Lewis Hamilton: F1 champion launches Extreme E team


Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has announced that he will have a team competing in the inaugural Extreme E all-electric racing series next year.

Extreme E is a series founded by the same team behind Formula E, with races organized around the world to promote electrification, sustainability and equality.

Its inaugural season will take place in five remote locations that have already been damaged or affected by climate issues, including the Arctic and the Amazon, to raise awareness of climate change.

Hamilton, 35, called the opportunity to have his own team an “exciting new project” and said the series appealed to him because of its “environmental approach”.

“Each of us has the power to make a difference, and it means so much to me that I can use my love of racing, along with my love for our planet, to make a positive impact,” he said in a statement. . .

“I’m looking forward to the team taking part in this new series and I think it’s amazing that we can do it while raising awareness about the climate crisis.”

The six-time world champion team, X44, is named after its F1 number and will enter the first season of the Extreme E Championship. The first X Prix race is scheduled for early 2021.

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An X44 car drives around a track during Extreme E testing.

Hamilton has long been an advocate for a greener world. In a series of posts on her Instagram account last year, she called the world a “mess” and wrote that she wanted to “give it all up” before encouraging everyone to go vegan .

Extreme E will work with scientific experts from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge to raise awareness of specific issues including rising carbon emissions, melting ice caps, deforestation, desertification, droughts, plastic pollution and sea level rise.

Each race will incorporate two laps over a distance of approximately 16 kilometers (10 miles), with two riders, one male and one female, completing one lap apiece.

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The races will not be open to spectators, to minimize the effect on the environment, and fans will follow the action on television.

The command center for the championship series will be aboard the RMS St. Helena, a ship that is undergoing a transformation of several million euros to minimize emissions and transform it into the center of operations of the championship.

X44 is the seventh team to sign up, joining Chip Ganassi Racing, Andretti Autosport, Abt, HWA, Techeetah, QEV Technologies and another British-owned team, Veloce Racing.

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