19 September 2019
Newey and Vergne form Extreme E team
Red Bull's Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey is to be part of a new team which has been formed to compete in Alejandro Agag's latest project, known as Extreme E.
Newey will join Formula E Champion Jean-Éric Vergne in the Veloce Racing operation, co-founded by the team behind its industry-leading sister organisation Veloce Esports, which includes Daniel Bailey, Rupert Svendsen-Cook and Jack Clarke. Newey's son Harrison is also involved as business development director. The team will be chaired by two menw ho have been involved in F1 in the past, notably with Virgin/Marussia, Darryl Eales (the former CEO of investment firm LDC) and Andy Webb (former CEO of Marussia F1). This is a bit of a family affair as Bailey is the son of former F1 driver Julian Bailey and his partner Deborah Tee and Clarke is his step-brother. Deborah comes from a celebrated family of F1 photographers (Michael and Steven Tee) and has run the MPA marketing agency for many years.
“We are delighted to be announcing the launch of Veloce Racing, as well as confirming our place as a fully-fledged licensee entrant into Extreme E," says Newey Snr. "The series is an exceptional platform for drawing attention to the earth’s environmental challenges and driving change. Veloce will play an active role in as many of Extreme E’s legacy projects as possible to help re-generate the local environments. We also believe that hydrogen is a fuel source to be seriously considered for the future and we will take great pride in playing our part in encouraging Extreme E to adopt hydrogen in its next generation Extreme E-SUVs. The media model is in line with modern consumption and the content will be an exciting blend of live racing and documentaries to converge audiences in an unprecedented manner. Everyone involved in Veloce Racing is extremely passionate about racing, competition and cutting-edge technology, as well as tackling environmental issues that face the world today, so we couldn’t be happier to be taking part in Extreme E."