WHAT: Desert X Prix, the Extreme E Series’ inaugural race
WHEN: April 3-5
WHERE: Al’Ula, Saudi Arabia
Saturday, April 3
Extreme E Qualifying, Al’Ula, Saudi Arabia, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., FS2
Sunday, April 4
Extreme E Qualifying, Al’Ula, Saudi Arabia; noon-3 p.m., FS2
Extreme E Semifinals, Al’Ula, Saudi Arabia, 3:30 p.m., FS2
Extreme E Desert X Prix, Al’Ula, Saudi Arabia, 6 p.m., FS1
Monday, April 5
Extreme E Highlights Show, 4 a.m., FS1
Extreme E Semifinals, Al’Ula, Saudi Arabia, noon, FS2
Extreme E Finals, Al’Ula, Saudi Arabia, 1:30 p.m., FS2
Extreme E Highlights Show, 3:30 p.m., FS2
Extreme E Highlights Show, 4 p.m., FS2
Qualifications can also be found live on the Internet at the Extreme E website (www.Extreme-E.com)
FORMAT: Each prix takes place in two days. Day 1 consists of two qualifying sessions. The field will be divided into two four-car groups in each session. A lottery will determine grids for the first session, with the finishing position determining the grids for the second qualifying session. Day 2 starts with two semifinals. The top four teams after Day 1 have an easier route to the finals, racing in Semifinal 1. The top three in that semifinal advance to the final round. The second semifinal, nicknamed “The Crazy Race,” is a winner-take-all race after which only the first-place team advancing to the final. The final four teams compete in a two-lap shootout.
TEAMS: Including the two drivers—one man, one woman—each team is limited to eight people. Each team will have one engineer and up to five mechanics. Teams will decide which driver will start.
ENTRANTS: Formula 1 champions Lewis Hamilton (X44), Nico Rosberg (Rosberg Xtreme Racing), and Jenson Button (JBXE) own three teams. U.S. teams are Andretti United (with Sweden’s Timmy Hansen and England’s Catie Munnings) and Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing (with Americans Kyle LeDuc and Sara Price).
The complete driver lineup (by team and drivers)
X44 – Sébastien Loeb (France) and Cristina Gutiérrez (Spain)
Rosberg Xtreme Racing – Johan Kristoffersson (Sweden) and Molly Taylor (Australia)
JBXE – Jenson Button (U.K.) and Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky (Sweden)
ABT CUPRA XE – Mattias Ekström (Sweden) and Claudia Hürtgen (Germany)
ACCIONA/Sainz – Carlos Sainz and Laia Sanz (Spain)
Andretti United – Timmy Hansen (Sweden) and Catie Munnings (U.K.)
Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing – Kyle LeDuc and Sara Price (U.S.),
Hispano Suiza Xite Energy – Oliver Bennett (U.K.) and Christine Giampaoli (Spain),
Veloce Racing – Stéphane Sarrazin (France) and Jamie Chadwick (U.K.).
Germans Timo Scheider and Jutta Kleinschmidt, the first woman to win the Dakar Rally, are back-up drivers and series advisors.