WRX Champion Timmy Hansen and WRC driver Catie Munnings have today been announced as the drivers for the Andretti-United Extreme E Team.
The duo will race together as part of Extreme E’s 5 event programme to draw awareness to climate issues around the world.
Andretti United is a combination of two powerhouse teams with the Andretti family having tremendous success across the pond in IndyCar and recently with BMW in Formula E and United winning LMP2 at Le Mans last week.
Hansen said: “Going into Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career and 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.
“To do this with Andretti United Extreme E is fantastic. I’ve always looked up to Andretti Autosport and United Autosports. To see the victory in Le Mans for United was huge and not to mention all the success Andretti has had over the years. I have huge respect for the team and I’m very honoured they have chosen me to drive the car for them and I promise to do all I can to work within this team and to find my place and ultimately to do my thing behind the wheel.”
Munnings added by saying: “I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E. It’s going to be such an iconic team – what a pairing! There’s so much history and experience, so I think it’s going to make a very formidable partnership. I’m really proud to be part of that.
“I was really excited when I heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be part of it. I think the way that the male and female drivers are shown in the same light is important. To have the same credibility and to be held accountable in the same role as a male driver is great and I’m really excited about being judged purely on pace. This is a positive step forwards for motorsport.
“I think the championship is a really interesting concept, as well as having the legacy it holds. Bringing the respected teams and the serious drivers to this I think is going to be really important for the change that is needed in the planet and the legacy going forward. It is really inspiring and it is all of my passions coming together. It’s changing the world for the future but it’s change that needs to happen right now. I’m just so excited to get behind the wheel.”
Zak Brown, United Autosports Team Principal said: “I’m delighted to welcome Catie and Timmy to the Andretti United Extreme E team for 2021. To have someone of Timmy’s standing as part of the team is fantastic, and Catie is a fantastic up and coming British driver, so I’m excited to see how they get on.”
Michael Andretti said: “We are getting closer and closer to the start of the inaugural Extreme E season, and I am especially happy to welcome Timmy and Catie to the Andretti United Extreme family. I think their current experiences will not only complement each other, that will make for a strong driver pairing. I’m excited to get them to the upcoming testing and to get the season started.”
Extreme E begins in early 2021 in Senegal for the first of five events around the world where climate change has seriously impacted the environment.