Race car driver Claudia Hurtgen rolls her car into Saudi Arabian desert crash FIVE times … but walks away unharmed – with only a bitten tongue
- Claudia Hurtgen’s car slid sideways in the sand before rolling over five times
- Fortunately, the German only held up a bit of a tongue when the car protected her
- Extreme E takes place for the first time to raise awareness of climate change
- Each team also has a male and a female driver who drive the same amount
- Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button all have teams in the series
Extreme E driver Claudia Hurtgen has walked away largely unharmed after a dramatic crash saw her car roll over five times during the opening session of qualifying in the first race of the competition.
The German, who plays for the Abbot Cupra XE team with Swede Mattias Ekstrom, had just started her qualifying round in the city of AlUla, Saudi Arabia, when her car slid sideways in the sand before sliding into the air.
Despite the front suspension breaking down and significant body damage, the 49-year-old walked away with nothing more than a bitten tongue when the session was red flagged before restarting shortly afterwards.
Claudia Hurtgen (left) crashed while qualifying for the opening race of Extreme E
The German’s car slid sideways in the sand before rolling over and stopping five times
Fortunately, Hurtgen only suffered from a bitten tongue because the car protected her from the impact
Extreme E was an idea by Alejandro Agag and former racing driver Gil de Ferran to raise awareness about climate change around the world.
After AlUla, the series continues to Senegal, Greenland and Brazil, before the final race of 2021 takes place in Argentina in December.
The series also promotes gender equality, with one male and one female driver competing for each of the nine teams.
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton both run their own teams in the first season of Extreme E.
Jenson Button rides with Swede Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky for his JBXE team
Williams developer Jamie Chadwick is one of the other notable names in the series
Each driver has the same driving responsibilities, with a driver change halfway through each race.
There are some big following from the new venture, with seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, former Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg and Hamilton, former McLaren partner Jenson Button, the founders of Team X44, Rosberg X Racing and JBXE respectively. .
Button competes for his team, with other notable competitors, including the most successful driver in World Rally Championship history, Sebastien Loeb, and 2019 W Series champion and Williams F1 developer Jamie Chadwick.