Former Formula One driver Nico Rosberg announced the formation of the Rosberg Xtreme Racing team who will enter the Extreme E all electric SUV racing series that will launch in 2021.
The 2016 Formula One world champion joins his former Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team team mate Lewis Hamilton in setting up his own team.
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Speaking following the announcement Rosberg Xtreme Racing founder and CEO Nico Rosberg said:
We are thrilled to unveil Rosberg Xtreme Racing as the latest addition to Extreme E. 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.
The news of the new venture is evolution of the Team Rosberg DTM outfit which was set up by Nico’s father Keke in 1996.
Speaking following the announcement, Extreme E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag commented saying:
We are ecstatic to finally announce that Rosberg Xtreme Racing will be joining our line-up for the first season of Extreme E. 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.”