May 11, 2021

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Extreme E driver Claudia Hurtgen drives her car FIVE times during qualifying in Saudi Arabia


Racing driver Claudia Hurtgen rolls her car FIVE times in a crash in the Saudi desert … but walks away unscathed – with just one tongue bitten

  • Claudia Hurtgen’s car skidded sideways in the sand before rolling five times
  • Luckily the German only got one tongue bitten as the car protected her
  • Extreme E takes place for the first time to raise awareness about climate change
  • Each team also has a man and a woman who drive equally
  • Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button all have their own teams in the series

Extreme E driver Claudia Hurtgen walked away unscathed after a dramatic accident that saw her car roll five times during the opening session of qualifying for the competition’s inaugural race.

The German, who is competing for the Abt Cupra XE squad alongside Sweden’s Mattias Ekstrom, had just started her qualifying round in the city of AlUla, Saudi Arabia, when her car skidded sideways in the sand before falling into the air.

Although the front suspension was broken and the body suffered significant damage, the 49-year-old walked away with nothing more than a bitten tongue as the session was flagged before restarting shortly after.

Claudia Hurtgen (left) suffered a huge accident during qualifying for the opening race of the Extreme E

The German's car skidded sideways in the sand before rolling five times and coming to a stop

The German’s car skidded sideways in the sand before rolling five times and coming to a stop

Fortunately, Hurtgen only suffered a bite to the tongue as the car shielded her from the impact.

Fortunately, Hurtgen only suffered a bite to the tongue as the car shielded her from the impact.

Extreme E was an idea conceived by Alejandro Agag and former driver Gil de Ferran to raise awareness about climate change around the world.

After AlUla, the series moves to Senegal, Greenland and Brazil, before the 2021 final race takes place in Argentina in December.

The series also promotes gender equality, with a man and a woman competing for each of the nine teams.

Both Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton lead their own teams in the inaugural season of Extreme E.

Both Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton lead their own teams in the inaugural season of Extreme E.

Jenson Button to drive for his JBXE team alongside Swedish Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky

Jenson Button to drive for his JBXE team alongside Swedish Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky

Williams development pilot Jamie Chadwick is another notable name in the series

Williams development pilot Jamie Chadwick is another notable name in the series

Each driver has equal driving responsibilities, with a driver swap taking place in the middle of each race.

There are a few big supporters of the new venture, with seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, ex-Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg and ex-McLaren partner of Hamilton Jenson Button, founding members of Team X44, Rosberg X Racing and JBXE respectively. .

Button is competing for his team, along with other notable contenders including most successful driver in World Rally Championship history, Sebastien Loeb, and 2019 W Series champion and Williams F1 development driver Jamie. Chadwick.

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