Extreme E inaugural electric off-road race won by Nico Rosberg’s team

Nico Rosberg’s crew gained the to start with race of the new electric Extraordinary E off-road series in Saudi Arabia on Sunday even though Lewis Hamilton’s X44 outfit hit issues and finished third in a cloud of dust.

Retired 2016 System 1 winner Rosberg was in Al Ula to rejoice the Desert X Prix victory with Sweden’s triple rallycross winner Johan Kristoffersson and Australian rally driver Molly Taylor.

Andretti United, run by Michael Andretti and McLaren F1 manager Zak Brown, had been 2nd in the 3-car last with Sweden’s Timmy Hansen and Britain’s Catie Munnings 23.seventy three seconds off the rate.

Hamilton’s crew of France’s nine periods environment rally winner Sebastien Loeb and Spaniard Cristina Gutierrez had been speediest in Saturday’s qualifying but endured steering issues.

The seven periods F1 environment winner, who did not show up at, despatched a good luck concept on Instagram prior to the race expressing his pride in what they had completed so significantly.

Jenson Button, the 2009 System 1 winner, finished sixth after his JBXE crew failed to make the last even though triple Dakar winner Carlos Sainz was fourth.

Time trials had commenced on Saturday, about a sandy and rock-strewn keep track of that also highlighted a plunging fall amid the dunes.

Kristoffersson designed the finest commence in the last, leaving the other folks trailing in the dust, prior to Taylor set in a sound run after the handover to seal the acquire.

The pair had been speediest also in the semi-last when the similar Odyssey 21 cars went wheel to wheel for the to start with time.

Sunday noticed the to start with multi-car collision, with Chip Ganassi’s Kyle Leduc and ABT Cupra driver Claudia Huertgen coming alongside one another.

Extraordinary E aims to emphasize weather modify and market sustainability by racing in distant pieces of the environment impacted by world wide warming or struggling environmental injury.

There are 5 rounds ranging from destinations in the Arctic to the Amazon and just about every crew have to field a male and woman driver.

The upcoming race is in Senegal in Might.