Inaugural Extreme E champion Molly Taylor will not remain with Rosberg X Racing for the 2022 season.
Taylor and team-mate Johan Kristofferson were crowned champions in Extreme E’s first season last year, securing the title at the final event in Dorset.
But she will not stay on to defend her crown with RXR after the team announced that Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky will be joining it instead, alongside Kristofferson who has been retained for a second season.
Åhlin-Kottulinsky spent last year racing with JBXE, achieving a best result of second at both the Arctic X-Prix and Jurassic X-Prix whilst also undertaking duties as the official test driver for tire supplier Continental.
“I am incredibly honoured and excited to join RXR and support the team in defending their championship title,” said Åhlin-Kottulinsky.
“To have the chance to work with the winning team from season one is truly a great opportunity, and I can’t wait to get started!
“I’m really looking forward to working and learning from Nico [Rosberg] and Johan, two world champions and drivers that I have huge respect for and admire for their incredible record behind the wheel.
“What really strikes me about RXR is their commitment to the cause of Extreme E. Apart from the track action, I am particularly looking forward to becoming involved in the Driven by Purpose Campaign, which aims to support initiatives and projects for climate awareness, and equality.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity and will be an epic season.”
Kristofferson will ensure some stability in RXR’s line-up for this year and although he will be working with a new team-mate, he believes Åhlin-Kottulinsky’s presence will give him fresh motivation.
“I am very happy to continue my work with RXR,” he said. “We have had a sensational first season together and I am confident that we can build on this experience and become even better.
“I am feeling relaxed, full of energy and eager to win again.
“Having Mikaela on my side is an extra motivation. She is a very gifted driver and being compatriots, with many common experiences, I am sure we will get along just great.”