Motorsport Week - Formula E News http://www.motorsportweek.com Catch up on all F1 news, here at Motorsport Week RSS Feed! http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15407http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15407Mercedes confirms 2019/20 season six Formula E teamMon, 24 Jul 2017 19:03:13 GMT<p>Mercedes has confirmed its plans to join the Formula E grid for the 2019/20 season, delaying its debut by a year to Season 6 following its initial agreement with the all-electric series.</p> <p>The news comes on the same day the German marque <a href="https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15406">announced it would quit the DTM series</a>, as it looks to focus on its existing Formula 1 team and its new Formula E entry.</p> <p>&quot;In motorsport, like in every other area, we want to be the benchmark in the premium segment and also explore innovative new projects,&quot; said Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff.</p> <p>&quot;With Formula 1 and Formula E, we have achieved exactly this balance. Formula E is like an exciting start-up venture &ndash; it offers a brand new format, combining racing with a strong event character, in order to promote current and future technologies.</p> <p>&quot;Electrification is happening in the road car world and Formula E offers manufacturers an interesting platform to bring this technology to a new audience &ndash; and to do so with a completely new kind of racing, different to any other series.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m pleased that we were able to extend our entry option for one year to the 2019/20 season. This gives us time to properly understand the series and to prepare for our entry in the right way.&quot;</p> <p>Mercedes joins the likes of Audi, Jaguar and Renault, while BMW has confirmed its own manufacturer team for Season 5, in association with Andretti.</p> <p>Alejandro Agag, Founder and&nbsp;CEO of Formula E, added: &quot;Today is a great day as we welcome Mercedes to the Formula E family &ndash; adding to the increasing number of manufacturers joining the electric revolution.</p> <p>&quot;This shows how much the world is changing, not only in motorsport, but the whole automotive industry. We&rsquo;re witnessing a transformation that will first change our cities, and then our roads.</p> <p>&quot;Formula E is the championship that embodies that change, and together with all our teams and manufacturers we&rsquo;ll keep pushing for technologies, to have better and more affordable electric cars.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15352http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15352Pierre Gasly: Formula E debut in New York 'very positive'Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:17:48 GMT<p>Pierre Gasly says his Formula E debut in New York, filling in for the absent Sebastien Buemi, was &ldquo;very positive&rdquo; after scoring points in both races.</p> <p>The French driver was picked to fill the vacant seat at Renault e.dams for the Brooklyn double-header, while Buemi was racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship at the Nurburgring.</p> <p>Gasly missed Friday&rsquo;s shakedown while he was travelling to New York and struggled in qualifying on Saturday, but finished seventh in the race.</p> <p>Last year&rsquo;s GP2 champion then qualified fourth for Sunday&rsquo;s final race, and retained his position &ndash; although he hit the wall as he took the chequered flag, while battling Nick Heidfeld.</p> <p>&quot;This weekend was very positive because it was my first experience in Formula E and I didn&rsquo;t really know what to expect,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;We had a very busy schedule, especially with me arriving later on during the event. There was a lot to learn but we did great.</p> <p>&ldquo;We scored important points for the team. I didn&rsquo;t expect to be in Super Pole after only one day spent in the car.</p> <p>&ldquo;Furthermore, having to learn how to manage the battery and dealing with this in addition to driving.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was a great opportunity to discover a new discipline and I enjoyed the challenge very much. I would like to thank the team for this great weekend and I hope they will win in Montreal.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15348http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15348Lucas di Grassi 'satisfied' to make up ground in New YorkMon, 17 Jul 2017 10:08:51 GMT<p>Abt Audi Sport driver and Formula E title contender Lucas di Grassi says he was &ldquo;satisfied&rdquo; to make up ground in the championship fight and not let the New York ePrix weekend go to waste.</p> <p>The Brazilian driver was presented with a unique opportunity to claw back points on run-away leader Sebastien Buemi, with the Renault e.dams driver absent in Brooklyn.</p> <p>With Buemi in Germany competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship, di Grassi cut the gap in the standings to just 10 points with fourth and fifth in the two New York races.</p> <p>He struggled more in qualifying and was unable to secure a podium, but still picked up useful points ahead of the double-header finale in Montreal.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have to analyse the data and make sure that we are in a better position again for the finale in Montreal,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;We weren&rsquo;t fast enough in New York to be able to win. With a little more luck it could have been two podiums, but not more.</p> <p>&ldquo;We did what we could and under the circumstances I&rsquo;m very satisfied with the results. After all I made up 22 points.</p> <p>&ldquo;It wasn&rsquo;t a wasted weekend. We are still in the thick of the title battle and will try to make the best of the situation.&rdquo;</p> <p>On his title chances in Canada, he added: &ldquo;It&rsquo;ll be difficult, but we&rsquo;ll try everything.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is psychologically important that I can win through my own efforts in Montreal: if I win both races I&rsquo;m champion. Then there&rsquo;s no need to worry about the mathematical chances. This is exactly what we&rsquo;ll try to do.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15347http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15347Video: Race highlights from the second New York ePrixMon, 17 Jul 2017 10:01:03 GMT<p>Watch race highlights from Formula E&#39;s second New York ePrix, around the Brooklyn Street Circuit. Sam Bird made it a clean sweep in New York, with victory in race two for DS Virgin Racing.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15344http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15344Sam Bird takes Brooklyn clean sweep with race two winSun, 16 Jul 2017 18:22:04 GMT<p>DS Virgin Racing&rsquo;s Sam Bird ruled supreme on the Brooklyn Street Circuit to make it a clean-sweep of wins in New York.</p> <p>Having won Saturday&rsquo;s race in controlled style, Bird went one further with a dominant display in Sunday&rsquo;s second race, having taken pole position earlier in the day.</p> <p>Mahindra&rsquo;s Felix Rosenqvist started alongside him on the front row and got the better start, taking the lead with the inside line into the first corner.</p> <p>Despite opening up a small lead in the early laps, Bird kept Rosenqvist close and was right behind him when the full course yellow came out on lap nine for Mitch Evans&rsquo; stopped car.</p> <p>He made his move shortly after the restart at Turn 6, in a brave dive up the inside of Rosenqvist. However, another full course yellow looked set to cost him the lead.</p> <p>His team-mate Alex Lynn stopped on the track just before the half-way mark, which prompted several drivers to change cars under FCY. DS Virgin, however, kept Bird out.</p> <p>The Briton dived into the pits on the next lap, just coming out before the green flag running resumed, just emerging ahead of Rosenqvist.</p> <p>Through the final stint, Bird was able to finish over 11 seconds clear to claim his second victory of the season and the weekend.</p> <p>Rosenqvist and fellow Mahindra racer Nick Heidfeld swapped places late on, only for Heidfeld to give second place back to his team-mate (and distant title-contender) with two laps to go.</p> <p>So, it was Rosenqvist claiming second, while Heidfeld had to fend off Renault e.dams Pierre Gasly into the final corner. Gasly, replacing Sebastien Buemi, ended up in the wall.</p> <p>However, the Frenchman still limped across the line in fourth, with title challenger Lucas di Grassi a slightly distant fifth after making up ground in the opening stint &ndash; now 10 points behind Buemi.</p> <p>Nicolas Prost also had a lonely final part of the race in sixth, ahead of Tom Dillmann and Jean-Eric Vergne &ndash; who dropped from third to last early on after pitting to repair damage.</p> <p>Techeetah then left Vergne and team-mate Stephane Sarrazin out in the second FCY and swapped cars under green flag conditions, costing them time.</p> <p>Robin Frijns was ninth, after an intense midfield scrap that included numerous clashes and plenty of frantic battles, while Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio completed the top 10.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15337http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15337Sam Bird beats Felix Rosenqvist to pole for second New York raceSun, 16 Jul 2017 14:30:28 GMT<p>DS Virgin Racing&rsquo;s Sam Bird has secured pole position for the second part of Formula E&rsquo;s double-header in Brooklyn, New York.</p> <p>The British racer took victory in Saturday&rsquo;s first race and set the pace during final practice earlier on Sunday, before easily progressing to Super Pole.</p> <p>Bird put in a 1:02.285 to take pole position by an incredibly narrow margin, with just a 0.037 second lead over Felix Rosenqvist.</p> <p>Mahindra&rsquo;s Rosenqvist had to settle for second, keen to make up for a tough race one, with Saturday&rsquo;s runner-up Jean-Eric Vergne third quickest for Techeetah.</p> <p>Sebastien Buemi&rsquo;s Renault e.dams replacement Pierre Gasly struggled in qualifying on Saturday but showed improved form on Sunday, to take P4 on the grid &ndash; even with a mistake.</p> <p>Nick Heidfeld completed the top five after a scruffy lap, with Maro Engel the first unable to get into Super Pole. He was sixth, ahead of Oliver Turvey and Daniel Abt.</p> <p>Title contender Lucas di Grassi was only ninth, ahead of Tom Dillmann. Robin Frijns (with a grid penalty for a gearbox change) and Stephane Sarrazin &ndash; who glanced the wall at the final corner &ndash; were next up.</p> <p>Mitch Evans was 13th, ahead of Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio and Nicolas Prost. Nelson Piquet Jr. was 16th, while race one polesitter Alex Lynn could only manage 17th.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15332http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15332Sam Bird quickest in Sunday's New York practiceSun, 16 Jul 2017 12:12:01 GMT<p>DS Virgin Racing&rsquo;s Sam Bird finished Sunday&rsquo;s practice session for the second New York ePrix at the top of the timesheets.</p> <p>Bird won Saturday&rsquo;s first race and put in the best time of 1:02.209 during a disrupted session, which featured several red flags.</p> <p>The session was stopped due to Tom Dillmann making contact with the wall and stopping on track, before a crash for Robin Frijns also brought out the red flag.</p> <p>The first New York ePrix&rsquo;s runner-up Jean-Eric Vergne was second, ahead of Venturi&rsquo;s Maro Engel and the NextEV NIO car of Oliver Turvey.</p> <p>Due to the interuptions, several drivers failed to put in 200kW laps. Nelson Piquet Jr. was fifth fastest, with Dillmann finishing sixth.</p> <p>Alex Lynn, on his debut for DS Virgin, kept up his impressive pace in seventh. Title contender Lucas di Grassi was eighth.</p> <p>Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio and Nick Heidfeld completed the top 10, with race one podium finisher Stephane Sarrazin 12th.</p> <p>Pierre Gasly, also competing in his first Formula E weekend, was 18th fastest after his points finish in race one. His Renault e.dams team-mate Nicolas Prost was down in 20th.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15325http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15325Sam Bird wins inaugural New York Formula E race for DS VirginSat, 15 Jul 2017 21:35:26 GMT<p>Sam Bird took his and DS Virgin Racing&#39;s first win of the 2016/17 season at the first ever New York ePrix on Saturday, whilst championship contender Lucas di Grassi finished fourth to close the gap to leader S&eacute;bastien Buemi &ndash; who isn&#39;t present this weekend &ndash; to just 20&nbsp;points.</p> <p>Techeetah&#39;s Jean-Eric Vergne and St&eacute;phane Sarrazin completed the podium positions in second and third respectively, handing the team their highest points total from a race so far.</p> <p>The start of the race saw surprise polesitter Alex Lynn, who made his Formula E debut this weekend, drop back to second as Audi&#39;s Daniel Abt charged to the front, with Bird taking up third as he passed Vergne.</p> <p>Bird quickly got&nbsp;past team-mate Lynn thanks to some team orders and then Abt to take the lead before the mid-race car swaps.</p> <p>Vergne also past Abt before his stop, whilst Lynn slipped down the order and then retired with a driveshaft problem.</p> <p>A safety car during the second phase of the race bunched the field up and put Vergne right on Bird&#39;s tail, but the Briton streaked clear at the restart and won the race without trouble, leaving Vergne to finish second, whilst Abt battled with Sarrazin for the final podium place.</p> <p>Abt would throw away his third-place finish on the final lap with a small error and retired from the race a few corners later.</p> <p>Loci Duval finished fifth two seconds behind Di Grassi, with Oliver Turvey sixth and debutant Pierre Gasly seventh. Nicolas Prost was eighth ahead of Andretti&#39;s Robin Frijns and Jaguar&#39;s Adam Carroll completing&nbsp;the top ten.</p> <p>Nick Heidfeld was the cause of the safety car as he clipped a kerb and caused damage to his rear, forcing him to stop on circuit.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15323http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15323Alex Lynn snatches pole on Formula E debut for first New York raceSat, 15 Jul 2017 17:08:57 GMT<p>DS Virgin Racing driver Alex Lynn has secured pole position for the first of this weekend&rsquo;s two New York races, on his Formula E debut.</p> <p>The British racer, replacing Jose Maria Lopez due to clashing FIA World Endurance Championship commitments, easily progressed through to Super Pole.</p> <p>Practice one pacesetter Lynn then finished Super Pole with the best time after an aggressive lap, putting in a 1:03.296. He finished just 0.238 seconds clear of Daniel Abt.</p> <p>Jean-Eric Vergne was third fastest in Super Pole for Techeetah, while Lynn&rsquo;s DS Virgin team-mate Sam Bird had a scruffy run to fourth.</p> <p>Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio impressed in the qualifying group rounds but he made a mistake early in his Super Pole run, also complaining his car was not in qualifying mode.</p> <p>Mahindra&rsquo;s Nick Heidfeld just missed out on a spot in the top five shootout and was sixth, ahead of NextEV NIO&rsquo;s Nelson Piquet Jr. and Oliver Turvey.</p> <p>Nicolas Prost was the lead Renault e.dams, while title contender Lucas di Grassi struggled and was 10th, his lap being set after Maro Engel stopped on the circuit.</p> <p>Stephane Sarrazin was 11th fastest, ahead of Loic Duval, Adam Carroll and Mitch Evans. Tom Dillmann was 15th for Venturi.</p> <p>Felix Rosenqvist found himself down in 17th after a mistake early in his lap, while Pierre Gasly &ndash; replacing Sebastien Buemi, who is racing in the WEC, at e.dams &ndash; was 19th.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15317http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15317Alex Lynn, Felix Rosenqvist quickest in New York practice on SaturdaySat, 15 Jul 2017 15:26:04 GMT<p>DS Virgin Racing newcomer Alex Lynn and Mahindra racer Felix Rosenqvist set the pace in Saturday&rsquo;s two practice sessions for the New York ePrix.</p> <p>Ahead of the first of two Formula E races at the Brooklyn Street Circuit in Red Hook this weekend, the drivers took to the New York street track for practice.</p> <p>The opening 45-minute session was topped by series rookie Alex Lynn, stepping in to replace Jose Maria Lopez &ndash; who is racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship at the Nurburgring.</p> <p>He topped the busy session with a 1:05.977, finishing 0.172 seconds clear of his DS Virgin team-mate Sam Bird. Rosenqvist was next up.</p> <p>Renault e.dams driver Nicolas Prost was fourth, with the Abt pair of Daniel Abt and title contender Lucas di Grassi in fifth and sixth.</p> <p>Prost&rsquo;s team-mate for the weekend, Pierre Gasly, finished 17th. He replaces championship leader Sebastien Buemi, who is also racing in the WEC this weekend.</p> <p>Jean-Eric Vergne was one of several drivers to suffer an off-track excursion, while Mitch Evans clipped the wall in his Jaguar.</p> <p>Rosenqvist hit the barriers in the 30-minute second session but finished at the top of the timesheets with a 1:02.423, three tenths ahead of team-mate Nick Heidfeld.</p> <p>Prost was third, with Bird fourth and di Grassi fifth. Abt, Loic Duval, Evans and Robin Frijns were next, with Lynn completing the top 10.</p> <p>Gasly ended the session in 15th as he continued to get to grips with Formula E machinery.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15307http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15307Video: Formula E previews New York City ePrixSat, 15 Jul 2017 09:45:22 GMT<p>Formula E looks ahead to this weekend&#39;s New York City ePrix double-header, with Dario Franchitti giving his guide to the short Brooklyn Street Circuit, and interviews with drivers including title frontrunners Lucas di Grassi and Felix Rosenqvist.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15288http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15288Andretti unveils livery tweak ahead of New York ePrixFri, 14 Jul 2017 11:32:28 GMT<p>The MS Amlin Andretti Formula E team has revealed a livery change ahead of the New York ePrix weekend in Brooklyn.</p> <p>The team will run the tweaked livery at the remaining Formula E rounds of the 2016/2017 season in New York and Montreal.</p> <p>It features a &ldquo;peeling away&rdquo; effect of the existing livery to show off more turquoise and white, and follows changes with MS Amlin &ndash; title sponsor of the team.</p> <p>MS Amlin has integrated into the parent company Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, whose logos are familiar in one of Formula E&rsquo;s most popular countries, Japan.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our business enables people, businesses and communities to overcome adverse events such as those brought about by extreme weather,&rdquo; said MS Amlin&rsquo;s director of brand, Adrian Britten.</p> <p>&ldquo;Providing continuity and creating resilience around the world is simply what we do. Championing alternative fuel transport solutions shows our commitment to mitigating risks that threaten us all.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;That&#39;s why MS Amlin committed to the Formula E series before the first cars ever hit the streets. It&#39;s why we are still racing on landmark city streets around the world.&rdquo;</p> <p>Amlin Andretti currently fields Antonio Felix da Costa and Robin Frijns in Formula E.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15256http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15256New York ePrix 'one of Formula E's most important moments' - PiquetTue, 11 Jul 2017 13:32:38 GMT<p>NextEV NIO&rsquo;s Nelson Piquet Jr. says this weekend&rsquo;s inaugural New York City ePrix will be &ldquo;one of Formula E&rsquo;s most important moments so far&rdquo;.</p> <p>The all-electric series will race in the famous American city for the first time, at a 1.95-kilometre circuit in the Red Hook area of Brooklyn.</p> <p>It will feature Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty as its backdrop, and Piquet believes it will be one of Formula E&rsquo;s most crucial races so far.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m very excited about this race,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve said before that what Formula E has done to bring races to some truly iconic cities is really impressive.</p> <p>&ldquo;To now add New York to this list is amazing; it&rsquo;s one of the most famous locations in the world. I have no doubts this is going to be one of Formula E&rsquo;s most important moments so far.&rdquo;</p> <p>Looking ahead to the race weekend, with New York being a double-header, Piquet admits the team has to come away with a big collection of points.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had some encouraging results, particularly in qualifying this year, so if the track suits us a bit more in Brooklyn, my aim is to be fighting for Super Pole on both days and working to convert that into results in the race,&rdquo; he explained.