Extreme E to feature a male and female driver in new series to promote gender equality

Jamie Chadwick is set to take part in the new series (PA Images)
Jamie Chadwick is set to take part in the new series (PA Images)
14:29pm, Thu 30 Apr 2020
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Extreme E teams will field one female and one male driver for the first time in a new series next year.

The races aim to highlight climate change by being staged in five different locations around the world in an electric-SUV, and will do so while promoting ‘gender equality’.

One male and one female driver will take turns at the wheel in two-lap races. 

The format was inspired by mixed doubles tennis, according to its founder Alejandro Agag.

He said: “They (the teams) have freedom of strategy, they can put the man first or the woman first.”

And Jamie Chadwick, the winner of last year's new all-female W series, will be one of the drivers taking part, along with Katherine Legge who raced in Formula E in 2014.

Legge said: "Hearing the format was like waking up on Christmas morning. It is a giant step in the right direction for motorsport as a whole. I have been looking forward to something like this my entire racing career!

“Formula E and now Extreme E, are at forefront of breaking boundaries in technology, sustainability, and climate change, and now Extreme E will challenge perceptions with gender equality too.”

The five locations for the 2021 series are, Senegal, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Greenland and Brazil.

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