Carlos Sainz Jr had a go in the Extreme E car with eight teams testing at Aragon before the cars are packed up for first round in Saudi Arabia.

Having spent a day at Maranello on Friday, new Ferrari F1 recruit Sainz Jr traveled to Aragon, to not only see his and father’s Extreme E team in action, but also have a go himself in the ODYSSEY 21 – an electric SUV made for extreme off-road racing.

The Dakar legend has entered with Laia Sanz under ACCIONA | Sainz XE team, where Movistar F1 reporter Albert Fabrega is the team principal. “I kind of expected my father to want to be involved in Extreme E and I saw him taking an interest, so we’ve been very busy the last three to four months with the project,” said Sainz Jr.

“It’s a whole new challenge and I see that they are working very hard to make the team as competitive as possible. The climate message behind Extreme E is really important as we need to make people more conscious of what’s going on in the world, while still producing a show and good racing,” Sainz Jr summed up.

It was the first collective test for Extreme E teams, where eight teams were present apart from Techeetah. It is unclear if the Monegasque-based team will compete in 2021 or not at this stage, while Veloce Racing only had Jamie Chadwick testing.

Others like X44, Rosberg Xtreme Racing, Andretti United, ABT Cupre XE, Chip Ganassi Racing and Hispano Suiza Xite Energy Team, had both their drivers present for the two-day run and undertook as much running they could ahead of Rd 1 in March in Saudi Arabia.

Driving for Lewis Hamilton’s X44’s Sebastien Loeb said: “The car is different to what I’m used to driving, so I was very happy to discover how powerful it is and with good traction and balance too – I’ve really enjoyed testing it out.

“It’s been great to work alongside the whole team while we get to know the vehicle and especially to drive alongside Cristina. She’s naturally a very skilled driver, as well as a hard worker, and I’m looking forward to having her as my partner in this new adventure.

“This weekend has also been a good opportunity for me to find out more detail about the series itself and the places we will be visiting. It’s a totally new concept so who knows how it will be, but I’m excited to start the season and begin competing against the other teams.”

At the same time, Nico Rosberg’s Xtreme Racing’s Johan Kristoffersson stated: “It’s been a great test for RXR. We came into the test excited to drive the RXR ODYSSEY 21 at full power for the first time and it didn’t disappoint.

“Everyone in the team has been focused on adapting and learning as quickly as possible which is important with very few chances to test the car between now and the start of the season.  We’ve gathered a lot of data over the two days and me and Molly have a good understanding between each other and with the car. It’s been a lot of fun and I already can’t wait to go racing in Season 1 next year.”

Meanwhile, Veloce’s Chadwick added: “It’s been a great couple of days being able to drive the Extreme E car at full power for the first time. Unfortunately, the fog meant we didn’t get as many laps as we would have liked but either way I’m always smiling when I drive this car. Lots to take in and be able to work on going into the season start next year.”

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Here’s photos of Carlos Sainz at Maranello

Here’s news of Carlos Sainz Sr joining Extreme E