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Extreme E – Agag reveals: This is how I lured Hamilton into Extreme E

So I lured Hamilton into the Extreme E.

Lewis Hamilton becomes team boss! Exactly, you read that right. The Schumacher record hunter of Formula 1 founds his own racing team.

M.an extreme racing series makes it possible. The Extreme E. It’s the new baby of Formula E boss Alejandro Agag. From January 2021, the series will run in five extreme places on earth – in the arctic ice deserts, on the Indian Ocean, in the Sahara desert, in the Himalayas and in the rainforest. Around 550 hp electric SUVs are in use.
It’s a race for nature. And Lewis Hamilton is there with his own X44 team – not as a driver, but as a team owner. “I’ve been asking Lewis for years if he wants to join me,” reveals Alejandro Agag to AUTO BILD Motorsport. “Also because of Formula E. But he really listened for the first time when I told him about Extreme E.”

Lewis Hamilton is there with his own team X44

Because the series not only shows the places that are particularly affected by climate change. It helps the regions specifically in the fight against destruction. Agag: “Lewis is particularly interested in our legacy program. Because we are actively doing something for the environment. We drive in the rain forest, then plant 200 hectares of forest. We drive on the beach, then we clean it of plastic. Many only talk about environmental degradation, we are doing something about it. Lewis likes that. “

With his own team he can combine his struggle for environmental protection and his passion for motorsport. “One example is Greenland,” says Agag. “I’ve been there many times now – and every time the streams of water get bigger. The glaciers are melting and you can watch them. We can draw attention to this with our sport. And that’s the only reason Lewis is there. “

Not quite. Because the Extreme E also convinced Hamilton with its sporty format. Background: A car is driven by a man and a woman. Agag: “Lewis fights for diversity and equality. We also do this by having our teams made up of a man and a woman. Everyone drives a lap, so both are equally important for victory. “

The races are like a tournament. One car is allowed per team. Then man against man and woman against woman on a ten kilometer long course. The fastest gets ahead.

Eight teams have been registered so far. The Seat subsidiary Cupra is the first manufacturer to join the Abt team. The male driver of the German team has already been chosen. It’s DTM legend Mattias Ekström (42). He says: “20 years ago the DTM was a great challenge that we mastered together. Now is the time for a new adventure. I think the concept is brilliant. “

Just like Lewis Hamilton.

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