In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton said he intends to drive his new Extreme E team’s SUV.

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What they say

Hamilton plans to drive his X44 team’s car but doesn’t plan to race in the series:

Most athletes we all have partnerships so there’s one element of wanting to be a part of something going forwards and my goal is one day to own a company of some sort so it’s part of that.

But, more so, I was just really impressed with their aims, with their goals, very much aligned with what I’m focused on right now. And I really think it’s going to be amazing.

They’ve done a lot of work in the background and we’ve had great conversations with Alejandro [Agag, founder]. I honestly can’t wait.

I’m going to get to drive my own car since I own the team. I think obviously drivers in the past were team owners here in Formula 1. I think that’s something really exciting.

I’ve learned a lot from Toto [Wolff, Mercedes team principal] so maybe he can mentor me. I’ll my manage my team I love that it’s diverse, each team is pushed to be diverse. I said that we needed to have females in it so we’ve got female drivers now which is awesome. So I’m glad that I can contribute in a positive way, hopefully.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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