Paris - Ex-Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg has
become a shareholder in FormulaE and will give the electric series' Gen2 car
its first public spin in Berlin next month, organisers announced on Tuesday.
Rosberg has taken a keen interest in the green grand prix
series since retiring abruptly after seeing off his Mercedes teammate Lewis
Hamilton for the 2016 F1 drivers crown.
"I've become very interested in the e-mobility movement
and its potential to positively impact our society and our planet," said
the Monaco-based German.
"I've therefore also long believed in the potential of
Formula E and came on board as an investor some time ago."
Rosberg will get behind the wheel of FormulaE's new flagship
model which has almost double the energy storage capacity of the existing model
before the Berlin leg of the 2018 FormulaE championship on May 19.
Formula E, the world's first electric racing series, was
launched in Beijing in 2014 and the technology is still evolving.
Up to now, even in a race that only lasts 50 minutes,
drivers have had to swap cars halfway because their batteries won't go the
"It's a very special moment to see a new car running
for the first time in public and it requires an equally special name to have
that honour," said Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag in a
"To see a name like Rosberg taking the wheel of the
Gen2 car in front of the German fans in Berlin is a great moment for the
Rosberg took to Twitter to tell his followers: "let's
rock Berlin!!! will be driving the @FIAFormulaE#Gen2 car at the #BerlinEPrix
next month. let's see if I still got it..."
Agag described Rosberg as "an incredible ambassador for
world motorsport and a champion", suggesting the retired F1 star's
participation was "another fantastic endorsement" for FormulaE.
Now in its fourth season Formula E comprises 10 teams of 20
drivers competing in 10 races in major cities around the world.
Brazilian Lucas di Grassi is the reigning FormulaE world