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Extreme E 2021
Datum
  Plats Land
3-4/4
Desert X Prix AlUla, Saudi Arabien
29-30/5 Ocean X Prix Lac Rose, Senegal
28-29/8 Arctic X Prix Kangerlussuaq Grönland
23-24/10 Amazon X Prix Prix: Para Brasilien
11-12/12 Glacier X Prix Patagonia Argentina
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21-04-04 Rosberg X Racing makes history as first Extreme E winner following dramatic desert dust-up
Rosberg X Racing duo Johan Kristoffersson and Molly Taylor were the pace-setters from the outset in Extreme E’s inaugural race weekend in AlUla, Saudi Arabia (3/4 April), but the pair still had to dig deep in the desert to battle their way to victory and carve themselves out a piece of motorsport history.

There has been feverish anticipation in the build-up to this weekend’s Desert X Prix, and the event delivered in every aspect. Following yesterday’s Qualifying time trials, today, the drivers went wheel-to-wheel for the first time, generating some of the most spectacular images ever seen in the sport and drawing widespread acclaim from competitors and fans alike.

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, said: “We’ve worked so hard on this for many years, and finally everything has come together this weekend. It really has been beyond my wildest expectations. If I had written a script for the perfect weekend, I could not have come up with anything better than what we have witnessed these past two days – I’ve never seen such extreme racing in my life.

“This first race weekend will have a huge influence on how Extreme E evolves, and one of the reasons I feel so proud is that we have built this platform where female drivers can shine like they deserve. What we have seen from them here is extraordinary – some incredible talent and courage – and overall, I think it’s fair to say we have really made our mark. I’m over the moon.”

Ultimately, nothing could stop Kristoffersson and Taylor from storming to the top step of the podium – not a 60-second penalty for exceeding the 30km/h limit in the driver switch zone yesterday, nor less favourable grid slots in both the Semi-Final and Final today. It was a virtuoso display of speed, skill and superhuman car control in the most challenging of conditions.

Nico Rosberg, Rosberg X Racing Founder and CEO, said: “This is insane. I’m so thankful to the whole team for the effort put in this weekend, which has been intense and really on-the-edge. Everything has come together so well and everybody has worked together so well.

“We have a fantastic team of engineers and mechanics, who prepared perfectly for this first weekend with so many unknowns, and Molly and Johan produced some phenomenal driving. Neither of them put a foot wrong in really tough conditions, and they both showed unbelievable speed out there – their performance was really inspiring and I felt really proud watching them. To come back to claim victory after a 60-second penalty caused by a technical problem is just awesome, and they are definitely deserving winners. For the championship as a whole, it’s really been a good start.”

Shoot Out
The duel for seventh place in the overall classification was fought out between Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing (Kyle LeDuc / Sara Price) and ABT CUPRA XE (Mattias Ekström / Claudia Hürtgen), both of whom endured difficult Qualifying runs. Price initially pulled ahead by using her Hyperdrive power boost, before Ekström repaid the favour on the exit of Turn One to snatch the lead.

Once the driver switch was complete, LeDuc set about chasing down Hürtgen, but almost within sight of the finish line, the American – unsighted by the dust – made contact with his German rival and the pair both ended their weekend beached in the desert.

Crazy Race
With just one spot up for grabs in the Final, the stakes were high for the three Crazy Race competitors – Andretti United’s Timmy Hansen / Catie Munnings, Hispano Suiza XITE Energy Team pairing Oliver Bennett / Christine Giampaoli Zonca and JBXE duo Jenson Button / Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky.

A demon start by 2019 FIA World Rallycross Champion Hansen saw the Swede already clear of his adversaries before the trio arrived at the first gate, with Bennett narrowly sneaking in front of former Formula 1 World Champion Button to snatch second.

Hansen opened up a 30-second margin before Munnings took over, after which, the 2016 European Rally Championship Ladies’ Trophy winner artfully managed the gap to safely bring the Andretti United car home. Giampaoli Zonca did a good job to peg her British rival throughout, with Åhlin-Kottulinsky similarly showing a strong turn-of-speed on her way to the finish line in third.

Semi-Final
As top qualifiers yesterday, the X44 crew of Sébastien Loeb and Cristina Gutiérrez opted to start from the right-hand side of the grid for the Semi-Final – giving them the theoretical inside line for ‘Turn One’. ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team duo Carlos Sainz and Laia Sanz chose the middle slot, with Rosberg X Racing (Kristoffersson / Taylor) taking up position on the left.

When the action got underway, Sainz got the best launch to edge fellow multiple FIA World Rally Champion Loeb away from the line, with the pole-sitter briefly slipping back to third. Loeb then regained the advantage as the battling Sainz and Kristoffersson both drifted wide, but the Swede was not done yet and neatly undercut both of his adversaries on the exit of the first gate to seize the initiative.

Kicking up a sandstorm in his wake, Kristoffersson rapidly made his escape as his pursuers found themselves driving blindly through the dust – and by the time he arrived at the switch zone to hand over to team-mate Taylor, the Rosberg X Racing car was almost 13 seconds to the good.

Thereafter, the former Australian Rally Champion continued to eke out the gap, crossing the finish line just under half-a-minute ahead of Gutiérrez, as both teams successfully booked their places in the all-important Final. Another 38 seconds in arrears, ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team wound up third to slip out of contention.

Final
As winners of the fan-led GridPlay vote, Andretti United had the luxury of choosing their starting spot for the Final. Hansen duly plumped for pole position on the right, with Kristoffersson lining up in the middle for Rosberg X Racing and X44’s Loeb taking up the third grid slot on the left.

Hansen replicated his lightning launch from the Crazy Race as Kristoffersson focussed his efforts on fending off Loeb for second, before employing the same tactic that had served him so well in the Semi-Final to sweep wide going into Turn One and undercut compatriot Hansen on the exit in a sensational switchback move.

The three-time FIA World Rallycross Champion then wasted no time at all in stretching his legs, as Hansen settled into second and Loeb – grappling with power steering problems – trailed behind the pair in third. Kristoffersson handed the car over to Taylor with a half-minute advantage, and whilst Munnings would go on to narrow the deficit slightly over the course of the second lap, the Australian always had the situation under control and wound up just over 23 seconds clear at the finish.

Molly Taylor, Rosberg X Racing driver, said: “What an amazing start to the season! It feels a bit surreal, with so much anticipation and preparation leading into the weekend and we all came here not really knowing what to expect. It was definitely extreme. It was the first time we had experienced terrain like that, and on every lap, the course was changing – there were so many different variables to deal with. We just wanted to make the most of the little time we had in the car – every single kilometre.

“We had a small issue in the pit-lane during Qualifying, but aside from that we were the quickest in every session. You have to be fast when it counts, be smart when it counts and take the big moves when it counts, and for it to all come together when it mattered was really special. Huge thanks to Johan – his opening laps were just insane – and the team has done such an incredible amount of work behind-the-scenes.

“It’s pretty cool to be part of this journey at the start of something that I think has an amazing future. This series is really throwing the traditional rule book out of the window and starting afresh, and I think everyone will agree it was spectacular to watch. The male drivers we have here are the best in any motorsport category in the world, so it’s an awesome opportunity for us female drivers and a real investment in the development of female racing talent. This is just a dream come true all-round.”

Johan Kristoffersson, Rosberg X Racing driver, said: “First of all, huge congratulations to the team. We had some minor issues but we came here very well-prepared, which made our life so much easier out on-track. This sport isn’t only about the drivers; it’s about the team giving us the tools to do the job. With such a limited amount of track time, you need to have confidence that the car will do what you ask of it – and the Rosberg X Racing guys did an amazing job to give Molly and myself such a great car.

“Molly performed fantastically; it was her that made the difference in the first Qualifying session. When you’re in the lead, you need to strike the right balance between backing off too much and risking too much, which is a new learning experience in this situation.

