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The Extreme E and an infuriating definition: a turnaround that frustrated a championship served and a champion who arrived "on 3 wheels"

2023-12-04T00:45:57.570Z

Highlights: Rosberg X Racing is the champion of the last season of electric cars that will now incorporate hydrogen. Acciona, Carlos Sainz's team was on its way to victory but its driver, Laia Sanz, came back inexplicably. The Swede Ekström leads his team to victory, but the switch of the Spanish team takes a long time again. Rosberg Racing is not retiring, but when the mechanics finish changing their tyre, they will be one lap behind. Laia just needs to be calm, with her direct rival in the title fight one laps behind she has to try to preserve her position.


Acciona, Carlos Sainz's team was on its way to victory but its driver, Laia Sanz, came back inexplicably. Rosberg X Racing is the champion of the last season of electric cars that will now incorporate hydrogen.


This has been said many times, but you will see that it is true. The Grand Prix del Cobre that defined the Extrem E electric car rally championship had a heart-stopping definition. If you don't believe it, follow the arrow.

Rosberg X Racing reached the grand finale at the top of the championship, 5 points ahead of Acciona, Carlos Sainz's team. And at 16:30 p.m., the race kicked off with a bang, in a weekend that had wholesale overturns.

Mattias Ekström, Acciona's male driver (it's a mixed category, his teammate is Laia Sanza and they both drive), took the lead in the move. The opponent with whom he fights for the title is quite the opposite. He is fourth and with his star at the wheel, the Swedish World Rally Cross champion Johan Kristofferson, who in the first corner grabbed a rock and his car rose almost 90 degrees, about to overturn.

Acciona led for much of the race and lost an incredible race.

But the crash is fatal and the Rosberg X Racing Odyssey '21 hits the "lunar soil" of the Atacama Desert so hard that it blows its tire.

The Swede wants to stay on the cue and is off the court. That serves Matías Ekström, from Carlos Sainza's team Acciona, the first half of the final and practically the championship. Rosberg Racing is not retiring, but when the mechanics finish changing their tyre, they will be one lap behind.

The Swede Ekströn leads his team to victory but the switch of the Spanish team takes a long time again (as happened on Saturday, when he lost the lead of the championship in the middle of a sandstorm) and Laia Sanz comes out tied with Veloce. At that point, there are four cars left on track (one of them changing tyres) because McLaren retires.

The Spaniard Sanz, Carlos' pupil, with the whole court at her mercy, comes out stick and stick with Moly Talylor of the Veloce team (remember this name) who quickly takes the lead. Laia just needs to be calm, with her direct rival in the title fight one lap behind she has to try to preserve her position and reach the end to shout champion.

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When the Swede Ekström hands the car to his teammate, the also Swedish Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, he runs to the Explorer, the VIP sector that has a giant mega screen to follow the race through the dozens of cameras and the drone that flies over the race, and sits on the sand to enjoy... Only a tragedy can take the championship away from them.

But something inexplicable happens: as she will say a few minutes later (these tests last less than ten), the Spaniard hears a noise in the car, gets scared, inexplicably rolls over (with the whole track to herself) and Carlos Sainz's team is out of the race... and the championship.

Ekströn can't believe it. Kristofferson consoles him, along with Alejandro Agag, the owner of the category.

At that point, Mikaela Kottulinsky was starting one lap behind. Rosberg's Swede joins resigned to see the finale with his compatriot from Acción. When the director strikes out Acciona's Oddissey'21 "upside down", he can't believe it. He came to congratulate his compatriot and now he has to console him because he is the one who is about to be the champion.

The camera strikes out Mikaela, who looks focused. He just has to get there, but his double lap is going to have a big drawback: with the wheel axle totally broken, the tire barely serves as support, slows him down and moves the car everywhere. Speeding up will take her to the same place as her Spanish colleague: to the rollover.

The Swede will not have the fate of Reutemann and will arrive with her last breath. Your car is crawling, but you just have to get there. McLaren has already broken its front suspension and Veloce's Moly Talylor has already crossed the race. It's her against the desert, a marathon against herself, where just getting there makes you feel like a winner. But this will not be a moral champion. When he crosses the finish line, the Rosberg team with the Swedes Kristoffersson and Ahlin-Kottulinsky at the wheel wins the championship.


Source: clarin

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