Andretti team bid making “pretty good progress”

In the round-up: Michael Andretti says that his team’s efforts to secure a place on the F1 grid are making “pretty good progress”.

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Andretti – F1 entry bid making “pretty good progress”

Michael Andretti says that his team’s efforts to secure a place on the F1 grid are making “pretty good progress”.

The Andretti organisation, which runs teams in series such as IndyCar, Formula E and Extreme E, has been actively lobbying for a place onto the Formula 1 grid in future seasons – either by acquiring an existing team or as an entirely new, 11th entry. Speaking as the team introduced W Series champion Jamie Chadwick to their Indy Nxt programme for 2023, Andretti said his team was still committed to joining F1.

“We’re still moving forward, still working hard,” Andretti said. “I think we made pretty good progress the last couple of months. And we’re not giving up.”

Andretti announced in August it plans to build a new headquarters in Indiana at a cost of £170 million. “We actually have the groundbreaking next week for the new facility,” he said in response to a question from RaceFans. “So we’re really excited about that, it’s going to be awesome.”

Magnussen “looking forward” to racing alongside Hulkenberg

Haas driver Kevin Magnussen says he is looking forward to racing with new team mate Nico Hulkenberg next season.

The pair infamously clashed after the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix after Hulkenberg, then racing for Renault, objected to how Magnussen defended his position while the pair battled on track. However, Magnussen says he is exciting to team up with Hulkenberg for the 2023 season.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Nico,” he said. “I think he’s going to be great for the team with all this experience and his talent.

“I think everyone. in the team is pumped for next year, for many different reasons. I’m certainly going to do my part and I’m sure Nico is too.”

DS Penske unveil ‘Gen3’ Formula E challenger

DS colours switch to Penske for 2023

DS Penske have unveiled the livery the team will race with for the 2023 Formula E season, heavily resembling that of former team Techeetah.

Reigning Formula E champion Stoffel Vandoorne will join the team for 2023 alongside two-times title winner Jean Eric Vergne.

“This season is a defining moment for the team,” said team principal Jay Penske. “A new generation of racing car, a new powertrain and a historic alliance with a manufacturer we’ve admired for years. We believe our prospects for the season remain incredibly strong with Stoffel and JEV securing the strongest and most experienced line-ups in the series.”

The Formula E season begins in Mexico City on January 14th.

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