“In the Semi-Final and especially the Final, I really didn’t want to be in the dust after seeing some of the on-boards! Those first 30 seconds of the race are what you are really working for, when the adrenaline is pumping the fastest – we’re all adrenaline junkies here, and that’s the feeling you really want. It’s been such an amazing team effort overall, and I’m just super happy and already looking forward to the next event in Senegal – after a few weeks off first!”

Hansen and Munnings completed a remarkable recovery for Andretti United following the team’s Saturday struggles, when a puncture in Qualifying had threatened to derail their weekend altogether.

Catie Munnings, Andretti United driver, said: “I just don’t have the words – I’m smiling so much! Timmy [Hansen] is my absolute hero, just a legend. His starts today have been incredible, which has made my job easy and all about bringing it home. With the puncture back at the beginning of Qualifying, who would have thought we would be here in second place now? The hard work paid off and we managed to turn our weekend around.

“Extreme E offers an amazing platform for female drivers, and it’s super cool to be racing against such fast girls. It’s been really nice to see everyone coming together, encouraging each other and creating a competitive environment, and all of us – men and women alike – have been learning on the job and having a great time while doing it.

“I’m super happy with the start to the season. This is a massive moment for my career and one I will remember forever. It’s been such a journey just to get to this point with a big build-up and no-one really knowing what to expect, so to finish with a great result makes it even more special. We know we can be faster, too, so we’ll get our heads down now and come back stronger in Senegal!”

Timmy Hansen, Andretti United driver, said: “This feels amazing. After Q1, this kind of result really felt a long way off. What a performance by Catie in Qualifying to keep the car on-track with the puncture; she brought our ODYSSEY 21 home and with a good time, too. That was a key moment for us this weekend. We were still the underdogs, but it felt like it all came together in the Crazy Race, which was a ‘must-win’.

“I think GridPlay was very important for us in the Final. That allowed us to choose our starting position and from there, I got way more traction than the others and could pull a gap straightaway. Obviously I’m a bit disappointed that we couldn’t keep the lead, but Johan [Kristoffersson] pulled a mega move into the chicane so congratulations to Rosberg X Racing. I’m still really happy to finish second in the first-ever Extreme E event. Catie and the whole team did a fantastic job throughout.

“Senegal next time out will be a completely different proposition, and almost like starting from zero again. With so many high-profile teams and drivers, we will have to be on our toes and work even harder. Massive congratulations to Alejandro Agag and the entire Extreme E organisation; to pull this idea off at such a high level is astonishing. It has exceeded any expectations that I had, and I’m excited to see where this championship will take off to. I think Extreme E has an incredibly bright future.”

After topping the timesheets at the end of Qualifying, Loeb and Gutiérrez ultimately completed the podium in third for X44, consistently losing time due to their power steering failure in the Final.

Cristina Gutiérrez, X44 driver, said: “The whole weekend has been really good, and it all just came down to some bad luck in the Final with the power steering breaking. There was nothing we could do about that, so we have to be pleased to finish third.

“I’m very happy to be in such a great team. I spoke to Lewis [Hamilton – X44 Founder] during the weekend and he gave me a lot of advice and tips, and now I’m looking forward to going to Senegal to try to win. Extreme E offers such a great opportunity for female drivers to race directly against so many legends of the sport, and I’m so proud to be a part of it.”

Sébastien Loeb, X44 driver, said: “It was a good weekend overall, scoring some good points, finishing on the podium in the first event of the season and leaving sitting second in the championship. For sure, we expected to do better in the Final, but entering the first corner, we lost the power steering – and without that, a car this big and heavy is just so difficult to drive and it became a hard battle to keep it on the track.

“That was a bit disappointing, but for the rest I’m happy with the weekend and the team did a great job. The main thing is that we showed that together, we can fight for the win. Both Cristina and I were very fast, so I think we have a good chance for the rest of the season.”

Final Result
Rosberg X Racing (Johan Kristoffersson / Molly Taylor) 2 laps
Andretti United (Timmy Hansen / Catie Munnings) +23.73s
X44 (Sébastien Loeb / Cristina Gutiérrez) +1m38.09s

With the Desert X Prix now done-and-dusted, the cars will be loaded back onto the St. Helena – Extreme E’s floating centrepiece – to set sail for Lac Rose in Senegal, the setting for the Ocean X Prix on 29/30 May.

Championship Standings
Rosberg X Racing (Johan Kristoffersson / Molly Taylor) 35 points
X44 (Sébastien Loeb / Cristina Gutiérrez) 30 points
Andretti United (Timmy Hansen / Catie Munnings) 28 points
ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team (Carlos Sainz / Laia Sanz) 26 points
Hispano Suiza XITE Energy Team (Oliver Bennett / Christine Giampaoli Zonca) 20 points
JBXE (Jenson Button / Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky) 17 points
ABT Cupra XE (Mattias Ekström / Claudia Hürtgen) 13 points
Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing (Kyle LeDuc / Sara Price) 12 points
Veloce Racing (Stéphane Sarrazin / Jamie Chadwick) 8 points

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21-04-04 Historisk seger för Johan
Johan Kristoffersson skrev under påskdagen ett stycke motorsportshistoria. Tillsammans med teamkamraten Molly Taylor tog han hem segern i den första deltävlingen av Extreme E.
- Stort grattis till hela teamet för allt arbete de har lagt ner för att kunna placera oss högst på prispallen, summerar Johan.

Elbilsserien Extreme E avgörs under extrema förhållanden och första tävlingen gick av stapeln i spektakulär saudiarabisk ökenmiljö. Inte oväntat handlade det mycket om sand och damm, något som Kristoffersson och Taylor i Rosberg X Racing visade sig behärska väl.

Redan i första kvalomgången på lördagen satte duon sin standard och var snabbast.

Även i andra kvalet var RXR-teamet raskast, men i samband med det obligatoriska förarbytet blev det problem med bilens hastighetsbegränsare. Taylor och Kristoffersson tilldelades en bestraffning på en minut och slutade därmed trea totalt i kvalet.
- Vi hanterade problemet med tidsbestraffningen, teamet höll sitt fokus och vi levererade en fantastisk semifinal och final.

I söndagens semifinal handlade det mesta om att få en bra start för att slippa åka i damm. Kristoffersson inledde för RXR och gjorde från sitt ytterspår en mästerlig manöver mot rallylegenderna Sébastien Loeb och Carlos Sainz. Därifrån kunde han enkelt kontrollera situationen och gav australiensiskan Molly Taylor ett utmärkt läge att förvalta fram till seger.

I finalen ställdes Kristoffersson än en gång mot Loeb samt Timmy Hansen. Hansen var snabbast iväg från startlinjen, men värmlänningen upprepade sitt segerrecept med attack från ytterspår och ett eget spårval in i första kurvan.
- Bilen kändes fantastisk och racingen var spännande i början av de två racen så jag är verkligen glad att jag och Molly kunde ta hem den här segern för hela teamet och för alla våra fantastiska fans, säger Johan.

Med en halv minuts ledning efter Kristofferssons styrning, kunde Molly Taylor ta över och föra Rosberg-teamet fram till en historisk första seger i serien. Taylor öste beröm över sin lagkompis:
- Jag måste säga tack till Johan för hans fantastiska omkörningar i semifinal och final. Han förde vår Odyssey 21 till en fantastisk position, vilket gav mig möjligheten att bara fokusera på att ta bilen i mål.

Teamets grundare, Nico Rosberg, var av förklarliga skäl mycket nöjd med premiärhelgen.
- Jag är så tacksam mot alla i RXR för allt jobb vi har lagt ner inför tävlingen och under helgen. Den här segern har vi tagit tack vare ett fantastiskt lagarbete och jag tycker att Johans och Mollys prestation i bilen bekräftade det. Våra förare har inte satt en fot fel och har visat upp otrolig fart, säger den förre formel 1-världsmästaren.

Rosberg lyfter också fram förarnas engagemang i miljöfrågan, en viktig del av den nya racingseriens syften.
- Jag är väldigt stolt att ha båda två som ambassadörer för våra insatser på banan, men också för deras engagemang att skapa medvetande om och vidta åtgärder för att skydda vår planet.

