Formula 1 champion Nico Rosberg will field his own team, Rosberg Xtreme Racing, in the 2021 Extreme E championship, adding to his growing eco-friendly business portfolio.
The announcement comes a month after former team-mate Lewis Hamilton confirmed he will also run a team in the inaugural season of the electric off-roading championship.
However, Rosberg has been involved in Formula E as an investor and shareholder for years, and has also invested in multiple sustainability focused start-ups. Last year, he founded the Greentech Festival, a global platform to showcase new green technology.
“We are thrilled to unveil Rosberg Xtreme Racing as the latest addition to Extreme E,” Rosberg said. “The series represents an amazing opportunity to not only drive awareness but also inspire action in the fight against climate change – the 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.”
RXR is the ninth team to be announced for the 2021 Extreme E season. As well as Hamilton’s X44 squad, the championship also has involvement from Andretti Autosport, Veloce Racing, and Abt Sportsline.
“We are ecstatic to finally announce that Rosberg Xtreme Racing will be joining our line-up for the first season of Extreme E,” series founder Alejandro 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.”
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