</p> <p>&ldquo;We need to come away from New York with a really strong points haul.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15255http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15255BMW announces season five works Formula E entry with AndrettiTue, 11 Jul 2017 13:23:15 GMT<p>BMW has officially announced it will become a Formula E manufacturer for season five, which takes place across 2018/2019.</p> <p>Earlier in the year, the FIA announced nine manufacturers had been granted powertrain homologation for season five, including BMW.</p> <p>But the German manufacturer has now formally confirmed its involvement, building the brand-new powertrain for the Andretti team.</p> <p>It means Andretti will become a BMW works outfit in Formula E for season five, and will aid the development of technology that will be used in the next generation of BMW&rsquo;s electric cars.</p> <p>BMW has been involved in Formula E from the beginning, as its official vehicle partner, and joined forces with Andretti during season two.</p> <p>BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt said: &ldquo;Formula E has developed fantastically as a racing series and, as a new, technology-based project, is perfectly suited to the BMW Group and BMW Motorsport.</p> <p>&ldquo;Forging new paths and driving innovation &ndash; these are values shared by BMW and Formula E. The series represents a completely new challenge for us &ndash; a challenge we are happy to take on together with Andretti Formula E.&rdquo;</p> <p>Andretti Autosport CEO, Michael Andretti, added: &ldquo;We are excited to expand our partnership with BMW i and serve as BMW&rsquo;s official Formula E works team beginning in season five.</p> <p>&ldquo;The ongoing collaboration between BMW and Andretti Formula E has provided a strong foundation for BMW&rsquo;s entry as an official manufacturer.</p> <p>&ldquo;We look forward to running BMW&rsquo;s first all-electric racing drivetrain and competing for the Formula E Championship.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15245http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15245Pierre Gasly to replace Sebastien Buemi for New York ePrix double headerMon, 10 Jul 2017 12:09:35 GMT<p>The Renault e.dams team have confirmed that Pierre Gasly will stand-in for championship leader Sebastien Buemi for the New York ePrix double header this weekend.</p> <p>Buemi currently leads the championship by 36 points to Lucas di Grassi with four rounds remaining &ndash; two double headers in New York this weekend, following by Canada.</p> <p>However the Swiss driver is unable to take part in the inaugural Brooklyn race due to prior commitments with Toyota in the World Endurance Championship at the Nurburgring.</p> <p>Super Formula racer and Red Bull F1 reserve Gasly, who has just one and a half days experience behind the wheel of the Renault e.dams car, will take up the seat alongside Nicolas Prost.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;m really excited about New York, it will be a brand new experience and a great challenge to get in a Formula E car for just one race weekend,&quot; said Gasly. &quot;There will be a lot of things to learn in a short time.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;ll get there on Friday night at 11:30pm as I need to be in the&nbsp;Red Bull simulator on Friday, so it will probably be the worst preparation I&#39;ve ever had for a race weekend.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;ll go straight to Japan right after the race on Sunday for a day of testing in Super Formula, so it will be a busy 48 hours in New York - no time for rest!&quot;</p> <p>Renault e.dams boss Jean-Paul Driot added: &quot;This situation is regrettable because even without this clash, the championship is not a certainty.</p> <p>&quot;Despite this unfortunate setback, I hope that with Pierre Gasly&rsquo;s invaluable assistance, Renault e.dams will be able to defend their winning chances in Montreal.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15190http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15190Audi completes works takeover of Abt Formula E teamFri, 07 Jul 2017 07:25:07 GMT<p>Audi has completed its takeover of the Abt Formula E team for the fourth season of the championship, which will begin in December.</p> <p>Audi has gradually increased its involvement in the team but will run as a fully-fledged works squad in the 2017/18 campaign, running under the &lsquo;Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler&rsquo; banner.</p> <p>The operation currently holds second in the 2016/17 Teams&rsquo; championship, and has taken five victories since the series&rsquo; inauguration, all courtesy of Lucas di Grassi.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been supporting the Formula E commitment with increasing intensity in recent months &ndash; on the race days, in the development of the new powertrain and in numerous off-track activities as well,&rdquo; says Dr. Peter Mertens, a board member at Audi/</p> <p>&ldquo;That Audi will be the first German automobile manufacturer to be actively involved in the racing series starting next season is also a clear commitment of our brand to electric mobility, on the race track as of December and next year on the road as well with the new Audi e-tron.&rdquo;</p> <p>Team owner Hans-J&uuml;rgen Abt added: &ldquo;We&rsquo;re proud that as one of the founding members we&rsquo;ve added a chapter to motorsport&rsquo;s history books.</p> <p>&ldquo;Within the space of just a few years, Formula E has seen such a strong development that a team can no longer be competitive without the backing of an automobile manufacturer.</p> <p>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;re gladly handing over the reins to Audi &ndash; a partner we&rsquo;ve been successfully cooperating with in motorsport and routine business for many decades. There&rsquo;s no doubt in my mind that we&rsquo;re going to continue this success story in Formula E as well.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15166http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15166Video: Virtual hot lap of the New York ePrix trackTue, 04 Jul 2017 10:50:06 GMT<p>Watch a virtual lap of the New York ePrix circuit in Red Hook, Brooklyn, ahead of the first Formula E event in the city later this month.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15165http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15165Heidfeld sets new electric Goodwood record as M4Electro debutsTue, 04 Jul 2017 10:44:43 GMT<p>Mahindra Formula E racer Nick Heidfeld debuted the team&rsquo;s new M4Electro at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and set a new electric record.</p> <p>The ex-F1 driver holds the outright Goodwood hillclimb record of 41.6 seconds after his run back in 1999 in a McLaren MP4/13.</p> <p>On Sunday at Goodwood, he set a second record, this time for the fastest single-seater electric run up the 1.16-mile course.</p> <p>Heidfeld&rsquo;s best time in the M4Electro was a 48.59s, which was fifth fastest overall and is the quickest open-wheel car up the hillclimb.</p> <p>During the weekend, the German shaved eight seconds off his time and ended up just 1.2s off the outright electric record &ndash; set in 2013 by a Lola-Drayson B12 69/EV.</p> <p>Goodwood marked the public debut of Mahindra&rsquo;s 2017/2018 Formula E car, with the M4Electro set to be raced in season four.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been coming to the Goodwood Festival of Speed for many years, and it never disappoints,&rdquo; Heidfeld said.</p> <p>&ldquo;The variety and volume of cars and people is always astonishing.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was great fun to drive up the hill with the target of setting a new electric single-seater record, which we managed to do &ndash; but I think we have to come back to challenge the outright electric record.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s positive to see that next season&rsquo;s drivetrain, which we showed here for the first time, ran problem-free.</p> <p>&ldquo;We haven&rsquo;t had many tests with it before so, all-in-all, it was a very good, productive and fun weekend.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15114http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15114Lynn to make Formula E debut in New York with DS VirginWed, 28 Jun 2017 11:28:56 GMT<p>British driver Alex Lynn has been confirmed as Jose Maria Lopez&rsquo;s replacement at DS Virgin Racing for the New York ePrix weekend.</p> <p>Lynn will make his Formula E debut in place of Lopez, who is unable to race in the New York double-header due to a clash with the FIA World Endurance Championship round at the Nurburgring.</p> <p>Lopez, alongside Toyota WEC team-mate and championship leader Sebastien Buemi, will miss the New York round to compete at the Nurburgring 6 Hours.</p> <p>Lynn, who competed in GP2 in 2015/16, alongside his role as Williams&#39; development driver, joins Sam Bird in an all-British line-up for New York, having been Virgin&rsquo;s reserve driver since at the start of 2017.</p> <p>He has attended races with his reserve role and took part in shakedown at the Mexico City ePrix round, and will now get the opportunity to race.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m delighted to be racing for the DS Virgin Racing team,&rdquo; Lynn said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Formula E has always impressed me with its combination of advanced technology, iconic city centre locations and some of the best drivers in the world.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have a lot of testing and simulator work to do before the New York event, but I&rsquo;m confident I can show what I&rsquo;m capable of during my rookie debut in the Big Apple.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15107http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15107Nick Heidfeld to debut Mahindra's season four Formula E car at GoodwoodTue, 27 Jun 2017 10:46:17 GMT<p>Mahindra&#39;s 2017/18 season four Formula E car will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend with driver Nick Heidfeld behind the wheel.</p> <p>The Indian-owned&nbsp;outfit has made good progress on the development side with its M4Electro, having tested it privately already, but weren&#39;t due to publicly unveil it until the end of the current season.</p> <p>But&nbsp;Mahindra team principal&nbsp;Dilbagh Gill says the team &quot;couldn&rsquo;t think of a better way&quot; to unveil it than to try and set a new open-wheel electric-speed record on the Goodwood Hillclimb.</p> <p>&quot;We&rsquo;re excited to bring Nick and the M4Electro to Goodwood in a bid to set the fastest open-wheel electric record on the hillclimb,&quot; said Gill.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are always looking to push the boundaries as a team and we couldn&rsquo;t think of a better way to introduce the season four challenger to fans and automotive enthusiasts alike than at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.&quot;</p> <p>Heidfeld currently holds the overall&nbsp;hillclimb record with a lap of 41.6 seconds in McLaren MP4/13.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15029http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15029Formula E announces 14-race season four calendar with Chile, Brazil and ItalyMon, 19 Jun 2017 15:09:29 GMT<p>The all-electric Formula E racing series has announced its season four (2017/18) calendar which comprises 14-races, six of which are double-headers.</p> <p>The season will begin in Hong Kong on December 2 with the first double-header before moving to Morocco on January 13. The final race of the season will be held in Montreal, Canada on July 29 &ndash; making it the most compact Formula E calendar yet.</p> <p>Three new venues will make their debut, with&nbsp;Santiago (Chile), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Rome (Italy), all on the schedule.</p> <p>Sao Paulo remains subject to confirmation, whilst the venue for the German round remains under consideration. A yet-to-be announced race will be held on June 9.</p> <p>The dates for both New York races are only provisional.</p> <p>Speaking about the calendar, series founder and CEO&nbsp;Alejandro Agag said: &quot;It&rsquo;s exciting news to welcome a number of new host cities on the Formula E calendar, as well as seeing existing locations build on the success of previous events.</p> <p>&quot;Formula E is continuing to expand the calendar and the number of cities in key markets, in addition to the growing list of partners and manufacturers joining the electric revolution.</p> <p>&quot;Our priority is to consolidate a calendar with long-term agreements with host cities &ndash; the schedule for Season 4 is a step in the right direction.&quot;</p> <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td>Date</td> <td>City</td> <td>Country</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2 December</td> <td>Hong Kong</td> <td>China</td> </tr> <tr> <td>3 December</td> <td>Hong Kong</td> <td>China</td> </tr> <tr> <td>13 January</td> <td>Marrakech</td> <td>Morocco</td> </tr> <tr> <td>3 February</td> <td>Santiago de Chile</td> <td>Chile</td> </tr> <tr> <td>3 March</td> <td>Mexico City</td> <td>Mexico</td> </tr> <tr> <td>17 March</td> <td>Sao Paulo*</td> <td>Brazil</td> </tr> <tr> <td>14 April</td> <td>Rome</td> <td>Italy</td> </tr> <tr> <td>28 April</td> <td>Paris</td> <td>France</td> </tr> <tr> <td>19 May</td> <td>TBA**</td> <td>Germany</td> </tr> <tr> <td>9 June</td> <td>TBA**</td> <td>TBA</td> </tr> <tr> <td>7 July***</td> <td>New York</td> <td>USA</td> </tr> <tr> <td>8 July***</td> <td>New York</td> <td>USA</td> </tr> <tr> <td>28 July</td> <td>Montreal</td> <td>Canada</td> </tr> <tr> <td>29 July</td> <td>Montreal</td> <td>Canada</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14964http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14964Felix Rosenqvist: Mahindra 'on fire' in Berlin, despite 'unfortunate' penaltyMon, 12 Jun 2017 10:08:58 GMT<p>Felix Rosenqvist says Mahindra was &ldquo;on fire&rdquo; over the Berlin ePrix weekend, but was left frustrated by an &ldquo;unfortunate&rdquo; time penalty.</p> <p>The Swedish driver took victory in race one on Saturday and led from start to finish in race two, but an unsafe release at his pitstop gave him a 10-second time penalty.</p> <p>With Sebastien Buemi right behind him all through the race, the penalty dropped Rosenqvist to second place.</p> <p>But, despite missing out on a clean-sweep in Berlin, Rosenqvist was eager to find the positives from race two and was delighted with the weekened.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was a very long and tough weekend,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We kept our heads together and had a near-perfect run.</p> <p>&ldquo;We had a really, really solid car. I felt really good on the track and it would have been two wins in a row if not for the penalty.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was unfortunate to have the race end like that. It&rsquo;s not what you want as a racer, you want the on-track result to be representative of the final result.</p> <p>&ldquo;Performance-wise, we are on fire. I believe I can extend the gap from Nico [Prost] for third in the championship and as a team we are closing in on second. We are the ones to watch at the moment &shy;&ndash; it&rsquo;s a bit of a game changer.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14949http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14949Sebastien Buemi takes Berlin race two win after penalty for Felix Rosenqvist Sun, 11 Jun 2017 15:07:22 GMT<p>Renault e.dams driver S&eacute;bastien Buemi extended his championship lead with victory in the second Berlin ePrix race, despite Felix Rosenqvist finishing first on the road.</p> <p>Mahindra driver Rosenqvist started on pole position and led Buemi throughout the 46-lap event, the longest in Formula E history so far.</p> <p>Buemi kept Rosenqvist in his sights and the gap rarely flickered over the two-second mark, but a 10-second time penalty dropped the leading Mahindra to second in the final results.</p> <p>This was after an unsafe release during the mid-race pitstops and car swap phase, when Rosenqvist&rsquo;s car departed his garage just as his team-mate Nick Heidfeld pulled into his box.</p> <p>The two Mahindra cars narrowly avoided contact, but the stewards deemed it was an unsafe release and handed Rosenqvist a time penalty &ndash; so Buemi moved ahead at the chequered flag.</p> <p>With Buemi victorious, bouncing back from his race one exclusion, he increased his lead in the drivers&rsquo; standings. Rosenqvist dropped to second with his penalty, backing up his race one win.</p> <p>Buemi&rsquo;s title rival Lucasi di Grassi rallied from seventh to third after making progress up the order in the second stint, with his team-mate Daniel Abt following him through in fourth.</p> <p>Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a L&oacute;pez escaped a brush with team-mate Sam Bird to claim fifth, with a late pass on Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne &ndash; the Techeetah driver was third earlier in the race, but slipped to sixth.</p> <p>Bird lost ground after running wide while battling with Lopez and was seventh, with Nicolas Prost in eighth and Oliver Turvey ninth.</p> <p>Heidfeld came from 20th to 10th, scoring the final point after Faraday Future Dragon Racing&rsquo;s J&eacute;r&ocirc;me d&#39;Ambrosio served a drive-through for breaching the minimum pitstop time.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14944http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14944Felix Rosenqvist on pole for second Berlin raceSun, 11 Jun 2017 11:09:25 GMT<p>Mahindra driver Felix Rosenqvist backed up his victory at the Berlin ePrix on Saturday with pole position for Sunday&rsquo;s second race.</p> <p>The Swedish driver easily progressed through to Super Pole, showing Mahindra&rsquo;s strong form by snatching pole with a 1:08.208.</p> <p>He finished just 0.098 seconds clear of championship leader Sebastien Buemi, who bounced back from his Renault e.dams car being excluded from race one.</p> <p>DS Virgin Racing&rsquo;s Jose Maria Lope and Sam Bird were third and fourth quickest, despite Bird topping the group stages &ndash; with both reporting low grip.</p> <p>Jean-Eric Vergne was the slowest of the Super Pole runners after a scruffy lap, with Oliver Turvey and Buemi&rsquo;s title rival Lucas di Grassi just missing out on spots in the final session.</p> <p>Daniel Abt qualified in eighth, ahead of Jaguar&rsquo;s Mitch Evans and Nicolas Prost in the second Renault e.dams machine.</p> <p>New Venturi recruit Tom Dillmann was 15th fastest, just ahead of the driver he has replaced &ndash; Stephane Sarrazin, in his Techeetah.</p> <p>It was a difficult session for Nick Heidfeld in the second Mahindra, after a problem on his full-power 200kW lap.</p> <p>He will line up 20th and last, meaning the Mahindra&rsquo;s bookend the grid for the second and final Berlin race at Tempelhof.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14943http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14943Sebastien Buemi, Jose Maria Lopez fastest in Berlin practice on SundaySun, 11 Jun 2017 09:49:53 GMT<p>Sebastien Buemi and Jose Maria Lopez set the pace in Sunday morning&rsquo;s two practice sessions ahead of the second Berlin ePrix race.</p> <p>Renault e.dams driver and championship leader Buemi bounced back from his race one exclusion to put in the quickest time in the opening 45-minute session.</p> <p>His best 200kW lap of 1:07.712 was the first into the 1:07s, while Lucas di Grassi was the only other driver to try a full-power run but he finished down in fourth place.</p> <p>Maro Engel was second for Venturi, 1.1 seconds off the frontrunning pace, with Lopez in third for DS Virgin Racing.</p> <p>Race one winner Felix Rosenqvist was fifth, with Jean-Eric Vergne sixth for Techeetah and Sam Bird next up. Nick Heidfeld completed the top eight, ahead of Stephane Sarrazin and Nicolas Prost.</p> <p>Lopez then moved to the top of the timesheets in second practice, a shorter 30-minute session. He put in an unofficial track record with a 200kW lap of 1:07.670.</p> <p>He beat Rosenqvist by just 0.083 seconds, with Buemi in third and Bird in fourth. Daniel Abt was fifth and the quickest of the Abt Audi Sport cars.</p> <p>Vergne and Prost were next up, while Oliver Turvey, di Grassi and Engel rounded out the top 10 in the session.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14933http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14933Sebastien Buemi excluded from first Berlin ePrix raceSat, 10 Jun 2017 18:33:00 GMT<p>Formula E championship leader Sebastien Buemi has been excluded from the first Berlin ePrix race of the weekend.</p> <p>The Renault e.dams driver rallied back from qualifying down in 14th place to finish in fifth, helped by Jean-Eric Vergne being handed a five-second time penalty ahead of him.</p> <p>But he has now lost his points-scoring result from the first race of the Tempelhof double-header for illegal tyre pressures.</p> <p>Post-race checks found that the tyres on Buemi&rsquo;s car from race one were below the minimum pressures that are allowed.