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/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> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13258http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13258Sebastien Buemi handed grid penalty in Marrakesh due to technical issueSat, 12 Nov 2016 15:20:51 GMT<p><strong>Sebastien Buemi has been given a five-place grid penalty for Saturday&#39;s Formula E race in Marrakesh following a technical infringement during qualifying.</strong></p> <p>Buemi qualified second on Saturday in Marrakesh behind Mahindra&#39;s&nbsp;Felix Rosenqvist, but will now drop down to P7 after the stewards deemed the Swiss driver to have breached the technical regulations.</p> <p>The fire extinguisher in Buemi&#39;s car was found to be under the 3.25kg minimum weight, prompting the stewards to issue a five-place grid penalty and fine the Renault e.dams team &euro;2,500.</p> <p>Buemi&#39;s penalty lifts Sam Bird onto the front row of the grid, as well as allowing Nelson Piquet Jr., Jean-Eric Vergne, Daniel Abt and Nicolas Prost all to gain a position.</p> <p>Buemi won his first Formula E title at the end of season two, and kicked off his title defence with a confident victory in Hong Kong last month from fifth on the grid.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13254http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13254Felix Rosenqvist takes maiden Formula E pole in MarrakeshSat, 12 Nov 2016 13:23:45 GMT<p><strong>Felix Rosenqvist will start Saturday&#39;s Formula E race in Marrakesh from pole position after early pace-setter Jean-Eric Vergne was left hamstrung by a timing mix-up in the final fight for pole.</strong></p> <p>Rosenqvist made his Formula E debut in Hong Kong last month, setting the fastest lap for Mahindra when fighting back from a mid-race spin, and managed to finish second in the first stage of qualifying in Marrakesh behind Vergne.</p> <p>Rosenqvist carried his pace through to the Super Pole shoot-out, beating defending champion Sebastien Buemi&#39;s effort to secure provisional pole ahead of Vergne&#39;s run.</p> <p>However, a &quot;procedural error&quot; by the Techeetah team meant that by the time Vergne was at pit exit, the red light was on, meaning he was not allowed to go out and set a qualifying lap. As a result, Rosenqvist had pole in the bag.</p> <p>&quot;We knew in Hong Kong we were quick. We even took it to the next step here with pole position here, very nice,&rdquo; Rosenqvist said.</p> <p>&ldquo;We had to push quite hard, but the car has been really good all day. Big thanks to the team and the engineer for making it perfect.&quot;</p> <p>Buemi will start alongside Rosenqvist on the front row, while Sam Bird finished third for DS Virgin Racing. Nelson Piquet Jr. continued his impressive form in qualifying to slot into fourth place, leaving Vergne to settle for P5 after the issue.</p> <p>Daniel Abt ended up sixth-fastest for ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport, leading its charge as teammate Lucas di Grassi ailed to 12th on the grid. Nicolas Prost was seventh for Renault e.dams ahead of Oliver Turvey as the Andretti pair of Robin Frijns and Antonio Felix da Costa rounded out the top 10.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13245http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13245Ferrari have considered entering Formula E - Sergio MarchionneFri, 11 Nov 2016 13:28:32 GMT<p><strong>Ferrari have considered entering Formula E and could do so within a few years according to chairman Sergio Marchionne.</strong></p> <p>The all-electric racing series has attracted several manufacturers including Audi, Renault, Citroen and Jaguar, whilst Mercedes has an option to join and others have expressed an interest including Honda.</p> <p>The matter has been discussed at length within Ferrari according to Marchionne, but he said a number of things needed to change before they seriously considered entering.</p> <p>&quot;The answer is yes,&quot; he replied when asked during a Q3&nbsp;earnings call&nbsp;if Ferrari had given thought to Formula E. &quot;I have agonised over with this with my colleagues here in Ferrari for quite a while.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;m going to give you two answers to the problem.</p> <p>&quot;If Formula E requires people to change cars during a race because we exhaust the power available within a given car, that is not something that Ferrari would naturally gravitate to,&quot; he said, although the series already has plans to drop that from next season.</p> <p>&quot;Secondly, the standardisation associated with the electric car is something which runs against the grain of Ferrari because otherwise it will prevent [Ferrari] from playing whatever it is that it does technically on a vehicle.&quot;</p> <p>If the series adopts the changes needed to attract Ferrari, Marchionne said it would still be a few years away from joining.</p> <p>&quot;If it were to happen it would happen a few years from now,&quot; he stated.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13237http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13237Video: Marrakesh ePrix track guideThu, 10 Nov 2016 13:27:40 GMT<p><strong>Take a look at the Marrakesh ePrix track layout for this weekend&rsquo;s second Formula E race of the 2016/2017 season, which is the first time Morocco has hosted a round of the all-electric series.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13221http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13221Mahindra aiming for another podium finish in MarrakeshTue, 08 Nov 2016 13:50:35 GMT<p><strong>Mahindra Racing are aiming for back-to-back podium finishes in Marrakesh following Nick Heidfeld&#39;s third place finish in Hong Kong last time out.</strong></p> <p>Heidfeld fought through the field from P11 to finish third, handing Mahindra only their third ever podium, but the team are confident they can repeat that success this weekend as the all-electric series heads to Marrakesh for the first time.</p> <p>&quot;We had a good beginning to the season at the opening round of the FIA Formula E 2016-17 Championship last month, but there are still areas to improve on,&quot; team principal Dilbagh Gill said.</p> <p>&quot;Marrakesh is our next chance to do just that and I&rsquo;m really excited to see our team move forward once again.</p> <p>&quot;Nick was able to capitalise on a great start, move up the field and expertly manage his energy in Hong Kong. While Felix&rsquo;s [Rosenqvist<strong>]</strong> first race didn&rsquo;t exactly go to plan, his pace was quicker than the pole lap and we remain confident in his ability to deliver a good race result in Marrakesh.&quot;</p> <p>Heidfeld is looking forward to racing on a new circuit, though the layout has been used by the WTCC series previously, therefore the drivers know what to expect.</p> <p>&quot;We had a good weekend in Hong Kong for the opening race and it will be very interesting to see how we perform again because it is still early in the season.</p> <p>&quot;The Marrakesh ePrix circuit has a lot of quick corners compared to Hong Kong and even compared to most of the other races in Formula E so far. The first two corners are quite special for Formula E as they are quick and long, and you have to keep turning all the way through them.</p> <p>&quot;It&rsquo;s partly a permanent circuit, but still has many walls just like any street circuit, so there will be a high chance of full course yellow or a safety car. Everyone is likely to have a challenge with energy management, because the layout means it&rsquo;s going to be a race that requires a lot of coasting and conservation.&quot;</p> <p>Team-mate Rosenqvist is hoping to make up for Hong Kong in which he missed out on the top ten, but showed good pace by setting the fastest lap.</p> <p>&quot;I honestly don&rsquo;t know if it will suit me or not, I guess we will see when we are there in Marrakesh, but overall it&rsquo;s a completely different challenge.</p> <p>&quot;The target for this race is to build on what we achieved in Hong Kong. The pace was really good and I would like to keep that trend.</p> <p>&quot;We know that we have a good package and I want to be able to use it to its maximum potential as soon as possible even if I am still learning a little bit every time.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13191http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13191NextEV co-president Martin Leach dies after battle with cancerTue, 01 Nov 2016 19:53:05 GMT<p><strong>Martin Leach, the co-president of NextEV and boss of its Formula E team, has died at the age of 59 following a battle with cancer.</strong></p> <p>Leach joined NextEV in early 2015 after a lengthy career in the automotive industry that saw him hold senior roles at Mazda, Ford and Maserati.</p> <p>Leach oversaw Nelson Piquet Jr.&#39;s charge to the inaugural Formula E drivers&#39; championship in 2015 with NextEV Team China Racing. NextEV acquired all of TCR&#39;s assets and history at the end of Formula E&#39;s second season.</p> <p>A difficult sophomore campaign saw NextEV finish ninth in the teams&#39; championship, prompting Leach to spark an overhaul of operations in the Formula E operation ahead of season three.</p> <p>The result of the changes showed in the opening round in Hong Kong as Piquet took his first pole position in the series, with teammate Oliver Turvey completing a one-two in qualifying for the team.</p> <p>In a statement issued on Tuesday, NextEV founder and chairman William Li paid tribute to Leach.</p> <p>&quot;With the deepest grief, I have to announce that we have lost a great friend, a leader and a founding member and Co-President of NextEV, Dr. Martin Leach, who left us today after fighting illness over the past few months,&quot; Li wrote.</p> <p>&quot;I came to know Martin in October 2014. I was impressed by his achievements in the industry, and I was deeply touched by his passion in sharing my vision of creating a totally new experience for automobile users. Since then, Martin had participated in every step of the NextEV journey.</p> <p>&quot;In the early days, Martin supported me in creating an excellent leadership team, shaping the company&#39;s value and defining our products, which set the foundation of NextEV.</p> <p>&quot;Martin continued to lead our performance programmes and, under his leadership, NextEV achieved the inaugural drivers championship title in the FIA Formula E Championship and our supercar will be seen by the world soon.</p> <p>&quot;Martin is a true warrior and lived to the highest standard. Even during his last minutes, he was still caring about the progress of NextEV. I am honoured to have had Martin as a partner. His loss is a great loss to all of us, his legacy will stay forever with NextEV. His dedication and his vision will continue to inspire our people to create our history.</p> <p>&quot;We will honour Martin with our very best contribution and by completing his mission.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Together, we at NextEV send our sincere condolences to Martin&#39;s family.</p> <p>&quot;May racing be with you in heaven, Martin.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13097http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13097Formula E reveals Montreal ePrix track layoutFri, 21 Oct 2016 15:18:27 GMT<p><strong>Formula E has unveiled the track layout and location of the all-electric championship&rsquo;s 2016/2017 season finale in Montreal.</strong></p> <p>The current season of Formula E kicked off earlier this month in Hong Kong, with Sebastien Buemi taking victory.</p> <p>It will come to a close next July in North America, with a double header in New York followed by the final weekend double header in Montreal.</p> <p>The races will be the first for Formula E in Canada. The 14-turn, 1.71-mile track layout is still subject to homologation from the FIA.</p> <p>The weekend in Montreal will take place from the 29-30 July, with the track layout being located close to the city centre.</p> <p>It will start from the Boulevard Rene-Levesque E and take to Rue Viger E, past the Maison Radio-Canada. The layout is close to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Formula 1 circuit.</p> <p>&ldquo;Formula E wants to bring fully-electric racing to the streets of the world&rsquo;s leading cities and Montreal is another fantastic new addition to the calendar,&rdquo; said Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag.</p> <p>&ldquo;Montreal is a great city with a great vibe - the perfect place to conclude the third season of Formula E.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m sure the drivers will revel in the opportunity to fight for the title against the backdrop of Montreal.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13050http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13050Second place in Hong Kong felt like win - Lucas di GrassiTue, 11 Oct 2016 13:19:32 GMT<p><strong>Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport driver Lucas di Grassi says second place at the 2016/2017 Formula E season opener in Hong Kong &ldquo;feels like a win&rdquo;.</strong></p> <p>Last season&rsquo;s runner-up started down in 19th&nbsp;place on the grid after a crash in qualifying, but bounced back to finish on the podium.</p> <p>This was despite damaging his front wing and having to pit to change it early on, after contact on the opening lap.</p> <p>The team opted to stop him slightly earlier than the pit window while the safety car was out to clear Jose Maria Lopez&rsquo;s crashed DS Virgin Racing machine.</p> <p>He moved from the back of the field up to the front of the pack, eventually rising to second place, which is where he finished.</p> <p>&ldquo;This second place feels like a win, I&rsquo;m overjoyed,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;The race showed once again that it&rsquo;s really only over when you take the chequered flag in Formula E.</p> <p>&ldquo;Thanks to my team that was brave and showed that we never give up. This is an important message to the competition for the new season.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13045http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13045Video: Hong Kong ePrix race highlightsMon, 10 Oct 2016 19:53:10 GMT<p><strong>Watch video highlights from the 2016/2017 Formula E season opener in Hong Kong, where reigning champion Sebastien Buemi went from fifth on the grid to take victory.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13041http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13041Sebastien Buemi thought safety car pit stop in Hong Kong was a mistakeSun, 09 Oct 2016 19:32:26 GMT<p><strong>Sebastien Buemi has admitted he initially thought pitting under the safety car during the Hong Kong ePrix was a mistake.</strong></p> <p>The Swiss driver started the 2016/2017 Formula E season opener from fifth place and made up ground early on.</p> <p>A safety car for Jose Maria Lopez&rsquo;s crashed DS Virgin Racing car opened up a strategy opportunity and Buemi pitted to change cars.</p> <p>At the time he thought the decision to pit him was a mistake and wouldn&rsquo;t work out, but he emerged in the lead and won the race in Hong Kong.</p> <p>&ldquo;Initially I thought we&rsquo;d made a mistake when we made our pit stop under the safety car, but as we saw it all worked out perfectly,&rdquo; he explained.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m happy with today&rsquo;s result but we certainly had to fight for it. We saw in qualifying just how hard everyone was pushing and the race was not easy for us.</p> <p>&ldquo;I felt a lot happier with the second car today as we made some set-up changes but overall this has been a great weekend and a superb way to start the season.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13034http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13034Sebastien Buemi wins Formula E season opener in Hong KongSun, 09 Oct 2016 10:21:35 GMT<p><strong>Sebastien Buemi clinched victory at the 2016/2017 Formula E season opener in Hong Kong, after starting from fifth on the grid.</strong></p> <p>The French driver moved up to fourth on the opening lap, before displacing Oliver Turvey and moving into a podium position.</p> <p>Pole-sitter Nelson Piquet Jr. lost the lead after going straight on an avoidance of the crashed DS Virgin Racing car of Jose Maria Lopez, giving Buemi another place.</p> <p>Renault e.dams opted to pit the reigning Formula E champion under the safety car, moving into the lead when Sam Bird pitted later on and suffered a problem leaving the garage.</p> <p>Buemi held off his 2015/2016 title rival Lucas di Grassi by 2.5 seconds to claim victory in the first round of the new season.</p> <p>Abt driver di Grassi had started at the back of the field after a crash in qualifying and suffered damage on lap one after the tight second corner caused a chain reaction.</p> <p>He made steady progress up the order and gained time with the safety car, having earlier pitted for a new front wing, to finish second.</p> <p>Nick Heidfeld also made a move up the order from 10th&nbsp;on the grid to finish in third place, ahead of Nicolas Prost and Antonio Felix da Costa.</p> <p>Robin Frijns was sixth in the second Andretti car, with Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio, Turvey, Maro Engel and Stephane Sarrazin completing the top 10.</p> <p>Piquet finished down in 11th, with Bird crossing the line behind Adam Carroll&rsquo;s Jaguar in 13th. Loic Duval was 14th, with Felix Rosenqvist 15th&nbsp;after a spin damaged his car during the race. Both were two laps down.