Force India sale be getting closer?

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With team owner Vijay Mallya facing major legal problems in his native India, the sale of the Force India Formula One team may be getting closer.

According to several media reports, British energy drink firm Rich Energy is reportedly leading a consortium to purchase the team for 200 million British pounds (approximately $278 million U.S.).

Force India majority team owner Vijay Mallya. Photo: Getty Images

Mallya has been accused of money laundering in India and has been fighting efforts to extradite him to face charges in his native land.

Force India is one of the leading organizations in F1 and finished fourth in last season’s Constructors’ Championship. With drivers Sergio Perez (Mexico) and Esteban Ocon (France), 2018 is looking like it could be one of Force India’s most promising years.

According to The Sun newspaper in the United Kingdom, Rich Energy is a fast-growing company that already has tie-ins with the Monaco Grand Prix, Pirelli Tires, Hilton Hotels and England’s West Ham Ladies football team.

The reports of a sale also come amidst speculation about a possible name change as well, with Force F1 Team rumored to be the name under which the team may compete going forward.

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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.”