</p> <p>This is a breach of Article 25.11 of the sporting regulations, and means he has been excluded from the race result.</p> <p>Buemi&rsquo;s championship lead now falls from 32 to 22 points, with nearest rival Lucas di Grassi taking pole position and second place in race one.</p> <p>It promotes those behind him, with team-mate Nicolas Prost moving up to fifth, Daniel Abt to sixth and Sam Bird to seventh.</p> <p>Vergne moves up to eighth, with Maro Engel ninth and Oliver Turvey jumping up into the top 10 and scoring the final point.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14928http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14928Felix Rosenqvist takes controlled race one victory in BerlinSat, 10 Jun 2017 15:12:56 GMT<p>Mahindra driver Felix Rosenqvist scored both his and the team&rsquo;s maiden victory in Formula E with a controlled performance in the first race of the Berlin ePrix weekend.</p> <p>The Swedish racer, competing in his first season in the all-electric series, moved into second place at the start before closing in on race leader Lucas di Grassi during the opening stint.</p> <p>Rosenqvist then dived around the outside of di Grassi&rsquo;s Audi Sport Abt car into the first corner to take the lead, just before the round of pitstops and car swaps.</p> <p>From there, he emerged from the stop ahead and opened up a comfortable lead in the final part of the race, pulling away in the closing stages.</p> <p>He went on to pick up his first Formula E win, crossing the line 2.2 seconds clear of di Grassi in a controlled and mature second stint.</p> <p>Di Grassi claimed second place to close on title rival S&eacute;bastien Buemi in the championship, with Nick Heidfeld in third to give Mahindra its first double-podium in Formula E.</p> <p>DS Virgin Racing&rsquo;s Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a L&oacute;pez started second but he dropped to fourth at the start and couldn&rsquo;t recover, leading a train of cars for most of race one in Berlin.</p> <p>Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne was fifth on the road but an unsafe release handed the Techeetah driver a five-second time penalty, with the Frenchman falling to ninth.</p> <p>This promoted Buemi to fifth, having come from 14th on the grid to steadily move up the order throughout the race. His Renault e.dams team-mate Nicolas Prost was sixth.</p> <p>Daniel Abt was seventh, with Sam Bird losing several spots in the pitstop phase to finish eighth. Maro Engel completed the top 10, behind Vergne.</p> <p>In his first race for Techeetah, Stephane Sarrazin was 12th, while his Venturi replacement Tom Dillmann finished down in 19th. Early problems put Mitch Evans out of the race.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14925http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14925Lucas Di Grassi beats Jose Maria Lopez to Berlin ePrix pole by one-thousandthSat, 10 Jun 2017 11:14:24 GMT<p>Abt Audi Sport&rsquo;s Lucas di Grassi scored his second career pole position in qualifying for the Berlin ePrix&rsquo;s first race, beating Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a L&oacute;pez by 0.001 seconds.</p> <p>Following recent qualifying struggles, di Grassi made it through to Super Pole and stormed to first place in the final session with a 1:08.312.</p> <p>It edged him slightly closer to title rival and championship leader S&eacute;bastien Buemi, who only qualified in 14th place.</p> <p>Lopez just missed out on the top spot in qualifying by one-thousandth of a second, having to settle for second, with Mahindra&rsquo;s Felix Rosenqvist setting the pace in the group stage and finishing third.</p> <p>Mahindra locked out the second row of the grid, with practice two pacesetter Nick Heidfeld fourth. Sam Bird made a mistake on his sole Super Pole lap and was fifth.</p> <p>Techeetah&rsquo;s Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne failed to progress to Super Pole and was best of the rest in sixth, ahead of NextEV NIO&rsquo;s Oliver Turvey.</p> <p>Daniel Abt was eighth quickest, with Nicolas Prost the lead Renault e.dams driver in ninth. J&eacute;r&ocirc;me d&#39;Ambrosio was 10th in qualifying for Faraday Future Dragon Racing.</p> <p>Maro Engel, new Techeetah recruit Stephane Sarrazin and Nelson Piquet Jr all qualified just ahead of title leader Buemi, while Sarrazin&rsquo;s Venturi replacement Tom Dillmann was 15th.</p> <p>A tap with the wall on his 200kW lap put Mitch Evans 16th. Robin Frijns and Ant&oacute;nio F&eacute;lix da Costa struggled for Andretti in 17th and 20th, separated by Adam Carroll and Loic Duval.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14923http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14923Video: Berlin ePrix track guide with Nick HeidfeldSat, 10 Jun 2017 10:32:43 GMT<p>Mahindra driver Nick Heidfeld presents his track guide to the Berlin ePrix&rsquo;s new Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit layout, which is drastically different to the one used in season one.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14922http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14922Sebastien Buemi, Nick Heidfeld fastest in Berlin's Saturday practice sessionsSat, 10 Jun 2017 09:21:32 GMT<p>S&eacute;bastien Buemi and Nick Heidfeld finished Saturday&rsquo;s two practice sessions at the top of the timesheets, ahead of the first race of the weekend in Berlin.</p> <p>Renault e.dams driver and championship leader Buemi led a team 1-2 in the opening 45-minute session, with a best time of 1:08.151 on the new Tempelhofring layout.</p> <p>Nicolas Prost was second, just under six tenths behind Buemi, with Mahindra&rsquo;s Felix Rosenqvist in third place.</p> <p>The DS Virgin Racing duo of Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a L&oacute;pez and Sam Bird were fourth and fifth respectively, ahead of Techeetah&rsquo;s Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne and the Jaguar of Mitch Evans &ndash; who stopped on track and caused a brief red flag.</p> <p>Championship frontrunner Lucas di Grassi was ninth, while Nelson Piquet Jr was 11th despite colliding with the wall.</p> <p>New Techeetah recruit Stephane Sarrazin was 13th and his Venturi replacement Tom Dillmann finished down in 19th after a gearbox issue with one of his cars.</p> <p>Heidfeld was eighth in FP1, but rose to the top of the timesheets in the second session, which lasted 30 minutes.</p> <p>His 1:08.070 was an unofficial lap record at the Berlin track and he led team-mate Rosenqvist by just 0.022 seconds, with Maro Engel third for Venturi.</p> <p>Di Grassi, Sarrazin and Lopez were next up, ahead of Bird and Vergne. Buemi found himself ninth, just ahead of NextEV NIO&rsquo;s Oliver Turvey.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14907http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14907Sebastien Buemi, Nicolas Prost to stay with Renault e.dams until 2019Fri, 09 Jun 2017 08:24:00 GMT<p>Renault e.dams will continue to field S&eacute;bastien Buemi and Nicolas Prost in Formula E for the next two seasons, the outfit confirmed on Friday.</p> <p>Buemi and Prost have spearheaded the squad&rsquo;s challenge since the start of Formula E in 2014, taking 14 wins, 11 for Buemi and three for Prost, with Renault e.dams securing Teams&rsquo; titles in successive seasons.</p> <p>The pair will remain at the team for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 campaigns.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am very pleased to continue the adventure,&rdquo; said reigning champion Buemi, who holds a comfortable lead in this season&#39;s standings.</p> <p>&ldquo;The team has done an amazing job and allowed me to have the best car on the grid. I could not ask for anything more.</p> <p>&ldquo;I look forward to continuing to fight hard and bringing home more victories to my team.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo; I am obviously delighted to continue with Renault e.dams for the next two years,&rdquo; commented Prost, currently third in the table.</p> <p>&ldquo;Most people within the team have been here since the first test in Donington back in 2014. We all know each other well and get on great together.</p> <p>&ldquo;We will continue to work hard to finish this third season on a high and prepare to do even better in seasons four and five.</p> <p>&ldquo;The level does not stop rising and we want to maintain to be the best.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14901http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14901Video: Formula E recaps season two’s Berlin ePrixThu, 08 Jun 2017 14:51:19 GMT<p>The all-electric Formula E series throws back to season two&rsquo;s Berlin ePrix, recapping the action-packed race &ndash; won by Sebastien Buemi &ndash; that set up a brilliant title-deciding finale.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14882http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14882Felix Rosenqvist: Mahindra has 'great momentum' ahead of Berlin ePrixTue, 06 Jun 2017 10:51:16 GMT<p>Mahindra Formula E driver Felix Rosenqvist says the team has &ldquo;great momentum&rdquo; heading to Berlin for this weekend&rsquo;s double-header round.</p> <p>His team-mate Nick Heidfeld finished on the podium at the last two rounds in Monaco and Paris, while Rosenqvist finished sixth and fourth.</p> <p>The Mahindra outfit has showed improved speed throughout season three of Formula E and Rosenqvist is hopeful the positive run of results will continue.</p> <p>However, he admits focus is turning to the championship as the end of the season draws closer, with the drivers taking less risk on track.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have great momentum after two podiums for Nick and my sixth and fourth positions,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;The hunger is still there to take more podiums and a win, but at this stage of the season you&rsquo;re also starting to look at the championship.</p> <p>&ldquo;You try to take fewer risks to secure a strong result &ndash; especially with the double-headers.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have some great things coming from the team on the technical side, which is improving all the time and both Nick and I are in the mix with those at the front of the grid.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m starting to feel really at home in Formula E &ndash; I don&rsquo;t feel like a rookie anymore.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14857http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14857Stephane Sarrazin replaces Esteban Gutierrez at Techeetah, Tom Dillmann to VenturiSat, 03 Jun 2017 09:22:50 GMT<p>Stephane Sarrazin will replace Esteban Gutierrez at Techeetah for the remainder of the 2016/2017 Formula E season, with Tom Dillmann taking over his Venturi seat.</p> <p>After losing his Formula 1 drive with Haas, Gutierrez joined Techeetah from the Mexico City ePrix but was called up to replace Sebastien Bourdais at Dale Coyne Racing in IndyCar.</p> <p>Bourdais was injured in a crash during Indianapolis 500 qualifying and while Gutierrez has only been confirmed for this weekend&rsquo;s Detroit double-header, the changes to the Formula E grid indicate he will remain in IndyCar this season.</p> <p>Techeetah has therefore replaced him with Sarrazin for the rest of the Formula E season, the French driver making the move over from Venturi.</p> <p>He has been with the team since the very start of the Formula E championship in 2014, but has switched across to the Renault-powered Techeetah outfit, alongside Jean-Eric Vergne.</p> <p>Dillmann stood in for Maro Engel at Venturi for the Paris ePrix due to the German&#39;s clashing DTM commitments and will remain at the team, taking Sarrazin&rsquo;s place, for rounds in Berlin, New York and Montreal.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14851http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14851Formula E to adopt F1's larger driver name/number ruleFri, 02 Jun 2017 16:32:04 GMT<p>Formula E will follow in Formula 1&#39;s footsteps by increasing the visibility of driver names and numbers from the next round of the championship in Berlin, the FIA has announced.</p> <p>F1 recently began enforcing a regulation which stipulates that the driver&#39;s chosen race number or name (or both)&nbsp;should be displayed in a prominent position on the engine cover and on top of the chassis to make it easier for spectators and fans watching on TV to identify a driver.</p> <p>Formula E will now do something similar, though in different locations on the car.</p> <p>&quot;Each driver&#39;s race number must be visible on the rear mudguard on each side of the car, with the numbers no less than 145mm high<strong>,&nbsp;</strong>and with a minimum stroke thickness of 30mm<strong>.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&quot;</strong>Teams have been advised that the car number should achieve maximum contrast and visibility against the car livery, and owing to the unique nature of Formula E having two cars for each driver, the numbers on the cars will be differentiated with one in black, and the other carrying a red number.</p> <p>&quot;This will make it easier for spectators to follow the various strategies as the races develop.&quot;</p> <p>Unlike F1, Formula E cars must display both the name and three-letter abbreviation for the drivers on their cars.</p> <p>&quot;In addition to the increase in number size and visibility, each driver&#39;s name or Timing Letter Abbreviation (TLA) will now be clearly legible on the external roll up (bodywork) on both sides of the car. These&nbsp;will be no less than 100mm high<strong>,&nbsp;</strong>have a minimum stroke thickness of 20mm and be of a clearly contrasting colour to their background.&quot;</p> <p>The FIA says the aim of the change is to &quot;ensure that at future events, and especially in the context of the FIA Formula E Championship where energy management and car-change strategy is often crucial to the outcome, the evolution of the races will be clearer.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14753http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14753Lucas Di Grassi 'gave me no room at all' in Paris clash - Antonio Felix da CostaWed, 24 May 2017 10:34:52 GMT<p>MS Amlin Andretti Formula E driver Ant&oacute;nio F&eacute;lix da Costa says Lucas di Grassi gave him &ldquo;no room at all&rdquo; in their collision during the Paris ePrix.</p> <p>The Portuguese driver had passed championship contender di Grassi, who was recovering from a poor qualifying, earlier in the race.</p> <p>But di Grassi attempted to take the place back with a move around the outside of da Costa into the tight Turn 8 corner.</p> <p>As the drivers hit the brakes, di Grassi moved across on da Costa, who was still alongside him, to take the apex and they collided.</p> <p>Da Costa was force to retire on the spot after hitting the barrier, but di Grassi continued and changed cars, before later crashing out in a separate incident.</p> <p>&ldquo;I wanted to go forwards because we had a bad qualifying and I knew we were out of position and we always have a better race car than a qualifying car to be honest,&rdquo; da Costa explained.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was doing that, I was going forward, getting past a few cars then got in front of Lucas as well at Turn 7.</p> <p>&ldquo;Everything was going smooth, I was all over [Tom] Dillmann, I knew he had a little bit less experience, so I was just waiting for the moment to try and get the move done on him.</p> <p>&ldquo;Then from one moment to the other, behind me, Lucas his mind kind of switched off, because he was being so calm and then he just started to attack me in all kinds of corners that you cannot overtake.</p> <p>&ldquo;Then he tried this move around the outside in Turn 8 that for me&hellip; we didn&rsquo;t even get to the corner, he came a little bit past me around the outside but he just started to turn in and gave me no room at all.</p> <p>&ldquo;I literally ran out of room and hit the inside wall and ended up hitting him as well. It&rsquo;s fine to try and overtake someone around the outside but let&rsquo;s at least get to the apex of the corner, which wasn&rsquo;t the case.</p> <p>&ldquo;The most surprising thing for me in that moment was that I knew it was Lucas and he is normally such a clever and intelligent guy that I was just not expecting that from him. When I realised what was going on, there was no way I could have backed out of that.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14724http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14724Sebastien Buemi 'never expected' to be competitive in ParisSun, 21 May 2017 11:43:58 GMT<p>Renault e.dams driver and Formula E championship leader Sebastien Buemi says he &ldquo;never expected to be competitive&rdquo; at the Paris ePrix.</p> <p>He thought the French team would go well on home soil, but was not anticipating pole position and a clear race victory.</p> <p>Buemi beat Techeetah&rsquo;s Jean-Eric Vergne to pole position by just 0.006 seconds in qualifying, before leading away at the start.</p> <p>He looked in control throughout the race, despite his advantage being cut with several safety cars and having to contend with a full-course yellow too.</p> <p>&ldquo;To be honest, I was never expecting to be competitive here,&rdquo; Buemi admitted after claiming his fifth win in six races.</p> <p>&ldquo;Well, certainly not what I achieved. So, to be able to grab pole position and a win, is amazing.</p> <p>&ldquo;At the start of today, I knew if I took pole, I could do a good race. During the race, I had Jean-Eric under control even though he was pushing really hard.</p> <p>&ldquo;After the car swap, I knew I had to keep pushing and then he crashed. I thought I had a nine second advantage over Jos&eacute; but then the safety car came out.</p> <p>&ldquo;I would really like to thank my team because they&rsquo;ve done an amazing job: both engineers and mechanics. They all worked very hard. Everything worked out perfectly so they deserve this win more than me.&rdquo;</p> <p>With his title rival Lucas di Grassi failing to score after crashing out, Buemi now leads the championship by 43 points.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14723http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14723Video: 2017 Paris ePrix race highlightsSun, 21 May 2017 11:33:55 GMT<p>Watch Formula E&rsquo;s race highlights from the action-packed 2017 Paris ePrix, won by championship leader and reigning title holder Sebastien Buemi.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14716http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14716Sebastien Buemi wins incident-filled Paris ePrixSat, 20 May 2017 15:20:49 GMT<p>Renault e.dams driver and FIA Formula E championship leader S&eacute;bastien Buemi extended his advantage with victory in the incident-filled and disrupted Paris ePrix.</p> <p>It&nbsp;was the Swiss racer&rsquo;s fifth win in six races and his maiden triumph on the streets of Paris, beating DS Virgin Racing&rsquo;s Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a L&oacute;pez over the line in the process.</p> <p>Buemi had lined up on pole position after narrowly edging out Techeetah&rsquo;s on-form Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne by just 0.006 seconds in qualifying. When the lights went out, the reigning champion bolted from pole and opened up an advantage.</p> <p>But Vergne kept with Buemi through the first stint before&nbsp;an earlier than expected pit-stop phase, which was sparked by a full course yellow, caused by Lucas di Grassi and Ant&oacute;nio F&eacute;lix da Costa clashing.</p> <p>A&nbsp;quick reaction from Buemi&nbsp;on the restart saw him eke out a small advantage over the chasing pack&nbsp;but mid-way through the second stint, Vergne crashed at Turn 13, ending his and Techeetah&#39;s chances of a strong result.</p> <p>The French driver reportedly suffered an&nbsp;unexplained mechanical problem&nbsp;going through the corner, which caused him to hit the barrier, his accident bringing out the Safety Car.</p> <p>Racing did not resume for long after the restart; having been given a drive-through penalty for a pit stop below the minimum time, di Grassi was now one lap down and gunning for the extra point for fastest lap.</p> <p>But in doing so, he crashed into the barrier as he attempted his lap and the safety car emerged once again with just two laps left to run. It pulled into the pits at the end of the final tour, with Buemi driving to the win and the chequered flag.</p> <p>The Swiss driver&nbsp;crossed the line seven-tenths ahead of L&oacute;pez to take victory, with Mahindra&rsquo;s Nick Heidfeld benefitting from the problems of others to steal a fine third place.</p> <p>His team-mate Felix Rosenqvist was fourth, with Nicolas Prost moving up to fifth after Robin Frijns was demoted to sixth with a five-second time penalty for speeding under yellow flags.</p> <p>A late problem for Daniel Abt on the final lap bunched up the field and dropped him down the order. Nelson Piquet Jr took advantage to take seventh, with Tom Dillmann scoring points&nbsp;on his debut with a fine eighth place.</p> <p>Mitch Evans and St&eacute;phane Sarrazin completed the top 10, with Esteban Gutierrez also getting a five-second time penalty for speeding under yellows. He had crossed the line seventh but fell down the order to 12th.