</p> <p>Daniel Abt, Jean-Eric Vergne and Mitch Evans retired mid-way through the race, joining Lopez and Ma Qing Hua &ndash; the Chinese racer crashed into Prost on the opening lap. &nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13031http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13031Nelson Piquet takes Hong Kong ePrix pole after chaotic qualifyingSun, 09 Oct 2016 06:46:28 GMT<p><strong>NextEV&rsquo;s Nelson Piquet Jr. will start the Hong Kong ePrix 2016/2017 season opener from pole position after an disrupted and chaotic qualifying session.</strong></p> <p>Super Pole was cancelled due to several delays and red flags for barrier repairs, with the grid being decided from the four qualifying segments.</p> <p>Piquet put in a 1m03.099 in the third qualifying group to take provisional pole, beating his team-mate Oliver Turvey by just over one tenth of a second.</p> <p>No one could beat the two NextEV cars, with Jose Maria Lopez and Sam Bird coming closest for DS Virgin Racing to qualify third and fourth.</p> <p>Reigning champion Sebastien Buemi was fifth fastest, ahead of Formula E rookie Felix Rosenqvist, Daniel Abt and Loic Duval.</p> <p>Practice two pace-setter Jean-Eric Vergne and Nicolas Prost were ninth and 10th&nbsp;in qualifying, having run in groups three and one respectively.</p> <p>Nick Heidfeld, Formula E debutant Maro Engel, Antonio Felix da Costa and the Jaguar of Adam Carroll are next up.</p> <p>His team-mate Mitch Evans was behind Stephane Sarrazin in 16th, with Ma Qing Hua and Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio in 17th&nbsp;and 18th.</p> <p>FP1 fastest driver Lucas di Grassi crashed out of qualifying in group two, while Robin Frijns also hit the wall heavily and brought out a lengthy red flag for barrier repairs.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13020http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13020Video: Dragon Racing shows off 2016/2017 liveryFri, 07 Oct 2016 17:11:24 GMT<p><strong>Hear from key members of the Dragon Racing team and Faraday Future as they look ahead to the new Formula E season and reveal the team&#39;s new livery for 2016/2017.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13017http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13017Techeetah reveals car livery for season three of Formula EFri, 07 Oct 2016 16:29:54 GMT<p><strong>The Techeetah Formula E team has officially unveiled its new logo and car livery for the 2016/2017 season.</strong></p> <p>Techeetah took over the entry of Team Aguri for season three of Formula E, using the Renault powertrain for its debut campaign in the all-electric series.</p> <p>&nbsp;Jean-Eric Vergne has moved from DS Virgin Racing to Techeetah to join Chinese racer Ma Qing Hua in season three.</p> <p>The team unveiled its new black and gold Techeetah livery in Hong Kong ahead of this weekend&rsquo;s season opener.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Techeetah is building a strong team for season three,&rdquo; said the team&rsquo;s managing director Ivan Yim.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our drivers bring experience and the outright pace of Jean-Eric Vergne who has proven his speed in Formula E and F1, along with Ma Qing Hua who came from WTCC with two wins on the world stage in Russia and Portugal.</p> <p>&ldquo;We opted for the championship winning Renault Sport Z.E.16 powertrain which is race-tested over the past two seasons. Techeetah is positioning itself as a competitive team with its new powertrain package and drivers.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13010http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13010Dragon Racing unveils new 2016/2017 Formula E liveryThu, 06 Oct 2016 12:56:50 GMT<p><strong>Ahead of the 2016/2017 Formula E season opener in Hong Kong, the Faraday Future Dragon Racing team has unveiled its new livery.</strong></p> <p>The new all-electric championship campaign will begin this Saturday in Hong Kong, with Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio and Loic Duval racing for Dragon Racing once again.</p> <p>The two drivers were on hand to uncover the team&rsquo;s new car, which they will drive in season three of Formula E.</p> <p>Dragon Racing, now with Faraday Future as a title sponsor and technical partner, will compete with a striking white and black livery with orange accents.</p> <p>The team finished fourth in the 2015/2016 teams&rsquo; standings, after scoring one race victory and three further podiums, all of them courtesy of d&rsquo;Ambrosio.</p> <p>The new Formula E season will begin on the 9 October in Hong Kong and conclude next July in Montreal.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q44XGL5cD6M" width="560"></iframe></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12998http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12998Mercedes set to join season five of Formula E in 2018Tue, 04 Oct 2016 11:24:51 GMT<p><strong>Mercedes has reserved one of two additional places to be introduced to the Formula E grid during season five in 2018, as the series looks to expand from ten to 12 teams.</strong></p> <p>The all electric racing series will move from two cars per driver to just one during its fifth season thanks to new battery technology&nbsp;and is therefore looking to boost its grid to 12 teams and 24 cars - although such a move requires the backing of all current teams.</p> <p>Therefore Mercedes&#39; place on the grid isn&#39;t confirmed just yet, but the company has signed an agreement to take up a position on the grid subject to that vote and approval by the FIA.</p> <p>&quot;We have been watching the growth of Formula E with great interest,&quot; commented&nbsp;Toto Wolff. &quot;At the current time, we are looking at all the options available in the future of motor racing, and we are very pleased with an agreement that secures us an opportunity to enter the series in season five.</p> <p>&quot;Electrification will play a major role in the future of the automotive industry - racing has always been a technology R&amp;D platform for the motor industry, and this will make Formula E very relevant in the future.&quot;</p> <p>Series CEO Alejandro Agag welcomed the news, adding: &quot;We are delighted to confirm that we have reserved one of our two new entries in season five for MGP.</p> <p>&quot;Formula E wants to become the platform where car manufacturers test and develop the technologies that they will then introduce on their road cars.</p> <p>&quot;Having the chance to include a brand like Mercedes in our championship in the future would be a major boost to achieve that objective.</p> <p>&quot;Formula E is becoming an exciting mix of consolidated manufacturers like Renault, Citroen-DS, Audi, Mahindra or Jaguar, and new futuristic brands like Faraday Future, NextEV, or the likes of major component manufacturers like Schaeffler and ZF. Mercedes would be a great addition to that growing line-up.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12994http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12994Video: Facts and stats for the Hong Kong ePrixMon, 03 Oct 2016 20:14:38 GMT<p><strong>All of the statistics and facts for the first ever Hong Kong ePrix, which takes place this weekend and serves as the 2016/2017 season opener.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12975http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12975Video: Looking ahead to the season three Formula E tracksSat, 01 Oct 2016 12:33:01 GMT<p><strong>Formula E takes a look ahead to the season three tracks, races and locations. The drivers share their thoughts on the new additions to the calendar, which include New York and Montreal.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12949http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12949Montreal and New York swapped as final Formula E calendar confirmedWed, 28 Sep 2016 19:06:32 GMT<p><strong>The 2016/2017 Formula E calendar has been approved by the World Motor Sport Council, with several changes.</strong></p> <p>Ahead of the season opener in Hong Kong on the 9 October, a number of updates have been made to the final calendar.</p> <p>The final two rounds in North America have swapped places. Montreal will now host the season finale with two races from the 29-30 July.</p> <p>The New York round of the all-electric championship in Brooklyn has moved to the penultimate race weekend from the 15-16 July.</p> <p>Meanwhile the two &lsquo;TBA&rsquo; events on the provisional calendar have been removed, making it a 10-round, 12-race season.</p> <p>The Hong Kong, Brussels, New York and Montreal races are still subject to circuit homologation.</p> <p><strong>Approved 2016/2017 calendar:</strong></p> <p>9 October &ndash; Hong Kong</p> <p>12 November &ndash; Marrakesh</p> <p>18 February &ndash; Buenos Aires</p> <p>1 April &ndash; Mexico City</p> <p>13 May &ndash; Monaco</p> <p>20 May &ndash; Paris</p> <p>10 June &ndash; Berlin</p> <p>1 July &ndash; Brussels*</p> <p>15 July &ndash; New York*</p> <p>16 July &ndash; New York*</p> <p>29 July &ndash; Montreal*</p> <p>30 July &ndash; Montreal*</p> <p>*subject to circuit homologation</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12948http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12948McLaren secures battery supplier deal for fifth and sixth Formula E seasonsWed, 28 Sep 2016 19:02:32 GMT<p><strong>McLaren Applied Technologies has secured the deal to be Formula E&rsquo;s battery supplier for the fifth and sixth seasons.</strong></p> <p>The FIA announced earlier in the year it had opened a tender for the battery supplier for seasons five and six.</p> <p>The aim is for Formula E batteries to last a full race distance from season five onwards, unlike the current situation where drivers change cars mid-way through an event.</p> <p>Having gone over the applications, the FIA has now confirmed that McLaren&rsquo;s technology arm has secured the two-year deal.</p> <p>The contract time is &ldquo;in light of the ongoing rapid development of battery technology&rdquo; and will last for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 campaigns.</p> <p>Meanwhile the World Motor Sport Council also announced the approval of the introduction of a &ldquo;power ramp down&rdquo; where cars that have exceeded the allowed power useage during the race must linearly ramp down to 0kW use within five seconds on track.</p> <p>The car&rsquo;s rain light and ready-to-move light must flash to alert other drivers on track that this is happening.</p> <p>The FIA statement adds:</p> <p>&ldquo;After the car crosses the pit-in line in the first car, or the finish line in the second car, the driver must be able to reactivate the MGU power to continue the race, or return to the pits. This amendment is designed to make the concept of drivers exceeding their power usage easier for spectators to follow.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12945http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12945Renault e.dams reveals Formula E season three liveryWed, 28 Sep 2016 18:43:37 GMT<p><strong>Reigning FIA Formula E champions Renault e.dams has unveiled its livery for the 2016/2017 season.</strong></p> <p>The first round of Formula E&rsquo;s third season takes place on the 9 October in Hong Kong.</p> <p>The Renault Z.E.16 features the same colour scheme but with a striking new design, with the livery making its debut at the Paris motor show.</p> <p>Renault e.dams won the 2015/2016 teams&rsquo; title, with its driver Sebastien Buemi clinching the drivers&rsquo; crown in a thrilling finale in London.</p> <p style="text-align:center"><img alt="" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/FormulaE/renault_formula_e_studio-side-2.jpg" width="100%" /></p> <p>&quot;The choice of the vivid blue colour for the Renault Z.E.16 firmly anchors the Renault e.dams team within the Renault and Renault Z.E brands,&rdquo; said Renault Sport Racing managing director Cyril Abiteboul.</p> <p>&ldquo;We worked hand-in-hand with the design department of Renault to create visual synergies. Blue is the stand-out colour for the Renault Z.E range, so it was a logical choice to make the Formula E car reflect this.</p> <p>&ldquo;Additionally, when you see the Formula E and Formula 1 cars together, the crossover points are notable. Both feature the colours in matt with the reflective flashes of the accent colours.</p> <p>&ldquo;Both also incorporate the monotone diamond logo we have put at the heart of the Renault brand this year.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12937http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12937Video: Formula E looks back at season twoTue, 27 Sep 2016 10:52:01 GMT<p><strong>Formula E takes a look back at the best bits from the 2014/2015 season, the second in the series&#39; history. Season three kicks off on the 9 October in Hong Kong. </strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12933http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12933DS Virgin Racing unveils livery for Formula E season threeMon, 26 Sep 2016 13:53:31 GMT<p><strong>The DS Virgin Racing team has officially revealed the livery its cars will race with in the 2016/2017 Formula E season.</strong></p> <p>Unveiled in a video filmed on the streets of Manchester&rsquo;s Media City, Virgin Racing&rsquo;s cars will be driven by Sam Bird and Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a L&oacute;pez in season three.</p> <p>The livery carries over the chrome, purple and black livery with red accents from season two, but features an updated design to compliment the aero upgrades on the 2016/2017 car.</p> <p>The team&rsquo;s two drivers will be looking to add to the three victories from the first two Formula E seasons, all of them scored by Bird.</p> <p>The 2016/2017 season begins in Hong Kong on the 9 October, the first of 12 race weekends and 14 races.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/90OXcd0XP9M" width="560"></iframe></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12925http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12925Video: Formula E unveils New York ePrix track Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:58:04 GMT<p><strong>Watch Formula E officially unveil the New York ePrix track layout in Brooklyn and hear from key figures about the event, which will conclude the 2016/2017 season.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12914http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12914Formula E unveils New York City track layout and dateWed, 21 Sep 2016 18:33:08 GMT<p><strong>Formula E has unveiled the track layout and&nbsp;date for the New York ePrix double-header, which will be the first FIA-sanctioned&nbsp;open-wheel race to take place within&nbsp;the five boroughs of New York City.</strong></p> <p>Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag, FIA president Jean Todt and race organisers unveiled the 1.947km (1.21 mile) circuit, which will feature Manhattan&#39;s famous skyline as a backdrop, located&nbsp;around Pier 11 and the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.</p> <p>The race will take place in season&nbsp;three (2016/17)&nbsp;in mid-July and will be the final race on the calendar.</p> <p>Speaking at the press event, Agag said:&nbsp;&quot;To race in New York City is a historic moment - not only for Formula E, but for motorsport in general - and again highlights the philosophy of Formula E to bring fully-electric racing to the world&rsquo;s greatest cities.</p> <p>&quot;When we originally started the project we could only dream of bringing Formula E to a place like New York, with arguably the most recognisable skyline of any city in the world. I&rsquo;d like to thank everyone involved in helping bring Formula E to New York for many years to come.&quot;</p> <p>Fred Dixon, NYC &amp; Company&#39;s&nbsp;president and CEO, added: &quot;We are so pleased to welcome Formula E&rsquo;s inaugural New York City ePrix to Brooklyn in 2017.</p> <p>&quot;This fully-electric racing series will not only showcase the best of what New York City has to offer, but will also reaffirm NYC&rsquo;s position as one of the world&rsquo;s best big event destinations.&quot;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/Formula1/FE_NYC TRACK MAP.jpg" width="100%: /></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12865http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12865Video: Lucas Di Grassi hits the Arctic Ice Cap in a Formula E carWed, 14 Sep 2016 09:31:32 GMT<p><strong>The world&rsquo;s only fully electric racing series has once again broken new ground by running its car on the Arctic ice cap.</strong><br /> <br /> With the earth experiencing the warmest year on record, the amount of sea ice breaking away from the Arctic has reached historic new levels. To raise awareness of this crucial and pressing issue, Formula E joined forces with Julius Baer, Visa, DHL, Schaeffler, The Prince Albert Foundation II and Mumm to bring this spectacular event to life. The zero-emission racer was driven on the ice cap by adventurous race-winning Formula E driver, Lucas di Grassi.<br /> <br /> The Brazilian, who will be seeking to go one better than his runner-up position in the season two championship when the series returns with the HKT Hong Kong ePrix on October 9, performed a series of jaw-dropping runs on the ice cap, inside the Arctic circle in the north of Greenland.&nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12853http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12853Video: Jaguar Racing Formula E team launchSun, 11 Sep 2016 14:31:44 GMT<p><strong>Watch footage from the Jaguar Racing Formula E launch event and listen to key figures talk about the new team and the season ahead.