Cristina Gutiérrez & Mattias Ekström together for NEOM McLaren Extreme E Team
Cristina, from Spain, is a highly successful off-road racer. Cristina saw early domination in her racing career, finishing top of the female category in the All-Terrain Spanish Rally Championship for six consecutive years, and securing second place overall in the mixed gender category. In 2017, Christina made her breakthrough in the Dakar Rally, becoming the first Spanish woman to ever finish the rally. Following the same success in 2018 and 2019, she reached greater heights when she became the second woman ever to attain a stage victory in 2021. Also in 2021, she became the FIA Crosscountry Rally champion in the T3 category, and the first woman to win a FIA Crosscountry championship. Continuing this momentum, she went on to finish third place overall in 2022 and in January 2024 became the second woman ever to win the Dakar Rally, and first to win in the T3 Challenger category.
Cristina has competed in Extreme E since its inaugural season and has a proven track record of success. Claiming one championship win, four wins and 10 podiums over the course of the last three seasons, she has shown her skill and determination for victory in Extreme E.
Mattias, from Sweden, is a decorated driver with an impressive career, spanning continents and championships. He is a two-time DTM champion (2004 and 2007), FIA World Rallycross Champion (2016), the first PURE ETCR champion and a four-time winner of the Race of Champions (2006, 2007, 2009 and 2023). Mattias has also tried his hand in WRC, NASCAR, the Dakar Rally and V8 Supercars.