2016 Formula 1 champion and former Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg will join the electric off-road Extreme E series with his new team – Rosberg Xtreme Racing (RXR).
This means the German’s team will compete with Lewis Hamilton’s Extreme E team – X44. In an interesting twist the duo that fought for the Formula 1 championship from 2014 until 2016 will now renew their rivalry, but this time as team owners in Extreme E.
After Rosberg retired from Formula 1 in 2016, he started a career as an entrepreneur in the field of sustainable mobility. He has invested in numerous sustainability start-ups and is an early investor and shareholder of the all-electric Formula E series.
“We are thrilled to unveil Rosberg Xtreme Racing as the latest addition to Extreme E,” said the team’s founder and CEO Nico Rosberg.
“The series represents an amazing opportunity to not only drive awareness but also inspire action in the fight against climate change – the single biggest threat to our planet today.
“Since retiring from F1 I have dedicated my career to sustainable technologies so to be able to combine these endeavours with my passion for racing is incredibly fulfilling,” concluded the German.
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Extreme E Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag also gave his comments on the newest addition to the series.
“We are ecstatic to finally announce that Rosberg Xtreme Racing will be joining our line-up for the first season of Extreme E,” Agag said.
“We have been talking about this project for many months and we are thrilled he has chosen Extreme E for his formal return to motorsport as Founder and CEO of his own racing team.
“There is clearly a great synergy between Nico’s endeavours in the sustainability field and the aims of Extreme E so his team is a hugely welcomed addition to the series,” concluded the Spaniard.
Extreme E is expected to debut in Senegal on January 2021. You can watch Rosberg’s announcement below.
Source: Extreme E