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14713http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14713Sebastien Buemi beats Jean-Eric Vergne to pole by six-thousandths in ParisSat, 20 May 2017 11:08:22 GMT<p>Renault e.dams driver and reigning Formula E champion S&eacute;bastien Buemi stormed to pole position for the Paris ePrix during a tense qualifying session.</p> <p>The Swiss racer easily made it through to Super Pole after topping the group stages, and narrowly edged out Techeetah&rsquo;s Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne to first place on the grid.</p> <p>He put in a 1:02.319 to become the first repeat polesitter of the 2016/2017 season, just 0.006 seconds ahead of Vergne.</p> <p>It was a scruffy lap from Vergne but he will start his home race from second, ahead of DS Virgin Racing&rsquo;s Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a L&oacute;pez.</p> <p>NextEV NIO&rsquo;s Oliver Turvey was fourth but he will drop 10 places on the grid due to powertrain changes ahead of the race.</p> <p>Esteban Gutierrez made it two Techeetah cars in Super Pole but a mistake on his lap limited him to fifth, which will become fourth with Turvey&rsquo;s penalty.</p> <p>Nick Heidfeld narrowly missed out on the final segment of qualifying after his late lap for Mahindra, he was sixth quickest ahead of team-mate Felix Rosenqvist.</p> <p>Andretti&rsquo;s Robin Frijns was eighth in qualifying, but will move up a spot due to Turvey&rsquo;s penalty, ahead of Jaguar&rsquo;s Mitch Evans and the second Renault e.dams of Nicolas Prost.</p> <p>Mike Conway makes his Formula E return with 11th quickest in qualifying for Faraday Future Dragon Racing, while Nelson Piquet Jr was 12th.</p> <p>Abt Audi Sport&rsquo;s Lucas di Grassi, Buemi&rsquo;s closest title rival, was only 14th fastest after struggling in group one, ahead of Venturi&rsquo;s Tom Dillmann &ndash; making his series debut.</p> <p>Sam Bird branded qualifying the &ldquo;worst&rdquo; of his career so far down in 18<sup>th</sup>, just behind Daniel Abt and Ant&oacute;nio F&eacute;lix da Costa.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14711http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14711Sebastien Buemi and Lucas di Grassi quickest in Paris ePrix practice sessionsSat, 20 May 2017 09:18:30 GMT<p>Formula E championship rivals S&eacute;bastien Buemi and Lucas di Grassi set the pace in first and second practice for the Paris ePrix.</p> <p>Renault e.dams driver Buemi was fastest in an eventful first practice session of the day, although he was the only driver to try a 200kW full power lap.</p> <p>The Swiss racer put in a 1:01.998 to end the 45-minute practice one at the top of the timesheets, seven tenths clear of DS Virgin Racing&rsquo;s Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a L&oacute;pez.</p> <p>Techeetah&rsquo;s Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne was third, over one second off Buemi&rsquo;s best time, with di Grassi and Mahindra&rsquo;s Felix Rosenqvist completing the top five.</p> <p>Mike Conway makes his Formula E return with Faraday Future Dragon Racing and he was seventh, replacing Lo&iuml;c Duval &ndash; who is racing in DTM.</p> <p>Maro Engel is also competing in the German touring car championship, with Tom Dillmann stepping in at Venturi to make his series debut. He was 17th quickest.</p> <p>Abt Audi Sport&rsquo;s di Grassi was fastest in the 30-minute second practice with a 1:01.359, two tenths clear of L&oacute;pez and Buemi.</p> <p>Drivers continued to struggle under braking during the session, with numerous trips down escape roads and run-off areas.</p> <p>Daniel Abt was fourth fastest, with Sam Bird in fifth &ndash; bouncing back from his issues early in FP1. Rosenqvist was sixth, ahead of Nicolas Prost.</p> <p>Oliver Turvey was eighth, the NextEV driver picking up a 10-place grid penalty for the Paris ePrix due to powertrain changes. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14696http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14696Nelson Piquet Jr optimistic of podium chances at Paris ePrixThu, 18 May 2017 12:30:51 GMT<p>NextEV NIO driver Nelson Piquet Jr is optimistic and hopeful the team can challenge for a podium position at the Paris ePrix.</p> <p>It is the first time Formula E has had back-to-back rounds, with Piquet finishing fourth at last weekend&rsquo;s Monaco ePrix.</p> <p>The season one champion was in contention for a podium in Monaco when he collided with Jean-Eric Vergne&rsquo;s Techeetah car, having to pit earlier than his rivals to change cars due to damage.</p> <p>Piquet recovered to fourth, continuing to show NextEV NIO&rsquo;s improved performance and pace in recent races.</p> <p>While the team struggled at the inaugural Paris ePrix last year, Piquet is feeling more positive about his chances in 2017.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s fun that it&rsquo;s a back-to-back race - it&rsquo;s the first time we&rsquo;ve done that in Formula E,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;I like Paris, last year was our first time there. &ldquo;This year should be good and I&rsquo;m aiming for another Super Pole.</p> <p>&ldquo;We can see that we are lacking a little in the race, but maybe with a bit of work on strategy we can try to get a podium.</p> <p>&ldquo;We just need to keep trying to score points and learning as much as we can.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14664http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14664Video: 2017 Monaco ePrix race highlightsMon, 15 May 2017 21:16:08 GMT<p>Watch race highlights of the 2017 Monaco ePrix, which was won by S&eacute;bastien Buemi after a close battle with title rival Lucas di Grassi.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14640http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14640Lucas di Grassi hails 'great fight' with Sebastien Buemi in MonacoSun, 14 May 2017 08:41:51 GMT<p>Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport driver Lucas di Grassi has hailed his battle with S&eacute;bastien Buemi during the Monaco ePrix as a &ldquo;great fight&rdquo;.</p> <p>The Brazilian qualified second and dropped back slightly from Buemi in the first stint, before the field bunched up during the mid-race safety car and resulting pitstops.</p> <p>He seemed to be quicker in his second car and had slightly more energy, closing in on Buemi with a few laps remaining.</p> <p>Di Grassi was right behind the Renault e.dams at times but failed to find a way through, despite feeling he had the pace to beat Buemi.</p> <p>&ldquo;This was another great fight &ndash; both in qualifying and in the race,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We had a car we could have beaten Renault with.</p> <p>&ldquo;On the first stint the pace was not really there but we were saving much more energy. In the second stint, I had around one per cent more than him, so I knew if I had the right strategy I could attack him in the end.</p> <p>&ldquo;Unfortunately, the track in Monaco hardly offers any overtaking opportunities, plus S&eacute;b is a strong and experienced driver.</p> <p>&ldquo;I would never go for a gap where you cannot overtake or I would risk all the race, but if he&rsquo;d left the door open just a little bit, I would no doubt have launched an attack.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14639http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14639Sebastien Buemi was looking in his mirrors 'the entire race'Sun, 14 May 2017 08:26:18 GMT<p>Renault e.dams driver S&eacute;bastien Buemi says he was looking in his mirrors &ldquo;the entire race&rdquo; at the Monaco ePrix after a close battle for victory with title rival Lucas di Grassi.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The reigning Formula E champion started on pole position and opened up a lead in the opening stint before a safety car destroyed his advantage.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">After the early pitstop prompted by the safety car, he struggled more with his second car and di Grassi appeared to have better pace, closing up to Buemi in the final laps.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The Swiss driver managed to hold di Grassi off to claim his fourth win in five races, but it was close &ndash; just three tenths between them by the finish.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&ldquo;I am really happy to be winning again,&rdquo; he explained. &ldquo;I was quicker the first half of the race and everything was under control, so I managed to build a gap in case of a safety car.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&ldquo;But Lucas was using a bit less energy than me. When the safety car came out we knew we had to try to learn from them [Abt] after what they have done in Hong Kong and Mexico by stopping very early, so that was the right call and then we knew it was going to be very difficult because to finish we would have to save quite a lot of energy.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&ldquo;I managed to build a bit of a gap just to be safe but on the second stint, I was struggling to match his pace, so basically, I did the entire race looking in the mirrors. We need to understand why this was.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&ldquo;In general, we changed a little bit the set-up of the second car in order to use the extra grip of the circuit. If you want the perfect car, sometimes it needs adjustments.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&ldquo;I am still very happy with that result and I am looking forward to going to Paris next week. We have a good car, we have a great team.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14633http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14633Sebastien Buemi holds off Lucas di Grassi to take Monaco ePrix winSat, 13 May 2017 15:25:08 GMT<p>Renault e.dams driver S&eacute;bastien Buemi extended his lead in the Formula E drivers&rsquo; championship after beating Lucas di Grassi to victory in Monaco.</p> <p>The Swiss driver secured his fourth win of the 2016/2017 season, having earlier stormed to his first pole position of Formula E&rsquo;s third season.</p> <p>Reigning champion Buemi enjoyed a strong start and opened up a comfortable advantage at the front of the field, with Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport driver di Grassi chasing.</p> <p>However, his lead was cut just prior to the mid-way point when the safety car was deployed, following a clash between Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne and Nelson Piquet Jr.</p> <p>On the restart, Buemi got a good jump on the field but di Grassi started to close in on the Renault e.dams car in the final stages of the race.</p> <p>While Buemi was able to pull out a small gap with two laps remaining, di Grassi kept fighting back and finished just three tenths behind him at the chequered flag.</p> <p>Mahindra&rsquo;s Nick Heidfeld picked up his second podium of the 2016/2017 season but was a distant third, making up ground in the Vergne/Piquet collision.</p> <p>While Piquet&rsquo;s NextEV NIO car was damaged, he quickly pitted and only lost one place. He led a train of cars across the finish line, with Maro Engel just holding onto fifth ahead of Felix Rosenqvist.</p> <p>Daniel Abt and Esteban Gutierrez were seventh and eighth, with Antonio Felix da Costa and Nicolas Prost &ndash; who started 18th &ndash; completing the top 10.</p> <p>It was a tough race for DS Virgin Racing, with both Sam Bird and Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a L&oacute;pez making numerous trips to the pits following earlier visits for repairs.</p> <p>They were seven and 14 laps down on the field respectively, with Faraday Future Dragon Racing&rsquo;s Lo&iuml;c Duval and J&eacute;r&ocirc;me d&#39;Ambrosio also suffering issues and finishing 11 and seven laps behind the leaders.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14627http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14627Sebastien Buemi storms to his first pole of 2016/17 Formula E seasonSat, 13 May 2017 11:10:52 GMT<p>Renault e.dams driver S&eacute;bastien Buemi backed up his <a href="https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14625">strong practice pace</a> by taking pole position for the Monaco ePrix.</p> <p>It was his first pole of the 2016/2017 season and in setting the quickest lap time he became the fifth different pole sitter from the opening quintet of events.</p> <p>Buemi made it through to Super Pole despite running in the opening qualifying group, where the conditions were trickier amid a relative lack of grip.</p> <p>He put in a 53.313 second time in Super Pole to snatch first place on the grid, two tenths clear of his championship rival Lucas di Grassi &ndash; despite the Brazilian clipping the wall exiting Antony Nogues.</p> <p>NextEV NIO&rsquo;s Nelson Piquet Jr was third fastest in qualifying, even though he clouted the barrier at Piscine, while Jean-Eric Vergne was fourth for Techeetah after a mistake on his 200kW final lap.</p> <p>Venturi&rsquo;s Maro Engel bounced back from two difficult practice sessions to make it through to Super Pole but contact with the Piscine exit wall meant he had to settle for fifth.</p> <p>Felix Rosenqvist recovered from his practice one crash and was sixth, just missing out on a spot in the pole position shootout.</p> <p>Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a L&oacute;pez was seventh, keeping up his encouraging pace from the earlier sessions, with Nick Heidfeld eighth in the second Mahindra after a late lap in his qualifying group.</p> <p>Daniel Abt and DS Virgin Racing&#39;s Sam Bird completed the top 10, ahead of Stephane Sarrazin, Lo&iuml;c Duval and Robin Frijns.</p> <p>Techeetah&#39;s Esteban Gutierrez, who made his Formula E debut in Monaco, will start from 14th, with Jaguar driver Mitch Evans for company.</p> <p>Oliver Turvey tagged the barrier at exiting Sainte Devote and could only manage 16th, with Ant&oacute;nio F&eacute;lix da Costa, Nicolas Prost and J&eacute;r&ocirc;me d&#39;Ambrosio &ndash; who didn&rsquo;t get a 200kW lap in due to a problem &ndash; rounding out the field.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14625http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14625Sebastien Buemi quickest in both Monaco ePrix practice sessionsSat, 13 May 2017 09:32:18 GMT<p>Renault e.dams driver S&eacute;bastien Buemi set the pace in both practice sessions for the Monaco ePrix.</p> <p>The current championship leader was quickest in a dramatic opening practice, which featured numerous incidents and off-track excursions.</p> <p>Around the adapted Circuit de Monaco layout, Buemi put in a best time of 52.795 seconds to end the session fastest.</p> <p>This was over half a second quicker than Buemi&rsquo;s Monaco ePrix pole time from the inaugural race at the track back in 2015.</p> <p>Nicolas Prost was second to make it a Renault e.dams one-two, four tenths behind his team-mate. Venturi&rsquo;s Stephane Sarrazin and Felix Rosenqvist were next up.</p> <p>Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a L&oacute;pez, who has been cleared to race after injuring himself in a FIA WEC crash at Silverstone, was fifth for DS Virgin Racing.</p> <p>Rosenqvist caused a late red flag in the session after crashing into the back of a slowing Oliver Turvey at Turn 3.</p> <p>Turvey was slowing for yellow flags and Rosenqvist&rsquo;s Mahindra slammed into the rear of the NextEV NIO machine late in the session.</p> <p>Buemi returned to the top spot in second practice with a 52.729 best lap, ahead of DS Virgin&rsquo;s Sam Bird and championship rival Lucas di Grassi.</p> <p>Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne was fourth for Techeetah, just under three tenths behind the pacesetter Buemi at the front of the field.</p> <p>Drivers continued to struggle at the first corner, with numerous lock-ups and trips to the run-off area. L&oacute;pez was fifth in FP2 as well, with Lo&iuml;c Duval sixth.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14623http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14623Jose Maria Lopez cleared to race in Monaco ePrixSat, 13 May 2017 09:13:14 GMT<p>DS Virgin Racing&rsquo;s Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a L&oacute;pez has been cleared to race at the Monaco ePrix after taking part in first practice.</p> <p>The Spanish driver suffered two damaged vertebrae in a crash during the FIA World Endurance Championship season-opener, the 6 Hours of Silverstone.</p> <p>He missed the most recent WEC round at Spa-Francorchamps last weekend to recover from the injury and was assessed by the FIA medical team after Monaco ePrix first practice.</p> <p>L&oacute;pez set the fifth fastest time in FP1 around the streets of Monaco and has been deemed fit to race in the remainder of the sessions.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m feeling well, there were no problems, I even hit some kerbs and&hellip; nothing,&rdquo; he explained after the session.</p> <p>&ldquo;I knew for a few days that the pain was not coming, so it&rsquo;s all good.&rdquo;</p> <p>L&oacute;pez will be looking to build on an encouraging last Formula E round in Mexico, where he scored a season-best sixth place. &nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14611http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14611Sebastien Buemi admits Monaco ePrix 'not going to be easy'Fri, 12 May 2017 14:50:29 GMT<p>Formula E championship leader S&eacute;bastien Buemi is confident Renault e.dams can score a strong result at the Monaco ePrix, but admits it is &ldquo;not going to be easy&rdquo;.</p> <p>The Frenchman&rsquo;s advantage in the drivers&rsquo; standings was cut to just five points after Lucas di Grassi&rsquo;s victory at the Mexico City ePrix.</p> <p>Buemi said his team has the speed to race at the front of the field but stressed the importance of qualifying, due to the lack of overtaking opportunities in Monaco.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think the most important thing for us is to have a good weekend and we know we have the speed to be up the front,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not going to be an easy one for us here, it&rsquo;s going to be difficult to overtake, we are going to put a lot of effort into the car to qualify well.</p> <p>&ldquo;The championship is still young, we still only had four races, we can&rsquo;t have any conclusions. I&rsquo;m confident we can have a good weekend.&rdquo;</p> <p>His nearest championship rival recovered from a first lap clash in Mexico to win the race, with Buemi feeling di Grassi has enjoyed more good luck:</p> <p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t want to sound rude but because they [di Grassi] made mistakes it turned out to be some luck, again.</p> <p>&ldquo;I mean in qualifying in Hong Kong, he had a crash and because of that he had an accident in the first lap and because of the accident and because of this there was a safety car, they tend to have a very risky strategy in Mexico and in Hong Kong and it worked out very well.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14581http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14581Nick Heidfeld 'all fired up', looking to add to Monaco podiumsWed, 10 May 2017 13:05:09 GMT<p>Mahindra driver Nick Heidfeld says he is &ldquo;all fired up&rdquo; for the next Formula E round and is looking to add to his previous Monaco podiums.</p> <p>The German racer has a good history in a range of categories at the Circuit de Monaco, with wins in F3 and F3000, and second place back in 2005 for Williams in Formula 1.</p> <p>While Mahindra failed to score at the last Formula E race in Mexico, both cars were running in the top 10 before getting caught up in incidents in the closing stages.</p> <p>The team has showed improved pace so far in the 2016/2017 season and Heidfeld heads to Monaco optimistic of a return to the podium.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m really looking forward to Monaco, it&rsquo;s a special circuit with lots of history &ndash; though it&rsquo;s a pity we don&rsquo;t race on the original longer layout,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have shown good pace but we are definitely targeting more points than we&rsquo;ve had in the last two races. I&rsquo;m all fired up for a good result, and with the M3Electro this year we have a better chance of winning.</p> <p>&ldquo;While there is limited scope for development, I feel the team has worked well to close the margin more and more.</p> <p>&ldquo;It would be cool to be on the podium in Monaco for the fourth different single-seater class after my wins in F3, F3000 and my second place in F1.&rdquo;</p> <p>His team-mate Felix Rosenqvist will make his single-seater debut in Monaco this weekend and is hoping for a good qualifying result:</p> <p>&ldquo;The speed of the car is better than ever: our race in Mexico was so much stronger than the first races this season.</p> <p>&ldquo;In Monaco, we need to get a good lap in qualifying to start in the top five. We want to avoid any mess at the first corner and if we start in clean air, we have a greater chance of a strong result.