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Nico Rosberg

Rosberg beats Hamilton to inaugural Extreme E title

Former F1 rivals Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have gone head-to-head as team bosses in Extreme E this season, with Rosberg's squad narrowly winning the fight for the title.

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Nico Rosberg's team have claimed the first-ever Extreme E title on victory countback after finishing the season tied on points with former F1 rival Lewis Hamilton's entry.

New-for-2021, the off-road championship sees identical 550-bhp SUVs go racing in some of the most remote parts of the world, with the aim of highlighting the climate change challenges faced by different ecosystems.

Rosberg and Hamilton entered the fifth and final round in Dorset, UK, separated by just a handful of points, setting up a title showdown that brought back memories of their previous F1 battles.

Hamilton's Team X44 (featuring Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez) dominated the weekend at the Bovington Camp military base, topping the two qualifying sessions, winning their semi-final and the five-car final, while also clocking the best 'super sector' time for bonus points.

Rosberg X Racing only had to finish the final in fourth position, given their points advantage, and they did just that, with Molly Taylor and Johan Kristoffersson overcoming an early scare as they fell away from the leaders and slipped into the clutches of the fifth-placed Acciona | Sainz XE Team.

Rosberg and Hamilton's entries ended the season level on 155 points, though Rosberg secured the title through victory countback. Hamilton's team had not won a race prior to the Jurassic X-Prix, while Rosberg's had claimed three.

Speaking about his emotions after the race, Rosberg said: "A bit tense? Massively tense! Molly and Johan did such a great job, managing the situation and bringing home the points. [We're] Extreme E champions!"

Jenson Button's JBXE entry claimed second place in the season finale and third in the overall standings.

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