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/16667http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16667No replacement for cancelled Montreal Formula E raceThu, 18 Jan 2018 15:17:08 GMT<p>Formula E has decided it won&#39;t replace the cancelled Montreal ePrix double-header, meaning the season four (2017/18) calendar will drop from its original 14 races to just 12, ending in New York.</p> <p>Montreal had been due to host a double-header season finale in late-July, but city mayor&nbsp;Val&eacute;rie Plante announced it would either be relocated to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve or scrapped altogether, due to unpaid bills.</p> <p>With the former not an option due to scheduled construction work for a new Formula 1 pit and paddock complex, Plante had <a href="https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16526">no other option but to cancel the race</a>, forcing Formula E bosses to look at potential replacements.</p> <p>A Birmingham event was tabled, as was a race at the Norisring, but both failed to gather enough support due to the tight timescales involved in getting a new event&nbsp;sorted within a matter of months. Meanwhile adding a Sunday race to Rome&#39;s already sold-out Saturday event was also rejected.</p> <p>The season will therefore end with a double-header in New York on July 15, with the move costing teams a combined &pound;660,000 (&euro;750,000) in prize money, due to the shortened calendar.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16636http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16636Audi's Nico Muller tops Formula E rookie test in Marrakesh with new lap recordSun, 14 Jan 2018 19:47:36 GMT<p><strong>Nico Muller topped Formula E&#39;s first ever rookie test in Marrakesh for Audi </strong><strong>Sport</strong><strong> Abt Schaeffler, leading the way by almost one second.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The test, which was reserved for drivers without a Formula E licence, attracted a number of big-name drivers, including Ferrari&#39;s reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi and Paul di Resta who was in contention for a Formula 1 drive with Williams in 2018.</p> <p>While the morning part of the session was topped by di Resta who represented Jaguar, Muller performed long runs while on the other side of the Audi garage, Nyck&nbsp;de Vries failed to complete a lap due to ongoing reliability problems for the German marque while driving both of Lucas di Grassi&#39;s cars which suffered from technical issues throughout Saturday in Marrakesh.&nbsp;</p> <p>With five minutes remaining of the afternoon session, Muller set a record-breaking lap around the Circuit Moulay El Hassan, breaking Daniel Abt&#39;s previous record that was set in FP2 ahead of the Marrakesh ePrix with a 1:19.651.&nbsp;</p> <p>Muller&#39;s nearest challenger overall was Pietro Fittipaldi in the second Jaguar car, 0.946 seconds adrift of the Audi. Formula 2 ace Maximilian Gunther ended the day in third fastest for Dragon Racing, one second adrift of the pacesetting time with his best lap from the day.&nbsp;</p> <p>Di Resta&#39;s efforts placed the former Force India driver in fourth fastest in the overall standings, closely followed by his fellow countryman, James Rossiter who represented Techeetah, 0.020 seconds of the Jaguar in fifth.</p> <p>Daniel Juncadella finished the day in sixth place for Mahindra Racing followed by Antonio Giovinazzi who was the highest placed DS Virgin driver in seventh.&nbsp;</p> <p>Andrea Caldarelli ended the day in eighth place followed by Joel Eriksson in ninth. De Vries rounded out the top ten in the second Audi, 1.457 seconds slower than Muller in the same machinery although the Dutchman had limited running throughout the day.</p> <p>Outside of the top ten, Alexander Albon was the fastest Renault e.dams driver in 13th fastest overall while Michael Benyahia&nbsp;rounded out the table with the slowest time for&nbsp;Venturi on home soil.&nbsp;</p> <p>The day saw a number of stoppages, with Caldarelli bringing out the first red flag of the day after crashing in the morning session while a dog out on track brought a second halt in the morning. In the afternoon,&nbsp;Mitsunori Takaboshi, Benyahia and Bruno Spengler all caused disruptions.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16634http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16634Video: Formula E - Marrakesh ePrix race highlightsSat, 13 Jan 2018 23:56:43 GMT<p>We were treated to some great racing in Marrakesh, but who came out on top? Find out in our race highlights package.