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14571http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14571Sam Bird confident of 'strong points' haul in MonacoMon, 08 May 2017 08:37:04 GMT<p>DS Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird is confident the team can secure some &ldquo;strong points&rdquo; at this weekend&rsquo;s Monaco ePrix.</p> <p>The British driver has considerable experience around the streets of Monaco, following outings in Formula Renault 3.5 and GP2, and finished fourth the last time Formula E visited in 2015.</p> <p>It has been a mixed 2016/2017 Formula E season so far for Bird, with two podiums &ndash; second in Marrakesh and third last time out in Mexico &ndash; and two non-scores.</p> <p>He is looking forward to getting back to racing in Monaco and feels optimistic DS Virgin can score a good haul of points after a good showing in Mexico.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m very excited about the race in Monaco,&rdquo; Bird said ahead of this weekend&rsquo;s race.</p> <p>&ldquo;Going back to the Principality is always amazing for a driver and I&rsquo;ve had some great results there in the past by winning both in World Series by Renault and GP2.</p> <p>&ldquo;I feel very good ahead of this event, I came 4th there last time for the team and I believe we&rsquo;ve done some great work since Mexico.</p> <p>&ldquo;I fully believe that both myself and my team-mate will be fighting for strong point scores come Saturday afternoon.&rdquo;</p> <p>Despite scoring his best result of the season so far in Mexico with sixth, Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a L&oacute;pez was disappointed with the result and is hoping for more in Monaco.</p> <p>&ldquo;Mexico City was a disappointing race for me, although it was my highest finish so far it could have been better,&rdquo; he admitted.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m excited to race in Monaco.&nbsp;I feel positive, my results have been getting better during the season as I have been growing in confidence.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14418http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14418Video: How to complete the perfect Formula E pitstopMon, 24 Apr 2017 13:13:44 GMT<p>Venturi driver Maro Engel provides his expert guide to completing the perfect Formula E pitstop and car change.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14415http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14415Tom Dillmann to make Formula E debut with Venturi in ParisMon, 24 Apr 2017 12:56:41 GMT<p>Formula V8 3.5 champion Tom Dillmann will make his debut in the Formula E series at the Paris ePrix with Venturi.</p> <p>The French driver has already sampled the Venturi VM200-FE-02 when he replaced Stephane Sarrazin for the Mexico City ePrix shakedown.</p> <p>He will now take over from Maro Engel in Paris, as the race clashes with Engel&rsquo;s DTM outing with Mercedes at the Lausitz track.</p> <p>Dillmann has extensive single-seater experience, having previously won races in Formula 3, GP2 and FV8 3.5.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m delighted with having the chance of contesting the race in France as Venturi`s reserve driver,&rdquo; Dillmann said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Formula E is an exciting place to be for a driver &ndash; with thrilling motor racing and interesting technical developments.</p> <p>&ldquo;It goes without saying that it&rsquo;s my goal to contest a full season in this series in the future.&rdquo;</p> <p>Venturi team co-owner Marc Gindorf said he was &ldquo;impressed&rdquo; with Dillmann&rsquo;s professionalism in Mexico, adding:</p> <p>&ldquo;We think that he represents our perfect choice for this race.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14373http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14373Mike Conway to make FE return with Dragon in ParisTue, 18 Apr 2017 15:42:43 GMT<p>Mike Conway will make a return to the Formula E championship next month after being drafted in to replace Lo&iuml;c Duval for the Paris ePrix.</p> <p>Duval will compete in DTM with Audi this season and the second round of the campaign at the Lausitzring clashes with Formula E&rsquo;s race in Paris, on May 20.</p> <p>World Endurance Championship racer Conway will therefore act as Duval&rsquo;s substitute at Faraday Future Dragon Racing for the sixth round of the 2016/17 FE season around the streets of the French capital.</p> <p>Conway competed the bulk of the 2015/16 season with Venturi, taking a best of eighth at the Berlin ePrix, but was unable to secure a seat for the 2016/17 championship.</p> <p>Duval sits in 15th place in this year&rsquo;s championship, his only top 10 finish coming at the Buenos Aires ePrix, where he took sixth position.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14211http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14211Mexico victory 'one of the best races of my life' - Lucas di GrassiMon, 03 Apr 2017 13:22:43 GMT<p>Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport racer Lucas di Grassi says his win at the Mexico City ePrix is &ldquo;one of the best races&rdquo; of his career.</p> <p>Di Grassi started 15th after struggling in qualifying on a slippery track and was hit by Maro Engel on the opening lap, which forced him to pit under the safety car for a new rear wing.</p> <p>He dropped to last place but his team put him on an alternative strategy, pitting to change cars during the second safety car a few laps clear of the half-way mark.</p> <p>The clean air and unusual strategy put him into the race lead when the rest of the field pitted, but he was forced to conserve energy.</p> <p>Dragon&rsquo;s Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio also went for an early pitstop and moved up to second place, holding up those behind to give di Grassi a comfortable lead.</p> <p>By the time the conventional stoppers had cleared d&rsquo;Ambrosio, it was too late and di Grassi stormed to an unexpected win.</p> <p>&ldquo;What an incredible change of fate, but actually that&rsquo;s what Formula E represents, there are such ups and downs,&rdquo; he explained.</p> <p>&ldquo;You can have a bad weekend or good weekend - the level of the drivers is so high. Somebody crashed into my back, broke the rear wing and there was a safety car.</p> <p>&ldquo;I managed to open a gap, keep on just using regen, just trying to be as energy efficient as possible, just focussing on my race as much as possible until the last corner and then just celebrated like crazy.</p> <p>&ldquo;For me it was one of the best races of my life, in terms of how I drove, how energy efficient I had to be, so I&rsquo;m very pleased.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14210http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14210Jean-Eric Vergne calls Jerome d'Ambrosio's defensive driving 'unacceptable'Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:13:56 GMT<p>Techeetah driver Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne has slammed Faraday Future Dragon Racing&rsquo;s J&eacute;r&ocirc;me d&#39;Ambrosio for his defensive driving during the Mexico City ePrix.</p> <p>D&rsquo;Ambrosio was on an alternative strategy after an early car change and was in energy conservation mode during the final stages.</p> <p>This held up Vergne, who made several attempts to get ahead of d&rsquo;Ambrosio, before a mistake at Turn 1 opened the door for him towards the end of the race.</p> <p>Vergne criticised d&rsquo;Ambrosio&rsquo;s defensive driving during their battle, calling it &ldquo;unacceptable&rdquo; and feeling it denied him victory in Mexico. D&#39;Ambrosio dropped down the order on the final lap after running out of energy.</p> <p>Lucas di Grassi also stopped early under safety car conditions and was also conserving energy after jumping into the lead, but was able to open up a lead as d&rsquo;Ambrosio battled with those behind to finish well clear of Vergne.</p> <p>&ldquo;Well I have very mixed emotions,&rdquo; Vergne admitted. &ldquo;I think this win was ours, 100%. What d&#39;Ambrosio did was totally unacceptable.</p> <p>&ldquo;He just doesn&#39;t know how to defend, he crashed into me so many times into me, forced me to go off the track.</p> <p>&ldquo;So, I lost a lot of time and I wouldn&rsquo;t call it fair racing. He changed direction many times, so I&#39;m very frustrated.&rdquo;</p> <p>However, Vergne added he was pleased to be on the podium and feels Techeetah has the car to fight for the title and race wins.</p> <p>He added: &ldquo;On the other hand, I&#39;m happy that I&#39;m here [on the podium] for the championship. We started very far away but I know I&#39;m in the right team.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have got the right car to win the championship. We still don&rsquo;t have a win, but I think we&#39;re coming back and we&rsquo;re getting stronger every race as a team. This is the kind of result we can expect every race.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14209http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14209Video: Race highlights of the Mexico City ePrix thrillerMon, 03 Apr 2017 12:59:29 GMT<p>Watch Formula E&rsquo;s race highlights of a dramatic Mexico City ePrix at the Aut&oacute;dromo Hermanos Rodr&iacute;guez. Lucas di Grassi went from last to first, taking a sensational victory.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14198http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14198Lucas di Grassi recovers from last to win Mexico City ePrix with strategy gambleSat, 01 Apr 2017 23:18:08 GMT<p>Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport driver Lucas di Grassi stormed to a sensational victory at the Mexico City ePrix, bouncing back from a lap one clash with a bold strategy.</p> <p>Di Grassi struggled in qualifying but numerous grid penalties for rivals meant he lined up in 15th place on the grid, but he was clattered by Maro Engel at Turn 3, forcing him to make an early stop at the end of the second lap.</p> <p>With a new rear-wing fitted whilst the track was under a safety car, with marshals clearing&nbsp;debris from the Lap 1&nbsp;incidents, the Brazilian was able to remain&nbsp;on the lead lap, but dropped to the very back of the field as he rejoined the circuit.</p> <p>Di Grassi started to make steady progress up the field before another safety car was deployed, in order to clear Oliver Turvey&rsquo;s stranded car, the NextEV NIO racer having led the opening stint from pole position, before suffering a battery-related issue.</p> <p>The Abt Audi Sport outfit opted to go for a risky strategy and pitted di Grassi shortly before the end of the safety car period, with the BMW i8 appearing a little later on to help eke out his energy usage.</p> <p>Faraday Future Dragon Racing&rsquo;s J&eacute;r&ocirc;me d&#39;Ambrosio opted for a similar strategy and held second. With their rivals having much more energy to use, the final 15-lap run to the flag left the two leaders in a battle to keep quicker cars behind.</p> <p>D&rsquo;Ambrosio&rsquo;s Dragon car held up the chasing pack, enabling di Grassi to pull out a comfortable advantage. It was enough for him to make it to the chequered flag with enough energy to win his first race of the season.</p> <p>Techeetah&rsquo;s Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne was a contender for victory throughout the race, but struggled to pass d&rsquo;Ambrosio in the closing stages before making a move at Turn 2 to steal second and finish runner-up.</p> <p>Sam Bird came home in third place, with d&rsquo;Ambrosio hitting 0 per cent energy and plummeting down the order in the final moments. Jaguar&rsquo;s Mitch Evans escaped late drama to score his best Formula E result so far in fourth.</p> <p>Nicolas Prost was fifth despite tipping Nick Heidfeld into a spin at Turn 8, which also eliminated the second Mahindra of Felix Rosenqvist. Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a L&oacute;pez recovered to sixth, having taken over the lead when Turvey retired and been in the hunt for the win before a spin.</p> <p>Daniel Abt took pole but was sent to the back of the grid for illegal tyre pressures. He rallied back to seventh, with Adam Carroll escaping trouble to finish eighth.</p> <p>Nelson Piquet Jr was the sole NextEV NIO to reach the finish in ninth, with Esteban Gutierrez picking up a point on his Formula E debut for Techeetah on home soil after a quiet race.</p> <p>Championship leader S&eacute;bastien Buemi had made early progress but spun at the same time as L&oacute;pez, dropping down the field and ending up behind d&rsquo;Ambrosio in 14th. Di Grassi&#39;s win slashes Buemi&#39;s championship lead to just five points.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14195http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14195Daniel Abt loses Mexico City pole, Oliver Turvey to lead gridSat, 01 Apr 2017 21:35:41 GMT<p>Daniel Abt has lost pole position for the Mexico City ePrix&nbsp;and his time deleted, demoting him to the back of the grid due to running illegal tyre pressures.</p> <p>The German driver secured only his second Formula E career pole by just one and a half tenths of a second, but now will start 18th behind Stephane Sarrazin.</p> <p>The illegal tyre pressures on Abt&rsquo;s car mean Oliver Turvey inherits pole position for NextEV NIO, with Jose Maria Lopez moving up to the front row of the grid.</p> <p>Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio qualified ninth but was also penalised for not meeting the tyre pressure requirements, so he will line up 19th.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s good news for championship leader Sebastien Buemi, who moves up to seventh place, behind Jean-Eric Vergne, Nick Heidfeld, Sam Bird and Antonio Felix da Costa.</p> <p>Abt&rsquo;s team-mate and Buemi&rsquo;s title rival Lucas di Grassi has jumped up several spots to 15th due to the penalties.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14194http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14194Daniel Abt bags pole for Mexico City ePrix, Sebastien Buemi ninthSat, 01 Apr 2017 19:26:29 GMT<p>Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport driver Daniel Abt secured his second career pole position in Formula E after topping qualifying for the Mexico City ePrix at the Aut&oacute;dromo Hermanos Rodr&iacute;guez.</p> <p>Abt clocked a time of 1:02.711 during the Super Pole session to wind up fastest, 0.156s clear of NextEV NIO rival Oliver Turvey, with DS Virgin&rsquo;s Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a Lopez third.</p> <p>Abt&#39;s lap also ensured he became the fourth different pole sitter across the opening four rounds of the season.</p> <p><span>&quot;I&rsquo;m really really happy, there were one or two mistakes so I&rsquo;m a bit surprised, but super happy for the team,&quot; said Abt.</span></p> <p>Venturi&rsquo;s Maro Engel was fourth quickest but was hit with a 10-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.</p> <p>Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne will start from fourth for Techeetah, ahead of Mahindra&rsquo;s Nick Heidfeld, Virgin&rsquo;s Sam Bird and Andretti&rsquo;s Ant&oacute;nio F&eacute;lix da Costa.</p> <p>J&eacute;r&ocirc;me d&rsquo;Ambrosio will line-up from eighth position, with championship leader S&eacute;bastien Buemi only ninth, following his overnight trip from the WEC prologue at Monza.</p> <p>Practice pacesetter Buemi, unbeaten so far in the 2016/17 season, was assigned to the first qualifying group but struggled for grip on the dirty track surface, while primary title rival Lucas di Grassi encountered similar strife and will start from 17th&nbsp;spot.</p> <p>Marrakesh pole sitter Felix Rosenqvist was unable to repeat his heroics from earlier in the season and will start from 10th, ahead of debutant Esteban Guti&eacute;rrez.</p> <p>Guti&eacute;rrez, following his exit from Formula 1, has linked up with Techeetah and qualified 13th, but moves up two positions following the penalties for Engel and team-mate St&eacute;phane Sarrazin.</p> <p>Loic Duval will start from the back of the grid after crashing during Q3.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14193http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14193Sebastien Buemi quickest in both Mexico City practice sessionsSat, 01 Apr 2017 17:20:11 GMT<p>Reigning Formula E champion S&eacute;bastien Buemi set the pace in the first and second practice sessions for the Mexico City ePrix.</p> <p>The Renault e.Dams driver was forced to miss Friday&#39;s shakedown due to his World Endurance Championship commitments with Toyota and got an overnight flight to Mexico.</p> <p>He put in the quickest time of opening practice with a full 200kW lap of 1:02.222 &ndash; an unofficial lap record &ndash; during a qualifying simulation.</p> <p>This was despite Buemi being held up by Formula E newcomer Esteban Gutierrez through the final corners. Faraday Future Dragon Racing&rsquo;s Lo&iuml;c Duval and J&eacute;r&ocirc;me d&#39;Ambrosio were second and third.</p> <p>Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne was the early pacesetter for Techeetah but dropped to fourth by the end of the 45-minute session, with Andretti&rsquo;s Robin Frijns in fifth.</p> <p>Maro Engel suffered a problematic session for Venturi, stopping on track and bringing out yellow flags. It was a tough start for Gutierrez and he was 19th fastest, only ahead of Jaguar&rsquo;s Adam Carroll.</p> <p>Conditions were slippery at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Despite grip improving for second practice, there were numerous trips off road and spins during both sessions.</p> <p>Buemi also reigned supreme in practice two, finishing the 30-minute session at the front of the field with a 1:02.164.</p> <p>He was just one tenth clear of championship rival Lucas di Grassi, with Vergne and Mahindra&rsquo;s Nick Heidfeld next up.</p> <p>Daniel Abt was fifth, with NextEV NIO&rsquo;s Nelson Piquet Jr and Oliver Turvey sixth and ninth. They were split by Engel and Andretti&#39;s Ant&oacute;nio F&eacute;lix da Costa. Duval completed the top 10.</p> <p>Gutierrez showed improved form in 13th, behind Stephane Sarrazin and Nicolas Prost. Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a L&oacute;pez ended the session in the wall at the final chicane, damaging the right-front corner of his DS Virgin Racing car.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14160http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14160Video: Key Formula E stats for the Mexico City ePrixTue, 28 Mar 2017 18:31:13 GMT<p>Formula E presents the key statistics and facts we need to know ahead of this weekend&rsquo;s Mexico City ePrix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14149http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14149Formula E announces revised Berlin ePrix circuitMon, 27 Mar 2017 10:28:28 GMT<p>The all-electric Formula E series has unveiled a revised track layout at Tempelhof Airport for this year&rsquo;s Berlin ePrix.</p> <p>The disused airport was host to the maiden Berlin Formula E race in 2015, before the race moved to streets of Karl-Marx-Allee in the city centre.</p> <p>But after a veto from local government, the race has returned to the Tempelhof Airport location for season three.</p> <p>Following the cancellation of the Brussels ePrix, the Berlin race has become a double-header round this year.</p> <p>The 10-turn, 2.25km layout on the apron of the former airport retains the anti-clockwise direction but has been completely reprofiled.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s Formula E double-header round in Berlin will take place from the 10-11 June.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14087http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14087Nine powertrain manufacturers announced for Formula E from 2018Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:51:09 GMT<p>The FIA has announced the nine manufacturers that have been granted powertrain homologation in Formula E from 2018 onwards.</p> <p>The list of manufacturers approved by the FIA matches up with the homologation cycle for the chassis and battery.</p> <p>These will remain standard in the all-electric series for three consecutive seasons, from 2018/2019 to 2020/2021.</p> <p>The chassis will be supplied by Spark Technologies, while the battery will be from McLaren Applied Technologies.</p> <p>Any new manufacturer wishing to homologate its powertrain will have to wait for season six and a two-year cycle, or season seven for just one year.</p> <p>The biggest name to emerge from the manufacturer list is BMW, which started working with the Andretti Formula E team last year.</p> <p><strong>Here is the full list:</strong></p> <p>- ABT Formel E<br /> - BMW AG<br /> - DS Automobiles<br /> - Jaguar Land Rover<br /> - Mahindra Racing<br /> - NextEV NIO<br /> - Penske Autosport<br /> - Renault<br /> - Venturi Automobiles</p> <p>&ldquo;When we launched the series in 2012, we had forecast to secure at least three manufacturers by season five,&rdquo; Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said.</p> <p>&ldquo;The news today has highlighted the number and quality of manufacturers joining the championship and tripling our initial expectations.</p> <p>&ldquo;This just goes to show the relevance of Formula E to the motor industry and as an attractive proposition to new audiences and commercial partners.