Nine-time world rally champ Sebastien Loeb will drive for Lewis Hamilton’s Extreme E group throughout its inaugural season in 2021.
Hamilton’s X44 group will likewise field Spaniard Cristina Gutierrez for the climate-aware off-road series.
” Cristina is an approaching skill with a terrific future, and Sebastien is a chauffeur I have actually appreciated for a lot of years,” stated Hamilton.
Severe E will be streamed live throughout the BBC, consisting of on iPlayer.
Hamilton, who just recently won a record-equalling seventh F1 world title for Mercedes, signed up with the series in September “due to the fact that of its ecological focus and on essential worths such as sustainability and equality”.
The series intends to raise awareness in locations worldwide impacted by environment modification and see areas – arctic, desert, jungle, glacier and seaside – which have actually been impacted, such as Greenland and Brazil’s Amazon area.
Loeb, who is world rallying’s most effective motorist, stated: “I am actually impressed by what Lewis is carrying out in Solution 1, so to be able to deal with him on this is an honour.”
Frenchman Loeb, 46, won 9 successive titles for Citroen from 2004 to 2012 in a flashing a profession that included 79 rally wins with co-driver Daniel Elena.
Gutierrez, 29, who was the very first female motorist to end up in the cars and truck class of the Dakar rally in 2017, stated: “I am actually thrilled to sign up with X44. I get to deal with 2 heroes of mine.”
The series, which will field one male and one female motorist to promote gender equality within each of its 9 groups, is preparing to release the series in March 2021, following a hold-up due to the fact that of coronavirus, with the very first race at Al-Ula in Saudi Arabia on 20-21 March.
” I’m pleased to invite Sebastien and Cristina to X44. They are both unbelievable motorists and I’m anticipating seeing what they’re going to do out there,” stated Hamilton – who will not race himself, however will “assist direct a devoted group”.
Hamilton has actually been at the leading edge of an arranged position versus bigotry throughout this F1 season and wishes to utilize Severe E to promote variety within motorsport. He just recently presented a diversity commission to assist deal with such concerns in the sport.
British female motorist Jamie Chadwick has actually currently been announced as the driver of the British team Veloce Racing, who likewise have F1 cars and truck style legend Adrian Newey as ‘lead visionary’.