Ekstrom will play Sainz in Extreme E

Despite the good news he gave Carlos Sainz at the beginning of February, when he announced that he was finally avoiding the operating room due to the fracture of the vertebrae he suffered in the Dakarthe recovery has not accelerated enough so that the man from Madrid can be present at the start of the Extreme E season (March 11 and 12). The Spaniard’s intention was to arrive on time to be able to complete his third season in the electrical contest, which is also presented with a new format and new emotions, but finally it will be Ekstrom who does his job in the Acciona Sainz XE Team. The Swede is the signing of the two-time rally champion and will be the new partner of a Laia Sanz for whom “it will be strange not having Carlos by my side in Saudi Arabia”.

Neom’s appointment marks the beginning of a new course and despite the fact that The man from Madrid will not be behind the wheel of the Odyssey 21, Sainz will continue to be involved in his team and will travel to the Arab country to follow the races and put all his experience at the service of Laia and Ekstrom. His partner at Audi is “the best signing what we could have expected for this season”, acknowledges Carlos, who knows “what he is capable of”. In addition to surprising in the Dakar, Mattias has been World Rallycross Champion (2016), has won the DTM (2004 and 2007) and has also competed in some events in the World Rally Championship. But also, his experience in Extreme E is also proven, since He played the first season of the category.

Carlos’ confidence towards his new signing is full. Ekstrom” is one of the best and most versatile riders in the world, and that is why it is an honor to get to defend the colors of the Acciona Sainz XE Team”. The Madrid structure finished sixth in the first season and they got on the podium (3rd) last year, setting their goal on the title for a new course where it will be the Swede who seeks the feat with Sanz and Sainz, from the sidelines. “Carlos is one of my childhood idols and since we’ve been teammates on Audi’s Dakar project, we’ve become friends. So, I feel like something special and even exciting to join his team at Extreme E ”, expressed a Mattias who “needs no introduction for everything he has achieved in his career”. Laia’s word.

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