Red Bull driver Sergio Perez joins the revolutionary E1 Series, taking on the challenge of acting as Team Mexico’s owner in the world’s first all-electric race boat championship.
“Given my relationship with Alejandro [Agag], I’ve kept a close eye on what he’s been doing and his various championships, and I think what he’s achieved with promoting more sustainable forms of motorsport is commendable,” Perez asserted.
Speaking about the newest addition to the championship, which inaugural season kicks off next year, Alejandro Agag, Co-Founder & Chairman of E1, commented: “Me and Checo have remained close friends since working together, during our days in GP2, where Checo drove for my team. In a funny way, it feels a bit like things have come full circle, with me hiring him as a driver, and now Sergio entering a team of his own in E1.”
Agag, the entrepreneur who has made innovation a personal trademark, is also the Chairman of the ABB FIA Formula E world championship, the first all-electric single-seater racing series launched in 2014.
In 2019, continuing to innovate in sports with an environmental purpose-driven concept, Agag officially launched Extreme E, the off-road, all-electric racing platform competing in remote locations on the planet affected by climate change.
Acting in the role of Co-Founder & Chairman of E1, Agag aims to “electrify water mobility for future generations” alongside Co-Founder & CEO Rodi Basso.
The UIM E1 World Championship, the world’s all-electric race boat series masterminded by Agag and Basso, seeks to help to improve the health of the seas and oceans globally while establishing a new sporting competition. One, in which Formula One Grand Prix winner “Checo” Perez will be the boss of Team Mexico, one of the 12 teams to race in 10 locations worldwide, featuring 24 pilots.
In that regard, Basso outlined: “With the UIM E1 World Championship, we’re aiming to attach racing teams with countries and city brands, and what better combination than Checo and his home country of Mexico.
“Checo is a talented driver and multiple Grand Prix winner. To have a name like Checo associated with E1 shows the strength of what we’re trying to build and how our message to promote cleaner waters really resonates with people.”
“We’re also, in conversations, with multiple other prospective teams looking to enter E1. Our aim is to create the most exciting and competitive roster of teams and pilots possible,” he remarked.
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The first race of the E1 World Championship, licensed by the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), will run next year - the dates and locations are yet to be known.
The 24 pilots are set to fly above the water’s surface behind the wheel of the RaceBird vessel, developed in partnership with SeaBird Technologies, its founder Sophi Horne, and brought to life by naval architect and marine engineer Brunello Acampora.
The futuristic all-electric race boat will have the capacity to reach a top speed of 50 knots (93 kph or 58 mph), a peak power output of 150 kW (200 bhp), and a battery capacity of 35 kWh.
Early in June, at the Salone Nautico Venezia 2022, the RaceBird made its public debut, sailing in the iconic waters of the enchanting Italian city of Venice.
The event also saw the first official team to commit to E1, Venice Racing Team, announcing Gianluca Carli as their first pilot.
On Wednesday came the announcement that Perez, a three-time F1 GP winner, would enter his own team in the innovative championship.
“Seeing a racing team flying the flag for Mexico on a global stage will be amazing, and I cannot wait to watch the RaceBird in action for the first time,” Perez stated.
Adding: “For sure, this will be a great challenge in my career and a learning experience. I’m looking forward to getting started and helping to grow the fan base in Mexico and around the world.”
The Guadalajara-born driver debuted in Formula One in 2011 at the Australian GP. Since then, he has added 1059 points to his name, claimed one pole position, and raised to the podium on 21 occasions.
The last of his three victories took place last May at the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix.