ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team keeps title options alive ahead of 2022 Extreme E season finale
Both the Drivers’ and the Teams’ Championships will be decided in the upcoming Energy X Prix, where ASXE Team can still be crowned champion.
Drivers: Laia Sanz & Carlos Sainz
Car: Odyssey 21 (Max 554 PS, 0-100 kph in 4.5 s, top speed 200 kph)
Location: Punta del Este, Uruguay
Dates: 26 y 27 November
Energy X Prix
Saturday, 26 November 2022
Qualifying 1 13:00-15:00 CET
Qualifying 2: 18:00-19:30 CET
Sunday, 27 November 2022
Semi-Finals 14:00-15:30 CET
Final 17:00-19:00 CET
ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team races this weekend in Punta del Este, Uruguay, home to an Energy X Prix that will bring the 2022 Extreme E season to an end. The Spanish team has title hopes both for the Drivers’ and the Teams’ Championships.Laia Sanz and Carlos Sainz are third in the Drivers’ Championship, trailing Rosberg X Racing by eight points and X44 by six. In order to become champions, they need to win the Final and hope that Rosberg X Racing misses the podium and X44 does not finish higher than third.
ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team is also fighting in the Teams’ Championship, chasing Rosberg X and X44 by 23 and six points respectively from third place. The five extra points awarded to the fastest car in the Continental Traction Challenge may well play a pivotal role in this fight.
Besides the title fight, the biggest ambition of the ASXE Team for this weekend’s X Prix in Uruguay is to clinch its maiden Extreme E victory. It is an ambitious yet realistic challenge given the step forward that the team has made this season, in which it has reached every Final and has finished second twice in four races.
ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team will also be attending this Thursday’s spectacular car parade in the streets of Punta del Este with its drivers and its Odyssey 21. It is the first time that Extreme E organizes an event like this. The series will also have a brand-new fan zone for up to 6,000 fans. The local authorities and Extreme E have agreed to welcome the fans given that the circuit is nearby the city and that the location will be left in perfect condition after the X Prix.
Extreme E has partnered with Organización para la Conservación de Cetáceos, an organization that promotes a local ocean education project and environmental policies. It also works to preserve the richness of Uruguay’s marine ecosystems. Some drivers will travel by boat to the Isla de Lobos, just south of Punta del Este, to swim with sea lions.
Another important focus of the Energy X Prix is precisely the production of electricity. Uruguay is the second smallest country in South America, but it is the leading force of its continent in terms of renewable energies. In fact, it is a global leader given that the 98% of the energy it produces is renewable. The drivers of the ACCIONA | SAINZ XE Team will visit a wind farm on Wednesday to learn more about the environmental policies of the country.
Carlos Sainz, driver:
“We have made it to the last race of this year. Both Laia and myself travel to Punta del Este eager to finish this second season the best way we can. Our goal is clear: to fight for victory and say farewell to the year from the podium. We will fight for the Championship as long as there is a chance. In any case, we do not lose sight of the fact that the most important things are to ensure we do everything right, to continue growing and building an even better baseline for next year.”
Laia Sanz, driver:
“I am really looking forward to Uruguay’s Energy X Prix. Our pace has been solid throughout the season and we can be competitive again. I hope we can clinch the victory we have been tirelessly chasing all year. It will be difficult because it is always tight between three or four teams at the top, but we know that we are also in this fight. We have the pace and it is a matter of putting together the perfect weekend. The Championship is difficult, but there is still a chance and we will fight all the way.”
Joan Orús, Team Principal:
“The 2022 Extreme E season comes to an end this weekend in Punta del Este. The team is really looking forward to getting back on track. We want to turn all the effort that we have put in since the last race in Chile into a good result. As we always do, we have used the time between events to go deep and analyse the last X Prix in detail in order to find improvements for this week. We know the Championship is not only up to us, but we will try to do our part and finish as high as possible. Travelling to Uruguay in this position is already good news for the team.”