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12849http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12849Liberty takeover of F1 'positive' news for Formula E - Alejandro Agag Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:15:35 GMT<p><strong>Liberty Media&#39;s recent announcement that it will soon acquire a controlling stake in Formula 1 is good news for the all-electric Formula E series, according to boss Alejandro Agag.</strong></p> <p>Liberty Media is owned by billionaire John Malone. The American also owns Liberty Global and Discovery Communications, which happen to be Formula E&#39;s largest shareholders, therefore bringing both FIA sanctioned racing series under the majority ownership of Malone.</p> <p>Agag believes that will benefit the relatively new electric racing series as it looks to expand its audience, rather than hinder it with claims the Liberty Group may focus its efforts on the profitable F1 business, rather than FE which posted a &pound;50 million loss during its first season.</p> <p>&quot;Not at all,&quot; he told <em>Autosport.&nbsp;</em>&quot;It can only be positive, because we are now part of the same family.</p> <p>&quot;We are Liberty Global and F1 is Liberty Media, so we are different parts of the family,&quot; he clarified.</p> <p>Agag also believes the appointment of Chase Carey to the role of Formula One Group&nbsp;chairman is a &quot;luxury for motorsport&quot;, and expects the 21st Century Fox vice-chairman to do wonders for F1&nbsp;and motorsport as a whole.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12842http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12842FIA releases official entry list for 2016/2017 Formula E seasonFri, 09 Sep 2016 11:27:33 GMT<p><strong>The FIA has released the official entry list for the 2016/2017 Formula E season, the third in the all-electric championship&rsquo;s history.</strong></p> <p>The new season of Formula E begins on October 9 in Hong Kong and the grid will feature five fresh faces.</p> <p>Jaguar Racing confirmed its <a href="http://grandprixtimes.com/news/id/12835">driver line-up for 2016/2017 on Thursday</a>, with rookies Adam Carroll and Mitch Evans joining Formula E.</p> <p>GT star Maro Engel will race for Venturi, with WTCC champion Jose Maria Lopez lining up for DS Virgin Racing and F3 title winner Felix Rosenqvist competing for Mahindra.</p> <p><strong>Full entry list for season three:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Abt - ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport</p> <p>Lucas di Grassi - ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport</p> <p>Antonio Felix da Costa &ndash; Andretti Formula E</p> <p>Robin Frijns &ndash; Andretti Formula E</p> <p>Sam Bird &ndash; DS Virgin Racing</p> <p>Jose Maria Lopez &ndash; DS Virgin Racing</p> <p>Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio &ndash; Faraday Future Dragon Racing</p> <p>Loic Duval &ndash; Faraday Future Dragon Racing</p> <p>Nick Heidfeld &ndash; Mahindra Racing</p> <p>Felix Rosenqvist &ndash; Mahindra Racing</p> <p>Nelson Piquet Jr. &ndash; NEXTEV NIO</p> <p>Oliver Turvey &ndash; NEXTEV NIO</p> <p>Adam Carroll &ndash; Panasonic Jaguar Racing</p> <p>Mitch Evans &ndash; Panasonic Jaguar Racing</p> <p>Sebastien Buemi &ndash; Renault e.dams</p> <p>Nicolas Prost &ndash; Renault e.dams</p> <p>Ma Qing Hua &ndash; Techeetah</p> <p>Jean-Eric Vergne &ndash; Techeetah</p> <p>Maro Engel &ndash; Venturi Formula E Team</p> <p>Stephane Sarrazin &ndash; Venturi Formula E Team</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12835http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12835Jaguar confirms Adam Carroll and Mitch Evans for Formula E season 3Thu, 08 Sep 2016 11:14:17 GMT<p><strong>Jaguar Racing has officially unveiled its new Formula E team, confirming a new title sponsor, its race drivers and showing off its 2016/2017 race livery.</strong></p> <p>Adam Carroll and Mitch Evans have been confirmed as the Jaguar Formula E team&rsquo;s race drivers for the 2016/2017 season, having both tested for the British outfit.</p> <p>Carroll completed a significant amount of the team&rsquo;s testing, while Evans was tried out alongside other young drivers and completed the second pre-season test for Jaguar.</p> <p>Both will make their Formula E debut in Hong Kong. Joining Carroll and Evans will be Ho-Pin Tung, who has been selected to be Jaguar Racing&rsquo;s reserve driver.</p> <p>Panasonic has been confirmed as the new title sponsor for Jaguar Racing&rsquo;s team in the all-electric single-seater championship, for its single-seater return.</p> <p>Meanwhile a new grey and blue livery for the team&rsquo;s first Formual E car, the I-TYPE 1, was revealed at the launch event.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yWtEgn-uqjA" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>&ldquo;Today is a proud moment for myself and the entire Panasonic Jaguar Racing team at our official launch,&rdquo; said James Barclay, team director of Jaguar Racing.</p> <p>&ldquo;Everyone has worked very hard over the last nine months to prepare for our debut in the championship. I am delighted to welcome Adam, Mitch and Ho-Pin, Panasonic, Lear and all of our new fans into the Jaguar family.</p> <p>&ldquo;We want to be successful on and off the track. We know that the challenge will be strong - our competitors have a two-year head start. We will be keeping our expectations in check in our first season. Ultimately we&rsquo;re here to win but we&rsquo;re here to innovate too.</p> <p>&ldquo; I would like to thank Jean Todt and his team at the FIA and Alejandro Agag and his team at Formula E for their vision in building this innovative series and for their help and support over the last 12 months with Jaguar&rsquo;s entry.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12831http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12831Sebastien Buemi quickest as pre-season Formula E testing concludesWed, 07 Sep 2016 18:54:25 GMT<p><strong>Renault e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi put in the fastest time on the final day of Formula E testing, ahead of the 2016/2017 season opener in Hong Kong.</strong></p> <p>The reigning Formula E champion set a new lap record at the Donington Park circuit with a 1m28.910 at the wheel of his Renault Z.E.16.</p> <p>He set the time in the morning session, also putting in the best attempt in the afternoon. But it couldn&rsquo;t beat his earlier lap, which was the first under the 1m29 mark.</p> <p>Nicolas Prost made it a Renault e.dams one-two with a lap two tenths slower than his team-mate. Sam Bird was third for DS Virgin Racing.</p> <p>Jean-Eric Vergne set the pace on the first two days of the final Formula E test for the Renault-powered Techeetah outfit and he looked set to improve late on before an error.</p> <p>That left him in fourth place, with Loic Duval, Daniel Abt, Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio and Jose-Maria Lope next up.</p> <p>Lucas di Grassi finished down in ninth. He could&rsquo;ve also improved but he went off into the gravel while on a personal best to bring out the red flag.</p> <p>It was one of several red flags during the day, which included one for Robin Frijns and his MS Amlin Andretti car. A few drivers also picked up penalties for hitting bollards at Turn 10 and overtaking under red flags.</p> <p>Ma Qing Hua was 10<sup>th</sup> quickest in the second car for new team Techeetah, ahead of rookie Felix Rosenqvist, Oliver Turvey and Nick Heidfeld.</p> <p>Frijns was 14<sup>th</sup> despite missing some track time. Mitch Evans was the lead Jaguar driver in 15<sup>th</sup>, with Adam Carroll down in 19<sup>th</sup>.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12823http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12823Vergne fastest for Techeetah on penultimate day of Formula E testingTue, 06 Sep 2016 19:32:40 GMT<p><strong>Jean-Eric Vergne retained the top spot on the timesheets for the new Techeetah team on day two of the second 2016/2017 Formula E test.</strong></p> <p>The Frenchman lowered the Formula E lap record at Donington Park with the Renault customer team, which led the factory outfit on the penultimate day of pre-season running.</p> <p>He bounced back from a crash in the morning &ndash; which brought out the red flags &ndash; to set the pace in with a late 1m29.196.</p> <p>He finished two tenths ahead of Renault e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi, who led the way after the morning session.</p> <p>Lucas di Grassi was third for Abt Audi Sport, ahead of Buemi&rsquo;s team-mate Nicolas Prost and Daniel Abt. Nick Heidfeld was next up.</p> <p>Jose Maria Lopez was seventh quickest for DS Virgin Racing, ahead of team-mate Sam Bird, NEXTEV&rsquo;s Oliver Turvey and Dragon Racing&rsquo;s Loic Duval.</p> <p>Season one champion Nelson Piquet Jr. was 11<sup>th</sup>, with Felix Rosenqvist, Antonio Felix da Costa &ndash; who lost track time with a battery problem in the morning &ndash; and Mitch Evans next up.</p> <p>He was the lead of the two Jaguar cars, with Adam Carroll 17<sup>th</sup> quickest, behind Robin Frijns and Stephane Sarrazin.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12822http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12822Channel 5 secures UK Formula E rights for two seasonsTue, 06 Sep 2016 14:59:22 GMT<p><strong>British terrestrial television broadcaster Channel 5 has confirmed it has secured the UK rights to broadcast Formula E for the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons.</strong></p> <p>The all-electric championship has been shown on ITV since its inaugural season, but after two seasons the British channel dumped its coverage following disappointing ratings.</p> <p>Although the London rounds attracted strong audiences on the main ITV channel, the remaining rounds were shown on ITV4 and failed to attract anywhere near the same numbers, leading to their decision not to renew.</p> <p>It was feared Formula E may struggle to find a replacement broadcaster - which many believe is key to its future success - leading to suggestions it may be broadcast on YouTube instead. However on Tuesday Channel 5 confirmed it had secured the rights.</p> <p>All races will be shown live on Channel 5, with qualifying broadcast live on sister channel Spike.</p> <p>The new seasons kicks off on October 9 starting in Hong Kong, ending in New York on July 30.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12814http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12814Vergne quickest on first day of second Formula E testMon, 05 Sep 2016 21:29:10 GMT<p><strong>Jean-Eric Vergne set the pace for the new Techeetah team on the opening day of the second 2016/2017 pre-season test.</strong></p> <p>The Frenchman, who switches to Techeetah from DS Virgin Racing, put in a 1m29.640 to end the day at the top of the timesheets.</p> <p>He was just 0.006 seconds off his own Donington Park Formula E lap record, which was set during the first Formula E test last month.</p> <p>Virgin&rsquo;s Sam Bird was second fastest, three tenths further back, ahead of Nicolas Prost and Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio for Renault e.dams and Faraday Future Dragon Racing respectively.</p> <p>Reigning champion Sebastien Buemi was next up, with Daniel Abt sixth and Adam Carroll seventh for the new Jaguar Racing team.</p> <p>Carroll and fellow tester Mitch Evans &ndash; who gets three days of running with the team &ndash; are favourites for the two Jaguar race seats.</p> <p>Jose Maria Lopez topped the morning session with a 1m34.501 but got that down to a 1m30.852 as conditions improved in the afternoon to finish eighth.</p> <p>Nick Heidfeld and Ma Qing Hua rounded out the top 10, just ahead of Lucas di Grassi, Stephane Sarrazin, Antonio Felix da Costa and Evans.</p> <p>Running was disrupted by several red flags due to debris and gravel on the track, but there were a few off-track excursions too.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12760http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12760Audi set for factory Formula E entry from season fourFri, 02 Sep 2016 09:55:32 GMT<p><strong>Audi is planning works involvement in Formula E from the 2017/18 season, upscaling its relationship with the ABT Schaeffler team.</strong></p> <p>ABT has enjoyed ties with Audi since its entry to Formula E in season one, making use of the services of factory driver Lucas di Grassi and access to the German&nbsp;marque&#39;s facility at Neuburg.</p> <p>From the start of the forthcoming Formula E campaign, due to start in Hong Kong on October 9, ABT will enjoy greater financial and technical support from Audi before becoming a works entry for season four.</p> <p>&quot;Audi has consistently been using motorsport to test and develop new technologies further for subsequent use in production,&quot; Audi motorsport chief Wolfgang Ullrich said.</p> <p>&quot;With quattro drive we revolutionized rally racing and subsequently set standards in circuit racing as well. In the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Audi was the first manufacturer to have achieved victories with a TFSI engine, a TDI and a hybrid race car, so writing motorsport history on several occasions.</p> <p>&quot;Now we intend to repeat this in fully electric racing. Formula E with its races being held in the hearts of major cities is an ideal stage for this purpose and Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport a logical partner for us.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12752http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12752Formula E confirms further details on 'Road to Vegas' eSports raceThu, 01 Sep 2016 17:36:02 GMT<p><strong>Formula E has announced further details on its &ldquo;Road to Las Vegas&rdquo; eSports race, which will see its drivers and 10 fans compete for a share of $1 million.</strong></p> <p>The all-electric championship&rsquo;s CEO Alejandro Agag confirmed over the London ePrix weekend that Formula E will host a virtual race in Las Vegas.</p> <p>It will be part of the Sports Business Innovation Summit in January 2017, at the Consumer Electronics Show.</p> <p>The event will take place at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, the location of the Formula E car&rsquo;s public debut almost three years ago.</p> <p>The eSports race will see the 20 Formula E drivers and 10 fans, selected through the &ldquo;Road to Vegas Challenge&rdquo; organised by Cloud Sport, take to a virtual track around Las Vegas.</p> <p>A series of online qualifying races will decide which 10 fans join the Formula E drivers on the virtual grid, with the event using Playseat gaming rigs running rFactor 2<em> </em>software.</p> <p>They&rsquo;ll have the chance to compete for a share of the race&rsquo;s $1 million prize fund, the largest in eSports history.</p> <p>&ldquo;Formula E takes one more giant step in engaging with our fans,&rdquo; Agag said on the eSports race.</p> <p>&ldquo;Gamers from all over the world will be able to participate in the &lsquo;Road to Vegas Challenge&rsquo; and earn themselves the opportunity to race against the Formula E drivers in a unique eRace.</p> <p>&ldquo;All this will take place within CES, the world&rsquo;s largest technology show, highlighting our commitment to fan engagement through innovation and technology.</p> <p>&ldquo;We believe eSports offers a new level of fan interaction and participation in sport, and we want to be at the forefront of this gaming revolution. Gamers, welcome to Formula E - let&rsquo;s race.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12740http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12740Video: Highlights of the first Formula E 2016/2017 testTue, 30 Aug 2016 19:41:05 GMT<p><strong>Formula E presents video highlights of the first 2016/2017 test at the Donington Park test, which included the public debuts of the new Techeetah and Jaguar teams.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12681http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12681NextEV unveil new livery and confirm unchanged driver line-upTue, 23 Aug 2016 12:51:35 GMT<p><strong>NextEV Formula E team have unveiled their new season three livery and an unchanged driver line-up of&nbsp;Nelson Piquet Jnr and Oliver Turveyfor the 2016/17 championship.</strong></p> <p>Piquet, who was crowned champion in Formula E&#39;s first season, is confident NextEV can overcome the troubles it experienced last season to once again challenge for the title.</p> <p>&quot;With NextEV fully committed to the Formula E programme, I believe that the team has a very strong long-term future,&quot;&nbsp;said Piquet.</p> <p>&quot;I am happy to be continuing to race with the team that I won the world championship with, and we are looking forward to being able to fight for victories again next season.</p> <p>&quot;We have come off the back of a challenging season, but that meant we learnt a lot and we are stronger for it.&quot;</p> <p>Turvey added: &quot;I learnt a lot in my first full season and have taken this experience into the summer testing to work with the team on developing the new car.</p> <p>&quot;The team and I have similarly high ambitions for the season ahead and we will work hard together to achieve them. I know how much effort everyone at NextEV has put in so I can&rsquo;t wait to start racing!