Lewis Hamilton will make his first foray into motorsport team ownership in the new Extreme E series in 2021… with his X44 side racing electric SUVS in Senegal, Saudi Arabia and Greenland
- Lewis Hamilton’s interest in environmental issues has led him to team ownership
- The F1 world champion is launching his X44 team, named after his race number
- Extreme E sees electric SUV’s race in the likes of Senegal, Greenland and Brazil
Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton will enter a team in the new Extreme E racing series.
Extreme E, which aims to shed light on environmental issues, will be Hamilton’s first foray into motorsport team ownership, although he will not drive or be involved in the day-to-day operation of his X44 team – named after his car number at F1 constructor Mercedes.
The new climate-aware sport is scheduled to begin in January 2021 and will see electric SUVs race at five remote locations across two days, in Senegal, Saudi Arabia, France, Greenland and Brazil.
Lewis Hamilton is making his first move into team ownership, launching his own X44 team
The setup is named after the Brit’s F1 race number and will race the new Extreme E series
‘Extreme E is an exciting new sustainability initiative, and this is a great opportunity to be involved from the outset as a team founder,’ said six-time F1 world champion Hamilton.
‘I’m excited to play a different role in this new series, one that brings my vision for a more sustainable and equal world to life.
‘Extreme E really appealed to me because of its environmental focus. Every single one of us has the power to make a difference, and it means so much to me that I can use my love of racing, together with my love for our planet, to have a positive impact.’
Hamilton’s passion for environmental and social issues has attracted him to the series
The star is storming to his seventh world title but his future in F1 is unclear beyond this season
The series visits areas impacted or put at threat by climate change, kicking off in Senegal in January with drivers taking on two laps of a 16 kilometre course.
The Stevenage-born star is yet to announced his driver line-up, with every team entering a male and a female competitor.
The 35-year-old is out of contract at his dominant Mercedes team after the 2020 season, with the X44 team a first sign of how Hamilton could continue his involvement in motorsport after retirement.
The championship leader is storming towards his seventh, record-equalling world title after eight races on the season – with five race victories already won.
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