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Formula 1 champion Nico Rosberg to drive the Gen 2 car in Berlin

2016 Formula 1 World Champion Nico Rosberg is set to drive the Gen2  Formula E car in a number of demo laps prior to the Berlin ePrix.

Rosberg, 32, had previously said that he would be ‘definitely interested’ in getting involved in Formula E.

However, the German has said that he was not looking to make a comeback as a driver.

The 2016 Formula 1 World Champion beat Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in the final round in Abu Dhabi before announcing his retirement from the sport five days later.

Rosberg, who is also an investor and shareholder in the series, will also become the first driver to test the car in public as the previous appearances for the new car were in manufacture test sessions.

Rosberg said: “I’m really excited to get behind the wheel of the Gen2 car. It will be great to experience this high-performance e-mobility car and let’s see if I still have it in me!”

“It makes it even more special that I’m able to do this in my home country – Germany.”

Formula E Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag added: “To see a name like Rosberg taking the wheel of the Gen2  car in front of the German fans in Berlin is a great moment for the series.”

“He’s such an incredible ambassador for world motorsport and a champion – so it’s also another fantastic endorsement for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship to have Nico as an investor and shareholder of Formula E”

The Gen2 Formula E car is going feature a larger battery and more power in both qualifying and the races as well as revised aerodynamics.

Rob Lomas

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