Nico Rosberg's team also won the second race of the electric off-road racing series Extreme E. After the team managed to win the opening race in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, at the beginning of April, Rosberg X Racing also retained the upper hand at the Ocean X-Prix.
At the wheel of Rosberg X Racing's Odyssey 21 unit race car were again Molly Taylor and Johan Kristoffersson. "I'm very happy that we won as a team for the second time in Extreme E. Two out of two - wow!" said Nico Rosberg, who was also on site during the event as he was at the Desert X-Prix.
In doing so, Rosberg praised the team effort, given that all the teams have little experience with the cars and the conditions are vastly different at each round. "It's so difficult because no one really understands the cars because you don't have the opportunity to test them," Rosberg said. "So you have to guess and figure things out - as a team here we're really trying to develop a Formula One approach to Extreme E that really helps us as a team to perform."
While Johan Kristoffersson was first in the car in the final run of the Saudi Arabia victory and pulled out the decisive advantage, this time Molly Taylor was involved in the important scenes of the final run as the starting driver. After a contact with Cristina Gutiérrez from the X44 team of Rosberg's former Formula 1 team-mate and opponent Lewis Hamilton, Taylor took the lead. Gutiérrez had to get out of the damaged car, and Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky from the team of former Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button also had to retire after the first corner with a defective rear axle.
Taylor took the Rosberg race car into the transition area with a small lead over Stéphane Sarrazin in the Veloce, where the race was briefly halted to allow the two damaged cars to be recovered safely. On the subsequent second lap, Kristoffersson edged out Jamie Chadwick in the Veloce, giving Rosberg X Racing the win ahead of Veloce Racing, which had finished poorly in the Saudi desert.
The Ocean X-Prix took place in Senegal, not far from the capital Dakar, with the course situated between the Atlantic coast and Lac Rose, often referred to as Lake Retba in German.The third round of the Extreme E, the Arctic X-Prix, is scheduled to take place in Greenland on 28 and 29 August.