World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier and Jamie Chadwick are among 11 drivers announced for Extreme E’s Driver Programme.
The Driver Programme is a pool of drivers “designed to promote professional drivers and assist teams”. Drivers from the pool will be recommended to teams, though they may select drivers from outside the Driver Programme if they wish.
“We have revealed the car, and our first race location, but any good championship needs top driver talent in order to be truly successful,” said series founder Alejandro Agag.
“The world-class list of drivers, representing the vey best male and female talent from multiple disciplines across top-tier motorsport, illustrates Extreme E’s serious sporting credentials. It certainly marks another very exciting new series.”
Leading the roster of drivers is six-time WRC champion Sebastien Ogier, who joins the series as an Extreme E Driver Ambassador.
“Extreme E is unlike anything else we have in motorsport, so it is incredibly appealing to me,” he said. “The short stages, the power and performance of the ODYSSEY 21, the head-to-head format and of course the spectacular, unique locations, will make the racing extremely intense and very exciting for drivers and the fans watching from home.
“I’m in love with nature and the planet, and also being a father makes the future protection of our planet at very important fight to me personally. I want us to try and change our habits, and Extreme E’s mission to promote electric future is crucial to that goal.”
Joining Ogier in the Driver Programme is World Rallycross drivers Andreas Bakkerud, Kevin and Timmy Hansen, and Timo Scheider, W Series champion Jamie Chadwick, former Formula E driver Katherine Legg, touring car driver Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky, current Formula E drivers Lucas Di Grassi and Andre Lotterer, and ice racer Sacha Prost.
Driver Programme members will have a chance to test the ODYSSEY 21 in the build up to the inaugural race in early 2021.
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