Nico Rosberg’s workforce received the first race of the new electric powered Extreme E off-road sequence in Saudi Arabia on Sunday although Lewis Hamilton’s X44 outfit strike challenges and concluded third in a cloud of dust.

Retired 2016 Formulation One champion Rosberg was in Al Ula to celebrate the Desert X Prix victory with Sweden’s triple rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson and Australian rally driver Molly Taylor.

Andretti United, operate by Michael Andretti and McLaren F1 boss Zak Brown, were being 2nd in the 3-car closing with Sweden’s Timmy Hansen and Britain’s Catie Munnings 23.73 seconds off the tempo.

Hamilton’s workforce of France’s 9 periods planet rally champion Sebastien Loeb and Spaniard Cristina Gutierrez had been fastest in Saturday’s qualifying but suffered steering challenges.

The seven periods F1 planet champion, who did not go to, sent a superior luck concept on Instagram prior to the race expressing his delight in what they had finished so significantly.

Jenson Button, the 2009 Formulation One champion, concluded sixth following his JBXE workforce failed to make the closing although triple Dakar winner Carlos Sainz was fourth.

Time trials had begun on Saturday, all-around a sandy and rock-strewn track that also featured a plunging drop amid the dunes.

Kristoffersson made the ideal get started in the closing, leaving the many others trailing in the dust, prior to Taylor set in a strong operate following the handover to seal the gain.

The pair had been fastest also in the semi-closing when the similar Odyssey 21 cars went wheel to wheel for the first time.

Sunday observed the first multi-car collision, with Chip Ganassi’s Kyle Leduc and ABT Cupra driver Claudia Huertgen coming jointly.

Extreme E aims to highlight local climate transform and boost sustainability by racing in distant elements of the planet impacted by world warming or struggling environmental destruction.

There are five rounds ranging from areas in the Arctic to the Amazon and each workforce should discipline a male and feminine driver.

The next race is in Senegal in Might.