LONDON — Six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, an outspoken campaigner for the environment and sustainability, is entering his own team in a new Extreme E electric off-road series highlighting climate change.
The first race is scheduled for early 2021, and Hamilton’s team will be X44, referring to the Mercedes driver’s racing number.
The Briton, who will not be driving or involved in day-to-day operations, is the biggest name to link up with a series that includes the U.S.-based Andretti United and Chip Ganassi Racing teams, both of which compete in IndyCar. The electric car company Fisker has also announced plans to participate in the electric off-road series.
“Extreme E is an exciting new sustainability initiative, and this is a great opportunity to be involved from the outset as a team founder,” Hamilton said in a statement.