Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky has been announced as partnering Jenson Button for the debut season of Extreme E which starts next month.
In January, it was announced that 2009 F1 champion Button had launched his own team, JBXE, following in the footsteps of fellow F1 champions and rivals Nico Rosberg (Rosberg Xtreme Racing) and Lewis Hamilton (Team X44).
Mikaela will race with Button because of Extreme E’s rules requiring each team to have one male and one female driver.
Mikaela is a test driver for early Extreme E partner Continental who supply the tyres for the series.
In that role she has had running in the Odyssey-21 from the early prototype days in 2019 to help develop the car and the tyres so she has a lot of experience in the car.
Not only that, she recently competed in the Rallycross Scriocco R-Cup Germany. She has taken part in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship and made history as the only woman to win races ever in that series.
Mikaela said of her signing: “I am delighted to be joining the JBXE team alongside Jenson Button, it feels like a dream come true.
“Not only do I get to race with such a fantastic team mate, but we both really believe in the platform of the series. Extreme E is more than just another motorsport, it is a sport for purpose which we can use to showcase electric vehicles and motivate people to rethink their views on the consequences of climate change.
“If we can make this racing series exciting, innovative and interesting to follow, the willingness to make big and small changes will grow – for the benefit of our world and everyone on the planet.”
Extreme E will race in five climate affected locations around the world to draw attention to the major issues the environment is facing. Innovative sport is one of the best ways to develop new technology and their goal is to go to these locations and experiment how to save the world.
The series has its own floating paddock, the St Helena ship, which has the majority of crew, all the cars and everything required to run the race which it can ship from location to location in the most environmentally friendly way.
The ship houses a state of the art science lab which Oxford and Cambridge scientists work in on the new technology that the series is funding.
The first race takes place in early April in Saudi Arabia with the St Helena currently sailing there, they passed through the Suez Canal yesterday.