Extreme E handlar om att genomföra miljöanpassad racing och att uppmärksamma miljöer där klimatförändringarna har stor effekt. Nästa tävling ska lyfta fram havsmiljö och avgörs i Senegals kustområde i slutet av maj. Inför den tävlingen leder Kristofferssons team mästerskapet med fem poäng.
20-04-03 Dazzling desert duel as Extreme E gets off to spectacular start
Extreme E had promised to bring the show in AlUla this weekend (3/4 April), and the opening day of the Desert X Prix did just that with jaw-dropping competition, stunning backdrops, high drama throughout including a heartstopping roll and a sensational scrap to top the Qualifying timesheets – one ultimately won by X44 duo Sébastien Loeb and Cristina Gutiérrez.

The pioneering electric SUV off-road racing series has ventured into the heart of the Saudi Arabian desert for its inaugural X Prix, and the challenging, high-speed 8.8km track layout – laid out in the midst of a breathtaking otherworldly landscape – was designed to push drivers and cars absolutely to their limits. It did not disappoint.

Winding its way spectacularly between canyons, through ravines, across deep sand dunes and punctuated by 33 waypoints, the rock-strewn course was bumpy and undulating in equal measure, with steep climbs offset by ‘The Drop’ – a 100m, 45-degree descent likened by some competitors to tackling a black ski run. For almost everybody, it represented a journey into the unknown – and it produced some memorable action.

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, said: “I think the first day of Extreme E has been absolutely fantastic. I have been blown away by the action and the images – there was just so much to look at. It was even better than we expected, and the feedback on social media has been amazing – and this was only Qualifying! I really think we are onto something huge here.”

Lewis Hamilton’s X44 team ended the day at the summit of the standings following a stirring duel against Nico Rosberg’s eponymous Rosberg X Racing outfit, as the two Formula 1 World Champions renewed battle in the desert dunes and mere fractions-of-a-second separated the leading drivers.

Three-time FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson and former Australian Rally Champion Molly Taylor combined to set the pace in the first Qualifying session, with the former showcasing his effortlessly smooth style and the latter demonstrating her famed car control as she artfully held on to a wild ‘bucking bronco’ moment along the way.

The Swedish/Australian pairing again posted the fastest time in Q2 – stopping the clock just under five seconds quicker than their X44 rivals – but a 60-second penalty for exceeding the 30km/h speed limit in the driver switch zone would cost them the top spot.

That elevated Loeb and Gutiérrez to the head of the overnight order. The French nine-time FIA World Rally Champion recovered well from an early error that required him to gather up a slide after hitting a dip, while his team-mate – the first female Spanish driver to finish the legendary Dakar Rally in the car category – increasingly hustled the ODYSSEY 21 as the day progressed.

Sébastien Loeb, X44 driver, said: “We’re very happy to have finished Qualifying in first place. Today went really well and the whole X44 team did a great job with the car in difficult conditions. We were the first drivers to get out onto the track so it was hard to know what to expect in the first Qualifying round, but obviously our strategy paid off and we achieved the time we needed to. Tomorrow is a new day and the standard of the other teams will be really high, so we’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing and pushing to win.”

Cristina Gutiérrez, X44 driver, said: “We’ve had an incredible day, but it was also very challenging! We haven’t been able to spend any time in the car for the last few months so it was difficult to get used to it again, but we managed to fight and achieve a good time. To have finished first in Qualifying and have our car still in great condition is amazing; we’re really happy, and we can’t wait to go again tomorrow. We know the other teams are not going to be easy to race against, but we are confident and ready to go.”

Two-time FIA World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz might be the oldest driver in the field, but there was no lack of commitment from the 58-year-old on his first representative run for the ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team following a power steering pump failure during yesterday’s shakedown. The Spaniard impressively pegged Loeb throughout Q2, as his team-mate Laia Sanz – a 13-time Women’s Trial World Champion – demonstrated her rapid learning abilities on four wheels to secure second place for the squad.

Carlos Sainz, ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team driver, said: “Considering it is only the first day of racing, in general we are pretty happy. We set the second-fastest time overall and we scored good points. Tomorrow we will be in the first Semi-Final, from where only two teams will reach the Final. We will try to do a good job. The goal for Sunday is to make it into the Final. We know it will be tough judging by the lap times we have seen today, but the team is in good spirits. The start will matter a lot. It will be the first race we do with all the cars starting side-by-side in the dust, so it will be interesting...”

Laia Sanz, ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team driver, said: “Today was a positive day. There were many unknowns before Qualifying, but we were further ahead than I had expected and I am happy. It was a busy day, but we made it through quite well. Maybe I played it a bit safe in the first Qualifying, but we improved the car for the second session and the times were faster. Extreme E is particularly tricky because you have to be competitive from the very beginning and it is difficult to adapt that fast, but my feeling in the car has improved and we are heading in the right direction. The goal for Sunday is to do a good Semi-Final to finish in the top two, because that would put us into the Final, which would be a great result for this first weekend of racing.”

Rosberg X Racing did enough to hold onto third spot overall once the penalty had been applied, seeing Kristoffersson and Taylor safely through to tomorrow’s main Semi-Final.

Johan Kristoffersson, Rosberg X Racing driver, said: “It’s been an intense start to the weekend but the team has done a great job to help us go P3 in Qualifying, score strong points and put us into the Semi-Finals for tomorrow. Molly and I are both learning more about the car every time we head out on the course, and we have a lot of feedback to run through with the engineers to make sure we are in a strong position to go racing.”

Molly Taylor, Rosberg X Racing driver, said: “It’s been a strong start to the weekend for RXR, and I’m happy with our performance. The course is changing a lot during the sessions because of the ruts and new tyre tracks that are appearing, so every lap feels different to the last and is a new challenge. We had some wild moments in Qualifying 1, but we managed to keep it pinned to go fastest and have a strong run in Qualifying 2 to make it through to the Semi-Finals tomorrow.”

Andretti United was similarly right on the front-running pace, but a puncture in Q1 cost the team time and prompted a heroic effort from Catie Munnings, who completed much of her lap with the car crabbing as the right-rear tyre dangled precariously off its rim. That restricted the Briton and Swedish team-mate Timmy Hansen to fourth overall and means they will need to navigate their way successfully through tomorrow’s ‘Crazy Race’ if they are to reach the Final.

They will be joined in the Crazy Race by Hispano Suiza XITE Energy Team (Oliver Bennett / Christine Giampaoli Zonca) and JBXE (Jenson Button / Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky), neither of whom had trouble-free days. The former picked up a 75-second penalty for speeding in the driver switch zone, while the latter lost time with a brief on-course stoppage after hitting a bump in Q1.

A promising run for Button and Åhlin-Kottulinsky in Q2 was then undone by penalties totalling just shy of three minutes for a switch zone infraction and speeding, although the 2009 F1 World Champion’s team was dealt a get-out-of-jail-free card by even greater problems for three of their adversaries.

Following a difficult Friday, Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing’s woes continued into today in Saudi Arabia, with a power steering issue requiring Kyle LeDuc and Sara Price to physically wrestle their ODYSSEY 21 to the end of Q1 – a situation that the former described as ‘a fist fight’ inside the cockpit. Further gremlins then prevented Price from even reaching the start-line in Q2, meaning she and LeDuc will be restricted to the ‘Shoot Out’ tomorrow.

Other teams in the wars were ABT CUPRA XE – whose female driver Claudia Hürtgen thankfully emerged unharmed from a sizeable barrel-roll almost within sight of the Q1 finish line – and Veloce Racing, with Stéphane Sarrazin’s roll enough to rule the British outfit out of the remainder of the weekend.

Alejandro Agag: “There were some heart-in-the-mouth moments today, particularly for ABT CUPRA XE and Claudia Hürtgen. I think it’s safe to say we are all pleased to see her walk away from the crash – it is a testament to CBMM Niobium and their robust and tough chassis, which was put to the ultimate test today and delivered.”

