Extreme E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag says he couldn’t have imagined a better debut weekend for Extreme E.
The all-electric off-road series held its debut race weekend in Saudi Arabia with nine teams competing for the victory. The new series saw plenty of action, drama and ran relatively issue free, leaving Agag “proud” of what he and his team have achieved.
“We’ve worked so hard on this for many years, and finally everything has come together this weekend,” he said. “It really has been beyond my wildest expectations.
“If I had written a script for the perfect weekend, I could not have come up with anything better than what we have witnessed these past two days – I’ve never seen such extreme racing in my life.
“This first race weekend will have a huge influence on how Extreme E evolves, and one of the reasons I feel so proud is that we have built this platform where female drivers can shine like they deserve.
“What we have seen from them here is extraordinary – some incredible talent and courage – and overall, I think it’s fair to say we have really made our mark. I’m over the moon.”
The victory went to Nico Rosberg’s Rosberg X Racing team and he praised drivers Molly Taylor and Johan Kristoffersson.
“This is insane. I’m so thankful to the whole team for the effort put in this weekend, which has been intense and really on-the-edge. Everything has come together so well and everybody has worked together so well.
“We have a fantastic team of engineers and mechanics, who prepared perfectly for this first weekend with so many unknowns, and Molly and Johan produced some phenomenal driving. Neither of them put a foot wrong in really tough conditions, and they both showed unbelievable speed out there – their performance was really inspiring and I felt really proud watching them.
“To come back to claim victory after a 60-second penalty caused by a technical problem is just awesome, and they are definitely deserving winners. For the championship as a whole, it’s really been a good start.”
Extreme E takes a brief break before its next round in Dakar, Senegal in late-May due to the unique way its relocates its equipment, which is moved exclusively by its own ship, the St Helena.