JEAN-ERIC VERGNE can not wait to go toe to toe with Lewis Hamilton after driving the Excessive E automobile for the primary time.
Each Hamilton and Vergne are heading up their personal groups within the all-electric off-road race collection which will get underway in 2021.
Jean Eric Vergne drove the Excessive E automobile for the primary time
Hamilton just lately introduced his staff referred to as X44, which is the Brit’s first solo mission in racing.
In the meantime Vergne created a staff referred to as Veloce alongside Purple Bull’s F1 mastermind Adrian Newey in September final 12 months.
Vergne says they’ve one of many strongest groups within the championship forward of the primary race in Senegal subsequent 12 months.
Vergne instructed SunSport: “I feel it is superb Hamilton is concerned in Excessive E.
“It brings huge worth to the championship, it brings credibility too for the groups to be in Excessive E.
“it may be very thrilling to compete towards his staff.
“We’re a really robust wanting staff with Newey on board – it’s good to work laborious to get the success you need and it begins with constructing a powerful staff in each facet.”
This is our lowdown to the championship, the automobiles and the venues because it revs up for subsequent January.
Excessive E is an off-road racing collection that makes use of electrical SUVs in distant elements of the world. There is not going to be followers on the tracks however will likely be televised and performed by social media. Excessive E will interact with native charities to assist conservation, preservation and environmental assist.
All groups will use the identical automobile. The Spark ODYSSEY 21 Excessive E E-SUV powered by an electrical motor and able to 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds. The vehicles will likely be saved and transported to every venue on board a ship that has an multi-million pound eco-friendly refit.
Ocean – Senegal – Lac Rose – 22–24 January 2021
Desert – Saudi Arabia – Sharaan, Al-Ula – 4–6 March 2021
Glacier – Nepal – Kali Gandaki Gorge – 6–8 Could 2021
Arctic – Greenland – Kangerlussuaq – 27–29 August 2021
Rainforest – Brazil -Santarem, Para – 29–31 October 2021
Lewis Hamilton has created his personal staff referred to as X44
The championship will see the groups race in Senegal, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Greenland and the Brazilian rainforest.
Vergne is but to announce whether or not or not he’ll drive for his staff and says it could take lots of work for him to get used to this new fashion of driving.
He added: “It was actually cool. It was one thing I’ve by no means skilled earlier than, racing off-road.
“I had no thought what to anticipate, I used to be very cautious with the Excessive E automobile.
“It has been a very long time since I’ve had such an enormous smile on my face getting out of a automobile.
“There is a choice to be made about who will drive, it is a staff choice.
“As a staff proprietor I would like the very best drivers who’ve expertise, however as a driver if I consider I can deliver the success to this staff, then I positively would like to drive.”
The electrical collection kicks off in 2021 in Senegal