Sunday’s racing will get underway at 09h00 local time, with the Shoot Out, Crazy Race, Semi-Final and Final (13h00 local time) set to determine who will walk away with the honour of being crowned Extreme E’s very first X Prix winner.

Combined Qualifying Results
X44 (Sébastien Loeb / Cristina Gutiérrez) 21m55.998s
ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team (Carlos Sainz / Laia Sanz) +41.097s
Rosberg X Racing (Johan Kristoffersson / Molly Taylor) +50.825s
Andretti United (Timmy Hansen / Catie Munnings) +1m08.536s
Hispano Suiza XITE Energy Team (Oliver Bennett / Christine Giampaoli Zonca) +3m14.734s
JBXE (Jenson Button / Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky) +4m54.880s
Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing (Kyle LeDuc / Sara Price) +2 laps
ABT Cupra XE (Mattias Ekström / Claudia Hürtgen) +3 laps
Veloce Racing (Stéphane Sarrazin / Jamie Chadwick) +4 laps

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21-04-02 The stage is set: drivers prepare for action following shakedown in Saudi Arabia
Shakedowns are complete and the scene is set for the inaugural Extreme E event in Saudi Arabia this weekend (3-4 April), the Desert X Prix in the books and drivers excited to take to the course to see who can claim first bragging rights.

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, said: “This is a very special day. Extreme E was such an out-of-the-box idea that many people didn’t think it would ever happen – even I didn’t know if we would get to this day. In these COVID times, it would have been impossible to organise this event without the incredible support of our hosts and our teams, and I must thank Saudi Arabia for welcoming us. We are getting ready for something amazing this weekend.

“I call Extreme E the biggest experiment ever seen in motorsport, and this weekend is like a test and race all at the same time. We have an amazing line-up – if you add up all the world championships on the grid amongst drivers and team owners, there are more than 40 in total. Then we have the gender equality aspect and the major innovation of the Command Centre, which sees us putting all of these rivals together in the same room. It’s incredible, and these electric SUVs are going to put on a great show. We’re ready to race!”

His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al Faisal, Chairman of the Saudi Automobile & Motor Federation, added: “Motorsport is very important to us. We have a big population that likes motorsport and entertainment, and have been working with Alejandro since 2017 on Formula E, which marked our first major international motorsport event. We are very honoured to be working with Alejandro and his team again on such an ambitious new project. We are from the desert and have the best place for rallies, so to combine electric technology with rallying means Extreme E really fits well with our plans for sustainability and the future in Saudi Arabia.

“We are blessed to have different types of scenery and landscapes in Saudi Arabia, and this is one of the most spectacular areas. We wanted to share what we have, especially here in AlUla and also play our role in making the environment and the world safer. We are on a mission to safeguard our planet and preserve it for future generations, and this aligns very well with Vision 2030 and showing people around the world both our heritage as well as where we are heading.”

All 18 competitors had the opportunity to sample the 18km course – centred around three canyons in the vast desert surrounding AlUla – behind the wheel of the ODYSSEY 21, giving them their first taste of what the weekend will have in store. In-between the two sessions, a number of them participated in a live-streamed press conference to offer their thoughts on the series and the action ahead.

Jenson Button, JBXE driver, said: “It’s exciting to be here, with so many great teams and drivers from around the world. It’s very special to be a part of this. It’s been great to share the dirt with those guys, although my world championship obviously came on asphalt, so it’s been a bit of a shock! I’ve done a bit of off-roading before in a rally car, but nothing like this in the sand and the ODYSSEY 21 is a very different vehicle – I’ve never previously driven four wheel-drive. It’s certainly extreme. You’re playing with the steering wheel the whole time and the course is insane!

“I like the idea of individual qualifying, because we can really push the car to the limit and get a feel for what it can do. My team are doing a fantastic job and I’m really looking forward to seeing how they progress through this season. I’m definitely not ready yet – it’s going to take a bit of time and we’re constantly learning, which is what I want to do – but it’s a great experience and I’m really enjoying it. It gives me a big rush of excitement.”

Sara Price, Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing driver, said: “I’m so honoured to be here – in the world of off-road racing, you have no idea how big this is. It’s pretty incredible to have the whole of our industry watching us, and when somebody told me this morning that I was making history as the first driver to take to the course, it’s just crazy and so cool. It’s already been such a journey and an adventure. I’m very grateful and glad to be a part of something that means so much.

“I’ve been very lucky in my career to get a lot of opportunities to hop into some incredible machines, but I never had a money tree in my backyard so could never afford to do much testing. I think that’s made me very good at adapting quickly to different vehicles, which is exactly what we’re doing here in Extreme E – it’s all about having minimal time, jumping in and figuring it out as fast as you can. I think my off-road background is definitely a positive, but it’s going to be a challenge for everyone.”

Stéphane Sarrazin, Veloce Racing driver, said: “It’s incredible to be contesting the first-ever Extreme E event in such an extraordinary setting. This is a great opportunity to be part of something shaping the future, because there’s no question for me that electric is the future for motorsport.

“All the drivers here have amazing experience – they’re all top drivers. Maybe I have a small advantage on the electric side from Formula E, so I need to ensure I make the most of that. My team-mate Jamie [Chadwick] is really fast and we spent some time together at my rally school in France where she improved a lot on the gravel. Her background is obviously in circuit racing, but she’s very open-minded and keen to learn and we have a very good relationship.”

Timmy Hansen, Andretti United driver, said: “Both on a professional level and personally, this is a huge adventure. It’s about something bigger than ourselves, the race car is cool and the course is fun. It’s obviously very different to the testing we did last year, but the car feels great and seems to suit the track very well. To go racing without much practice time is just the kind of challenge I love. The level of adrenaline is very high.

“My team-mate Catie [Munnings] has been really good to work with. She’s still young and is taking a massive step up now to four wheel-drive, but she has a lot of talent and a great attitude. I’m also proud and very lucky to be representing two such massive motorsport names as Andretti and United. It’s an incredible team, and I will do everything I can not to let them down. We’ve all tried to prepare as well as we can and this is where it counts, which is very exciting. Ok, I haven’t participated in 15 Dakars or whatever it is like [Carlos] Sainz, but I will certainly do my best...”

Mattias Ekström, ABT CUPRA XE driver, said: “I’ve got many reasons to be happy being here. The older you get, the wiser you get and my main priority is to enjoy it all and have a good time. Extreme E is all about short, fast action, making it perfect for Cupra as such a cool brand, and obviously ABT as an organisation know how to win.

“After driving the track this morning, I think it’s fair to say the second sector is the tricky one, with different lines and blind crests. I think the biggest difference will be made there. The excitement will come when you have to squeeze the limit of the laps in qualifying and the races. It will be critical to really focus, nail your preparation and then go out and smash it – because if you don’t do that, you won’t reach the final.”

Laia Sanz, ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team driver, said: “I’ve got such a mixture of emotions. I’ve always been a fan of Carlos [Sainz – team-mate] since I was very young, so you can imagine how excited I was when he called me. He’s very professional and super competitive, so I’m sure I have the best teacher possible and can learn a lot from him.

“It won’t be easy up against all these champions and the other drivers all have much more experience than me on four wheels, which adds a bit of pressure. Coming from bikes, I have very little prior experience behind a steering wheel and no experience of electric technology, but I’ve been testing with Carlos which helped me to feel a bit more confident. I do feel a little bit at home here from my Dakar experience on the sand, but I have two more wheels to get to grips with so I definitely need time. This is a huge learning curve for me, and I have to adapt very quickly.”

Johan Kristoffersson, Rosberg X Racing driver, said: “We did a recce of the track yesterday; it looked spectacular and challenging then, and when I got out there with the race car today, it lived up to all of those expectations. It’s going to be very competitive with a lot of experienced teams, but Nico [Rosberg] has assembled a team with a bunch of winners and the guys have done a fantastic job with the car – everything was spot-on, which let me go out and do my thing on-track.

