Sergio Perez is ready to turn out to be a racing crew proprietor – nevertheless it received’t be in standard land-based motorsport.
The Pink Bull Method 1 driver will enter a crew into the UIM E1 World Championship which is deliberate to start in 2023. Perez’s squad will race underneath the Workforce Mexico banner in what’s being billed because the world’s first all-electric race boat championship.
Perez has taken one of many 12 accessible franchises to run a Mexican crew within the E1 collection which is the brainchild of Method E and Excessive E co-founder Alejandro Agag and former McLaren Utilized CEO Rodi Basso.
Agag ran Perez within the 2010 GP2 collection through his Barwa Addax crew (pictured under) the place the Mexican completed as runner-up earlier than embarking on an F1 profession that has already spanned 12 seasons.
“I’m actually excited on the prospect of changing into a brand new crew proprietor in E1 and having a crew representing Mexico within the UIM E1 World Championship,” mentioned Perez.
“Given my relationship with Alejandro, I’ve stored an in depth eye on what he’s been doing and his numerous championships, and I feel what he’s achieved with selling extra sustainable types of motorsport is commendable.
“Seeing a racing crew flying the flag for Mexico on a world stage will likely be superb and I can not wait to observe the RaceBird in motion for the primary time. I’ve heard numerous optimistic tales concerning the boat and the thrilling sporting product E1 is attempting to create for followers with metropolis occasions.
“For certain this will likely be an ideal problem in my profession and a studying expertise. I’m trying ahead to getting began and serving to to develop the fan base in Mexico and world wide.”
The UIM E1 World Championship will see crews competing within the RaceBird vessel, which is a one hundred pc electric-powered boat that makes use of superior hydrofoil expertise, which lifts the boat above the floor of the water.
This ensures that solely a proportion of the boat is involved with the water, that means it would race with environment friendly drag discount capabilities
Equivalent boats for a minimum of the primary two seasons of the championship have been focused, after which the laws will divulge heart’s contents to permit groups to design and develop their very own electrical applied sciences.
Within the announcement, Agag recounted his lengthy relationship with Perez, saying that he and the Pink Bull driver had “remained shut pals since working collectively throughout our days in GP2, the place ‘Checo’ drove for my crew”.
“In a humorous approach, it feels a bit like issues have come full circle, with me hiring him as a driver and now Sergio getting into a crew of his personal in E1.
“He’s not solely an extremely fast and gifted racing driver in his personal proper, however he’s additionally intelligent and has all of the attributes which are required to turn out to be a profitable crew proprietor.”
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