F1: Lewis Hamilton shows off his latest talent
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While Mr Rosberg, now a sustainability entrepreneur, stepped down from Formula One as a driver back in 2016 when he beat Sir Lewis to become world champion, Mr Rosberg has set his sights on the Extreme E title. Extreme E is an electric off-road racing series that Mr Rosberg has entered his own team into, Rosberg Xtreme Racing (RXR). With Mr Rosberg’s team currently in the lead, he will go head-to-head with Sir Lewis’ X44 in the final battle, the Jurassic X Prix in Bovington, on the south coast of England on December 19.
And, although the pair will not be going tyre-to-tyre, the former German-Finnish racing driver was quick to insist his team would beat Hamilton’s.
Mr Rosberg told Express.co.uk: “I’m leading in the championships and it’s between me and Lewis Hamilton for the title, and you know who’s going to win, right?”
The pair had a fierce rivalry when Mr Rosberg was an F1 driver, and at times the two couldn’t even look at each other before big races.
But this latest battle is different, with suitability and the environment playing an underlying role in Mr Rosberg’s inspiration to set up his own team.
Mr Roseberg told Express.co.uk: “The Extreme E cars are powered by green hydrogen, which is created on-site using solar energy and then the green hydrogen is used to create the electricity for the cars.
“Extreme E is really trying to trailblaze a zero-carbon footprint in sports.
“But not only is it being a good role model, but it also gets involved with a lot of charitable initiatives at each race and really helps the local areas with destructive effects of climate change.”
But this is not Mr Rosberg’s only green initiative.
The 36-year-old has been investing in green technologies and has even set up his own project, the Greentech Festival, which held its award ceremonies in London this week.
Greentech Festival is a platform that brings together start-ups, corporations, environmental activists, politicians and more actors involved in the green space to showcase exciting new green technologies.
It has had some huge names such as European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in attendance.
And, Mr Rosberg said that Formula E was part of his motivation to set up the project (the creation of Extreme E was also motivated by the successful launch of Formula E).
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Like Extreme E, Formula E actively promotes electric mobility and renewable energy solutions to contribute to reducing air pollution and fighting against climate change around the world.
This inspired Mr Rosberg.
He told Express.co.uk: “It all started with Formula E because there was a race in Berlin and I thought it would be so cool to do a whole green technology show with conferences and awards all around that race and that’s how we then really made it happen and it was a big success.”
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