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Extreme E: Rosberg races into the semi-finals, breathe a sigh of relief at Abt

Rosberg X Racing doesn’t let the quarrel with rally legend Carlos Sainz upset him. Johan Kristoffersson and Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky clearly dominated qualifying for the third race of the season on Sardinia. The duo was unbeatable both in the individual time trial on the military training ground on the south coast of the island and in the heat against four other competitors. The defending champion with the maximum number of points thus qualified confidently for the semi-finals on Sunday.

After Sainz’s violent crash in the first Island X Prix on Thursday, the Spaniard was upset about the culprit Kristoffersson and the penalty he felt was too low for the Swede (30-second time penalty). “In more than 40 years of motorsport, that was one of the most dangerous actions I’ve seen without an exemplary penalty,” he said.

Delight at Abt Cupra XE

But Sainz, who got back into the car on Saturday after thorough examinations in the hospital, also checked off the crash. He also made it into the semifinals with Laia Sainz and the Acciona Sainz team. X44, the team of seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, is also in the semifinals with Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez.

“I’m proud of the whole team, especially Mikaela who did a phenomenal job today,” said RXR CEO Nico Rosberg. “This morning she even overtook Sebastian Loeb in the Traction Challenge and was only a few seconds behind Johan the whole loop. We’re confident for tomorrow, but we still have a long weekend ahead of us.”

Jutta Kleinschmidt and Nasser Al-Attiyah also make it to the semifinals.


Abbot Cupra XE breathed a sigh of relief. After a lot of breakdowns and bad luck so far in Sardinia, Dakar legends Jutta Kleinschmidt and Nasser Al-Attiyah also made it to the semi-finals. “We are happy, we made it to the semi-finals. It was super close, a tough fight and a lot of fun, the team did a fantastic job,” said Kleinschmidt.

Timo Scheider and Tamara Molinaro experienced a small disappointment, who missed the semi-finals this time with Xite Energy Racing after a sensational second place on Thursday. Means: The duo has to take the detour via the Crazy Race, with a win you can buy the last ticket for the final there. The other four places will be determined in the two semi-finals, where three teams compete against each other.

Lots of sustainability

The good thing about a double header: You can do even more for environmental protection and sustainability. On the one hand, Extreme E in Sardinia took care of the replanting of seagrass in a damaged area of ​​the Sardinian coast as part of the “Legacy Program”. Because: Seagrass is considered the “rainforest of the ocean” and is vital for the health of our seas. The teams also visited communities in Sennariolo affected by the 2021 wildfires.

The Rosberg team also always has its own additional “Driven By Purpose” campaign on site. In Sardinia, Rosberg X Racing and Allianz donated 30,000 euros to plant 5,000 trees in the Oristano region that had fallen victim to the forest fires .

With the local sustainability projects, the racing series receives support from the mobile phone company Vodafone, which is introducing a new system for the early detection of forest fires. Sensors are used to quickly detect a fire and send an alarm to the authorities as quickly as possible.

Before the double header, the Extreme E had already set further course for more sustainability: A multi-year cooperation was decided with the company Enowa in order to introduce green hydrogen in the series. Because green hydrogen is seen as the most promising green energy carrier for the future to fight climate change.

Despite all the sustainability measures, sport is once again the focus on Sunday. The semi-finals take place first, followed by the Crazy Race. The third race of the season is then the end of the double header. ProSieben MAXX broadcasts from 1 p.m.

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