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14078http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14078Esteban Gutierrez joins Techeetah for rest of Formula E seasonMon, 20 Mar 2017 10:42:49 GMT<p>Former Formula 1 driver Esteban Gutierrez will replace Ma Qing Hua at Techeetah for the remainder of the 2016/2017 Formula E season.</p> <p>He will debut in the all-electric series at his home event, the Mexico City ePrix, on April 1 alongside Jean-Eric Vergne.</p> <p>The Mexican takes over the second seat at Techeetah from Ma following a run of disappointing performances. Ma will remain at Techeetah as its third driver.</p> <p>Gutierrez lost his F1 seat at Haas to Kevin Magnussen for the 2017 season and confirmed in January he was switching focus to Formula E.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m very grateful to join Techeetah, a team with real competitiveness,&rdquo; he said on the Formula E move.</p> <p>&ldquo;After four years of an incredible experience in F1, I&rsquo;m now taking a step forward into the future of motorsports.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am especially excited about my debut race at the Mexico City ePrix. Hopefully I can put on a good show for the passionate home fans.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14066http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14066McLaren open to entering Formula E as manufacturer teamSat, 18 Mar 2017 15:15:55 GMT<p>McLaren would be open to entering Formula E as a manufacturer team in the future, according to executive director Zak Brown.</p> <p>The company is already involved through its Applied Technology division, which is set to supply the series&#39; standard battery for the 2018/19 season, but Brown says McLaren would be interested in deepening its involvement, with a number of potential options open to it.</p> <p>&quot;We are looking at ways to get more involved in Formula E,&quot; Brown told <em>Autosport</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Everything is on the table from starting a team, to buying a team, to working with a team to further developing other areas within Formula E that McLaren [could] apply technology.</p> <p>&quot;We can go beyond the battery technology.&quot;</p> <p>Brown is keeping tabs on the category due to the potential synergies for McLaren Automotive, which produces high-end supercars including the P1 &ndash; a hybrid hypercar which uses both a combustion engine and an electric motor to deliver 986hp.</p> <p>&quot;Formula E is going places,&quot; he added. &quot;It has its place in motorsport and being the motor racing junkie I am, as long as it&#39;s commercially viable and on brand, the more range the better.&quot;</p> <p>The series has already attracted major manufacturers such as Jaguar, Renault, Audi and BMW, while <a href="https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12998?id=12998">Mercedes has an option</a> to take up for 2018/19 and <a href="https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13728">Ferrari has also expressed</a> an interest.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14000http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14000Berlin to host Formula E double-header, Brussels round cancelledThu, 09 Mar 2017 22:28:22 GMT<p><strong>The FIA has confirmed that June&#39;s Berlin Formula E round will become a double-header to make up for the cancellation of the race in Brussels.</strong></p> <p>City officials in Brussels confirmed in January they had voted against hosting Formula E in the Koekelberg district on July 1, leaving event promoters with a race against time to find a new location for the all-electric series&#39; event.</p> <p>Given the limitations involved, the decision has now been taken by Formula E to make the Berlin event on the June 10 weekend a double-header&nbsp;round, with races being held on both the Saturday and Sunday.</p> <p>The move ensures that the Formula E calendar for season three remains at 12 races, with the final three rounds in Berlin, New York and Montreal all set to be double-headers.</p> <p>The races in Berlin will take place on a street course built around the historic Tempelhof Airport, which last hosted Formula E back in 2015. The local government in Berlin vetoed the series returning to its season two location of Karl-Marx-Allee earlier this year.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13924http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13924Felix Rosenqvist secures 2017 Super Formula seatWed, 01 Mar 2017 09:57:22 GMT<p>Mahindra Formula E driver Felix Rosenqvist has been confirmed at Team LeMans for the 2017 Super Formula season.</p> <p>The 2015 European Formula 3 champion has sealed the final seat on the grid for the up-coming season.</p> <p>He joins Kazuya Oshima at the Toyota-powered team and will race in Super Formula alongside his Formula E commitments.</p> <p>Rosenqvist is one of several newcomers to the Japanese series for the new season, including GP2 champion Pierre Gasly.</p> <p>The seven-round season begins and ends at Suzuka, with the first round on the 23 April and the last on the 29 October.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&#39;m really thrilled to be setting out on this adventure in Japan with Team LeMans,&quot; he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&#39;m absolutely convinced that a dual programme is the best set-up for me in 2017, but it&#39;s been crucially important to ensure it doesn&#39;t compromise my Formula E activities.</p> <p>&ldquo;Super Formula is the ideal complement, with no calendar clashes and a lot of high-quality running in one of the quickest cars on the planet.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&#39;s exactly what I was looking for.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13825http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13825Lucas di Grassi: Renault has clear advantageSun, 19 Feb 2017 13:08:59 GMT<p>ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport Formula E driver Lucas di Grassi says Renault e.Dams has a clear advantage over the rest of the field, describing it as &quot;impossible&quot; to challenge for victory in Argentina.</p> <p>S&eacute;bastien Buemi came from third on the grid in Saturday&rsquo;s Buenos Aires ePrix to take his <a href="https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13820">third victory of the season</a>, becoming the first driver to score a hat-trick in the series.</p> <p>Di Grassi lined up on <a href="https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13819">pole position</a> for the race after an eventful qualifying session, but was unable to hold onto the lead for long.</p> <p>The Brazilian driver lost ground in the early stages, dropping to fifth amid struggles with his first car, before making up places after the pit stop to claim third.</p> <p>&ldquo;The difference to Renault is quite clear,&rdquo; he said afterwards. &ldquo;What we can do, we are trying to do, of course.</p> <p>&ldquo;In this championship, you can only do a big change year by year. We can improve the car but not massively. You have to homologate the drivetrain.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are working on the season four car already, and on season three we are doing everything we can to try and close the gap.</p> <p>&ldquo;Last year, Seb [Buemi] was also in this scenario but he was making mistakes. This year he hasn&rsquo;t made any mistakes in the first three races.</p> <p>&ldquo;All I can do is fight to get the most points possible. One time they do mistakes or they lose their head, then we go for the win, but it was impossible to fight for the win.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13824http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13824Video: Buenos Aires ePrix race highlightsSun, 19 Feb 2017 13:08:30 GMT<p>Watch race highlights from round three of the 2016/2017 Formula E season in Argentina, as S&eacute;bastien Buemi stormed to a third consecutive victory.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13822http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13822Jean-Eric Vergne sure Techeetah win will comeSun, 19 Feb 2017 13:00:01 GMT<p>Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne is confident that Techeetah has the ability to win races in Formula E after he claimed the team&rsquo;s maiden podium at the Buenos Aires ePrix.</p> <p>Vergne, following spells with Andretti and DS Virgin, linked up with Techeetah for the 2016/17 season, with the new squad acquiring powertrains from Renault.</p> <p>Vergne retired in Hong Kong and placed a low-key eighth in Marrakech, but enjoyed a brief spell in the lead at Buenos Aires before eventually finishing second to runaway championship leader S&eacute;bastien Buemi.</p> <p>The result lifted Vergne to fourth in the standings and the Frenchman is confident that he can now emerge as a contender for victories in the electric championship.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m really pleased to bring that first podium to Techeetah, the first of many I am sure,&rdquo; Vergne commented.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re here to perform well in the championship, win races and fight for the championship.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are a new team so nobody could expect us to win races from the beginning of the season, but it&rsquo;s going to come. I&rsquo;m extremely pleased.</p> <p>&ldquo;Everyone&rsquo;s going to get even hungrier for more results. It&rsquo;s a boost of motivation for everybody.&rdquo;</p> <p>Vergne believes Techeetah is now in a position to concentrate more on extracting performance from its packaging, rather than prioritising reliability.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re a new team, we come from very far away and didn&rsquo;t have any testing like the others had,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;We had new mechanics, new engineers, new everything. You saw the struggle we had in Hong Kong and Marrakech, and I think the whole team did a great job working hard.</p> <p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t quite have the pace to beat Seb with a big margin, but we proved in qualifying we are faster [than Buemi]. In the race, I came back quite a lot at the end of the race.</p> <p>&ldquo;Now I think that we can make a weekend without any mistakes, we are going to focus on performance much more than reliability. Now we can focus our energy on finding those tenths to get a win.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13821http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13821It's clear we have the best car right now - Sebastien BuemiSun, 19 Feb 2017 08:00:01 GMT<p>S&eacute;bastien Buemi has declared his Renault e.Dams car &quot;the best&quot; on the grid after he became&nbsp;the first driver in Formula E to win three races on the bounce as he extended his championship lead to 29 points after just three rounds.</p> <p>The Frenchman took his third victory of the season&nbsp;by three seconds in Buenos Aires ands he now holds a commanding position in the championship, 29 points clear of Lucas di Grassi.</p> <p>However, he admitted the race didn&#39;t all go his way as the conditions put a strain on their car.</p> <p>&quot;You know today with the heat, there were many other things we had to manage, particularly the temp of the battery,&quot; Buemi&nbsp;said after the race.&nbsp;&quot;Then on the second car we had some small issues on the brakes. It was quite difficult to actually drive the car. The car was not driving straight.&quot;</p> <p>Buemi says he had the pace to open up a much larger gap, but had to balance battery power over outright pace.</p> <p>&quot;I saw I had a pace advantage, after that&nbsp;it was quite easy. We got a bit of a margin. There is no point having a big gap. The best thing is to have a little gap that makes you feel safe. You don&rsquo;t want to pull a big gap and then all of a sudden the SC comes out and all this energy is gone.</p> <p>&quot;I think it&rsquo;s clear that we have right now the best car, the best package. That obviously helps but it&rsquo;s not everything. You need to be doing good races, a good car and be a good team. I think as a package we&rsquo;ve come out a bit better than the rest. We know that&rsquo;s not going to last forever. If we can get as many points as possible as long as it lasts, that would be good.&quot;</p> <p>Buemi added that he was pleased to finally clinch victory in Buenos Aires, after missing out during season one and coming close in season two.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m quite happy because the first race here three years ago, I had pole and I did a mistake and ended up in the wall. The second year I started last and finished second.</p> <p>&quot;In the end to get a win here is a great achievement. This race has never really gone our way but today it did. We&rsquo;ll try to enjoy that a little bit and then look to Mexico.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13820http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13820Sebastien Buemi continues winning streak with Buenos Aires ePrix victorySat, 18 Feb 2017 20:02:27 GMT<p>Renault e.Dams driver S&eacute;bastien Buemi continued his triumphant run of Formula E success with victory at the Buenos Aires ePrix.</p> <p>The Swiss driver put in a controlled performance, having started third and made his way up the order in the first half of the race.</p> <p>He overtook rival Lucas di Grassi for second on the third lap, before making a move on race leader Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne at the first corner a few laps later.</p> <p>Buemi extended his advantage through the pit stops and took control from then on, establishing a comfortable advantage.</p> <p>He came home just under three seconds clear of Techeetah&rsquo;s Vergne, scoring a hat-trick of victories in the 2016/2017 season and becoming the first to do so in Formula E.</p> <p><a href="https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13819">Buenos Aires pole-sitter</a> Di Grassi was in third place after an eventful ePrix that saw him lose positions early on and have a close call in the pits - the incident was investigated by the stewards but no action was taken.</p> <p>Nicolas Prost looked in contention for a podium spot before falling behind di Grassi on lap 24, with Nelson Piquet Jr. coming home fifth for NextEV NIO.</p> <p>Pitting one lap earlier helped elevate Lo&iuml;c Duval to sixth, with Daniel Abt coming home seventh and J&eacute;r&ocirc;me d&#39;Ambrosio in eighth. The Dragon racer lost a few spots in the final stages, after a feisty battle with his team-mate.</p> <p>Oliver Turvey spent the early part of the race at the front of the field and even looked on for a podium at one point, but he lost positions in the pits and couldn&rsquo;t recover.</p> <p>Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a L&oacute;pez was 10th in front of his home crowd, with Mitch Evans finishing in the points on the road but losing places due to a five-second time penalty for speeding under full course yellow.</p> <p>Adam Carroll failed to get away from the grid and eventually got going, albeit well down on the field, while a pit stop problem dropped Felix Rosenqvist one lap down.</p> <p>Maro Engel suffered problems early on and that put him well out of contention, while left-rear damage dropped Sam Bird back and he ended up retiring.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13819http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13819Lucas di Grassi snatches pole for Buenos Aires ePrixSat, 18 Feb 2017 16:15:04 GMT<p>ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport Formula E driver Lucas di Grassi secured pole position for the Buenos Aires ePrix after an eventful qualifying session.</p> <p>The Brazilian driver made it through to Super Pole and put in a 1:09.404 to score his maiden pole position in the all-electric series,&nbsp;picking up three championship points in the process.</p> <p>Techeetah&rsquo;s Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne&nbsp;missed out on pole by two tenths of a second, with S&eacute;bastien Buemi making an error early in his lap and having to settle for third.</p> <p>Both NextEV NIO cars made it through to Super Pole but scruffy laps left Oliver Turvey and Nelson Piquet Jr. fourth and fifth on the grid.</p> <p>Nicolas Prost was the first driver to miss out on Super Pole in the second Renault e.Dams entry, qualifying sixth, while Jaguar&rsquo;s Mitch Evans was seventh, having topped the opening segment.</p> <p>Felix Rosenqvist was next up for Mahindra, with J&eacute;r&ocirc;me d&#39;Ambrosio and Sam Bird &ndash; who set the pace in FP2, but struggled to heat his tyres up in qualifying &ndash; completing the top 10.</p> <p>St&eacute;phane Sarrazin was 11th quickest, with Nick Heidfeld, Robin Frijns, Lo&iuml;c Duval and the second Jaguar car of Adam Carroll rounding out the top 15.</p> <p>Daniel Abt hit the wall at Turn 4 in the fourth segment of qualifying and was 16th, with Andretti driver Ant&oacute;nio F&eacute;lix da Costa&rsquo;s hot lap being interrupted by a red flag.</p> <p>He received the chance to conduct a full-power lap but clipped the wall at the Turn 8 chicane and had to settle for 17th. FP1 pace-setter and home hero Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a L&oacute;pez was next up, having caused the red flag after crashing at Turn 7.</p> <p>Techeetah&rsquo;s Ma Qing Hua hit the Turn 4 barrier and was 19th, with power issues leaving Venturi&rsquo;s Maro Engel 20th.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13818http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13818Sam Bird, Jose Maria Lopez lead Formula E practice in Buenos AiresSat, 18 Feb 2017 14:14:25 GMT<p><strong>DS Virgin Racing teammates Sam Bird and Jose Maria Lopez shared the spoils during practice for the Buenos Aires Formula E race on Saturday morning.</strong></p> <p>Home favourite&nbsp;Lopez flew the flag high for Argentina in opening practice, finishing at the top of the timesheets after putting in an early 200kW lap of 1:09.431 for DS Virgin Racing. Jean-Eric Vergne finished second for Techeetah, while Mitch Evans also explored the full potential of his Jaguar I-Type in FP1, winding up third in the final standings as the only other driver to complete a 200kW qualifying simulation.</p> <p>FP1 was interrupted by two red flag periods, both caused by Antonio Felix da Costa. The first saw the Andretti racer shunt into the wall after losing the backend of his car, while a stoppage later in the session brought his early running to a premature end.</p> <p>FP2 saw the majority of the field stretch the legs of their cars, with Lucas di Grassi initially leading for ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport before crashing out late on. Felix Rosenqvist also enjoyed a stint in P1 for Mahindra, but it was Bird who snuck in at the end before yellow flags were shown for di Grassi and ended the session fastest.</p> <p>A red flag period&nbsp;affected a number of teams&#39; programmes after Loic Duval lost a tyre from his Dragon car. The Frenchman appeared to lose a wheel nut coming out of Turn 1, causing his tyre to break free. Although no-one was harmed, the session was halted so that the tyre could be recovered and Duval could get back to the pits.</p> <p>Di Grassi&#39;s shunt only warranted local yellows, but they were enough to force the majority of the pack to ease off, making improvements hard to come by late on.</p> <p>Qualifying for the Buenos Aires ePrix takes place at 12pm local time in Argentina (3pm GMT).</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13791http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13791Video: 2017 Buenos Aires ePrix stats and factsTue, 14 Feb 2017 16:17:47 GMT<p>Take a look at all of the statistics and facts you need to know about this year&rsquo;s Buenos Aires ePrix, ahead of Formula E&rsquo;s return to the track in Argentina this weekend.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13761http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13761Formula E returns to Tempelhof Airport for 2017 Berlin ePrixFri, 10 Feb 2017 13:39:41 GMT<p>Formula E has announced it will return to the Berlin Tempelhof Airport for this season&rsquo;s 2017 Berlin ePrix.</p> <p>The event, scheduled to take place on the June 10, will use a revised version of the circuit raced on during the inaugural Berlin ePrix in 2015.</p> <p>The all-electric series has had to revert to Tempelhof Airport after the Berlin city council ruled that it couldn&#39;t return to last year&#39;s venue, a street circuit in the Alexanderplatz area, following a vote on the matter.</p> <p>Therefore Formula E&rsquo;s return to the original ePrix venue has now been confirmed.</p> <p>A 17-turn, 1.5-mile circuit built on the apron section of the disused Tempelhof Airport was used in 2015 and details on the revised 2017 layout will be revealed shortly.</p> <p>&quot;Motorsport with electric motors is an advertisement for innovative technologies and sustainable urban mobility,&quot;&nbsp;said Berlin mayor Michael M&uuml;ller.</p> <p>&quot;Electromobility is the key to environmentally friendly transport in the cities of the 21st century, including Berlin.