“The driving itself is quite different to what I’ve been used to overall. Some elements I can take from rallycross, some from rallying and some from circuit racing, so I think I can use bits and pieces from what I’ve done in the past. There’s so much that is new for everyone in the paddock so we have to try to adapt, and that will be the key to the championship this year. I think the team and drivers that adapt the fastest will have a good chance. Let’s see what we can do tomorrow when we finally go racing.”

Nico Rosberg, Rosberg X Racing Founder and CEO, said: “Since my F1 career ended, I’ve been focussed on sustainability and when Alejandro Agag called me and told me about Extreme E, for me it was the perfect match. To combine my passion for racing and sustainability in the same project is awesome. We’ve been out this week helping turtles and removing plastic from the beach, and of course that’s not big impact on its own but what we want to do is raise awareness of the problems the world is facing and show that we care.

“We are here to compete to win and I’m really happy to have Johan [Kristoffersson] and Molly [Taylor] on-board. I love how they work together and seeing that team collaboration. In my career, my team-mate was always my biggest enemy in the world, whereas here it’s all about helping each other. That’s a new dynamic in the team and it brings a lot of positivity, which both drivers really embrace.

“I will try the car myself at some point, but I want to show my respect and don’t want to make Johan look too slow, haha! Although yesterday when I saw that drop in the course, I thought I’m quite happy to be in the team boss role rather than in the car!”

Carlos Sainz, ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team driver, said: “I’m happy to be here and trying this new way of motorsport. It’s a great opportunity and I want to approach it a little bit more relaxed. It was really interesting to spend time with the scientists on the ship, helping us to better understand what is going on in the world with global warming, CO2 and the coral reefs. When somebody explains it to you with the clarity that they did, it’s clear we need to do something and the message that comes out from this championship needs to be strong.

“On the racing side, it has been a difficult day for me with not much time to discover the car [following a power steering pump failure], so we couldn’t learn much. That means I’ll go directly into qualifying tomorrow and I’m sure I will encounter some surprises on my first run, but I’ll push as much as I can. At the end of the day, it’s not just me – it’s a combination of both drivers. Laia [Sanz – team-mate] has done really well on two wheels and has a great approach. Her experience of driving a car is minimal, but I think she has great potential and can learn quickly. I will support her and try to teach her as much as I can.”

Sébastien Loeb, X44 driver, said: “Extreme E is a completely new universe for me in every aspect, from the electric side to teaming up with a female driver. It’s a new era for motorsport, and I’m happy to be a part of it from the start. I’m proud that the best F1 driver in the world today took me as a driver for his team and I will do my best to enjoy it and fight for podiums and wins.

“Today was about trying to get a feeling for the car and the track and generally gaining experience. The car worked well with no major problems. It’s very different here to the test at MotorLand Arágon last year, which was much twistier; here, we have fast sections and crests and it’s not easy to keep the car straight, but everything is going well so far.”

The competitive action gets underway tomorrow (Saturday, 3 April), with four qualifying time trial sessions from 09h00 local time. Sunday (4 April) is then reserved for the semi-finals and final, which will culminate in the crowing of Extreme E’s very first X Prix winner.

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21-03-29 Nu kan äventyret börja - Följande nio team startar i den första Extreme E-säsongen
Tre Formel 1-världsmästare deltar i tävlingen med egna team
Den första racingserien med en manlig och kvinnlig förare

Snart inleds den nya offroad-racingserien Extreme E där nio team ska tävla mot varandra med eldrivna SUV:ar på några av de mest avlägsna platserna i världen. Den sista annonserade föraren är den tidigare Formel 1-världsmästaren Jenson Button, som bildat teamet JBXE.

Nu har de nio teamens fordon och utrustning körts ombord på fartyget St. Helena för resan över Medelhavet till det inledande loppet i Saudiarabien. Alltifrån verktyg, de från Continental specialutvecklade däcken, TV- och radioutrustning samt en vätgasbränslecell för utsläppsfri laddning av fordonen finns också med ombord.

JBXE-teamet: Jenson Button och Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky
Jenson Button kommer själv att sitta bakom ratten på ODYSSEY 21 för JBXE-teamet. Vid sin sida har han Continentals testförare och ambassadör Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky som under de senaste åren framgångsrikt tävlat i Scirocco R-Cup i Tyskland och i rallycrossdisciplinen. 2015 deltog Mikaela i den nyetablerade Audi Sport TT Cup och startade sedan i juniorklassificeringen av ADAC GT Masters 2016 samt i Audi Sport Racing Academy 2017. Därefter, år 2018, skrev sedan Mikaela historia när hon blev den första kvinnliga föraren att vinna en tävling i serien Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC).

Rosberg X Racing-teamet: Johan Kristoffersson och Molly Taylor
Nico Rosbergs Rosberg X Racing-team består av den trefaldige världsmästaren i rallycross Johan Kristoffersson från Sverige samt Molly Taylor, en 32-årig australienska som för närvarande är den enda kvinnan som har vunnit Australiens nationella rallymästerskap. Vid 28 års ålder var hon också den yngsta mästaren i Australian Rally Championships historia.

X44-teamet: Sébastien Loeb och Cristina Gutiérrez
Lewis Hamiltons X44-team består av Sébastien Loeb och Cristina Gutiérrez. Fransmannen Sébastien Loeb debuterade i rally-VM 1999 och har sammanlagt tagit nio VM-titlar, 79 VM-guld och samlat ihop mer än 1 600 VM-poäng vilket gör honom till den mest framgångsrika rallyföraren i historien. Cristina Gutiérrez har startat i alla Dakar-rallyn under de senaste fem åren och tagit sig i mål varje gång. 2017 avslutade hon sitt debutlopp på femte plats i rookieklassen och var också den första kvinnan från Spanien som avslutat ett Dakarrally i bilkategorin. 2021 blev hon den andra kvinnan i Dakarrallyts historia att vinna en etapp.

Veloce Racing-teamet: Stéphane Sarrazin och Jamie Chadwick
Stéphane Sarrazin och Jamie Chadwick kommer att starta för Veloce Racing-team som bildats av bland annat den nuvarande Formel E-mästaren Jean-Éric Vergne. Fransmannen är en mångsidig motorsportförare med erfarenhet som både Formel 1-testförare samt från GT-, rally- och sportbilstävlingar - han är också en av pionjärerna inom Formel E. Den brittiska racerföraren Jamie Chadwick är en utvecklingsförare för Williams i Formel 1. 2019 vann hon MRF Challenge Formula 2000 och är nuvarande innehavare av W Series-titeln.

Chip Ganassi Racing-teamet: Kyle LeDuc och Sara Price
Kyle LeDuc och Sara Price kör för teamet som är känt från IndyCar-serien och samarbetar med GMC HUMMER EV i Extreme E. Amerikanen Kyle LeDuc har stor erfarenhet från offroad och är nuvarande Pro-4-mästare och världsmästare (COR). Sedan 2008 har han vunnit sju Pro-4-mästerskap i Lucas Oil Offroad Racing Series (LOORRS), tagit totalt tre LOORRS Challenge Cup-vinster, två Pro-4 World Championships och har två gånger utsetts till LOORRS Driver of the Year. Han har också tävlat i flera Trophy Truck-lopp med stor framgång och 2016 vann han Baja 1000.
Sara Price är en nittonfaldig vinnare av US Motocross Championship och den första sponsrade kvinnan där – under varumärket Kawasaki. Hon har också vunnit medaljer i motocross vid X Games - den största extremsport-tävlingen i USA. Hon har även tävlat i Terracross Championship och US Super Truck Championship.

Andretti United Extreme E-teamet: Timmy Hansen och Catie Munnings
Andretti Autosport och det brittiska racingteamet United Autosport har gått samman och bildat ett gemensamt team för Extreme E. Då amerikanerna är Formel E-förare från början så har de stor erfarenhet av elmotorsport och kan också dra nytta av sin offroad-erfarenhet från American Rallycross Championship. United Autosport har nyligen tävlat i FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series och Michelin Le Mans Cup. Timmy Hansen och Catie Munnings delar plats i ODYSSEY 21 för Andretti United Extreme E. Catie Munnings är en brittisk rallyförare som 2016 vann FIA European Rally Championship Ladies Trophy. 2018 kom hon tvåa totalt med fyra säsongssegrar och år 2019 vann hon damklassen i Liepaja Rally. Svensken Timmy Hansen är regerande världsmästare i rallycross.