&quot;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/FormulaE/nextev-s3-fe-2.jpg" width="100%" /></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12679http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12679Mahindra reveals new Formula E livery for season threeMon, 22 Aug 2016 22:11:55 GMT<p><strong>The Mahindra Formula E team has officially unveiled its livery for the third season of the all-electric championship.</strong></p> <p>The 2016/2017 campaign kicks off in Hong Kong on the 9 October. The team revealed the colours its M3Electro car will race in during an event at its Donington Park garage.</p> <p>Earlier in the day, Mahindra confirmed its driver line-up for season three, with Formula 3 champion Felix Rosenqvist joining the experienced Nick Heidfeld.</p> <p>The team ran Heidfeld and Bruno Senna in season two, enjoying improved fortunes. Mahindra placed fifth on the teams&rsquo; standings with two podium finishes.</p> <p>Mahindra launched a campaign earlier this year, following the conclusion of season two, with Pininfarina for fans to submit livery designs for the team&rsquo;s 2016/2017 car.</p> <p>The entries were judged by Pininfarina&rsquo;s automotive design team and the winner was selected by chief designer Fabio Filippini, before being revealed at Donington on Monday evening.</p> <div class="article-gallery"> <p><img alt="" height="420" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/FormulaE/mahindra-s3-fe-1.jpg" width="770" /></p> <p><img alt="" height="420" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/FormulaE/mahindra-s3-fe-2.jpg" width="770" /></p> </div> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12675http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12675Felix Rosenqvist joins Nick Heidfeld at Mahindra for Formula E season threeMon, 22 Aug 2016 12:47:47 GMT<p>Mahindra Racing have confirmed that Felix Rosenqvist will join the team for Formula E&#39;s third season, partnering the already confirmed Nick Heidfeld who will take part in his third year of the all electric championship.</p> <p>The Swedish driver&nbsp;was announced as Mahindra&#39;s second driver on Monday, adding to an already busy year which has seen&nbsp;Rosenqvist compete in Indy Lights, the Blancpain GT series, ADAC GT Masters and DTM - which he made his debut in just last week.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m thrilled to join Mahindra Racing at this exciting time. Racing in Formula E will be something genuinely brand new to me. It&rsquo;s a step into the unknown, but I&rsquo;ve had a very warm welcome by Mahindra Racing and I have a strong and experienced team-mate in Nick.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;ve tested the car already and I look forward to intensifying our preparations during the two pre-season tests at Donington. I love new challenges and this is going to be a massive one, for sure. I&rsquo;m fully aware that it will take some time to learn the trade of electric racing, as the technology in Formula E is so different to what I&rsquo;m accustomed.</p> <p>&quot;You need to be fast, as always, but you also have to be clever and energy-efficient. I also find the calendar highly exciting. We&rsquo;ll be racing on street tracks in some incredible locations, and I can&rsquo;t wait for Hong Kong.&quot;</p> <p>Pre-season testing begins on Tuesday for three days, with a second three-day test scheduled for September 5.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12644http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12644Bruno Senna 'relaxed' about racing plans amid uncertain Formula E futureFri, 12 Aug 2016 13:24:24 GMT<p><strong>Bruno Senna remains relaxed about his current racing prospects despite lacking a seat for the third Formula E season, but hopes to continue in the all-electric series.</strong></p> <p>Senna has raced in Formula E from its inception in 2014 with Mahindra, but is not set to return to the Indian team for season three, beginning on October 9 in Hong Kong.</p> <p>During a Facebook Live Q&amp;A, Senna admitted he is not sure of his plans for season three yet, but is relaxed about his future.</p> <p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know. The answer is we don&rsquo;t know yet,&quot; Senna said.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m pretty relaxed at the moment. I have good racing programmes going on for next year.</p> <p>&quot;I hope I can continue in Formula E next year, but if I don&rsquo;t do it next year, there&rsquo;s nothing stopping me coming back the year after. So let&rsquo;s wait and see.&quot;</p> <p>Senna has dovetailed his Formula E commitments with a drive in the FIA World Endurance Championship with RGR Sport by Morand in 2016, and is keen to take on more duties in sportscars, having made a one-off appearance for McLaren in the 24 Hours of Spa over the summer.</p> <p>&quot;Well I am already organising to drive for McLaren next season,&quot; Senna confirmed.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;ll do more races for them. This year I&rsquo;ve only done the 24 Hours of Spa.</p> <p>&quot;This year LMP2 is going really well for us, we&rsquo;re doing the World Endurance Championship and we&rsquo;re second in the championship, so we&rsquo;re fighting for the championship until the end, and the plan is to continue with that as well.</p> <p>&quot;There are plans to race in the US as well with the prototypes, so racing is going very well and so far the plans are that.</p> <p>&quot;We&rsquo;ll see what happens with Formula E.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12637http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12637MS Amlin Andretti signs Antonio Felix da Costa for Formula E season threeWed, 10 Aug 2016 16:05:23 GMT<p><b>Antonio Felix da Costa has joined MS Amlin Andretti ahead of the third Formula E season, partnering Robin Frijns.</b></p> <p>Da Costa has raced in Formula E since its inception in 2014 with Team Aguri, taking a memorable victory in Buenos Aires in 2015.</p> <p>The Portuguese racer joined the team again for season two and took some impressive results despite racing with season one powertrain technology, including pole in Long Beach before being excluded over a tyre pressure infringement.</p> <p>Da Costa confirmed over the London ePrix weekend that he would be leaving Team Aguri at the end of the season, with the outfit rebranded as Techeetah and signing Jean-Eric Vergne and Ma Qinghua for the new campaign.</p> <p>After undertaking private testing for Andretti using its season three powertrain, da Costa was formally announced on Wednesday as being its second driver alongside Frijns.</p> <p>&quot;To join Andretti Formula E is a big thing for me.&nbsp;I have always loved the way Americans go racing, and how they do sports in general,&quot; da Costa said.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m a big fan of IndyCar and, to me, Andretti Autosport has always been an iconic team. To finally be able to say that I&rsquo;m joining and racing for this amazing team and family is a big deal.</p> <p>&quot;We have a great team in place, the MS Amlin car looks good and the people around me are super professional. I&rsquo;m ready to get the season started.&quot;</p> <p>Da Costa&#39;s arrival leaves Simona de Silvestro without a seat, although her departure was expected after a difficult season that saw her score just two points finishes. It is not yet clear whether she will remain part of the Andretti Autosport setup.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12630http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12630Maro Engel to partner Stephane Sarrazin at Venturi for Formula E season 3Mon, 08 Aug 2016 13:29:21 GMT<p><strong>The Venturi Formula E team have confirmed that Maro Engel will join their driver line-up for the 2016/17 season, partnering Stephane Sarrazin.</strong></p> <p>The 30-year-old hasn&#39;t competed in a single seater series since 2007 when he raced in the British Formula 3 championship, finishing second with three race wins.</p> <p>Since then, Engel has competed in the DTM series, V8 Supercars and&nbsp;GT Racing all&nbsp;with Mercedes.</p> <p>The German&#39;s confirmation at Venturi is a little surprising, despite completing a test with the&nbsp;Monegasque team last month. He will replace Mike Conway.</p> <p>&quot;After giving me the opportunity to develop their new car, Venturi, a top team in Formula&nbsp;E, offered me the chance to participate in the championship. I am very happy,&quot; he said of the news.</p> <p>&quot;Efficient cars, great drivers, important manufacturers, races in big cities: the series is already a success and as a driver it&rsquo;s very important to be part of it.</p> <p>Team&nbsp;coordinator&nbsp;Franck Baldet added:&nbsp;&quot;It is a great satisfaction to welcome Maro. He is already deeply involved in the team through the season 3 car preparation. He knows our new engine &ndash; the VM 200-FE-02. He did most of the testing sessions accumulating hundreds of kilometers behind the wheel.</p> <p>&quot;He is efficient and accurate in his comments to our engineers, always available for the exchange that will increase the performance of the vehicle.&quot;</p> <p>Season three of the all-electric championship starts in&nbsp;Hong-Kong on October 9.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12553http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12553Formula E confirms pre-season test dates for 2016/2017 seasonThu, 28 Jul 2016 18:02:56 GMT<p><strong>Formula E has announced the pre-season testing dates for the 2016/2017 season, with running taking place at the Donington Park circuit.</strong></p> <p>Having already confirmed the <a href="http://grandprixtimes.com/news/id/12549">new look for the third season</a> of the all-electric series, Formula E has now revealed when the new cars will be hitting the track for the first public test.</p> <p>Teams have six days of public testing prior to the start of the new Formula E campaign in October, with 15 days of private running &ndash; which expires on the 31 July &ndash; also being allowed.</p> <p>New arrivals Techeetah and Jaguar will debut at the Donington Park tests, which kick off on the 23 August.</p> <p>The first test will last three days, with the final two &ndash; the 24 and 25 August &ndash; being open to the public free of charge.</p> <p>On the Tuesday, the morning test will last from 11:00am to 12:00pm, with the afternoon session starting at 13:00 and finishing at 18:00.</p> <p>Meanwhile on the days that are open to the public, the morning is from 9:00-12:00 and the afternoon lasts from 14:00-17:00.</p> <p>The second pre-season Formula E test is scheduled to take place from the 5-7 September, with further details to be released soon.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12549http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12549Formula E officially unveils new-look front-wing for next seasonThu, 28 Jul 2016 16:23:40 GMT<p><strong>Formula E has officially unveiled its new &quot;modern&quot; front-wing which will debut on all cars for the 2016/17 season which kicks off in Hong Kong this October.</strong></p> <p>The all-electric series has plans to introduce a new chassis for season five, but in a bid to make the current generation of cars stand out in season three as&nbsp;&quot;more aggressive&quot;, they will run a two-tier wing which according to&nbsp;series CEO Alejandro Agag, will make them look&nbsp;&quot;different to every car out there&quot;.</p> <p>&quot;Formula E aims to be different, and this new front wing&nbsp;creates a look that&rsquo;s different to every other car out there,&quot; commented&nbsp;Agag.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;I think this is a great addition to our car&nbsp;and further emphasises the fact that this is a modern, forward-thinking championship that is taking&nbsp;a completely different approach to all other racing series.&quot;</p> <p>Reigning series champion Sebastien Buemi added: &quot;I like the look of the new front-wing - it looks a little bit more futuristic, and from inside the car you can see the top part of the wing, so visually for the driver there is also a small change.</p> <p>&quot;We want Formula E to look different and be different, and the new wing is a good way of showing that.</p> <p>&quot;I don&rsquo;t think it will make too big of an impact on aero which isn&rsquo;t in the ethos of this championship - but it&rsquo;s a good way to show visual development heading to Hong Kong for the start of season three.&quot;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/FormulaE/fe-front-wing-1.jpg" width="100%" /></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12483http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12483Mahindra trials 'futuristic' front-wing for third Formula E seasonWed, 20 Jul 2016 16:16:22 GMT<p><strong>Mahindra have become the first team to publically confirm it has trialled Formula E&#39;s &quot;futuristic&quot; new front-wing design, which is set to be introduced for the third season of Formula E.</strong></p> <p>The design sees the nose connected not only by two lower pylons, but by an additional top-wing which swoops down and connects to the lower-wing&#39;s endplates.</p> <p>The change is purely for aesthetic reasons as the all-electric sport looks to appeal to a younger audience.</p> <p>The&nbsp;Mahindra team tested the wing design&nbsp;at the Spanish Calafat circuit. It&#39;s believed rival teams have also begin to trial the wing, with the possibility of small aero gains to be made.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s one of a number of upgrades to be&nbsp;introduction for the 2016/17 season, which also include lighter tyres and a new steering wheel.</p> <p>From season five, which will run through 2018/19, a new chassis will be introduced, with the tender calling for a futuristic design.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12405http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12405Nelson Piquet Jr. to make NASCAR return at Mid-Ohio in AugustFri, 08 Jul 2016 16:52:10 GMT<p><strong>2014/2015 Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr. will return to NASCAR for the Xfinity series round at Mid-Ohio next month.</strong></p> <p>The Brazilian driver has been racing in the all-electric Formula E series since 2014, winning the title in its inaugural campaign but struggling to 15<sup>th</sup> in the latest season.</p> <p>Piquet will race for Biagi-DenBeste Racing at the Mid-Ohio road course in the NASCAR Xfinity series on August 13.</p> <p>Following his stint in Formula 1 with Renault in 2008 and 2009, Piquet switched to NASCAR racing in 2010.</p> <p>He started by racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck championship, before making a full-time move up to the Nationwide series (now run under the &lsquo;Xfinity&rsquo; name) in 2013.</p> <p>He won three races while competing in the Camping World Truck and Xfinity series, as well as scoring five further top three finishes.</p> <p>Piquet&rsquo;s most recent NASCAR start was at the 2014 Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen, where he finished in 26<sup>th</sup> place.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m absolutely thrilled to be racing in Mid-Ohio next month,&rdquo; the inaugural Formula E champion said on his return to the stock car series.</p> <p>&ldquo;NASCAR has been a huge part of my career and it is one of the best championships I&rsquo;ve ever raced in.</p> <p>&ldquo;My first top tier NASCAR victory was at a road course, at Road America, and so I&rsquo;m grateful to Biagi-DenBeste for giving me another road course opportunity.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Xfinity series is seriously competitive so I&rsquo;m looking forward to getting there and seeing what we can do.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12389http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12389Jean-Eric Vergne and Ma Qing Hua confirmed at TecheetahThu, 07 Jul 2016 11:54:41 GMT<p><strong>Jean-Eric Vergne and Ma Qing Hua have been confirmed as the season three Formula E drivers at the new Techeetah team.</strong></p> <p>Chinese sports marketing and management company SECA has announced its entry in the 2016/2017 season, taking over the Team Aguri entry.</p> <p>Vergne, who raced for DS Virgin Racing in the second season of the all-electric series, will make the move over to Techeetah for 2016/2017.</p> <p>He will be joined by Ma, who made his Formula E debut earlier this year with Team Aguri, competing in the final four races of season two.</p> <p>Techeetah is one of two new entries for the next Formula E campaign, alongside the new Jaguar team.</p> <p>The news of SECA&rsquo;s entry also confirmed the Techeetah team will have a minority French partner.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Racing in Formula E opens up marketing, R&amp;D and fan engagement possibilities for global and Chinese brands,&rdquo; said Sheng Li, founder and CEO of SECA.</p> <p>&ldquo;Techeetah Formula E Team is a global team with unique access to Chinese and European fans through our two star drivers next year.&rdquo;</p> <p>Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag added: &ldquo;Formula E is very happy to welcome the new Team Techeetah, backed by SECA, to our Championship. China is one of the big priorities of this Championship.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our first race ever took place in Beijing, and the country is doing great efforts towards electrification of mobility. We will work together with SECA and our Chinese partners to expand Formula E in China, and reach out to millions of potential new fans.