Six time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton has today announced the X44 race team which will compete in Extreme E.
The team which is named after Hamilton’s race number in Formula 1 (44) will compete in the first season of Extreme E which begins in 2021.
He will not race or be the day to day manager of the team but will use his motorsport experience to guide the creation of a competitive and dedicated team.
X44 joins a growing list of teams who have signed up for Extreme E.
Extreme E is an all electric SUV racing series which aims to draw attention to the worlds climate issues by going to the affected locations and racing there.
Hamilton has been at the forefront of people involved in motorsport when it comes to encouraging environmental needs are put first.
He was involved in the announcement in February that Mercedes F1 team was aiming to be carbon neutral by the end of 2020 and has been open in how he has pushed for reusable materials in his lifestyle even wooden toothbrushes.
An Extreme E is the next step for Hamilton to use his motorsport influence to support one of his passions.
Hamilton said: “Extreme E is an exciting new sustainability initiative, and this is a great opportunity to be involved from the outset as a team founder.
“Of course, my ambitions and commitments with Mercedes in Formula One mean that I won’t be operationally involved in X44, but 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.
“Not only will we visit remote locations facing the front line of the climate crisis, we will also work closely with these locations and leading climate experts to share our knowledge and leave behind a positive legacy in each location which goes far beyond the race track.
“As Founder of X44, I am looking forward to building my team around important values such as sustainability and equality.
“None of us are perfect and we all have improvements to make, but I am excited to use our platform to highlight the most serious issues facing our planet and the solutions we can all be part of.”
Alejandro Agag, CEO and Founder of Extreme E said:” We are thrilled to welcome Lewis Hamilton and his X44 team to Extreme E.
“Like us, Lewis is hugely passionate about motorsport, but also shares our belief that we can use sport to highlight subjects which are vital to the world, such as climate change and equality.
“Lewis is one of the most successful drivers of all time, and we’re all excited to see how his X44 team performs on and off the race track under his incredible guidance. A huge welcome to the Extreme E family Lewis!”