Hispano Suiza Xite Energi-teamet: Oliver Bennett och Christine Giampaoli Zonca
Hispano Suiza är en spansk biltillverkare. Lagets titelsponsor är den brittiska energidryckstillverkaren Xite Energy. Oliver Bennett och Christine Giampaoli Zonca kör för teamet. Den brittiske föraren Oliver Bennett debuterade i British Rallycross Championship 2016 och har tävlat i Rallycross World Championship (WRX) sedan 2017. Christina Giampaoli Zonca är en rallyförare med bakgrund från Italien samt Kanarieöarna som debuterade i rally-VM 2016 (WRC). Samma år vann hon damklassen i spanska Gravel Rally Championship. Hon har deltagit i offroad-tävlingar i USA och Mexiko sedan 2017. Förra året kom hon på tredje plats i T2-klassen i Andalucia Rally.
Acciona | Sainz XE-teamet: Carlos Sainz och Laia Sanz

Carlos Sainzs team-partner är det spanska företaget QEV Technologies - specialister inom elektrisk mobilitet. QEV har koppling till Formel E sedan slutet av 2014 genom dotterbolaget Campos Racing. Precis som Jenson Button så sätter sig Carlos Sainz, tvåfaldig rallyvärldsmästare, fyrfaldig VM-tvåa och fyrfaldig vinnare av Dakarrallyt, själv bakom ratten i Acciona | Sainz XE-teamet, som han varit med och grundat. Den spanske motorsportlegendaren kommer att köra tillsammans med Laia Sanz som har över 30 mästerskapstitlar i olika internationella trial-, enduro- och terrängtävlingar. Hon är femfaldig vinnare i enduro-VM för damer och tiofaldig vinnare av Dakarrallyt i damklassen.

ABT CUPRA XE-teamet: Mattias Ekström och Claudia Hürtgen
ABT Cupra XE är ytterligare ett tyskt lag i tävlingen. ABT Sportsline är ett av de mest framgångsrika tyska motorsportteamen med erfarenhet av Formel E och med segrar i Super Touring Car Cup, DTM och ADAC GT Masters - tre av de viktigaste tyska racingserierna de senaste åren. Mattias Ekström och Claudia Hürtgen är förarna för teamet där svenske Mattias sedan 17 år tillbaka kört för just ABT Sportsline i DTM. Han har vunnit förartiteln två gånger. Tillsammans med sitt eget EKS-team har han också framgångsrikt tävlat i rallycross-VM med en världsmästartitel från 2016. Sedan 2019 har han samarbetat med spanska CUPRA om deras elektriska framtid på tävlingsbanan. I likhet med Mattias Ekström har även Claudia Hürtgen många års erfarenhet från motorsporten. Med framgångar i olika touring- och sportbilsserier samt deltagande i flera långdistanslopp är tyskan en av Europas mest framgångsrika kvinnliga förare. Hürtgen startade nyligen i ADAC GT4 Germany och i 24-timmarsloppet på Nürburgring – för femtonde gången.

Översikt
Extreme E är först ut med jämställda team bakom ratten. Båda förarna kommer turas om att köra och de ackumulerade tiderna läggs sedan samman. Samtliga team har en identisk utrustning: SUV:en ODYSSEY 21 med 37-tums CrossContact Extreme E-däck. Däcken är utvecklade av Continental, speciellt framtagna för tävlingen för att kunna hantera 550 hk på ett säkert sätt - under alla de tuffa förhållanden som väntar.

Tävlingsstarten kommer att sändas live av ProSieben MAXX och Sky Deutschland.

Tävlingsdatum 2021
AlUla, Saudiarabien 3–4 april
Dakar, Senegal 29–30 maj
Kangerlussuaq, Grönland 28–29 augusti
Santarem, Brasilien 23–24 oktober
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego 11–12 december


21-03-12 Continentals ambassadör och testförare Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky nu klar som förare i den nya racingserien Extreme E
Med bara 22 dagar kvar till starten på den nya offroad-racingserien Extreme E så avslöjar nu de sista lagen sina förare som kommer att ta professionell motorsport med el-SUV:ar till världens mest avlägsna platser. Jenson Buttons JBXE-team presenterade tidigare idag vem som ska tävla tillsammans med den förra världsmästaren i Formel 1 - nämligen svenska Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky. De senaste åren har Mikaela framgångsrikt tävlat i Scirocco R-Cup Tyskland och i rallycross-disciplinen. Redan 2015 deltog hon i den nyetablerade Audi Sport TT Cup. Hon startade sedan i juniorklassificeringen av ADAC GT Masters 2016 och i Audi Sport Racing Academy 2017, innan hon bytte till Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) 2018, där Mikaela skrev historia som den första och enda kvinnliga föraren att vinna en tävling i serien.

Som Continentals testförare och varumärkesambassadör har Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky redan spelat en nyckelroll i utvecklingen av CrossContact Extreme E-däck, som samtliga tävlingsfordon är utrustade med. Mikaela är både stolt och glad över att nu även få chansen att medverka i själva huvudtävlingen.
- Det gläder mig verkligen att gå med i JBXE-teamet tillsammans med Jenson Button, det känns som en dröm! Inte bara får jag tävla med en så fantastisk förare, vi båda tror verkligen på seriens plattform. Extreme E är mer än bara motorsport, det är en sport för ändamål som vi kan använda för att visa upp elektriska fordon och motivera människor att ompröva sina åsikter om konsekvenserna av klimatförändringen. Om vi kan göra denna tävlingsserie spännande, innovativ och intressant att följa så kommer viljan att göra både stora och små förändringar att växa - detta till förmån för hela vår värld, säger Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky.

Det som gör Extreme E så speciellt är tävlingens val av platser nära hotade livsmiljöer. Seriens avsikt här är att öka medvetenheten om klimatförändringar bland både motorsportfans över hela världen, samt bland politiker, lokala myndigheter och befolkning där ambitionen är att uppmuntra till ökade ansträngningar för att begränsa den globala uppvärmningen till 1,5 grader Celsius.

Som grundare och huvudsponsor för tävlingsserien är Continental väldigt glada över att se Mikaela nu ta en plats i startfältet.
- Då Mikaela var inblandad redan i teststadiet fick hon lära sig om däcken och fordonen före alla andra. Hon var riktigt positiv över serien från allra första början och insåg direkt att vi hade startat något som skulle kunna generera en positiv medvetenhet om klimatpåverkan. Och - hon är verkligen en fantastisk tävlingsförare, säger Sandra Roslan, ansvarig för Extreme E-projektet på Continental.

I tävlingarna, som kommer att sändas live över hela Europa, kommer samtliga team att starta med en identisk teknisk utrustning: en el-SUV med namnet ODYSSEY 21 utrustad med 37-tums CrossContact Extreme E racingdäck vilka har utvecklats speciellt för serien av Continental.

Översikt över alla tävlingsdatum för 2021
AlUla, Saudi Arabia 3-4 april
Dakar, Senegal 29-30 maj
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland 28-29 augusti
Santarem, Brazil 23-24 oktober
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego 11-12 december
21-03-12 Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky joins JBXE
Extreme E’s latest addition to the teams line-up – JBXE - has today confirmed Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky will join Jenson Button, the team’s founder and driver, in the cockpit.

Åhlin-Kottulinsky is no stranger to Extreme E, as test driver for the championship’s Founding Partner, Continental. In that position she has played a pivotal role in developing the CrossContact Extreme E tyre, which is fitted to all the electric SUVs named ODYSSEY 21.