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12387http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12387DS Virgin sign Jose Maria Lopez for 2016-17 seasonThu, 07 Jul 2016 10:34:39 GMT<p><strong>DS Virgin Racing have announced that two-time&nbsp;WTCC champion&nbsp;Jose&nbsp;Maria Lopez will race for the team&nbsp;in the 2016-17 Formula E Season.</strong></p> <p>The Argentine&nbsp;will partner DS Virgin mainstay Sam Bird as Formula E enters its third season; Bird&nbsp;having&nbsp;raced for the team since their inception as Virgin Racing in the inaugural season.</p> <p>Lopez already has&nbsp;strong links to his DS, currently participating in the World Touring Car Chanpionship with Citro&euml;n, with whom he has won two championships. He currently sits first in the standings for 2016, with six wins to his name, making a third likely.</p> <p>Though successful in closed-cockpit racing, Lopez has enjoyed success in single seaters, taking a brace of podiums in the final season of International Formula 3000, and a win in the inaugural season of GP2 which followed it.</p> <p>Of his move to Formula E, he said:&nbsp;&quot;This is a really exciting move for me and I&rsquo;m looking forward to the challenge of Formula E. I have already had some experience working with the team,&nbsp;so I am confident that we can achieve great things together next season.&quot;</p> <p>Team mate to be Sam Bird won the Buenos Aires ePrix in 2016, and Lopez says it is a location he anticipates re-visiting.</p> <p>&quot;As a championship, Formula E is going from strength to strength and I&rsquo;m particularly looking forward to going back to Buenos Aires where the team had such great success last season.&rdquo;</p> <p>DS Virgin Team Principal Alex Tai spoke of the new signing too, saying&nbsp;&quot;I&rsquo;m absolutely delighted to announce our driver line up for next season and to welcome Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a to the DS Virgin Racing family.</p> <p>&quot;Jose&nbsp;is a proven world champion who has performed at the highest level and shown great speed and consistency in every motorsport discipline that he has competed in.&nbsp;I&nbsp;have every confidence that he will be able to translate that success to Formula E.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12370http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12370Oliver Turvey hoping to stay at NEXTEV for Formula E season threeMon, 04 Jul 2016 12:28:12 GMT<p><strong>British driver Oliver Turvey says he hopes to remain at the NEXTEV team for the third Formula E season.</strong></p> <p>Turvey debuted in the all-electric series at the 2014/2015 season finale in London, scoring points in both races.</p> <p>He then went on to compete in his first full campaign in Formula E in 2015/2016, but NEXTEV struggled with a heavier car and finished bottom of the teams&rsquo; championship.</p> <p>Turvey ended this season ahead of team-mate and inaugural Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr. in the standings and has been <a href="http://www.grandprixtimes.com/news/id/12332">pleased with his season two performance</a>.</p> <p>He remained coy on negotiations for season three but explained he hopes to remain at NEXTEV, believing the team can make a big step forward in 2016/2017.</p> <p>&ldquo;NEXTEV are putting in a big effort in for next season with the whole package of the car,&rdquo; he told <em>Grand Prix Times</em>.</p> <p>&ldquo;There is going to be a big improvement with the team going forward so I think they will have a much stronger package next season.</p> <p>&ldquo;Yeah, I am hoping to be with them [NEXTEV]. They gave me my first opportunity in Formula E so hopefully I can continue with them.</p> <p>&ldquo;What we have had to do this year to be competitive has improved us as drivers. I feel I have improved a lot through the season.</p> <p>&ldquo;The last four or five races have been really good qualifyings. It is just harder in the race and hopefully with the right package I think it will allow us to fight for pole, fight for race wins and hopefully for the championship.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12368http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12368Video: London ePrix title decider race highlightsMon, 04 Jul 2016 11:57:08 GMT<p><strong>Watch highlights from Sunday&#39;s second London ePrix at Battersea Park, which saw Sebastien Buemi crowned 2015/2016 Formula E champion in rather unusual circumstances.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12361http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12361Di Grassi: Buemi braked 50 metres too early on lap oneSun, 03 Jul 2016 19:48:21 GMT<p><strong>Lucas di Grassi believes Sebastien Buemi braked 50 metres too early on the first lap of the second London ePrix, causing the two to collide.</strong></p> <p>Buemi led the field down to Turn 3 but di Grassi locked up and ran into the back of him. Both made it back to the bits and changed cars to go for the fastest lap.</p> <p>The two drivers were level on points, so the two points for fastest lap ultimately decided the championship, with Buemi setting the quickest time and taking the title.</p> <p>After the race di Grassi said Buemi braked far too early for Turn 3, which caused him to lock up his brakes and crash into him.</p> <p>&ldquo;I have seen the data and it is very clear,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I had a very good start and I knew I had to be aggressive against [Nicolas] Prost, because I knew I had to overtake Prost at the beginning if I had any chance to fight Seb for the next 33 laps.</p> <p>&ldquo;Here it is very easy to block, so I knew if I was behind Prost it would be a struggle because he was extremely fast, and at the same time I would have no chance of fighting Buemi.</p> <p>&ldquo;So I was very aggressive with him, we ended up touching a little bit. Seb braked almost 50 metres too early compared to me and Nico. When I realised, I locked my wheels and had the incident.</p> <p>&ldquo;Seb braked early, I was very aggressive, that was not how the first corner should have been. We should have fought for the next 32 laps.</p> <p>&ldquo;But with these conditions, the car, cold tyres, cold brakes, I had to be aggressive. That was what happened.&rdquo;</p> <p>Buemi said he was &ldquo;sad&rdquo; the title had been decided by fastest laps and now has &ldquo;zero respect&rdquo; for di Grassi.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think he should be proud that he won the title,&rdquo; the Brazilian added. &ldquo;After he cools his head he will have a different approach.</p> <p>&ldquo;Seb is a tough fighter on the track and is a good driver, he won the title so he should be celebrating. We fought very hard and sometimes fighting hard, accidents happen.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think in his position he would have been exactly as aggressive as I was. I really hope next season all the cars are closer together, if everybody is closer we will see not only a two-way fight but maybe a five, six-way fight in the last race.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12360http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12360Buemi 'sad' Formula E title was won in London by fastest lapsSun, 03 Jul 2016 19:35:29 GMT<p><strong>Newly crowned 2015/2016 Formula E champion Sebastien Buemi says he is &ldquo;sad&rdquo; the title was decided by the fastest lap during the second London ePrix race.</strong></p> <p>The Swiss driver went into the season finale level on points with rival Lucas di Grassi but they collided on the opening lap at Turn 3.</p> <p>Di Grassi ran into the back of Buemi, with both drivers managing to get back to the pitlane and change to their second cars. With two points for fastest lap, Buemi set the quickest time and has clinched the championship.</p> <p>&ldquo;The most important thing in the end is that we won both championships,&rdquo; Buemi said. &ldquo;I am just coming back from race direction. I had a look at the video and I am actually really sad.</p> <p>&ldquo;Firstly, to win it that way and second of all to see what Lucas did. I was very respectful of his driving because he has been amazing.</p> <p>&ldquo;When he braked, he had two options &ndash; either go to the right and nail the back of my car. He nailed it perfectly, but a little bit too strong because we both went out.</p> <p>&ldquo;So, I am a bit sad to see this because I think that was his only opportunity. We had the quickest car, were the best team, if we would have come out of this corner in front of him we would have been far quicker.&rdquo;</p> <p>Buemi also said he now has &ldquo;zero respect&rdquo; for di Grassi, who claimed the e.Dams driver braked 50 metres earlier than normal.</p> <p>He also felt the Abt racer had held him up in his attempts to get the fastest lap: &ldquo;He went out and did the fastest lap, and he was waiting for me each time I was trying to do the fastest lap.</p> <p>&ldquo;I could not even do the fastest lap. I used 60% of my battery before I in the end managed to do a lap. I could not believe that to be honest.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12358http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12358Sebastien Buemi secures Formula E title with fastest lap, Nicolas Prost wins second London ePrixSun, 03 Jul 2016 17:13:07 GMT<p><strong>Sebastien Buemi has been crowned 2015/2016 Formula E champion after the title race went down to the fastest lap, while Nicolas Prost stormed to a dominant second victory of the London ePrix weekend.</strong></p> <p>Prost took a clear win at Battersea Park, making it a clean-sweep for the French driver. He benefitted from a dramatic first lap where title rivals Buemi and Lucas di Grassi collided.</p> <p>Buemi led the field into Turn 3 from pole position but di Grassi, who was battling Prost for second, went straight into the back of the e.Dams Renault car.</p> <p>Both made it back to the pits and swapped to their second cars. They were level on points heading into the race and with fastest lap worth two points, it decided the title.</p> <p>Through numerous safety cars, Buemi and di Grassi headed out on track and pitted, trying to find a gap and clean air. Buemi ended up putting in a 1m24.150 late on to claim fastest lap, the two points and the title.</p> <p>Prost finished 7.6 seconds clear of Daniel Abt to clinch e.Dams Renault the teams&rsquo; title, with Jean-Eric Vergne finishing third for the second consecutive race.</p> <p>However, his car was on 0% battery as he crossed the line and a penalty drops him to seventh. Nick Heidfeld and Antonio Felix da Costa, who finished fourth and fifth, also had no energy left and fell to eighth and ninth.</p> <p>This promoted Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio to third place, despite finishing sixth. Loic Duval battled closely with his Dragon Racing team-mate and was classified in the end in fourth.</p> <p>Stephane Sarrazin and Bruno Senna moved up to fifth and sixth, with Vergne, Heidfeld and da Costa next up after their respective penalties. Nelson Piquet Jr. finished 10<sup>th</sup> after losing ground late on, as did his team-mate Oliver Turvey who finished 11<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p>Ma Qing Hua was 12<sup>th</sup> and Mike Conway finished 13<sup>th</sup> after stopping late on, but managing to continue. Di Grassi and Buemi were classified as retirements despite going for the fastest lap battle.</p> <p>Robin Frijns failed to finish after an incident with Duval, while Simona de Silvestro and Sam Bird retiring due to issues.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12353http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12353Sebastien Buemi storms to clear pole position for second London ePrix raceSun, 03 Jul 2016 13:14:05 GMT<p><strong>Sebastien Buemi will start the final Formula E race of the 2015/2016 season and the second London ePrix of the weekend from pole position.</strong></p> <p>The Renault e.Dams driver put in a 1m22.033 to smash the previous pacesetter, his team-mate Nicolas Prost, and claim the three points for pole.</p> <p>The result draws Buemi level on points with championship rival Lucas di Grassi ahead of the season finale at Battersea Park.</p> <p>Prost was nine tenths slower in second place, with Abt driver di Grassi in third and Oliver Turvey fourth for NEXTEV. Nick Heidfeld made it through to Super Pole for Mahindra and will line up fifth.</p> <p>The rest of the grid was decided in the earlier group segments, with Daniel Abt and Jean-Eric Vergne just missing out on spots in the final session.</p> <p>Sam Bird and Nelson Piquet Jr will start eighth and ninth, with Loic Duval completing the top 10 for Dragon Racing.</p> <p>His team-mate Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio was next up, ahead of Mike Conway and Saturday&rsquo;s race runner-up Bruno Senna.</p> <p>Antonio Felix da Costa was 14<sup>th</sup>, with Stephane Sarrazin and Andretti&rsquo;s Robin Frijns next up. Simona de Silvestro and Ma Qing Hua rounded out the qualifying results.</p> <p>Duval will drop to the back of the grid due to a gearbox change penalty, having qualified 10<sup>th</sup> for the race.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12351http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12351Duval handed gearbox penalty for second London ePrix raceSun, 03 Jul 2016 11:10:34 GMT<p><strong>Dragon Racing&rsquo;s Loic Duval has picked up a grid penalty for the second Formula E race at Battersea Park after his gearbox was changed.</strong></p> <p>The French driver&rsquo;s team requested a change of gearbox ahead of the 2015/2016 season finale in London and will drop 10 places on the grid.</p> <p>Duval is currently 10<sup>th</sup> in the drivers&rsquo; standings ahead of the second London ePrix, having retired from the first race on Saturday.</p> <p>Meanwhile the groups have been decided for the second qualifying session of the weekend, to decide the grid for race two.</p> <p>Here are the results of the qualifying lottery draw:</p> <p><strong>Group 1</strong></p> <p>Nelson Piquet Jr</p> <p>Sam Bird</p> <p>Loic Duval</p> <p>Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio</p> <p>Nicolas Prost</p> <p><strong>Group 2</strong></p> <p>Lucas di Grassi</p> <p>Mike Conway</p> <p>Jean-Eric Vergne</p> <p>Simona de Silvestro</p> <p>Ma Qing Hua</p> <p><strong>Group 3</strong></p> <p>Sebastien Buemi</p> <p>Nick Heidfeld</p> <p>Antonio Felix da Costa</p> <p>Daniel Abt</p> <p><strong>Group 4</strong></p> <p>Stephane Sarrazin</p> <p>Bruno Senna</p> <p>Robin Frijns</p> <p>Oliver Turvey</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12350http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12350Buemi fastest in London ePrix first practice, second session cancelledSun, 03 Jul 2016 10:54:00 GMT<p><strong>Sebastien Buemi set the pace in first practice for the second London ePrix race, but the second session was cancelled due to a charging infrastructure problem.</strong></p> <p>The opening 45-minute session was an eventful one, with Buemi emerging at the top of the timesheets after a late lap with a 1m22.393 &ndash; a new unofficial lap record at the Battersea Park track.</p> <p>He finished six tenths clear of e.Dams Renault team-mate and race one winner Nicolas Porst, with Jean-Eric Vergne in third place.</p> <p>Mike Conway was fourth and the final driver to complete a 200kw, full power lap. The Abt duo of Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt were fifth and sixth.</p> <p>Sam Bird was in seventh place, with Loic Duval, Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio and race one runner-up Bruno Senna rounding out the top 10.</p> <p>The session included one red flag for an incident involving Simona de Silvestro, Ma Qing Hua and Antonio Felix da Costa.</p> <p>De Silvestro brushed the wall at the final corner, breaking her rear suspension. She limped around to the pits but Ma slowed in avoidance, with da Costa running into the back of his team-mate.</p> <p>His car was left stranded across the track, so the session was red flagged for his Aguri car to be cleared.</p> <p>Second practice was cancelled after problems some teams were experiencing with the charging infrastructure. Formula E opted to not run the 30-minute session.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12347http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12347Di Grassi brands Vergne an 'idiot' after London ePrix clashSat, 02 Jul 2016 19:18:59 GMT<p><strong>Formula E championship leader Lucas di Grassi has branded Jean-Eric Vergne an &ldquo;idiot&rdquo; after the two clashed during the first race of the London ePrix weekend.</strong></p> <p>The two drivers collided towards the end of the race at Battersea Park, with di Grassi&rsquo;s car picking up front wing damage.</p> <p>Vergne went on to finish in third place, while di Grassi followed him across the line in fourth, one spot ahead of title rival Sebastien Buemi.</p> <p>&ldquo;That just proves how [much of] an idiot he is,&rdquo; di Grassi said when told Vergne was nonchalant about the incident.</p> <p>&ldquo;He is not fighting for a championship, he left a gap. In many, many other cases, he closed the door and I was very fair. When he closed the door I didn&rsquo;t do anything but at one point he left the door open.</p> <p>&ldquo;He was on the outside of the track, I went completely on the inside and he just turned on me. There was nothing I could do to avoid it. There was a wall on the inside and him on the outside, he almost ruined the championship.