Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton… to inaugural Extreme E title
Nico Rosberg and his Rosberg X Racing drivers are celebrating winning the inaugural Extreme E title, pipping Lewis Hamilton’s X44 team to the trophy.
The end of the Extreme E had a couple of similarities to how Formula 1 played out in 2021, with RXR and X44 heading into the finale with the chance of winning the title.
Hamilton’s X44 drivers, Dakar regular Cristina Gutierrez and nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb took victory in the Jurassic X-Prix in Dorset, which put the two title-challenging teams level on points once they got past the finish line.
However, RXR won the title on countback due to having two more race victories over the course of the season – with team owner Rosberg celebrating on the podium with 2016 Australian Rally champion Molly Taylor and four-time World Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson.
YESSSSSSSSSS!!! 🏆 Big emotions, @rosbergxracing 😁 pic.twitter.com/W5NNeH7L2I
— Nico Rosberg (@NicoRosberg) December 19, 2021
The teams faced a difficult task navigating their way around a wet, muddy course in Dorset in the fifth and final round of this inaugural season.
X44 led from lights to flag and came home ahead of Jenson Button’s JBXE team in the race. Taylor had begun in P2 for RXR, and had held onto it in the early part of proceedings, but was passed by two cars in quick succession. However, RXR’s P4 finish ensured they took the title on Sunday.
Rosberg, Formula 1 World Champion in 2016, was thrilled afterwards – posting on Twitter: “I’m so proud of our @rosbergxracing team to win the first-ever Extreme E Championship.
“It’s been such an intense season – racing in some of the world’s most remote locations…this one is forever!
“Our drivers [Taylor and Kristoffersson] have been excellent all season – the whole team worked so hard for this title and did fantastic.
“Thank you to all our strong partners and incredible fans…we did this together!!!”
The sustainable off-road series was launched at the start of the year with the teams being comprised of one male and one female driver, and the season took the Extreme E teams to Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Greenland and Italy before arriving in the UK for the final round.
Rosberg and Hamilton had one of F1’s most intense feuds in the modern era, but the German hopes his former team-mate carries on in the sport next season after the disappointment of losing out to Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi.
The final race of the Extreme E season is available to watch in full on Sky Sports’ website here.
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