In recent years, the Swedish driver has successfully competed in the Scirocco R-Cup Germany and in the rallycross discipline. In 2015, she took part in the newly established Audi Sport TT Cup. She also started in the junior classification of the ADAC GT Masters in 2016 and in the Audi Sport Racing Academy in 2017, before switching to the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship in 2018, where she made history as the first, and only woman ever to win races in that series.

Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky, JBXE driver, said: “I am delighted to be joining the JBXE team alongside Jenson Button, it feels like a dream come true.
“Not only do I get to race with such a fantastic team mate, but we both really believe in the platform of the series. Extreme E is more than just another motorsport, it is a sport for purpose which we can use to showcase electric vehicles and motivate people to rethink their views on the consequences of climate change. If we can make this racing series exciting, innovative and interesting to follow, the willingness to make big and small changes will grow – for the benefit of our world and everyone on the planet.”

Jenson Button, Founder and driver, JBXE said: “I am delighted to be welcoming Mikaela to JBXE and to have her as my teammate. She brings with her some fantastic experience behind the wheel and her work with Continental and Extreme E to this point clearly demonstrate what an asset she will be to the team.

“In Mikaela I also have no doubt we have an incredibly valuable ambassador to represent JBXE, and Extreme E as a whole, in the fight to raise awareness of climate change and to help implement the Extreme E Legacy Programme projects along the way.”
Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, said: “I am delighted to see Mikaela selected for the JBXE team and officially welcome her onboard the adventure as our latest Extreme E driver. Her work with Continental has been integral to helping create the championship tyre, and whilst she is the latest to join the party, I’m sure that her previous knowledge and her early experience in the car will help her get stuck in quickly.
“Mikaela and Jenson are certainly going to make a strong driver pairing and I can’t wait to see them racing in just 22 days at our first X Prix in Saudi Arabia.”

Mikaela’s signing to JBXE completes the Extreme E driver line up for the opening Season race, following confirmation that Team Techeetah is postponing its entry into the series.

The team, owned by the Indonesian Indover Group, has cited the COVID-19 pandemic the deciding factor in the decision, with global travel restrictions meaning they couldn’t get to Europe to test their car and drivers or make the necessary preparations required. Team Techeetah remains committed to competing in Extreme E in a later race and will update on its future competitor status in the coming weeks.

Åhlin-Kottulinsky joins a stellar line-up of drivers from a wide range of motorsport disciplines including the likes of Jamie Chadwick, Timmy Hansen, Sébastien Loeb, Carlos Sainz Snr. and Molly Taylor. All are set to compete on the deserts of AlUla in Saudi Arabia from 3 – 4 April, across what promises to be two days of thrilling racing in a format likened to ‘Star Wars pod racing meets Dakar.’

But Extreme E isn’t just about racing, it is a sport for purpose, and through sport the series is highlighting the varying environmental issues affecting the planet and the biggest emergency of our time - climate change. In addition to raising awareness, the series will also support Legacy Programmes in each of its five race locations leaving a long-lasting positive impact.

To learn more about Extreme E, visit - www.Extreme-E.com
21-03-04 One month until Extreme E series crowns its first ever race champion in Saudi Arabia
Extreme E’s first ever race is just one month away, and with ten teams ready to compete, fielding a legendary line-up of champion drivers, the series is gearing up for an epic opening weekend of action when it all kicks off in AlUla, Saudi Arabia, 3-4 April.

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, said: “Wow, just one month to go until Extreme E’s race weekend, and what a spectacular place to start our adventure.

“The St. Helena ship is on her way to Saudi Arabia, and it all feels very real. This momentous moment is the culmination of years of hard work and planning, and I know AlUla will capture our audience when they get to see this incredible place, such a special setting for our first race.”

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Sports Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal said: “Saudi Arabia is a country where motorsports is beyond a passion for millions of people. We are a motorsports obsessed nation, with a long and proud history of hosting some of the world’s most famous rallies, and of our own drivers participating internationally. We have been honoured by Extreme E choosing the dramatic natural landscape of AlUla to host its maiden race in April and we can’t wait to offer all of our support to ensure it goes down in history as an unforgettable new chapter for motor-racing.

“With the challenges and regulations around COVID-19, it is through the unwavering support of the Crown Prince that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is able to still host iconic sporting events like Extreme E at this time, as we continue as a nation to pursue the ambitions of the Saudi Vision 2030 quality of life programme.”

There are ten teams signed up for Season 1 including three owned by current and former Formula One World Champions, with Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button founding X44, Rosberg X Racing and JBXE respectively. Joining those teams will be ABT CUPRA XE, ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team, Andretti United, Chip Ganassi Racing, Hispano Suiza Xite Energy Team, Team TECHEETAH and Veloce Racing.

The Extreme E driver line-up brings together champions from a variety of motorsport disciplines spanning single-seaters to rallying, rallycross, Dakar and sportscar racing: Mattias Ekström and Claudia Hürtgen (ABT CUPRA XE); Carlos Sainz and Laia Sanz (ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team); Timmy Hansen and Catie Munnings (Andretti United); Kyle LeDuc and Sara Price (Chip Ganassi Racing); Oliver Bennett and Christine Giampaoli (Hispano Suiza Xite Energy Team); Jenson Button (JBXE); Johan Kristoffersson and Molly Taylor (Rosberg X Racing); Stéphane Sarrazin and Jamie Chadwick (Veloce Racing); and Sébastien Loeb and Cristina Gutiérrez (X44).

Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al-Abdullah Al-Faisal, chairman of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (SAMF), said: “We’re only three months in but 2021 has already been a monumental year for motorsport in Saudi Arabia, with our second Dakar Saudi held in January and our third Formula E race weekend in February. Next, we combine what makes those two events so special – the unrivalled yet testing beauty of our vast desert landscape, and clean energy racing – in hosting Extreme E’s first ever event. It’s a challenge we are excited to rise to and a racing series that we are immensely proud to launch in the epic surroundings of Al Ula.”

Not only will Extreme E bring short, sharp wheel-to-wheel racing to a global audience through its more than 40 international broadcasters, it has a wider purpose – to highlight the climate emergency affecting everybody worldwide. Through motorsport, the series will showcase electric SUVs racing in some of the most remote corners of the planet that have all been damaged by climate change.

Each destination has been chosen with a different environmental issue in mind: the Desert X Prix in Saudi Arabia will highlight desertification, the Ocean X Prix in Senegal rising sea levels, the Arctic X Prix in Greenland the melting ice cap, the Amazon X Prix in Brazil deforestation and the Glacier X Prix in Patagonia glacial recession.

The vast goals of Saudi Vision 2030 have driven considerable investment by the Kingdom into hosting some of the world’s biggest sporting events. The ambition is to introduce millions of Saudis to sport and promote wider sporting activity nationwide to ensure a healthier, more active population.

Phillip Jones, Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) Destination Management and Marketing Officer, is looking forward to offering AlUla’s vast desert landscape for the inaugural Extreme E X Prix.

He said: “As a newly developing tourism destination, AlUla is uniquely positioned to get the foundations right from the outset. There are many initiatives underway in alignment with our 12 key strategic principles to develop a responsible tourism destination that focuses on safeguarding the natural and cultural landscape, sustaining eco-systems and wildlife and light-touch tourism experiences.

“Our intention is to future proof the destination for the enjoyment of future generations of visitors and residents and the Extreme E platform offers us a perfect opportunity to tell the world about our vision for AlUla. Not forgetting the great entertainment value of this exciting race.”

Members of Extreme E’s Scientific Committee have been working with the championship over the last two years to ensure the series leaves a long-lasting positive impact in each location through Legacy Programmes, which include planting one million mangroves in Senegal and reforesting 100 hectares of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. The Legacy Programme plans for Saudi Arabia will be revealed in the days leading up to the first race.

The Desert X Prix, AlUla, kicks off on Saturday 3 April with the qualification rounds, and the final plays out on Sunday 4 April. Extreme E X Prix races are not open to fans to attend in person, but qualifications will be shown live on the Extreme E website, with the Finals broadcast live on MBC in the Middle East.

