Nico Rosberg has entered a team in the new electric off-road series Extreme E, rekindling his rivalry with ex-Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton who has also entered a squad.
Monaco-based Rosberg Xtreme Racing (RXR) has revealed an entry into the inaugural season of the series which was granted FIA international status earlier this month and heads to venues where it will highlight the impact of climate change.
Extreme E said in September that Hamilton, heading for a record-equalling seventh F1 championship this year, will enter his own X44 team to compete in remote and harsh environments.
“We have been talking about this project for many months and we are thrilled he has chosen Extreme E for his formal return to motorsport as Founder and CEO of his own racing team,” said Spaniard Agag.
Hamilton will not be driving or operationally involved in his team while Kimmo Liimatainen will be team principal of RXR with Rosberg overseeing development as founder and chief executive.
“The series represents an amazing opportunity to not only drive awareness but also inspire action in the fight against climate change – the single biggest threat to our planet today,” said Rosberg in a statement.
“Since retiring from F1 I have dedicated my career to sustainable technologies so to be able to combine these endeavours with my passion for racing is incredibly fulfilling,” added the German.
Extreme E’s five races, without spectators but to be broadcast live on TV and social media, will be in West Africa, the Brazilian rainforest, Greenland, the deserts of Saudi Arabia and mountains of Nepal.