</p> <p>&ldquo;For him, for that to be normal, it doesn&rsquo;t make any sense. I will never do that to an opponent. I understand him, he has nothing to lose. It almost happened that we lost 10 points today because of this situation. I don&rsquo;t think it is fair to be like this.&rdquo;</p> <p>When asked about the incident by <em>Grand Prix Times</em>, Vergne said: &ldquo;If he thinks because there are two wheels on my side that I am going to let it go, I am not a beginner and he knows that.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12342http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12342Prost dominates eventful first London ePrix race at Battersea ParkSat, 02 Jul 2016 17:11:39 GMT<p><strong>Nicolas Prost has claimed his second win in the Formula E series after dominating the first London ePrix at Battersea Park.</strong></p> <p>The Frenchman eked out a comfortable lead in the first half of the race, extending his advantage through the pitstop phase. But the gap to the chasing Bruno Senna was cut after an incident on lap 20.</p> <p>Daniel Abt and Robin Frijns were battling hard for position but the two collided, with Abt hitting the wall and collecting Frijns again as he crossed the circuit.</p> <p>Prost had a strong restart and led the field home to claim victory, with Senna in second place for Mahindra to score his first podium in the all-electric championship.</p> <p>A late crash for Oliver Turvey promoted Jean-Eric Vergne to third place, the DS Virgin Racing driver spending a considerable amount of time behind the NEXTEV car before the accident.</p> <p>Championship contenders Lucas di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi gradually moved up the order as the race progressed and found themselves battling for position after the safety car period.</p> <p>Buemi attempted a move several times but couldn&rsquo;t find a way through. They both passed Sam Bird late on, with Buemi even making contact with the DS Virgin car on the last lap.</p> <p>Di Grassi finished fourth despite front wing damage to extend his championship lead to three points, with Buemi in fifth and Antonio Felix da Costa coming from 14<sup>th</sup> to sixth.</p> <p>Bird dropped down to seventh on the last lap in the first of his home races, ahead of Nick Heidfeld and Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio. Mike Conway completed the top 10 for Venturi.</p> <p>Simona de Silvestro suffered a lonely start to the race but made progress in the second half to finish 11<sup>th</sup>, with Stephane Sarrazin, Ma Qing Hua and Nelson Piquet Jr &ndash; who took fastest lap &ndash; completing the finishers.</p> <p>Turvey&rsquo;s crash late on cost him a potential podium, with Loic Duval also failing to finish and having to watch from the sidelines alongside Abt and Frijns.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12337http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12337Nicolas Prost beats Bruno Senna to London ePrix pole in rain-hit qualifyingSat, 02 Jul 2016 13:44:19 GMT<p><strong>Renault e.Dams Formula E driver Nicolas Prost will start the first race of the London ePrix weekend from pole position after a rain-hit and disrupted session.</strong></p> <p>The first group lapped the circuit in dry conditions but a short but heavy rain shower arrived late in the second session. The track continued to dry throughout the third and fourth groups, before the Super Pole shoot-out.</p> <p>Prost was the last driver to run and put in a 1m27.192 to take his third Formula E pole position, with Mahindra&rsquo;s Bruno Senna in second place.</p> <p>The wet weather mixed up the grid, with Oliver Turvey in third place for NEXTEV and Robin Frijns fourth for Andretti. Jean-Eric Vergne made it through to the Super Pole session but he failed to take part after crashing in his group.</p> <p>Daniel Abt and Sam Bird took advantage of the drying conditions in the final group to take sixth and seventh on the grid, ahead of Nick Heidfeld and Stephane Sarrazin, who also crashed out in qualifying.</p> <p>Loic Duval will complete the top 10 for the start of the first race of the London ePrix weekend at Battersea Park.</p> <p>Championship rivals Lucas di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi will line up down in 11<sup>th</sup> and 14<sup>th</sup>, separated by Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio and Ma Qing Hua.</p> <p>Mike Conway, Antonio Felix da Costa and Nelson Piquet Jr. all made mistakes in qualifying, with Simona de Silvestro rounding out the results after spins on his attempts.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12336http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12336FIA confirms calendar for 2016/2017 Formula E seasonSat, 02 Jul 2016 12:03:37 GMT<p><strong>The FIA and Formula E have officially confirmed the calendar for the 2016/2017 season, with five new races.</strong></p> <p>The season will begin on the 9 October with the new Hong Kong round, before moving onto Marrakech in Morocco in November.</p> <p>There will then be a three-month break, which will feature a special e-race event in Las Vegas on the 7 January. It will be run on rFactor 2 at a special virtual track around the city streets, with 10 fans being given the chance to qualify and race against the 20 drivers.</p> <p>Buenos Aires will signal Formula E&#39;s return to the track in February, with Mexico City remaining on the calendar and Monaco returning.</p> <p>Paris and Berlin have also been retained and there will be a new event in Brussels. Double-header rounds in Montreal, Canada, and around the streets of New York will conclude the season.</p> <p>The final weekend in New York will take place from the 29-30 July. Two races, on the 22 April and 24 June, are still yet to be announced. Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said the series is in conversation with London, Moscow and other cities for the June date.</p> <p>Hong Kong, Marrakech, Brussels and Montreal are all subject to circuit homologation, while the New York event is pending the final administrative authorisation.</p> <p><strong>2016/2017 calendar:</strong></p> <p>Hong Kong &ndash; 9 October</p> <p>Marrakech &ndash; 12 November</p> <p>Buenos Aires &ndash; 18 February</p> <p>Mexico City &ndash; 1 April</p> <p>TBA &ndash; 22 April</p> <p>Monaco &ndash; 13 May</p> <p>Paris &ndash; 20 May</p> <p>Berlin &ndash; 10 June</p> <p>TBA &ndash; 24 June</p> <p>Brussels &ndash; 1 July</p> <p>Montreal &ndash; 15-16 July</p> <p>New York &ndash; 29-30 July</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12333http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12333Nico Prost and Sebastien Buemi top London ePrix practice sessionsSat, 02 Jul 2016 11:09:26 GMT<p><strong>Renault e.Dams drivers Nicolas Prost and Sebastien Buemi set the pace in the two practice sessions for the first Formula E race at Battersea Park.</strong></p> <p>Prost led the way after the 45-minute opening session with a 1m25.399, finishing three tenths clear of Loic Duval, who was announced at Dragon Racing for a second season on Thursday.</p> <p>Buemi and the Abt duo of Daniel Abt and championship leader Lucas di Grassi were next up. Nelson Piquet Jr. and Oliver Turvey showed encouraging speed for NEXTEV in sixth and seventh.</p> <p>Sam Bird, Mike Conway and Stephane Sarrazin rounded out the top 10. It was a disrupted session, with the red flags emerging after Robin Frijns crashed at the final corner at the halfway mark.</p> <p>Buemi, who is one point behind di Grassi in the championship fight, moved to the front in second practice.</p> <p>Timed tumbled in the 30-minute session, with Buemi emerging ahead with a 1m23.171. He demoted Abt to second late on, with Prost third.</p> <p>Duval, di Grassi and Jean-Eric Vergne were next up. Piquet, Sarrazin, Turvey and Mahindra&rsquo;s Bruno Senna completed the top 10.</p> <p>Several drivers brushed the barriers in the session, including Bird and d&rsquo;Ambrosio, who picked up minor damage to their cars. Piquet also tapped the wall after an early off-track excursion.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12332http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12332Turvey satisfied with performance against NEXTEV team-mate PiquetSat, 02 Jul 2016 09:29:05 GMT<p><strong>NEXTEV TCR driver Oliver Turvey says he is happy with his performance during the Formula E 2015/2016 season so far, especially when compared to his team-mate and reigning champion Nelson Piquet Jr.</strong></p> <p>The team has struggle for pace throughout the second Formula E season so far and Turvey admits his first full campaign in the series has been challenging.</p> <p>But he has been encouraged by his speed and performance so far and is currently 14<sup>th</sup> in the drivers&rsquo; standings, two places and six points ahead of team-mate Piquet.</p> <p>&ldquo;My first full season has been a challenge with the package we have in the team,&rdquo; he told <em>Grand Prix Times</em>.</p> <p>&ldquo;I have been satisfied with my performance over the season, certainly against Nelson [Piquet Jr].</p> <p>&ldquo;Having last year&rsquo;s champion as my team-mate has been a good benchmark and I have been pleased with my performance against him, being able to out-qualify him in quite a few races and score more points.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m satisfied with what I have been able to get out of the package we have. Obviously it&rsquo;s frustrating not to be racing at the front and for wins but I feel I have done everything I can.&rdquo;</p> <p>When asked what his expectations are for this weekend&rsquo;s double-header season finale in London, he replied: &ldquo;Every weekend we have seen this year has been tough for us.</p> <p>&ldquo;Hopefully the weather can make some interesting qualifying and races, giving us different strategies and options.</p> <p>&ldquo;If it rains that could mix things up a bit. It should give us the chance maybe to benefit. Hopefully we can get our best result of the year, that would be nice, to finish on a high.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12329http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12329Formula E drivers stress importance of London raceFri, 01 Jul 2016 19:36:04 GMT<p><strong>Formula E drivers have stressed the importance of London being a part of the all-electric championship&rsquo;s calendar, ahead of the final race at Battersea Park.</strong></p> <p>The 2015/2016 Formula E season will conclude in London this weekend with a double-header, but it will also be the final race at the Battersea street track.</p> <p>Earlier this year it was confirmed that an agreement had been made between <a href="http://www.grandprixtimes.com/news/id/12083">Formula E and Wandsworth Council</a> for this season&rsquo;s event to be the last at the venue.</p> <p>A draft calendar was reported in May and did not feature a race in London but Formula E drivers believe it is crucial the series visits the British capital.</p> <p>&ldquo;London is one of the top cities in the world, there are plenty of places to race here in London,&rdquo; championship leader Lucas di Grassi said.</p> <p>&ldquo;It doesn&rsquo;t need to only be in Battersea Park, there are many other places in London where we could race. I really hope London comes back even as soon as season three.&rdquo;</p> <p>MS Amlin Andretti&rsquo;s Simona de Silvestro told <em>Grand Prix Times</em>: &ldquo;I think it is really important, Formula E really needs to go to cities like London, Paris &ndash; where a racing series would never really go.</p> <p>&ldquo;Formula E has this aspect; it would be great to see the championship in all those big cities. That&rsquo;s a great thing.&rdquo;</p> <p>NEXTEV&rsquo;s Oliver Turvey also commented on his home event, saying: &ldquo;Yeah, to race in London, it is one of the biggest and greatest cities in the world.</p> <p>&ldquo;To have the finale here last year with the double header, we saw what a great event it was. I am sure it will be this year, it&rsquo;s close in the championship battle.</p> <p>&ldquo;Racing [in London] is important not only for British drivers but for all the drivers and teams. Hopefully we can have another race in London in the future.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12326http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12326Formula E confirms 10 teams entered in 2016/2017 seasonFri, 01 Jul 2016 15:06:36 GMT<p><strong>Formula E has announced the 10 teams entered in the third season of the all-electric series, which runs through 2016 and 2017.</strong></p> <p>Several new names will debut in Formula E when it returns to action in Hong Kong this October.</p> <p>Jaguar joins the series, boosting the field back up to 10 teams, while Faraday Future joins Dragon Racing as a technical partner and with title sponsorship.</p> <p>The Techeetah outfit takes over the license and entry from Team Aguri, with the Shanghai-based public equity and venture capital firm China Media Capital becoming the new owners.</p> <p><strong>Here are the 10 teams entered in season three of Formula E:</strong></p> <p>ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport</p> <p>Andretti Formula E</p> <p>Faraday Future Dragon Racing</p> <p>DS Virgin Racing</p> <p>Jaguar Racing</p> <p>Mahindra Racing</p> <p>NextEV NIO</p> <p>Renault e.Dams</p> <p>Techeetah</p> <p>Venturi Formula E</p> <p><strong>Formula E has also confirmed the nine powertrain manufacturers for 2016/2017:</strong></p> <p>ABT Schaeffler - ABT Schaeffler FE02</p> <p>Andretti Technologies - ATEC-02</p> <p>DS-Virgin - DSV-02</p> <p>Jaguar - Jaguar I-Type 1</p> <p>Mahindra - M3 ELECTRO</p> <p>NextEV TCR - NextEV TCR Formula 002</p> <p>Penske - 701-EV</p> <p>Renault - Z.E. 16</p> <p>Venturi - VM200-FE-02</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12324http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12324Dragon confirms Faraday Future partnership, retains drivers for season threeFri, 01 Jul 2016 14:33:21 GMT<p><strong>Dragon Racing has confirmed a new technical partnership and title sponsorship deal with Faraday Future.</strong></p> <p>The electric car company joins Formula E with a four-year technical and sponsorship deal with the Dragon team.</p> <p>The partnership was announced at a press conference in Battersea Park, ahead of this weekend&rsquo;s London ePrix.</p> <p>It will begin from season three and a concept livery was also revealed during the announcement.</p> <p>Dragon&rsquo;s partnership with Faraday Future also means the team will become one of nine powertrain manufacturers for the 2016/2017 season.</p> <p>The major partnership with Dragon includes powertrain development, with homologation already confirmed and initial tests completed.</p> <p>During the press conference it was also announced that current drivers Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio and Loic Duval will remain at Dragon for season three of Formula E.</p> <p>It will be their second season as team-mates. Dragon is currently fourth in the teams&rsquo; championship with two Formula E races to go of the current campaign.</p> <p>This season Dragon has scored one race victory and one further top three finish, both courtesy of d&rsquo;Ambrosio.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12322http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12322Robin Frijns to remain with MS Amlin Andretti for Formula E season threeFri, 01 Jul 2016 11:17:59 GMT<p><strong>MS Amlin Andretti has announced Robin Frijns will remain at the team for the third Formula E season in 2016/2017.</strong></p> <p>Frijns made his debut in the all-electric series at the start of the second season and is currently 10<sup>th</sup> in the drivers&rsquo; championship ahead of the finale in London this weekend.</p> <p>The Dutch racer scored Amlin Andretti&rsquo;s fourth Formula E podium earlier in the second season at the Putrajaya ePrix, finishing in third place.</p> <p>He is the first driver to be confirmed for season three by the team, with the second seat remaining open.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m a loyal person if I feel comfortable and happy where I am at,&quot; he said. &quot;I stayed with the same karting team for 10 years. I enjoy all the people I work with at Andretti and I am comfortable with the team, so why change.</p> <p>&quot;With season three coming, you never know where your team is going to be compared to other teams. I guess we&rsquo;ll find out in qualifying at Hong Kong. But I think if you enjoy the people you work with that&rsquo;s most important.&quot;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Have you heard the news? <a href="https://twitter.com/RFrijns">@RFrijns</a> is officially coming back for S3 of <a href="https://twitter.com/FIAformulaE">@FIAformulaE</a>! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FEBuzz?src=hash">#FEBuzz</a> <a href="https://t.co/i7GVlfShPS">pic.twitter.com/i7GVlfShPS</a></p> &mdash; MS Amlin Andretti FE (@MSAmlinAndretti) <a href="https://twitter.com/MSAmlinAndretti/status/748793846876606464">July 1, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Meanwhile Amlin Andretti revealed a new livery for the London ePrix and it will also be used in the 2016/2017 season.</p> <p>The team has also made a slight change of name, now racing under the &lsquo;MS Amlin Andretti&rsquo; banner.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12314http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12314Andretti reveals new livery and name tweak ahead of London ePrixThu, 30 Jun 2016 16:37:16 GMT<p><strong>The Amlin Andretti Formula E team has revealed a new livery and name tweak ahead of this weekend&rsquo;s London ePrix at Battersea Park.