</p> <p>&quot;I am therefore delighted that Formula E continues to take place here. The event thrills motorsport fans and proves - in a spectacular way, in front of a special backdrop - the performance of this technology to a wide audience.&quot;</p> <p>The Berlin ePrix is the seventh round of the 2016/2017 Formula E season. Sebastien Buemi leads the championship after two events, having won in both Hong Kong and Marrakesh.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13741http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13741Formula E makes FanBoost changes for Buenos AiresTue, 07 Feb 2017 10:21:11 GMT<p><strong>Formula E has tweaked its FanBoost fan engagement system ahead of the Buenos Aires ePrix on February 18.</strong></p> <p>FanBoost was introduced to Formula E at its very first race in 2014, calling on fans to vote for their favourite driver in order to give them an in-race power boost.</p> <p>The concept has been tinkered with throughout the series&#39; life, with the most recent change being confirmed by Formula E on Monday prior to the next race in Buenos Aires.</p> <p>Firstly, the voting window has been reduced from 13 days to just six &quot;to condense the time during which the teams and drivers canvass for votes and increase the amount of fan engagement they partake in&quot;, according to Formula E.</p> <p>Instagram voting has also been discontinued, meaning that votes can now only be gained via the Formula E website, the Formula E app and on Twitter.</p> <p>The changes come following concerns that have been raised by a number of Formula E drivers over the ability for votes to be automated, thus influencing the fan-created results.</p> <p>FanBoost for the Buenos Aires ePrix will open on February 13 and close six minutes into the race. The three most popular drivers will receive a 100kJ power boost to use in their second car that can be used once.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13732http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13732Video: Guide to Formula E driver safety gearMon, 06 Feb 2017 10:38:33 GMT<p><strong>Watch DS Virgin Racing Formula E driver Sam Bird talk us through the safety gear he uses at ever race weekend.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13728http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13728Ferrari not ruling out future Formula E entry - Sergio MarchionneSun, 05 Feb 2017 12:34:02 GMT<p>Ferrari isn&#39;t ruling out the possibility of one day entering Formula E, but chairman Sergio Marchionne admits the current arrangement isn&#39;t an attractive proposal for the Italian manufacturer.</p> <p>The all-electric series has already attracted a number of large&nbsp;manufacturers including Renault, Audi, BMW and Jaguar, whilst Mercedes has an option to join in 2018.</p> <p>However in its current format, the series isn&#39;t an option for Ferrari according to Marchionne.</p> <p>&quot;The Formula E arrangement now, as much as I think it&#39;s a valiant effort to make technology relevant on the track, I think it&#39;s substantially short of what I would expect to have,&quot; he said in a recent investor conference call.</p> <p>&quot;The fact you have to change cars during&nbsp;a race is unhelpful simply because of the duration of the battery charges,&quot; he added &ndash; although that is set to change from season five, when McLaren aims to supply a battery system capable of completing an entire race distance.</p> <p>Marchionne admitted the series is something Ferrari will continue to monitor and he isn&#39;t ruling out an entry further down the line.</p> <p>&quot;I think we need to find a better way of expressing an interest in electrification than through Formula E.</p> <p>&quot;Having said this, we continue to look at it, and I think we&nbsp;have not given up on the idea of potentially one day entering &ndash;&nbsp;if the parameters are such that Ferrari can make a difference. If it cannot make a difference, then it should not take part.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13720http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13720Why are cities falling out of love with Formula E?Fri, 03 Feb 2017 14:26:47 GMT<p>As any regular reader of my <i>Motorsport Monday</i> column will know all-too-well, I am a big advocate and fan of Formula E.</p> <p>I often find motorsport to be an &#39;old boys club&#39;, which, as someone in their early twenties, can&nbsp;be a bit intimidating and even confusing at times. I have never felt this more acutely than when trying to explain why I believe Formula E is the series of the future and, frankly, the place to be in racing right now.</p> <p>Yet it is not possible to window-dress the series when it faces serious problems that do concern me when it comes to considering its future. A spade&#39;s a spade, after all. Sometimes I must recognise that the naysayers may have a point.</p> <p>While questions about the future of Formula 1 have dominated the newswires for the past week or two amid Liberty Media&#39;s takeover of the series and Bernie Ecclestone&#39;s departure, Formula E has been facing a minor crisis of its own. I say &#39;minor&#39; as the issue is nothing but a road bump for a series I still firmly believe to be moving in the right direction - but there is certainly a worrying trend appearing.</p> <p>Cast your mind back to last summer when the NIMBYs of Battersea Park decided to nuke the annual Formula E race in London. Amid ongoing court disputes, series officials agreed to make the 2016 London ePrix the last to be staged in Battersea Park in the hope of finding a better venue elsewhere. Battersea Park had certainly served a purpose, but ultimately it was a poor spectator venue and hardly conducive to thrilling race.</p> <p>Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag was not worried when addressing the press after unveiling the season three calendar. There was a slot still reserved for London, on the condition that a deal could be done to find a better venue. Agag was confident the series could, in his words, &quot;do a Berlin&quot;.</p> <p>Berlin hosted Formula E for the first time in season one, with a rudimentary track created at the disused Tempelhof Airport, famous for its role during the Berlin Air Lift that kept the west of the city alive during the height of the Cold War. However, when the site was turned into a centre for refugees fleeing the troubles in the Middle East, Formula E was understandably unable to return for season two.</p> <p>Instead, a track was laid out in the very heart of the city near Alexanderplatz, with the pit lane formed on the famous Karl-Marx-Allee. It was an unmitigated success for the series, with a buzzing atmosphere around the track as fans flocked to the race. It was the epitome of what Formula E is trying to do: taking clean, eco-friendly racing to city centres in the hope of promoting electric vehicles.</p> <p><img alt="" height="440" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/FormulaE/Berlin%201.jpg" width="800" /></p> <p>But last week, word filtered through that city officials in Berlin had not shared the enthusiasm for the race. A vote from the city senate ruled against hosting Formula E on Karl-Marx-Allee again in 2017, citing pressures placed on local residents by the event and traffic issues as the main concerns.</p> <p>Just three days later, officials in the Belgian capital, Brussels, played a similar card. Formula E had already moved the intended location for the July 1 race once before, but was now faced with doing so again after city officials said it could not be held in Koekelberg as planned. While there is an agreement in principle between Brussels and Formula E, it was always conditional to the venue that was used. Efforts are being made to keep the race on the calendar for season three, but delaying its addition until season four seems more likely.</p> <p>Add in last year&#39;s difficulties with London and, as announced last November, the decision to move the Buenos Aires race after season three by virtue of a city decision to redevelop the Puerto Madero area, you can see the trend that is brewing. That&rsquo;s before you also remember the loss of races in Miami, Punta del Este, Beijing, Putrajaya, Long Beach and Moscow in the past two years - although the circumstances surrounding each of these examples are more complex than the cities themselves saying they&#39;ve had enough.</p> <p>Cities are becoming increasingly concerned about the problems supposedly posed by Formula E, as opposed to the benefits. It looks as if they are falling out of love with a very novel and new series.</p> <p>In a worst-case scenario, neither Berlin nor Brussels will go ahead this year. Should that be the case, Formula E would be reduced to an eight-round, 10-race calendar for season three - or less than nine hours of actual racing across the course of an FIA sanctioned world championship season. There would also be another gaping hole in the calendar between Paris on May 20 and New York on July 15, following on from a stint between the mid-February and mid-May where there is just a single ePrix.</p> <p>Calendar issues are certainly stacking up, but Agag has always insisted that the season three schedule was a compromise. The plan is for season four to start much later than season three, potentially in December, with Hong Kong once again playing host to the season opener. Hong Kong was a huge success as a debut event, causing minimal disruption to the city and being embraced by the local government. The more cities that embrace Formula E in this fashion, the better. Alas, some are turned off after giving the series a try due to the disruption to its usual functionality that can be caused. As appealing as the event is, the trade-off is unfavourable for the likes of Berlin and Brussels.</p> <p>It is for that reason that I am concerned about the future of races in Paris, Montr&eacute;al and New York, the latter two which are yet to hold an inaugural event. Paris was an exciting event last year, taking place in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower and fulfilling a long-held dream for the FIA to have a race in the streets of its home city, yet the spectator experience left much to be desired. New York and Montr&eacute;al are still to feel what impact Formula E will have on their cities. Holding a race in New York will be a landmark event for global motorsport and to Formula E&rsquo;s credit, but one can only hope the Big Apple is not turned off long-term by the disruption that could be caused.</p> <p>Formula E has broken enormous ground by taking motorsport to the very heart of cities, something that championships such as F1 face far greater difficulty in achieving. The question is whether or not it is truly sustainable. Going to Berlin, New York and Montr&eacute;al is all well and good, but being &#39;one and done&#39; at venues sends out the wrong message.</p> <p><img alt="" height="440" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/FormulaE/FE-New%20York-Agag-Press%20Conference.jpg" width="800" /></p> <p>It&#39;s a shame that Formula E faces these problems, because the on-track spectacle is getting better with every race that goes by. The technology is developing at a rapid rate, and more and more big-name drivers want to be in the series. Esteban Guti&eacute;rrez will make his debut in Mexico City and is also set to race in New York, while Felipe Massa tested for Jaguar this week ahead of a possible move into Formula E for season four.</p> <p>The calendar for season four has already been worked on for some time, with a focus on more Asian rounds already being stressed. Besides Hong Kong, the next most-easterly round on the season three calendar was Berlin, but there is plenty of interest. Agag met with delegations from 15 Asian cities in Hong Kong alone to discuss a possible race for season four, including a number from mainland China. Asia is a huge market for EVs, so having multiple races across such a vast continent is crucial to capture the imagination of possible consumers.</p> <p>As Formula E seeks stability, date equity is going to become increasingly important. Having a race such as Hong Kong locked in year after year in an early-December slot would be valuable to all parties, much as you know when roughly the majority of F1 races will be each year (start in Australia, Monaco in May, Silverstone in July, etc.). One hopes that other cities can follow suit, otherwise it will be ever-changing calendar; there will be little crossover from season to season. It&#39;s far too unstable to even think about building up any kind of consistency for the electric racing category in a host city.</p> <p>Despite the doom and gloom, Berlin and Brussels may yet happen this year. Berlin is pushing to return to Tempelhof if possible, while Brussels&#39; minister for mobility Pascal Smet and event promoter Stephan Uhada are bidding to get the race back at its originally-planned venue in Heysel. Right now, it&#39;s far from game over for both races, particularly in Berlin&rsquo;s case.</p> <p>Nevertheless, the uncertainty surrounding races is worrisome to those looking for some kind of stability in Formula E. If this can be curbed, it would be another big victory for the championship as it continues to evolve and look to the future.</p> <p><a href="http://mmuk.realviewdigital.com/?iid=150473#folio=42"><em><strong>This feature first appeared in issue 200 of Motorsport Monday. Subscribe for free by clicking here.</strong></em></a></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13718http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13718Felipe Massa: Formula E car 'completely different to anything I've driven'Fri, 03 Feb 2017 12:25:41 GMT<p><strong>Felipe Massa says that Jaguar&#39;s Formula E car was &quot;completely different&quot; to anything&nbsp;he has previously driven after completing a maiden test with the British manufacturer earlier this week.</strong></p> <p>Jaguar confirmed last week that Massa would be testing its Formula E car after receiving a request for the series to run the Brazilian, using one of its allocated development days for&nbsp;season four.</p> <p>Massa had been considering a move into Formula E before being lured out of Formula 1 retirement by Williams for the 2017 season following Valtteri Bottas&#39; surprise move to Mercedes.</p> <p>Speaking about the Formula E test, Massa was thankful for the chance with Jaguar and noted how different the experience was to those of driving other cars.</p> <p>&quot;I would like to thank Panasonic Jaguar Racing for giving me this opportunity,&quot; Massa said.</p> <p>&quot;It was great to experience a Formula E car as it&rsquo;s something completely different to anything I&rsquo;ve driven previously.</p> <p>&quot;The different power, brakes, tyres and downforce mean it requires quite a different driving style. I&rsquo;m happy with the experience and what I have learnt.</p> <p>&quot;Overall, it&rsquo;s been a really fun day.&quot;</p> <p>Massa&#39;s test could be a pre-cursor to a full-time move into Formula E at the end of 2017, should he opt to quit F1 for good and depart Williams following the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 26.</p> <p>With the F1&nbsp;finale taking place at the end of November, Massa would be able to start the new Formula E campaign along with the rest of the grid should the series&#39; plan to kick off the new season in Hong Kong at the start of December be put into action.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13702http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13702Gérry Hughes becomes permanent team principal of NextEVWed, 01 Feb 2017 09:52:05 GMT<p><strong>G&eacute;rry Hughes has become the permanent team principal of NextEV NIO Formula E, the team has confirmed.</strong></p> <p>He was previously made acting team principal after the passing of Dr Martin Leach in November 2016, but will now fulfil the role on a full-time basis.</p> <p>Hughes joined NextEV in December 2015 as the chief race engineer. Alongside his team boss position at the team, he will also take up a new role as the head of NIO&rsquo;s performance programme.</p> <p>Prior to joining NextEV, Hughes held a number of Formula 1 roles at teams such as Jordan, Jaguar, Super Aguri and Red Bull.</p> <p>He then moved into Formula E with Team Aguri as its chief engineer and technical director before moving over to NextEV at the end of 2015.</p> <p>His new roles with NextEV will also see him work on NIO&rsquo;s supercar programme.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Taking on the role of project lead for both the Formula E team and EP9 supercar programmes will include new challenges for me, but they are challenges that my team and I relish,&rdquo; Hughes said on the news.</p> <p>&ldquo;I must thank everyone at NIO for their support and confidence in me during this transitional period.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am extremely honoured that William Li and Lihong Qin have given me this opportunity and I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that both programmes are a success going forwards.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13693http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13693'Very difficult' to find new Brussels Formula E venue for planned 2017 raceMon, 30 Jan 2017 13:50:22 GMT<p><strong>The promoter of the planned Formula E race&nbsp;in Brussels says it will be &quot;very difficult&quot; to find a new venue for the event after the regional government voted against the planned location last week.</strong></p> <p>Brussels was listed on the first provisional&nbsp;season three Formula E calendar last summer, and was originally planned to be held in the Heysel part of the city before being moved to Koekelberg.</p> <p>Last week, government officials voted against hosting the race in Koekelberg due to pressures it would create, putting the round in doubt.&nbsp;</p> <p>Formula E issued a statement following the news&nbsp;confirming it still had an agreement in principle to hold a race in Brussels this year, relying a suitable location could be found.</p> <p>Event promoter St&eacute;phan Uhoda reiterated his commitment to finding a new venue for Formula E in Brussels, but conceded that it is an increasingly challenging task that could result in the race being postponed until 2018.</p> <p>&quot;We are very disappointed by this [government] decision,&nbsp;but we understand that it is still a quite new project with a new urban race approach. Public authorities and the neighbourhood are very cautious and need to be reassured, which takes time,&quot; Uhoda told Motorsport Week.</p> <p>&quot;It is becoming very difficult to find another place to race in Brussels this year but we are still looking with Formula E and the city.</p> <p>&quot;In case we cannot find one quickly, we hope to take profit of our experience of this year to solve all the local problems from now and have a great race in Brussels in 2018.&quot;</p> <p>The inaugural Brussels ePrix is provisionally planned to be held on July 1, 2017.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13676http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13676Felipe Massa set for Formula E test with Jaguar RacingFri, 27 Jan 2017 16:44:04 GMT<p><strong>Panasonic Jaguar Racing has confirmed that Williams Formula 1 racer Felipe Massa will test its Formula E car ahead of a speculated move into the all-electric series.</strong></p> <p>Massa previously expressed an interest in entering Formula E when considering his racing options after deciding to retire from F1 at the end of the 2016 season.</p> <p>Massa was lured out of retirement by Williams when it lost Valtteri Bottas to Mercedes and sought an experienced replacement to partner 18-year-old rookie Lance Stroll in 2017.</p> <p>Massa agreed a one-year deal with the British team, but looks to be thinking beyond his time in F1 after it was confirmed that the Brazilian&nbsp;will enjoy his first Formula E test with Jaguar.</p> <p>&ldquo;Panasonic Jaguar Racing received a request from Formula E to give&nbsp;Felipe Massa the chance to experience a Formula E car,&quot; a spokesman from Jaguar told Motorsport Week.</p> <p>&quot;We are happy to&nbsp;provide this opportunity.&rdquo;</p> <p>While a move into Formula E during its third campaign is perhaps unlikely, Massa may be in contention for a seat for the start of season four, which is expected to begin in December following the final F1 round of the year.</p> <p>Jaguar made its debut in Formula E in October, and currently sits at the foot of the teams&#39; championship without a point to its name.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13666http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13666Video: Touchdown in New York for Formula EFri, 27 Jan 2017 00:28:42 GMT<p><strong>The FIA Formula E Championship - the electric racing series - has launched ticket sales for the first-ever New York City ePrix in style, with the help of NFL star and New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz taking the all-electric car for a spin around the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13661http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13661Brussels Formula E race in doubt after government voteThu, 26 Jan 2017 15:40:56 GMT<p><strong>July&#39;s planned Formula E race in Brussels has been thrown into doubt following reports in Belgium that the city&#39;s government has voted against hosting the all-electric series this summer.