In the first classification session in the history of Extreme E, held this Saturday morning, the team led by Nico Rosberg (Rosberg X Racing, from the duo Johan Kristoffersson and Molly Taylor) surpassed the team from Lewis Hamilton (X44, from the duo Sébastien Loeb and Cristina Gutiérrez) to finish Q1 at the top of the timesheet, in the Alula desert, Saudi Arabia.
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Rosberg team leads Q1 in the first classification of Extreme E – Photo: Reproduction
The third place went to the team of Carlos Sainz (Sainz XE Team, with the driver Laia Sainz), champion of the Dakar Rally and father of the Ferrari driver in F1. The team of Jenson Button (JBXE), who besides being the team leader, also drives in partnership with Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky, took the fifth place.
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Classification Q1 – Photo: Reproduction
Of the nine teams competing in the championship, two ran out of time after accidents. The first incident was starring French driver Stéphane Sarrazin (Veloce Racing), who overturned and made Williams F1 F1 test driver Jamie Chadwick unable to complete his lap. Despite the scare, the pilot was not injured.
The second accident, carried out by Claudia Hürtgen (ABT CUPRA XE), was even more frightening. But as in the previous move, the pilot was not injured.
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The pairs made up of men and women will return to the track early this Saturday morning to dispute the Q2, which will define who will advance to the semifinals, the “crazy race” and the “shootout”.
The sum of the times of the two drivers of each team will determine the final position on Saturday (at least for this stage of Alula, in Arabia, due to the dust, the format will be this. Click on the link below to learn more)
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At the end of the two classifications, teams receive points for the position in which they finished.
1st: 12 points
2nd: 11 points
3rd: 10 points
4th: 9 points
5th: 8 points
6th: 7 points
7th: 6 points
8th: 5 points
9th: 4 points
The top three finishers on Saturday advance to the semifinals. The fourth, fifth and sixth dispute the “crazy race”, while the seventh, eighth and ninth dispute the “shootout”
Check out the complete Extreme E grid
ABT CUPRA XE – #125 – Mattias Ekström / Claudia Hürtgen
ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team – # 55 – Carlos Sainz / Laia Sanz
Andretti United – #23 – Timmy Hansen / Catie Munnings
In terms of TV Chip Ganassi Racing – # 99 – Kyle LeDuc / Sara Price
Hispano Suiza XITE Energy Team – # 42 – Oliver Bennett / Christine Giampaoli
JBXE – # 22 – Jenson Button / Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky
Rosberg X Racing – #6 – Johan Kristoffersson / Molly Taylor
Fast Racing – # 5 – Stéphane Sarrazin / Jamie Chadwick
X44 – #44 – Sébastien Loeb / Cristina Gutiérrez
Meet the Alula circuit
Extreme E Circuit in Alula, Saudi Arabia – Photo: Reproduction
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