System One champions and former Mercedes crew mates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are set to lock horns once more as house owners of rival outfits within the new Excessive E electrical off-road collection beginning subsequent yr.
Rosberg, who retired from System One after beating Hamilton to the 2016 title, introduced on Thursday that his Rosberg Xtreme Racing (RXR) had turn into the ninth crew confirmed for the inaugural season.
Excessive E stated in September that Hamilton, heading for a record-equalling seventh F1 championship this yr, will enter his personal X44 crew to compete in distant and harsh environments.
Rosberg, just like the Briton, is an outspoken campaigner for the surroundings and sustainability.
The German can also be a shareholder in electrical city-based System E, based by Excessive E boss Alejandro Agag and now beginning its seventh season.
“We’ve got been speaking about this undertaking for a lot of months and we’re thrilled he has chosen Excessive E for his formal return to motorsport as Founder and CEO of his personal racing crew,” stated Spaniard Agag.
Hamilton is not going to be driving or operationally concerned in his crew whereas Kimmo Liimatainen will probably be crew principal of RXR with Rosberg overseeing improvement as founder and chief govt.
“The collection represents a tremendous alternative to not solely drive consciousness but in addition encourage motion within the struggle towards local weather change — the one greatest risk to our planet at present,” stated Rosberg in a press release.
“Since retiring from F1 I’ve devoted my profession to sustainable applied sciences so to have the ability to mix these endeavours with my ardour for racing is extremely fulfilling,” added the German.