BERLIN: Retired former Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg has confirmed his long-term commitment to electric car racing as an investor and shareholder in Formula E.
Rosberg's "public unveiling" as a Formula E shareholder will be when he gets behind the wheel of the official ABB FIA Formula E Championship's Gen2 car at the 2018 Berlin E-Prix on May 19 for a test drive.
After making its debut at the Geneva motor show in March, Rosberg will be the first driver to test the car in public.
On the day, the former world champion will take to the track in a dedicated 10-minute slot ahead of round nine of the championship, and the fourth consecutive year Formula E's raced in the German capital.
Since retiring from a 10-year career in racing after winning the 2016 F1 drivers’ world championship, Rosberg has taken an interest in e-mobility. "I’ve become very interested in the e-mobility movement and its potential to positively impact our society and our planet. I’ve therefore also long believed in the potential of Formula E and came on board as an investor some time ago,” he added.
After the series' inaugural race in Beijing in 2013, the championship has gone from strength to strength, developing the Gen2 car - with its radical new-look and almost double the energy storage capacity - in just four seasons.
"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. "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 series. He’s such an incredible ambassador for world motorsport and a champion - so it’s also another fantastic endorsement for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship to have Nico as an investor and shareholder of Formula E.”