The person with the most Grand Slam titles in men’s tennis history is seeking new challenges.
Rafael Nadal will be the owner of Team Spain in a new electric boat racing series called E1, which will launch later this year.
- E1 was created by Formula E and Extreme E founder Alejandro Agag with former McLaren director of motorsport Rodi Basso.
- Nadal, who is from the island of Mallorca, is investing in the league and its Blue Action Programme, which supports marine ecosystems.
- He joins Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez, who owns a Mexican team, as an E1 team owner. The only other team announced to date is an Italian one based in Venice.
“I’m really excited to be getting involved with a project like E1 that values sustainability and will make a positive impact on society as a whole, especially in coastal communities,” said the 22-time Grand Slam winner.
Racing Toward Clean Mobility
Like Formula E and Extreme E, E1 is focused on promoting clean power through racing. E1 aims to speed the development of clean marine transportation technologies and restoration programs.
The series will hold events around the world, with races taking place over two days, and is expected to include a race in the U.S. Teams will use a uniform boat, the RaceBird, which uses hydrofoil technology similar to that used by SailGP, a racing series that launched in 2019.