Catie Munnings & Timmy Hansen Join Andretti United Extreme E Team
Driver line up confirmed for Andretti United Extreme E’s debut in brand new electric series.
Andretti United Extreme E are delighted to confirm that Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen will join their team as they take on the inaugural season of the all-new electric series – Extreme E.
Catie and Timmy will race together in the five-race global voyage, which highlights the impact of climate change on some of the world’s most fragile ecosystems and promotes the adoption of electric vehicles to help preserve the environment and protect the planet.
Catie Munnings is an up and coming British rally driver who started competing from a young age. In 2016 and at just 18 years old, Catie won the European Rally Championship Ladies trophy. In 2017 and 2018, she claimed a series of stage class victories while also forging a successful TV career as the host of CBeebies show, Catie’s Amazing Machines. In 2020 Catie made her debut in the World Rally Championship.
Timmy Hansen began his motorsport career in karting and circuit racing before switching his focus to rallycross from 2012. After finishing third overall and winning Rookie of the Year in the 2013 European Rallycross Championship, the following
year Timmy made the step up to the FIA World Rallycross Championship, taking his maiden win in Italy before finishing fourth in the standings. More wins came for the Swede in the following years, including finishing runner-up in the World RX in 2015 with Team Peugeot, with Hansen taking the Team World Championship title. He finished sixth in the 2018 championship and in 2019, he recorded four wins, clinching both the Drivers and Teams title, alongside his brother and team mate, Kevin Hansen.
Andretti United Extreme E will make their debut in the brand-new electric racing series next year. The team has been created by two powerhouses in motorsport – Andretti Autosport and United Autosports, who will combine their talent and experience to take on the world of electric racing in 2021.
“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E - what a pairing! There’s so much history and experience within the team, so I think it’s going to make a very formidable partnership. I’m really proud to be part of this and very grateful for the opportunity to work together and learn from the huge amount of experience the team will carry into this completely new championship.
“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. It’s very inspiring, and it's all of my passions coming together - motorsport can really help to change the world for the future. I’m just so excited to get behind the wheel and try out the new car!”
“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.
“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.”
“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.”
“I’d like to welcome Catie and Timmy to team Andretti United Extreme E. I am confident they will do a good job for us. They both have plenty of racing experience on rough terrains but I think the Extreme E series will be a step further for both of them. I’m looking forward to seeing them working together to get the best out of the car and to hopefully get us some good results.”
“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.”