To learn more about Extreme E, visit - www.Extreme-E.com
21-02-12 T-minus 50: First Extreme E race weekend approaching apace
2 February 2021, London: Extreme E’s first race weekend is just 50 days away, and with ten teams signed up, fielding a legendary line-up of champion drivers, the series is gearing up for an epic weekend of action in Saudi Arabia on 3-4 April.

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, said: “Wow, just 50 days to go until our first race weekend. I’m delighted and proud we have got to this point despite everything that has gone on in the last year. Our adventure now truly begins, with the St. Helena departing on her voyage in a matter of days. This is the culmination of a number of years of hard work, and I really can’t wait to see all the cars, drivers and scientists at our first event in Saudi Arabia.”

There are ten teams signed up for Season 1 including three owned by current and former Formula One World Champions, with Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button founding X44, Rosberg Xtreme Racing and JBXE respectively. Joining those teams will be ABT CUPRA XE, ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team, Andretti United, Chip Ganassi Racing, Hispano Suiza Xite Energy Team, Team TECHEETAH and Veloce Racing.

The Extreme E driver line-up brings together champions from a variety of motorsport disciplines spanning single-seaters to rallying, rallycross, Dakar and sportscar racing: Mattias Ekström and Claudia Hürtgen (ABT CUPRA XE); Carlos Sainz and Laia Sanz (ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team); Timmy Hansen and Catie Munnings (Andretti United); Kyle LeDuc and Sara Price (Chip Ganassi Racing); Oliver Bennett and Christine Giampaoli (Hispano Suiza Xite Energy Team); Jenson Button (JBXE); Johan Kristoffersson and Molly Taylor (Rosberg Xtreme Racing); Stéphane Sarrazin and Jamie Chadwick (Veloce Racing); and Sébastien Loeb and Cristina Gutiérrez (X44); with three driver spots still up for grabs.

It is safe to say they are all extremely eager to go racing.

Jamie Chadwick, Driver, Veloce Racing said: “It’s incredibly exciting with just 50 days to go. I’m training hard everyday and getting myself in the best condition possible come race day. Speaking with Stéphane [Sarrazin] it’s clear we are both fully prepared mentally and physically to kick off the series in Saudi Arabia and give it our all. We’re both so excited to race in this part of the world, not only to experience its beauty and terrain but also to raise awareness of the impact of climate change in the region.”

Johan Kristoffersson, Driver, Rosberg Xtreme Racing added: “I'm not sure where all the time has gone! But, it is super exciting to be 50 days away from the start of the Extreme E season in Saudi Arabia. All the team at Rosberg Xtreme Racing have worked so hard with me and Molly [Taylor] to prepare for the first race and we can't wait to get started.”

Not only will Extreme E bring short, sharp wheel-to-wheel racing to a global audience through its more than 40 international broadcasters, it has a wider purpose – to highlight the climate emergency affecting everybody worldwide. Through motorsport, the series will showcase electric SUVs racing in some of the most remote corners of the planet that have all been damaged by climate change.

Each destination has been chosen with a different environmental issue in mind: the Desert X Prix in Saudi Arabia will highlight desertification, the Ocean X Prix in Senegal rising sea levels, the Arctic X Prix in Greenland the melting ice cap, the Amazon X Prix in Brazil deforestation and the Glacier X Prix in Patagonia glacial recession.

Members of Extreme E’s Scientific Committee have been working with the championship over the last two years to ensure the series selects locations all affected by climate change and leaves a long-lasting positive impact through Legacy Programmes, which include planting one million mangroves in Senegal and reforesting 100 hectares of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil.

The next key milestone is the imminent departure of the series’ floating centrepiece, the St. Helena, which will carry the championship’s cargo and will set sail from Liverpool, UK, in a few days for its maiden Extreme E voyage to Saudi Arabia.

To learn more about Extreme E, visit - www.Extreme-E.com
21-01-25 Extreme E confirms Jenson Button as team owner and driver
Extreme E today welcomes its third Formula One World Champion to the series in the shape of Jenson Button, who will not only own a team – JBXE – but will also be one of the team’s two drivers.

Arguably Button’s biggest move since leaving Formula One in 2017, his entry to Extreme E signifies his latest venture in the world of motorsport. Over the past three years, the Briton has successfully tried his hand at many other disciplines and championships including the FIA World Endurance Championship, the Le Mans 24 Hours, British GT and Super GT, which he won with Team Kunimitsu in 2018.

While much of his racing career has been spent on the smooth asphalt of the race track, Button has always had a passion for off-road racing. His late father, John Button, was a leading rallycross driver in the 1970s and ‘80s, claiming the runner-up spot in both the British Rallycross Championship and Lydden Hill Rallycross Championship in 1976.

Always a driver looking to explore different racing challenges, Button first experienced off-road racing himself in 2019 while contesting the Baja 1000, one of the most gruelling races of all time, where competitors take on the Baja California Peninsula and its tough terrain and extreme heat.

Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E said: “I’m thrilled to welcome another major name in the world of motorsport in Jenson Button. He is one of the most popular drivers in the business and Extreme E will give him the opportunity to live out one of his long-held passions, to compete at the highest level in off-road racing.

“Jenson, alongside his peers, will give further weight to our mission to raise awareness of the global climate crisis, while doing what we love – racing. It’s going to be fantastic to see the biggest names in motorsport on the starting line in Saudi Arabia in April – it is set to be an incredible form of entertainment, but with a strong and purposeful message around our planet.”

Extreme E, starting April 2021, will see electric SUVs competing in extreme environments around the world which have already been damaged or affected by climate and environmental issues. The five-race global voyage highlights the impact of climate change and human interference in some of the world’s most remote locations and promotes the adoption of electric vehicles in the quest for a lower carbon future for the planet.

Jenson Button, Founder of JBXE, said: "JBXE has been a long time coming and I'm both delighted and proud to announce its formation and entry into the inaugural Extreme E Championship. I caught the off-road bug a few years back which led to me entering my own team in a few races including the Mint 400 and even the Baja 1000 and I absolutely loved it! It was around the same time I first heard about the plans for Extreme E which I've followed with great interest and what Alejandro Agag, Ali Russell and the team have managed to create is nothing short of incredible, and thanks to them and our partners Apater Capital and Pipt we get to be a part of it.

“In Extreme E they've created a product that will offer first class racing and entertainment to the fans, but also serves to highlight the impact of climate change. Whilst we will of course compete to win on track, as a collective we will also work to maximise awareness whilst racing in places that have been damaged or affected by climate change over the years. Alongside the awareness piece, Extreme E themselves are committing legacy initiatives at each destination which help protect already damaged ecosystems impacted by climate change.

“On track I’m delighted to say there are some world class opponents to go wheel-to-wheel with and Extreme E is a world-first which sees true equality with male and female drivers both as teammates and as opponents out on track.

“On that note I still have the exciting task of appointing and announcing my co-driver which will take place in the coming weeks and then all focus will turn to the opening race in Saudi Arabia."

Extreme E is now home to ten World Champions, including Button’s fellow Formula One World Champion team owners Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, and in its drivers Extreme E has three World Rallycross Champions (Johan Kristoffersson, Timmy Hansen and Mattias Ekström), two World Rally Champions (Sébastien Loeb and Carlos Sainz), a Women’s Trial World Champion (Laia Sanz) and a Pro-4 World Champion (Kyle LeDuc) - they collectively hold over 40 World Championship titles. In addition to this list, Jamie Chadwick is the reigning W Series Champion, and Molly Taylor is a former Australian Rally Champion.

JBXE is the tenth team in Extreme E, joining Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti United (USA), ABT CUPRA XE and Rosberg Xtreme Racing (Germany), Team TECHEETAH (Indonesia), Hispano Suiza Xite Energy Team and ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team (Spain), and fellow British teams Veloce Racing, and X44 (UK).

Extreme E’s first Season kicks-off in Saudi Arabia from April 3-4, 2021.

To learn more about Extreme E, visit - www.Extreme-E.com


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