</strong></p> <p>The squad will race under the &lsquo;MS Amlin Andretti&rsquo; name in season three after title sponsor Amlin was acquired by Mitsui Sumitomo earlier this year.</p> <p>The team also unveiled its new livery for the third Formula E season, which will also be used at this weekend&rsquo;s 2015/2016 finale in London.</p> <p>Unlike the first season in the all-electric championship, Andretti&rsquo;s No.27 and No.28 cars have been driven by the same drivers.</p> <p>Robin Frijns and Simona de Silvestro have raced in all eight Formula E events so far in the second season, with best results of third (Frijns) and ninth (de Silvestro) respectively.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">For <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FormulaE?src=hash">#FormulaE</a> season 3 we&#39;re updating our team name and livery to... *drumroll*... MS Amlin Andretti <a href="https://t.co/vFWXV7f6ss">pic.twitter.com/vFWXV7f6ss</a></p> &mdash; MS Amlin Andretti FE (@MSAmlinAndretti) <a href="https://twitter.com/MSAmlinAndretti/status/747929176892669952">June 28, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Andretti is currently seventh in the 2015/2016 teams&rsquo; standings ahead of the double-header season finale in London this weekend.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12311http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12311Video: London ePrix facts and statisticsWed, 29 Jun 2016 16:14:16 GMT<p><strong>Formula E presents all of the statistics and facts you need to know ahead of this weekend&#39;s 2015/2016 Formula E season finale at the Battersea Park street circuit in London. </strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12302http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12302Team Aguri sold to new investors, will race for final time at London ePrixTue, 28 Jun 2016 14:57:12 GMT<p><strong>This weekend&rsquo;s 2015/2016 Formula E season finale in London will be Team Aguri&rsquo;s last time competing in the all-electric series after selling its license to new investors.</strong></p> <p>The second Formula E season comes to a close with two races at the Battersea Park street track this Saturday and Sunday.</p> <p>Team Aguri finished seventh in the first ever Formula E campaign in 2014/2015 and is currently in eighth place ahead of the conclusion of the second season this weekend.</p> <p>Antonio Felix da Costa claimed Team Aguri&#39;s only win in Formula E, after emerging victorious at the Buenos Aires ePrix in Formula E&#39;s inaugural season.</p> <p>Racing in London will be the team&rsquo;s final appearance in its current guise, having sold its license in Formula E to new owners.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am proud to say that Team Aguri can be considered true pioneers in the development of electric vehicles, pioneering new technologies and showcasing them to the world,&rdquo; said team principal Mark Preston.</p> <p>&ldquo;While this is the final chapter in Team Aguri&rsquo;s history in the FIA Formula E Championship, this also represents the start of something new, with the sale of the team to new investors.</p> <p>&ldquo;As such, this will be the final race for Team Aguri and I would like to thank all involved for their hard work and dedication over the past two seasons.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12272http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12272Title contenders look ahead to Formula E finale in LondonTue, 21 Jun 2016 16:56:51 GMT<p><strong>Lucas di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi head to London for the 2015/2016 Formula E season finale separated by just one point in the drivers&rsquo; standings.</strong></p> <p>The two drivers are the main contenders for the title, with one of them being crowned in Battersea Park at the start of next month.</p> <p>Sam Bird remains in championship contention by the slimmest margin. He will need to score the maximum amount of points, including the bonus points for pole and fastest lap, with di Grassi and Buemi both picking up nothing to claim the season two crown.</p> <p>Di Grassi and Buemi have won three races each and 60 points still remain up for grabs over the London ePrix weekend in Battersea.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had eight races and the points gap is almost back to zero, and now we go to a track that is the most different from all the other tracks,&rdquo; di Grassi said ahead of the finale.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s very cambered, there are a lot of corners and it&rsquo;s very narrow. It&rsquo;s technically very difficult to drive there and it&rsquo;s the second longest track of the season.</p> <p>&ldquo;The weather unpredictability in London could play a big role because qualifying is divided into groups, which are random, and as happened last year, if you pick a group during which there is rain - that could define the race.&rdquo;</p> <p>Buemi added: &ldquo;We are not just fighting for the drivers&rsquo; championship but the teams&rsquo; championship too.</p> <p>&ldquo;So from a pure driver&rsquo;s perspective you would think that the only objective is to finish ahead of Lucas. But from a team point of view the other championship is very important too.</p> <p>&ldquo;When we get there we&rsquo;ll do practice and qualifying and look at the weather. Obviously, everything could look different after qualifying&hellip;&rdquo;</p> <p>Renault e.Dams holds an 11 point lead over Abt in the teams&rsquo; title, well clear of the next best team &ndash; DS Virgin Racing.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12083http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12083Upcoming London ePrix to be the last at Battersea ParkTue, 24 May 2016 21:11:24 GMT<p><strong>Wandsworth Council has announced that the upcoming London ePrix will be the last to be held at Battersea Park as Formula E officials look for a more central venue for season three.</strong></p> <p>Since Formula E first went to Battersea Park last June, the race has been subject to regular legal challenges and protest from locals keen to protect the greenspace.</p> <p>The latest judicial review was due to take place this week, but has been cancelled after Formula E officials came to an agreement regarding the future of the race.</p> <p>As a result, the season two finale will go ahead as planned at Battersea Park on July 2-3, but will be held at an alternative venue in the future.</p> <p>Wandsworth Council&rsquo;s community services spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: &quot;Formula E has notified us that they will be holding their final races in Battersea Park this summer and that from 2017 onwards they will be seeking alternative locations.</p> <p>&quot;Our understanding is that this now includes the possibility of a street circuit in central London, which has always been their preferred option but was not previously possible.</p> <p>&ldquo;As a result we have secured a financial agreement with Formula E which includes a compensation package for loss of income in 2017. This means that the total amount the council will receive from Formula E for staging these racing events in the park has reached &pound;2.85m.</p> <p>&quot;Some of this money has been spent on maintaining and improving Battersea Park, while the rest is helping to fund the vital frontline services that our residents rely on the most like services for vulnerable children, libraries, day centres for older people, support for disability groups and other important functions like fixing potholes and keeping our streets clean.</p> <p>&quot;I am proud it was this council that brought such a prestigious global event to London and I look forward to July&#39;s races which will be enjoyed by thousands of Londoners and Wandsworth residents alike. This council will continue to make sure that Battersea and all our other parks are used in ways which can benefit all our residents.&quot;</p> <p>Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag confirmed to the&nbsp;<em>London Evening Standard</em>&nbsp;that a more central location was now being sought for season three, with a race around Buckingham Palace being mooted.</p> <p>&quot;We had races in Paris and Berlin that were right in the heart of the city, which were a fantastic success,&quot; Agag said.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had preliminary conversations with the Greater London Authority, but there&rsquo;s been no permission or route authorised yet.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12073http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12073Video: Highlights of the Berlin ePrixSun, 22 May 2016 16:03:33 GMT<p><strong>Watch highlights of Saturday&#39;s Berlin ePrix, which was won by Sebastien Buemi. Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi were second and third, with the latter finding his lead in the championship cut to just one point.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12072http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12072Vergne: e.dams and Abt were too quick in BerlinSun, 22 May 2016 16:00:05 GMT<p><strong>Jean-Eric Vergne says he was content with fifth place at the Berlin ePrix, admitting the Renault e.dams and Abt cars were too quick.</strong></p> <p>The Frenchman started the race from pole position after setting the pace in qualifying but he couldn&rsquo;t retain the lead.</p> <p>He enjoyed a strong battle early on with Sebastien Buemi but the e.dams car soon scampered into the distance, while Vergne felll down to fifth by the finish.</p> <p>&ldquo;No,&rdquo; he said when asked if the race was a missed opportunity. &ldquo;I think it was a great day. Obviously you start from pole, you want to be winning the race.</p> <p>&ldquo;Paris to here, the track was more or less the same length, but you had four more laps. With our car, race energy was way too difficult.</p> <p>&ldquo;I tried to attack as much as I could. I was extremely aggressive, even sometimes a bit too much. The two e.dams and the two Abts were way too quick.</p> <p>&ldquo;There was nothing I could have done to stop them. I tried as much as I could, but I couldn&rsquo;t do any more. I was wasting energy. The pace was simply not there compared to those guys.</p> <p>&ldquo;Maybe if there had been less laps it would have been a different story like in qualifying. But yeah, of course, I&rsquo;m disappointed. You start on pole you want to be winning the race.</p> <p>&ldquo;Fifth place should be a disappointment, but I don&rsquo;t take it like that. I take it very positively. We have a very good car but energy-wise we have a lot of work to do.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have only one more round to go in the championship, next year&rsquo;s going to be a new engine, a new powertrain, new everything.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re going to try and make the best of the last race in London. I&rsquo;m not disappointed because I know I could not have won the race or finished on the podium unless others made mistakes, but they didn&rsquo;t.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12068http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12068Lucas Di Grassi can win championship without team orders - Daniel AbtSun, 22 May 2016 08:35:01 GMT<p><strong>Lucas di Grassi has the skill to win the Formula E title without the ABT Schaeffler team employing team orders according to Daniel Abt, after he was ordered to move aside for the Brazilian.</strong></p> <p>The pair finished second and third in Berlin, but during the final few laps&nbsp;of the race, the team asked Abt to let Di Grassi - who is fighting Sebastian Buemi for the championship - though to take second, an order Abt seemed to ignore.</p> <p>The German insists he tried to let his team-mate past, but he wasn&#39;t close enough, whilst insisting Di Grassi can win without the team interfering.</p> <p>&quot;For me it was always clear that if we were in a situation where Lucas is behind me, that I get that call, then yeah [I would let him past],&quot; he said after the race.</p> <p>&quot;I wanted to let him past with two laps to go. I slowed down on the back straight and waved, but he was a bit far and I think he was not sure if he could do it. And then the lap after I was not keen to do it again because Prost was not so far away from him, and imagine me losing a podium on the last corner. That would have been even more ridiculous.</p> <p>&quot;It is what it is. I think Lucas has the tools he needs to win it by himself,&quot; he added.&nbsp;&quot;He&rsquo;s an amazing racing driver. He again managed to finish on the podium, I don&rsquo;t know how he always does it.</p> <p>&quot;In London he&rsquo;s going to come back and he&rsquo;s going to win it.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12067http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12067Buemi victorious in Berlin, Abt and di Grassi complete podiumSat, 21 May 2016 16:27:35 GMT<p><strong>Sebastien Buemi took a clear victory at the Berlin ePrix, picking up his sixth victory in the all-electric Formula E series.</strong></p> <p>The Swiss driver started from second on the grid and battled in the early stages with polesitter Jean-Eric Vergne, before hitting the front with a daring move at Turn 5.</p> <p>A late safety car saw Buemi lose his advantage but he retained first place during the two-lap dash to the chequered flag to win in Germany.</p> <p>Daniel Abt followed him crossed the line, 1.7 seconds further back. He picked up his best result in Formula E, but he could have finished in third place.</p> <p>He attempted to let his team-mate Lucas di Grassi through on the penultimate lap, to aid the Brazilian&rsquo;s championship challenge. However, he remained third, meaning just one point separates di Grassi and Buemi going into the final double-header round in London.</p> <p>Di Grassi battled his way up from eighth on the grid t claim third, with Nicolas Prost finishing fourth. Vergne dropped to fifth after losing his front-wing mid-way through the race.</p> <p>Robin Frijns moved up to sixth, ahead of Nick Heidfeld and Mike Conway. Simona de Silvestro scored more points with ninth and Stephane Sarrazin was 10th.</p> <p>Sam Bird had to make an unscheduled stop for a front wing change and fell to 11th, ahead of Oliver Turvey and Nelson Piquet Jr. in the two NEXTEV TCR cars.</p> <p>Ma Qing Hua, Bruno Senna, Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio and rookie Rene Rast rounded out the finishers. Loic Duval crashed out, causing the late safety car.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12064http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12064Senna, Heidfeld, Sarrazin and d'Ambrosio sent to back of Berlin gridSat, 21 May 2016 14:55:12 GMT<p><strong>Bruno Senna, Nick Heidfeld, Stephane Sarrazin and Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio have been sent to the back of the Berlin ePrix grid.</strong></p> <p>The two Mahindra cars made it through to the Super Pole session and qualified fourth and fifth, while d&rsquo;Ambrosio and Sarrazin were 12th&nbsp;and 15th.</p> <p>All four cars were found to have been running incorrect tyre pressures and their times were excluded.</p> <p>Senna will line up 15th, Heidfeld 16th, Sarrazin 17th&nbsp;and d&rsquo;Ambrosio in 18th&nbsp;place. It elevates Sam Bird to fourth and reigning champion Nelson Piquet Jr to fifth.</p> <p>Jean-Eric Vergne and Sebastien Buemi will start the Berlin ePrix from the front row of the grid. Championship leader Lucas di Grassi moves up to eighth.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12062http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12062Jean-Eric Vergne beats Sebastien Buemi to Berlin ePrix pole positionSat, 21 May 2016 13:31:31 GMT<p><strong>Jean-Eric Vergne will start the Berlin ePrix from pole position after beating Sebastien Buemi by 0.016 seconds during the Super Pole round.</strong></p> <p>The Virgin Racing driver put in a 57.811 second laptime in the final session to secure first place on the grid, with Buemi putting his Renault e.Dams second.</p> <p>Daniel Abt was third and both Mahindra cars made it through to the pole position battle, with Bruno Senna and Nick Heidfeld fourth and fifth.</p> <p>Sam Bird just missed out on making it through to the Super Pole stage and had to settle for sixth, ahead of the improved NEXTEV car of Nelson Piquet Jr.</p> <p>His team-mate Oliver Turvey will start in ninth, with Nicolas Prost between them. Championship leader Lucas di Grassi made a mistake on his lap and had to watch himself tumble down to 10<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p>Dragon Racing&rsquo;s Loic Duval and Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio were 11<sup>th</sup> and 12<sup>th</sup>, with the Andretti cars of Simona de Silvestro and Robin Frijns 13<sup>th</sup> and 16<sup>th</sup>, with the latter losing time after clipping the wall.</p> <p>The Venturi duo of Mike Conway and Stephane Sarrazin separate the two Andrettis, while the final row is made up of Team Aguri&rsquo;s Rene Rast, on his debut, and Ma Qing Hua.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12057http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12057Di Grassi to remain with ABT for 2016/17 Formula E seasonFri, 20 May 2016 13:24:35 GMT<p><strong>Lucas di Grassi has confirmed he will remain with the ABT&nbsp;Schaeffler Audi team in Formula E next season, ending speculation he could join the new Jaguar outfit.