</strong></p> <p>Brussels was listed on Formula E&#39;s season three calendar last July, taking a July 1 date slot as the final European round of the season.</p> <p>Two layouts have been released for Brussels, with the updated version issued in December signalling that the track would move closer to the city centre around Elisabeth Park and the Koekelberg&nbsp;Basilica.</p> <p>However, reports in Belgium on Thursday claimed that city officials have&nbsp;voted against holding the race in the Koekelberg area&nbsp;due to disruption that it would cause for locals, with one of the city&#39;s major tunnels needing to be closed.</p> <p>The local media reports note that the race could be moved to the Heysel area, where it&nbsp;was initially set to take place.&nbsp;Minister of mobility Pascal Smet tweeted&nbsp;that there was an agreement in principle to hold the race in Brussels but not the Koekelberg area.</p> <p>&quot;Formula E can be in Brussles but not in Koekelberg,&quot; Smet tweeted. &quot;Too complicated. Agreement in principle to organise an ePrix&nbsp;in Brussels but not at Koekelberg.&quot;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="nl">Formule E kan in Brussel maar niet in Koekelberg. Te gecompliceerd <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/eprix?src=hash">#eprix</a></p> &mdash; Pascal Smet (@SmetPascal) <a href="https://twitter.com/SmetPascal/status/824574704296071169">January 26, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="fr">Accord de principe pour l&#39;organisation d&#39;un grand prix de formule 1 &eacute;lectrique en R&eacute;gion Bxloise. Mais pas &agrave; Koekelberg. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/eprix?src=hash">#eprix</a></p> &mdash; Pascal Smet (@SmetPascal) <a href="https://twitter.com/SmetPascal/status/824579614085447680">January 26, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>&quot;I&#39;m obviously not very happy,&quot; race organiser Stephan Uhoda told <em>DHBE.net</em>. &quot;I prefer to make no further comment at this time and take a step back.&nbsp;First I want to see how the leaders of the Formula E will react.&quot;</p> <p>The report from DHBE.net notes that while the race could still go ahead in 2017, a postponement until 2018 seems more likely for the Brussels ePrix.</p> <p>&quot;The Brussels regional government has approved the race in principle, but this is subject to a finding suitable location in the time remaining,&quot; a spokesperson from Formula E told Motorsport Week.</p> <p>&quot;We have already received written confirmation from the minister of mobility that there is a firm commitment to make the race happen. FE is now considering its options.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13634http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13634Berlin Formula E race set for second location change in three yearsMon, 23 Jan 2017 16:37:46 GMT<p><b>Berlin&#39;s Formula E race is set to change location for a second time in three years after the city senate voted against hosting the event on Karl-Marx-Allee in 2017.</b></p> <p>Berlin is the only city to have featured on all three of Formula E&#39;s calendars so far, with the inaugural edition of the ePrix being held at the disused Tempelhof Airport on the outskirts of Germany&#39;s capital in 2015.</p> <p>The 2016 race was moved into the city centre after the Tempelhof site was turned into a refugee camp,&nbsp;with a circuit being built in the eastern part of the city near Alexanderplatz.</p> <p>Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag has previously coined the phrase &#39;doing a Berlin&#39;&nbsp;and gaining a better location after being forced to move, and had hoped to do something similar for the London race following Battersea Park&#39;s decision to stop hosting it after 2016.</p> <p>However, Agag is now facing the prospect of &#39;doing a Berlin&#39;&nbsp;once again after the city senate voted against holding the race at its 2016 location due to the pressure placed on local residents and traffic.</p> <p>&quot;We are in constant dialogue and cooperating with local authorities to determine the final location of the race and are thankful for the continued interest and support shown from the mayor to host a race in the city of Berlin,&quot; a spokesperson from Formula E told Motorsport Week.</p> <p>A return to Tempelhof has been mooted as a possible option for 2017, although the site continues to house refugees following crises in the Middle East in recent years.</p> <p>The 2017 Berlin ePrix is due to take place on June 10.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13630http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13630DS Virgin Racing adds Alex Lynn as reserve driverMon, 23 Jan 2017 10:06:10 GMT<p><strong>DS Virgin Racing has recruited multiple GP2 race winner Alex Lynn as its reserve driver in the Formula E championship on a multi-year deal.</strong></p> <p>Lynn, who placed sixth in last year&rsquo;s GP2 championship with three wins, will act as back-up to regular racers Sam Bird and Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a <span>L&oacute;pez</span>.</p> <p>Lynn tested for the nascent Jaguar squad last summer and has now landed a new role with DS Virgin, having opted to call time on his GP2 career.</p> <p>&ldquo;Formula E is arguably the most competitive motor racing championship in the world, with the highest calibre of drivers,&rdquo; said Lynn, who spent two years as Williams&#39; development driver in Formula 1.</p> <p>&ldquo;As a driver I want to be competing in the top series, which is why I&rsquo;ve been trying so hard to get into Formula E, and DS Virgin was my first choice.</p> <p>&ldquo;So I&rsquo;m delighted to have signed a multi-year deal with DS Virgin.</p> <p>&ldquo;I like the combination of street racing along with the challenge of energy management.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think this series is going to suit me down to the ground.&rdquo;</p> <p>Lynn could be drafted into action in either Mexico or New York, with Bird and <span>L&oacute;pez </span> both facing clashes with World Endurance Championship events.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13547http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13547Alejandro Agag expects Esteban Gutierrez to be Formula E title contenderSun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT<p><strong>FIA Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag says the all-electric series&rsquo; latest driver, former F1 racer Esteban Gutierrez, can be a title contender in season four.</strong></p> <p>Gutierrez was announced as a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.grandprixtimes.com/news/id/13519">Formula E driver earlier this week</a>, with the Mexican set to step in at various races during the remainder of the 2016/2017 season.</p> <p>So far he has been confirmed for the Mexico City ePrix and New York ePrix, but the team he will be driving for has not been revealed yet.</p> <p>A number of clashes with other racing championships mean seats will free up at some races, making room for Gutierrez.</p> <p>The initial announcement stated that Gutierrez was considering full-time options in Formula E for the 2017/2018 season and Agag reckons he can be a front-runner.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think that&rsquo;s [Gutierrez joining] great news for the championship,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve known Esteban for a long time - I was in GP2 when Esteban was there and obviously he&rsquo;s a great driver.</p> <p>&ldquo;He&rsquo;s a young driver and has a long career in front of him and is choosing to follow his career after Formula 1 in Formula E.</p> <p>&ldquo;At his age, I see a very bright future for him. I think it&rsquo;s going to be great for the Mexico race to have a local star for the fans to cheer for.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;This year Esteban is going to be on a learning curve in Formula E - he&rsquo;s missed two races of the season already, so it&rsquo;s not a season for him to try to win the championship, but a season to learn.</p> <p>&ldquo;He&rsquo;ll race in Mexico and New York - we have a few clashes with other championships that will free up seats and for him to occupy those seats and to learn.</p> <p>&ldquo;And then after that in season four, I think he&rsquo;ll have a proper race drive and will be one of the guys who is going to fight for the championship.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13539http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13539Formula E planning more 'winter races' to shorten calendar gapFri, 13 Jan 2017 23:15:04 GMT<p><strong>Formula E is hoping to introduce more races during the winter period which it says will shorten, or even do away with the calendar gap which has been a feature of the opening three seasons.</strong></p> <p>The current 2016/17 calendar has a three-month gap between race two and three in Morocco and Buenos Aires respectively, which means fans begin to lose interest and it opens up a greater chance of clashes with other series, such as Formula 1 and World Endurance Championship.</p> <p>However series boss Alejandro Agag says they are planning on starting later, removing or at least reducing the calendar gap and then ending the season sooner, so it&#39;s more active during the winter, when other series aren&#39;t.</p> <p>&quot;It will be much better in terms of the break, which is too long,&quot; he told the official <em>Formula E </em>website.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;We are looking at perhaps starting later next year, and we definitely want to add events during the winter period. So races in January, races in February, races in March.</p> <p>&quot;These months, which is also when other championships are not on, is where we really need to fill the calendar.</p> <p>&quot;It&rsquo;s looking better for next season, we have different options for cities that we are working on now and we hope to have something to present to the WMSC in March.&quot;</p> <p>However Agag says he isn&#39;t bothered by the clashes with other racing series, despite some of FE&#39;s &#39;star&#39; drivers being forced to miss events due to other commitments.</p> <p>&quot;I think the [current] season is going to be fascinating. I&rsquo;m not really worried about the clashes - I think it&rsquo;s good to have new drivers coming in and that can give a bit more intrigue to the championship.</p> <p>&quot;I think the season ahead of us is going to be as exciting, if not more exciting than season one and two.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13519http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13519Ex-Haas F1 driver Esteban Gutierrez to make Formula E debut in 2017Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:01:50 GMT<p><strong>Former Haas F1 driver Esteban Gutierrez has confirmed he will make his debut in the all-electric Formula E series in 2017.</strong></p> <p>Following two seasons at Sauber, Gutierrez was a Ferrari F1 test driver before returning to an F1 race seat in 2016 with Haas.</p> <p>However, he failed to score a point and lost his drive to Kevin Magnussen for the up-coming F1 season.</p> <p>Gutierrez announced at a press conference in Mexico City he will make his Formula E debut this year, contesting selected rounds.</p> <p>He is analysing his options for a full-time Formula E switch in the 2017/2018 season, the fourth in the electric championship&rsquo;s history, and has also become an official FE ambassador.</p> <p>He will compete at the Mexico City ePrix and also, according to the Formula E website, the inaugural New York ePrix with more details to be confirmed in the coming weeks.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">NEWS - <a href="https://twitter.com/EstebanGtz">@EstebanGtz</a> joins <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FormulaE?src=hash">#FormulaE</a> for select number of races, including <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MexicoCityePrix?src=hash">#MexicoCityePrix</a> and analysing options for seat in 2017/18 season <a href="https://t.co/va7mNHSXDc">pic.twitter.com/va7mNHSXDc</a></p> &mdash; FIA Formula E (@FIAformulaE) <a href="https://twitter.com/FIAformulaE/status/818496888852856837">January 9, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The switch to Formula E comes after he was unable to secure a spot on the F1 grid for 2017.</p> <p>It is unclear which Formula E team he will drive for this season. However, it is likely to be in place of a driver unable to compete due to a date clash with Formula E.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13516http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13516Bono Huis wins first ever Formula E Vegas eRace and $200,000Sun, 08 Jan 2017 12:18:44 GMT<p><strong>Faraday Future Dragon Racing sim racer Bono Huis has claimed the first ever Visa Vegas eRace victory and with it, walks away with eSport&#39;s racing&#39;s largest ever prize fund of $200,000 as well as an additional $25,000 for pole position.</strong></p> <p>The event took place at the Venetian Hotel in front of a packed audience at the 50th edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).</p> <p>Amongst those in attendance were FIA president Jean Todt and series CEO Alejando Agag,</p> <p>&quot;This first eRace in Las Vegas was a great success,&quot; commented Agag.&nbsp;&quot;It&rsquo;s exciting to have brought Formula E into the inner sanctum of CES - the biggest and most influential technology show in the world.</p> <p>&quot;I think this can be the first in a big future for Formula E in eSports racing. We will continue to pursue new and innovative ways to improve our presence in this fast growing landscape, while maintaining fan engagement at the forefront of all our initiatives.&quot;</p> <p>Huis, who topped every session throughout the event, made a clean getaway from the line and held on to his lead throughout the first stint. Following the first round of pitstops, the Dutch driver dropped to second place behind Olli Pahkala of Mahindra Racing.</p> <p>Pahkala went on to cross the finish line first ahead of Huis, but was later handed a 12-second time penalty for&nbsp;having gained an unfair performance advantage caused by a software issue, allowing him to use too much FanBoost.</p> <p>Huis therefore claimed the victory ahead of Formula E driver Felix&nbsp;Rosenqvist.</p> <p>The top ten also included a number of actual Formula E drivers including: Jose Maria Lopez (DS Virgin Racing), Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing), Daniel Abt (ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport) and Nelson Piquet Jr. (NextEV NIO).</p> <p>David Greco (Renault e.dams) crossed the line in 15th place, but picked up fastest lap and $10,000 in the process.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13488http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13488Video: Formula E drivers share team highlights from 2016Wed, 28 Dec 2016 17:19:53 GMT<p><strong>With the end of the year almost upon us, Formula E drivers have been looking back at 2016, sharing their best team moments.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13480http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13480Video: Formula E drivers reveal best moments of 2016Fri, 23 Dec 2016 17:29:53 GMT<p><strong>It&#39;s been a busy year for Formula E. Watch some of this year&#39;s grid, including reigning champion Sebastien Buemi, reveal their best moments of 2016.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13456http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13456Michelin to supply tyres to upcoming Roborace championshipFri, 16 Dec 2016 10:22:47 GMT<p><strong>The upcoming Roborace championship &ndash; an entirely driverless series &ndash; has announced that it will share Formula E tyre supplier Michelin when it launches next year.</strong></p> <p>Roborace is expected to debut in late-2017 as a Formula E support series and therefore sharing tyre supplier makes sense.</p> <p>In order to make the championship relevant to road cars, Michelin&#39;s tyres will be suitable for road use.</p> <p>The French company has already begin the design and development phase and will shortly begin production.</p> <p>&quot;We are extremely proud to have Michelin as our partner. We expect our partners to be bold and to believe in a driverless future where our cities are greener, safer, quieter and smarter in ways that improve everyday lives,&rsquo;&rsquo; said Denis Sverdlov, CEO, Roborace.</p> <p>&ldquo;Michelin impressed us every time we met and they deeply understand the powerful opportunity of what road travel will become. They are pushing us, and themselves, to develop a world that moves from possibility to reality.&quot;</p> <p>Pascal Couasnon, Michelin Motorsport Director, added: &quot;We are very excited to confirm our partnership with Roborace today. We have been following the championship&rsquo;s progress very closely and have been testing privately with them for some time.</p> <p>&quot;We are very impressed by the speed at which Roborace has been developing driverless technology and hardware for its championship. Driverless technology is coming and we want to be at the forefront in terms of research and development.&quot;</p> <p>Michelin is Roborace&rsquo;s third official partner after A.I supplier Drive PX2 and smart electric truck maker Charge.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13301http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13301Antonio Felix da Costa claims second Macau F3 victorySun, 20 Nov 2016 12:22:34 GMT<p><strong>MS Amlin Andretti Formula E driver Antonio Felix da Costa claimed his second Macau Grand Prix victory on his return to the Guia Circuit.</strong></p> <p>The Portuguese racer last competed in the famous Macau Formula 3 race in 2012, beating fellow Formula E driver Felix Rosenqvist to the win.</p> <p>Both drivers returned to Macau for 2016, with da Costa lining up for the main event on pole position after winning the qualifying race for Carlin. However, he dropped to second at the start after being passed by Sergio Sette Camara.</p> <p>Da Costa also had to hold off Callum Ilott through the opening few corners after a close three-car battle for the lead, eventually slotting into second as Sette Camara built up a small lead over the chasing pack.</p> <p>But the safety car soon appeared after Nikita Mazepin crashed out. Da Costa used the slipstream on the restart to claim back the lead and drive off into the distance.</p> <p>His advantage was cut by another safety car to clear Nick Cassidy&rsquo;s damaged F3 machine, with a three-lap sprint to the chequered flag when the race restarted.</p> <p>Da Costa managed to hold onto first place to claim his second Macau win, with Rosenqvist finishing second (just like in 2012) after a strong first lap. He then made a late move on Sette Camara, who had to settle for third.</p> <p>Kenta Yamashita took fourth, having claimed back the position from Ilott, ahead of top Macau rookie Jake Hughes in sixth.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13274http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13274Video: Marrakesh ePrix race highlightsMon, 14 Nov 2016 18:27:37 GMT<p><strong>Rosenqvist starts on pole, Buemi receives a five-place grid penalty due to his car being underweight during qualifying moving Bird into second position. But how will this first African Formula E race unfold?</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13260http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13260Sebastien Buemi fights through to Marrakesh Formula E victorySat, 12 Nov 2016 17:14:49 GMT<p><strong>Sebastien Buemi fought back from a grid penalty to claim his second straight Formula E victory on Saturday in Marrakesh after passing rookie Felix Rosenqvist late on.</strong></p> <p>Buemi qualified second behind pole-sitter&nbsp;Rosenqvist, but was demoted to seventh on the grid after a technical infringement on his car during qualifying.</p> <p>The Swiss racer managed to pick his way up to third before pitting, going one lap longer than Rosenqvist and Jean-Eric Vergne in second to give himself more usable energy in the second half of the race.</p> <p>Buemi put his extra pace to good use, catching Rosenqvist at almost two seconds per lap to pile pressure on the erstwhile leader. With Vergne dropping back after a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane, Buemi had the Mahindra driver firmly in his sights.</p> <p>Buemi was able to get in Rosenqvist&#39;s slipstream before slinging his Renault e.dams car around the outside at Turn 11 to take the lead with six laps remaining.</p> <p>From there, Buemi managed his remaining energy en route to picking up his eighth Formula E victory, leading Sam Bird across the line after the Briton passed the ailing Rosenqvist late on.</p> <p>Nicolas Prost finished fourth in the second Renault e.dams ahead of Lucas di Grassi, who battled from 12th on the grid to take P5. Teammate Daniel Abt was sixth ahead of Oliver Turvey, with Vergne lagging home in P8. Nick Heidfeld finished ninth, while Jose Maria Lopez picked up his first Formula E point in P10.</p>