Hamilton’s X44 team retains Loeb and Gutierrez – Motorsport Week

The Extreme E X44 team will continue to field WRC legend Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez in this year’s series.

Loeb and Gutierrez finished level on points with Rosberg X Racing in the inaugural championship in 2021 but missed out on the title on the countdown to wins.

The team, founded by seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, announced on Tuesday that it will continue with Loeb and Gutierrez for 2022.

“I’m very happy to be driving for X44 again in Season 2 of Extreme E,” said Loeb, who won the Monte Carlo Rally last weekend, his 80th victory in the series.

“Last year was very difficult for us, we had a lot of trouble with the car and a bit of bad luck too, but we finished top of qualifying in every race and ended the year with a win and a win. points level in the championship – so we feel optimistic!

“I think the other teams are very strong, but Cristina and I have shown that we know how to win races on some of the toughest terrain in the world, so we’ll give it our all to get more podiums.

“Our fans have been very supportive of us since our first race, so hopefully we can thank them with a championship win in 2022.”

Gutierrez said, “I’m so excited to be back racing for X44. We came very close to winning the championship last year and now we are even more motivated and excited to drive well and push to take first place in 2022.

“Since joining the team I’ve learned a lot and feel stronger and faster with every race so I’m excited to get back in the car and show what I can do.”

The new Extreme E season is due to start in Saudi Arabia on February 19-20.

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