</strong></p> <p>Di Grassi, who currently leads the championship by 11 points, had been linked with a move to Jaguar for season three as the British team searches for an experienced line-up, but on Friday confirmed his commitment to ABT.</p> <p>&quot;I will stay with ABT,&quot;&nbsp;di Grassi confirmed to <em>NBC Sports</em> ahead of the Berlin ePrix this weekend.</p> <p>&quot;There were some discussions before on how we continue together and how we could improve our development, improve the team, this and that.</p> <p>&quot;We reached an agreement, a very good agreement that I&rsquo;m very happy with. There is no reason in season three to move teams.&quot;</p> <p>The Brazilian racer confirmed it was a one-year deal which will allow him to see how the team progresses next season before committing further.</p> <p>&quot;Let&rsquo;s say we start with season three and depending on how season three goes, the involvement with manufacturers, how the championship shapes up, we have an option for a longer term partnership,&quot; he added.</p> <p>Di Grassi&#39;s team-mate Daniel Abt has also been confirmed for season three of Formula E, meaning the team will field an unchanged driver line-up.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12049http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12049Rene Rast to stand-in for Antonio Felix Da Costa at Team Aguri for Berlin ePrixWed, 18 May 2016 12:54:12 GMT<p><strong>Team Aguri will run Audi&#39;s Rene Rast this weekend at the Berlin ePrix in place of Antonio Felix da Costa, with the Portugese driver on duty for BMW&#39;s DTM team in&nbsp;Austria.</strong></p> <p>Aguri looked set to confirm Adam Carroll as Da Costa&#39;s replacement and had notified the FIA of the change, but the deal fell through at the last-minute.</p> <p>Aguri have now turned to Rast, who has yet to drive a Formula E car, but has been preparing in the team&#39;s simulator for the past few days.</p> <p>&quot;I have been in the simulator for the last few days to get a good feel for the car,&quot; said Rast.</p> <p>&quot;While these cars have their own unique demands, I am confident that I can get up to speed quickly and use my experience in energy management to deliver a strong result for the team.&quot;</p> <p>Aguri team principal Mark Preston is confident in Rast&#39;s abilities, particularly in energy management having raced for Audi&#39;s LMP1 team last year, before the German manufacturer reduced its line-up to just two cars.</p> <p>&quot;While we came close to agreements with some other famous names, Rene&#39;s energy management skills, professional approach and pace made him an obvious choice.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12001http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12001Video: Mahindra reveals fan designs for New Delhi ePrix trackFri, 13 May 2016 11:31:41 GMT<p><strong>A little while ago Mahindra Racing asked Formula E fans to submit their designs for a potential street circuit in New Delhi.</strong></p> <p>In this video, the team reveals some of the best track layouts to Benoit Dupont, the all-electric championship&rsquo;s sporting director. A selection of the designs will be presented to the State Government of New Delhi.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11995http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11995Nelson Piquet Jr's F3 return at Pau Grand Prix blocked by FIAFri, 13 May 2016 10:30:41 GMT<p><strong>The FIA has rejected Carlin&rsquo;s application to run reigning Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr at this weekend&rsquo;s Formula 3 Pau Grand Prix.</strong></p> <p>The Brazilian driver last competed in Formula 3 back in 2004, having since gone on to race in GP2, Formula 1, the FIA World Endurance Championship and Formula E.</p> <p>He claimed the Formula E crown for the 2014/2015 season and remains in the all-electric series with the NEXTEV TCR team.</p> <p>The FIA felt that Carlin running Piquet in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship round would &ldquo;contravene the spirit of the championship&rdquo;.</p> <p>Stefano Domenicali, the FIA&rsquo;s single seater commission president, said: &ldquo;We cannot deny that we were pleased that a driver with the talent and the achievements of Nelson Piquet Jr has expressed a desire to race in a round of the FIA F3 European Championship at a prestigious circuit such as Pau.</p> <p>&ldquo;However, we must keep in mind the spirit of the Championship &ndash; as one of the primary steps on the ladder to F1. Therefore, we decided that we could not accept the application presented by Carlin.</p> <p>&ldquo;This season the FIA introduced new eligibility criteria with the specific intent to define the characteristics of the FIA F3 European Championship more precisely. Today&rsquo;s decision is a logical consequence of these measures.&rdquo;</p> <p>Carlin said it was &ldquo;hugely disappointed&rdquo; with the news that the application had been rejected, after it was initially confirmed by the FIA and entry payment accepted.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11975http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11975Carroll set to replace Da Costa at Team Aguri for Berlin ePrixMon, 09 May 2016 12:06:28 GMT<p><strong>Adam Carroll looks set to make his Formula E debut this month, with the Northern Irishman the leading candidate to take over Antonio Felix da Costa&#39;s seat at Team Aguri for the Berlin ePrix.</strong></p> <p>Da Costa has a DTM commitment at the Red Bull Ring which clashes with the Berlin round of the Formula E championship.</p> <p>Carroll, who has already undergone a seat fitting at Team Aguri, has also been submitted to the FIA as the preferred driver replacement - therefore if he isn&#39;t confirmed later this week, Team Aguri would face a fine for reaching the maximum allowed number of driver changes.</p> <p>Carroll has come close to making his Formula E debut on several occasions, but none have materalised. He was on standby for Nick Heidfeld at the Buenos Aires ePrix in February and also had a seat fitting at DS Virgin after Jean-Eric Vergne was taken ill. Both however raced.</p> <p>Carroll has also tested for both&nbsp;Mahindra and NEXTEV.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11960http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11960Anthony Davidson would consider entering Formula E with JaguarFri, 06 May 2016 19:16:27 GMT<p><strong>Anthony Davidson says he would consider competing in Formula E if new&nbsp;entrant Jaguar approached him ahead of their debut next season.</strong></p> <p>Although the Briton confirmed he had received no firm interest, he would seriously consider splitting his time between the World Endurance Championship and Formula E if an approach was made.</p> <p>&quot;If I was approached seriously and wasn&rsquo;t messed about by having to do a driver shoot-out or anything ridiculous like that, then maybe I would,&rdquo; said Davidson.</p> <p>&quot;So far I haven&rsquo;t had a serious approach. I would be up for it. I&rsquo;m always up for racing in different cars, especially to drive a single-seater again would be nice, but it&rsquo;s not high on my priority list at the moment.&quot;</p> <p>Jaguar&#39;s two seats are expected to be amongst the most coveted on the grid due to the British manufacturer&#39;s partnership with battery supplier Williams, but Davidson insists he wouldn&#39;t go out of his way to secure one of them.</p> <p>&quot;I wouldn&rsquo;t turn down an offer, let&rsquo;s put it that way. But I&rsquo;m not going to break a leg falling over myself to get into one,&quot; he added. &quot;I&#39;m 37 years old now. If I can&#39;t sell myself now then there&#39;s no point.&nbsp;If people don&rsquo;t know what I&rsquo;m capable of then that&rsquo;s their loss.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11955http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11955Formula E cancels Moscow ePrix, fails to secure Monaco replacementFri, 06 May 2016 16:11:14 GMT<p><strong>Formula E has officially announced that this season&rsquo;s Moscow ePrix will not take place, due to problems regarding road closures in the Russian city.</strong></p> <p>The ninth round of the second Formula E season was set to take place in Moscow on the 4 June but has now been cancelled.</p> <p>The series&rsquo; CEO Alejandro Agag revealed a bid to replace the Moscow race with an event in Monaco failed to be secured, so the calendar will shrink from 11 to 10 rounds.</p> <p>&quot;While it is unfortunate news not to race in Moscow on June 4, we looked at a number of alternative options as a replacement but were not able to find a viable solution on that specific date,&quot; he explained.</p> <p>&quot;We explored all possibilities including returning to Monaco, but regrettably couldn&rsquo;t organise the change of venue on such short notice.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;d like to express my thanks to HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Mr. Michel Boeri, and the Automobile Club de Monaco who did their utmost to see Formula E return to the streets of the Principality for season two.</p> <p>&quot;We will now focus on the three remaining races in Berlin and the double-header in London, which I&rsquo;m sure will deliver a thrilling conclusion in the battle for the championship.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11931http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11931Oliver Turvey won't miss Berlin ePrix as earthquake delays Super GTMon, 02 May 2016 11:10:09 GMT<p><strong>Oliver Turvey will be available to contest the next round of the Formula E championship in Berlin, after an earthquake delayed the&nbsp;Autopolis round of the Super GT series, which Turvey had been due to compete in.</strong></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.grandprixtimes.com/news/id/11552">Briton was set to be replaced by Ben Hanley</a>&nbsp;as Turvey&#39;s&nbsp;Honda commitments clashed with the Berlin ePrix.</p> <p>However following a serious earthquake&nbsp;near Kyushu island, not far from the Autopolis track, the Super GT round has had to be postponed until further notice.</p> <p>Turvey will therefore be available to compete for the&nbsp;NEXTEV TCR team alongside team-mate and reigning champion Nelson Piquet.</p> <p>&quot;We are pleased that Oliver is able to compete in Berlin, we just wish it wasn&#39;t under such circumstances,&quot; said NEXTEV president Martin Leach.</p> <p>&quot;Everyone at the team was shocked to hear about the earthquakes and we are thinking about those living on Kyushu.</p> <p>&quot;I would also like to say thank you to Ben Hanley for his understanding and wish him well in his racing in the European Le Mans Series this season.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11893http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11893DS Virgin Racing: 'No decision on drivers for next season'Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:44:13 GMT<p><strong>The DS Virgin Racing team insists it has made no decision&nbsp;with regards its driver line-up for the 2016-17 season, amid reports they are set to replace Jean-Eric Vergne.</strong></p> <p>Vergne has struggled in the opening races with six points from the first six races whilst&nbsp;team-mate Sam Bird has amassed 71 points over the same period of time. However at the seventh round of the season in Paris - Vergne&#39;s home race - he finished second to quadruple his points tally.</p> <p>When asked by&nbsp;<em><strong>Grand Prix Times</strong>&nbsp;</em>about the reports suggesting his future at DS Virgin isn&#39;t secure, he replied: &quot;I&rsquo;m not aware of that. I don&#39;t think they&rsquo;d want to get rid of the guy who is second! I&rsquo;m only joking. I haven&rsquo;t heard anything like that.</p> <p>Vergne went on to add that he is happy with where he is:&nbsp;&quot;It&rsquo;s a really nice team, really good team. They&rsquo;ve shown a big improvement. I think I started the season quite bad and as long as I show a good improvement on myself also, there is no reason not to continue.</p> <p>&quot;We&rsquo;ll see how it goes in the future. I&rsquo;m just focusing on the remaining races and then there is plenty of time to think about next season.&quot;</p> <p>Meanwhile team principal Alex Tai insists&nbsp;no decisions have&nbsp;been made, but also warned nobody - including his own position - is secure.</p> <p>&quot;No.&nbsp;We&rsquo;ve made no decisions on drivers for next year,&quot; he told <strong><em>Grand Prix Times</em></strong>.&nbsp;&quot;Every position in our team including mine is challenged on a yearly basis. We move forward with the best possible people in the best possible positions.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11865http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11865Lucas Di Grassi extends championship lead with Paris victorySat, 23 Apr 2016 16:48:43 GMT<p><strong>ABT Schaeffler Audi driver Lucas Di Grassi extended his Formula E championship lead over Sebastien Buemi to 11 points on Saturday with victory in the inaugural Paris ePrix.</strong></p> <p>The Brazilian came through from second on the grid to snatch the lead at Turn 1 as pole sitter Sam Bird slipped back, eventually finishing sixth.</p> <p>Jean-Eric Vergne secured his best result for DS Virgin Racing with second, finishing ahead of Di Grassi&#39;s nearest title rival Sebastien Buemi who fought through the field to complete the podium positions.</p> <p>Nicolas Prost was fourth following a relatively uneventful race, much of it spent defending from the Venturi of Stephane Sarrazin, who finished fifth from Bird.</p> <p>In the closing laps it looked as though Vergne and Di Grassi would battle it out for victory, but a late Safety Car period after Ma Qing Hua ended up in the wall neutralised the race. It finished behind the Safety Car, handing Di Grassi a comfortable victory.</p> <p>Other incidents included&nbsp;Simona de Silvestro contacting&nbsp;the wall at Turn 1 which compromised her race, eventually finishing P15, whilst reigning champion Nelson Piquet suffered a problem with his NextEV TCR car and failed to finish the race.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11863http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11863Bird secures dominant pole for inaugural Paris ePrixSat, 23 Apr 2016 12:11:58 GMT<p><strong>DS Virgin Racing&#39;s Sam Bird will start the inaugural Paris ePrix from pole position - his third of the season -&nbsp;after dominating the Super Pole shoot-out on Saturday afternoon.</strong></p> <p>The Britain was more than three-tenths clear of second-placed Lucas di Grassi who narrowly beat the second DS Virgin of Jean-Eric Vergne by just over half a tenth.</p> <p>Stefan Sarrazin starts fourth for Venturi with Nicolas Prost completing the top five positions, more than a second adrift of Bird on his best Super Pole lap.</p> <p>Robin Frijns was left disappointed after he missed out on Super Pole following Bird&#39;s late group qualifying flyer, leaving the Andretti racer sixth ahead of seventh-placed&nbsp;Oliver Turvey and Nelson Piquet Jr. in ninth, with the NextEV TCR drivers split by&nbsp;Sebastien Buemi.</p> <p>Rounding off the top ten was Team Aguri&#39;s&nbsp;Antonio Felix da Costa whilst new boy Ma Qing Hua qualified P15 despite two near misses with the barriers during the session.</p> <p>Second practice leader Mike Conway starts last but one after contact with Nick Heidfleld. The Britain was helpless as he hit Heidfeld, who just seconds before span into the barrier and rejoined just as Conway rounded Turn 11.</p> <p><strong>Super Pole Result</strong></p> <p><img alt="" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/FormulaE/Screen-Shot-2016-04-23-at-12_59_15-690x102.png" width="100%" /></p> <p><strong>Group Qualifying Result</strong></p> <p><strong><img alt="" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/FormulaE/Screen-Shot-2016-04-23-at-12_35_50-690x311.png" width="100%" /></strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11862http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11862Britain's Conway leads the way in Paris ePrix practiceSat, 23 Apr 2016 10:38:22 GMT<p><strong>Venturi&#39;s Mike Conway led the way during second practice for the Formula E Paris ePrix on Saturday as he topped the times by just 0.010s to second-placed DS Virgin racer Jean-Eric Vergne.</strong></p> <p>The Britain&#39;s best lap of 1m01.386 was enough to see him finish quickest, a second up on Sebastien Buemi&#39;s time-topping lap from first practice.</p> <p>The second DS Virgin car of Sam Bird had led the way for much of the session before he damaged his car when he touched the wall, forcing him to retire to the pits with damaged left-rear suspension.</p> <p>Bird, who finished third overall, wasn&#39;t the only driver to make contact. Stephane Sarrazin lost the rear of his Venturi when he braked for turn eight, firmly planting the front-wing in the TechPro, before managing to recover to the pits.</p> <p>Lucas di Grassi finished ahead of Sarrazin in fourth and fifth respectively, whilst main title rival Buemi was only 13th after failing to set a full-power lap.</p> <p>Bruno Senna was sixth ahead of&nbsp;Aguri&#39;s Antonio Felix da Costa and Nico Prost, whilst Daniel Abt and Loic Duval completed the top ten.</p> <p><strong>Qualifying Groups:</strong><br /> Group One: Buemi, Conway, Heidfeld, Duval<br /> Group Two: Abt, Di Grassi, Frijns, Piquet Jr, Vergne<br /> Group Three: De Silvestro, Prost, D&#39;Ambrosio, Senna, Turvey<br /> Group Four: Bird, Da Costa, Qing Hua</p>