Six-time Formula 1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton has founded a motorsport team in Extreme E.
Extreme E is a motorsport competition debuting in 2021. There will be 5 races, held in a series of remote locations. These locations include desert, rainforest and glacial environments. All of the race locations are either severely damaged or under threat from climate change. The organization hopes to bring attention to the effect that climate change is having on our planet and to encourage people to try and be more environmentally conscious.
Lewis Hamilton is a very environmentally conscious person and he uses his platform to encourage people to try and be more environmentally friendly.
Hamilton said, “Extreme E really appealed to me because of its environmental focus. 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.”
Hamilton’s team is called X44, referencing his number in Formula 1.
Due to commitments in Formula 1, Hamilton will not be involved with the day to day running of the team. However, he is looking forward to trying to create a better world using this platform.
Alejandro Agag, founder and CEO of Extreme E said, “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 subjects which are vital to the world, such as climate change and equality.”
To minimise the environmental impact of the sport, the races will not be attended by spectators, fans will have to follow the action through TV broadcasts and social media.