Lewis Hamilton launches his own Extreme E team
This really is going to take his dominance to a different level
Six-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has revealed plans to launch his own new Extreme E team, called X44, which will compete in the first ever season of Extreme E season. This announcement is a step in a new direction for Hamilton as this is his first role related to team ownership. Why is it called X44? His racing number since 2014 has been #44, propelling him to the history books of Formula One.
Extreme E was launched in early 2019 by Formula E founder Alejandro Agag. Leaving his position at FE, Agag wanted to create a unique experience similar to Formula E but on a completely different scale. The first event is set to take place in Dakar, Senegal, on January 23rd 2021.
The inaugural season will consist of five races, taking place in: Senegal, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Greenland and Brazil.
Agag had this to say about Hamilton's venture in XE: "We are thrilled to welcome Lewis Hamilton and his X44 team to Extreme E. Like us, Lewis is hugely passionate about motorsport, but also shares our belief that we can use sport to highlight climate change and equality. Lewis is one of the most successful drivers of all time, and we're all excited to see how his X44 team performs on and off the race track under his incredible guidance."
Although the F1 star will not race in the team, the driver pairing is set to feature one male and one female, in line with mandatory Extreme E regulations. The drivers are yet to be announced.
The livery render show the X44 team colours to be predominantly purple. This is based on Hamilton's current 2020 helmet, which is a deep purple. This colour scheme is set to be transferred into X44. The X44 team will compete against nine other teams including the Veloce team headed by pioneering F1 tech guru Adrian Newey.
Alongside X44 and Veloce, other teams include Formula E outfits like Techeetah, Abt, Andretti and HWA. This is looking like a really talented lineup with bucketloads of experience.
Although Hamilton's relationship with Mercedes is iron solid, no manufacturer or sponsor has been named to back the X44 team. However, the body of the ODYSSEY 21 E-SUVs can be made to look like road car models. This could result in a unique partnership with Mercedes to resemble the groundbreaking EQC, which went on sale in early 2020.
"Every single one of us has the power to make a difference, and it means so much to me that I can use my love of racing, together with my love for our planet, to have a positive impact," said Hamilton - who will not race himself, but will "help guide a dedicated team".
Hamilton continues to race in F1, chasing down his seventh world title and to shatter the all-time win record of Michael Schumacher, of which he is only two wins away from.
Hamilton's CV just seems to be ever-expanding at this moment in time.
You can stream Extreme E on BBC here.