Extreme E, the all electric SUV racing series which launches in 2021 announced on Monday that former World Rally and Dakar champion Carlos Sainz has joined the series with the formation of his Extreme E team.
Speaking about the news, Founder and CEO of Extreme E Alejandro Agag commented saying:
“I want to give a great welcome to the ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team to Extreme E. Carlos Sainz, together with ACCIONA and QEV Technologies, have put together the first fully Spanish team of the Championship.
Carlos Sainz who is joined in the team by Laia Sanz commented:
“I would like to start off by thanking ACCIONA for their confidence; as well as Alejandro Agag, who has shown us great support, and, of course, QEV Tech, who is our technological partner. With Laia as my teammate, I think that we have all the right ingredients for a Spanish team to be fighting at the very top. That will be our target.”
This is undoubtedly a new kind of competition in the world of motorsport and not only because of the type of car, which is 100% electric and off-road, but because of the format. To compete in a championship where there is gender equality, where both drivers are equally important and where both are going to win and lose together seems very original and inclusive. For a veteran like me, this is one of the last things I am yet to try out: I would have left behind some unexplored territory!”
Laia Sanz commented saying:
I am very grateful for the faith Carlos, QEV Tech and ACCIONA have shown in me. I’m tremendously motivated and excited as this is an important step for me; I’ve always had an interest in sports cars and I’m sure I’m going to learn greatly alongside Carlos. I’m a huge admirer of his and to form a team with him is like a gift; he’s the best teammate I could ask for. I hope to live up to expectations and to learn quickly to help the team out as soon as possible.
“The championship format is new in itself and it’s very interesting to see teams made up of men and women. It also includes a concept of sustainability: we have to start thinking about this. I think racing will steer increasingly in this direction.”
Joaquín Mollinedo, ACCIONA’s Chief Institutional Relations, Sustainability and Brand Officer, said:
We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with Carlos Sainz and QEV Tech to compete together in the new Extreme E championship.
“Both Carlos and Laia Sanz have an excellent sporting and personal track record and a solid commitment to the fight against climate change. The ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team will undoubtedly contribute to transmitting the message that a 100% decarbonisation can also be a reality in motorsport activities. If this is possible in this sport then anything is possible.”
Joan Orús, Chief Operating Officer of QEV Tech said:
“We are excited about this championship and about being able to support the ACCIONA |Sainz XE Team. Through this incredible challenge, we are confident that we will be able to innovate and create technologies that will be applied firstly in the race and then on the road, living up to our leitmotiv – from Race to Road.
“Our company has a history of success in a variety of rac es. The path we are on today is truly ambitious, and we look forward to getting started.”