Rosberg rekindles rivalry with Hamilton with Extreme E team

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Rosberg rekindles rivalry with Hamilton with Extreme E team

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are set to reignite their F1 rivalry, but off the beaten tracks as the pair field their own team in the adventurous new Extreme E racing series.

In September, Hamilton announced his entry into the all-electric series that will race in five remote areas across the world to raise awareness and support projects to stop climate change.

Rosberg followed suit on Thursday with the launch of Rosberg Xtreme Racing, the ninth team to sign up for the electric odyssey's inaugural edition.

"The series represents an amazing opportunity to inspire action in the fight against climate change - the single biggest threat to our planet today," said Rosberg.

"Since retiring from F1 I have dedicated my career to sustainable technologies, so to be able to combine these endeavours with my passion for racing is incredibly fulfilling."

Alejandro Agag, Extreme E Founder and CEO, said: "We are ecstatic to finally announce that Rosberg Xtreme Racing will be joining our line-up for the first season of Extreme E.

"We have been talking about this project for many months and we are thrilled he has chosen Extreme E for his formal return to motorsport as Founder and CEO of his own racing team.

"There is clearly a great synergy between Nico’s endeavours in the sustainability field and the aims of Extreme E so his team is a hugely welcomed addition to the series."

Hamilton and Rosberg might not be F1's only representatives to enter a team in the audacious off-road series, with Valtteri Bottas perhaps mulling a participation after recently testing Extreme E's charger.

Among the teams set to contest the global event is London-based Veloce Racing, who have signed up Red Bull Racing designer Adrian Newey as part of their effort.

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Pirelli has 'good idea of what to expect' at Portimão

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Pirelli has 'good idea of what to expect' at Portimão

F1 teams head into the unknown at Portimão this week, but Pirelli has a "good idea" of what to expect at the new venue regarding its tyres.

While some teams have tested previously at the Autodromo do Algarve, the outdated 2009 data is unlikely to have been factored into preparations for the Portuguese Grand Prix, with everyone relying instead on simulation work to try and gain a head start.

Nobody knows what to really expect ahead of Friday's opening practice, but Pirelli has some experience of Portimão's 4.69km, 15-corner layout thanks to its presence in GT racing.

Nevertheless, the Italian company has opted for a conservative choice, nominating the three hardest compounds in its range to help its tyres cope with the undulating circuit's heavy demands.

"Although Formula 1 has never raced there before, we have some experience of this track through GT and world superbikes, which gives us a good idea of what to expect," said Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola.

"It’s an absolutely spectacular venue and we think the drivers will love racing there.

"Portimao is quite demanding on tyres and this could be accentuated by warm weather, which is why we have brought the three hardest compounds.

"We’ve also adjusted the standard tyre allocation this weekend, with the drivers getting an extra set of hard and one less set of soft."

Indeed, for the first time this year, there’s a move away from the standard allocation of eight softs, three mediums and two hards.

In Portugal, the drivers will all be given seven sets of soft, three sets of medium, and three sets of hard to cater for the expected severity of the track.

Finally, teams will sample in free practice on Friday afternoon Pirelli's 2021 tyres.

"In FP2, the drivers will try out next year’s 13-inch tyres for the first time during the opening half-hour of the session," added Isola.

"As usual this will be a ‘blind’ test, so the drivers won’t know exactly what they are sampling."

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