Former Method 1 world champion Nico Rosberg is placing his personal workforce within the upcoming Excessive E racing sequence.
The off-road sequence has attracted a number of main names, together with six-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton.
Rosberg Excessive Racing is the ninth workforce to enroll to race in 5 distant areas the world over to lift consciousness of local weather change.
Excessive E shall be broadcast stay throughout the BBC, together with on iPlayer and the Sport web site.
Rosberg is famed for his battles with Hamilton throughout their time collectively as team-mates for Mercedes from 2013 to 2016, a part of a interval the place the workforce have dominated F1.
The childhood associates are remembered for having probably the most intense intra-team rivalries within the sport, which included a number of on-track collisions, with Hamilton successful titles on 2014 and 2015 earlier than Rosberg took his one championship in 2016.
“The sequence represents an incredible alternative to encourage motion within the combat in opposition to local weather change – the only largest menace to our planet at the moment,” stated Rosberg.
“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.”
The all-electric sequence, which is able to race the four-wheel drive Odyssey 21 E-SUV, is the primary time the pair will come face to face once more – this time as workforce leaders, as each have taken a eager curiosity in sustainability inside motorsport and past.
The sequence, set to get beneath means in February 2021, will go to territories – arctic, desert, rainforest, glacier and coastal – which have been affected by local weather change, similar to Greenland and Brazil’s Amazon area.
It should additionally concentrate on range in motorsport – requiring groups to subject one male and one feminine driver for races – reflecting Hamilton’s issues of an absence of range within the sport when he launched his personal range fee in June this 12 months.
Since retiring from Method 1, Rosberg has invested in quite a few profitable sustainability start-ups and in 2019, he based the Greentech Pageant which showcases inexperienced applied sciences.
Alejandro Agag, Excessive E Founder and CEO, stated: “We’re ecstatic. We’ve got been speaking about this mission for a lot of months and we’re thrilled he has chosen Excessive E for his formal return to motorsport.
“There’s clearly an amazing synergy between Nico’s endeavours within the sustainability subject and the goals of Excessive E so his workforce is a massively welcomed addition to the sequence.”
Different groups within the sequence embody London-based Veloce Racing, who’ve F1 design legend Adrian Newey as a part of their workforce.
One other high-profile driver who has taken an curiosity is Hamilton’s present Mercedes F1 team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who took half in a latest testing session for the automotive, alongside Britain’s Billy Monger.