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16633http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16633Felix Rosenqvist snatches championship lead with victory in MarrakeshSat, 13 Jan 2018 17:34:14 GMT<p><strong>Mahindra Racing&#39;s Felix Rosenqvist scored his third career Formula E win and took the championship lead at the Marrakesh ePrix with a late race overtake on Sebastien Buemi.</strong></p> <p>While Buemi started the race from pole position, Rosenqvist started down in third after making a mistake in qualifying, with the pair being separated by DS Virgin Racing&#39;s Sam Bird on the grid.</p> <p>Throughout the race, Buemi was followed closely by Bird while Rosenqvist followed&nbsp;behind the pair in third place. When Bird suffered from a gearbox problem in the closing stages of his first stint, Rosenqvist leapt into second and followed Buemi into the pits to jump into his second car.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the second stint, Rosenqvist remained comfortably within one second behind Buemi throughout and launched an attack up the inside of the Swiss driver in Turn&nbsp;7 to take the lead with five laps to go, going to to take the checkered flag.&nbsp;</p> <p>Buemi crossed the line in second place, just under one second behind the Swedish driver while Bird stood on the final step of the podium.&nbsp;</p> <p>With a win at last month&#39;s Hong Kong ePrix, Roseqvist&nbsp;heads to Santiago with two consecutive victories under his belt and a four-point&nbsp;lead over Bird in the Drivers&#39; Championship.&nbsp;</p> <p>Nelson Piquet Jr finished in fourth place for Jaguar Racing and narrowly missed out on a second podium finish for the team in season four, being less than one second adrift of Bird.&nbsp;</p> <p>Jean-Eric Vergne drove a strong recovery race for Techeetah to finish in fifth place after starting down in 13th, crossing the finishing line ahead of Jose Maria Lopez who secured points on his return to Formula E for Dragon Racing in sixth place.</p> <p>Nick Heidfeld finished in seventh place despite being involved in a late-race accident between Maro Engel and his Venturi teammate, Edoardo Mortara, with Mortara retiring as a result of suspension damage and Engel dropping out of the points.</p> <p>As a result of the accident, Formula E debutant Tom Blomqvist scored points for Andretti by finishing in eighth while Nico Prost finished in ninth place in the second Renault e.dams car.&nbsp;</p> <p>Alex Lynn salvaged a tenth place finish after being spun out early on in the race by Daniel Abt. Abt was subsequently handed a drive-through penalty which relegated him out of what could have been a strong points finish, meaning that he finished in 11th place.&nbsp;</p> <p>After three rounds of season four, reigning champion Lucas di Grassi still remains without any points after retiring from the Marrakesh ePrix through a reliability problem. Oliver Turvey and Andre Lotterer also retired from the race for NIO and Techeetah.&nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16631http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16631Sebastien Buemi beats Sam Bird to Marrakesh ePrix poleSat, 13 Jan 2018 13:39:03 GMT<p><strong>Sebastien Buemi extended his points tally in qualifying by securing pole position for the Marrakesh ePrix.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Buemi performed his initial qualifying run in group two, setting a lap time that was quick enough to secure him a place in the Super Pole shootout alongside Sam Bird, Jose Maria Lopez, Felix Rosenqvist, and his long-term rival, Lucas di Grassi.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Swiss driver set a best time of a 1:20.355, and when Lopez, di Grassi and Rosenqvist all made mistakes on their final runs of the session, it became apparent that Buemi would start on pole, 0.260 seconds clear of Bird who was his nearest challenger.&nbsp;</p> <p>After a bad middle sector which ruined his lap, Rosenqvist secured third on the grid by salvaging what was left of his qualifying in the final sector, putting himself ahead of Lopez and di Grassi on the starting grid who line up in fourth and fifth.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Video: <a href="https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16630" target="_blank">Watch qualifying highlights from the Marrakesh ePrix</a></strong></p> <p>DS Virgin Racing&#39;s Alex Lynn narrowly missed out on a Super Pole appearance and will start the Marrakesh ePrix in sixth place ahead of Nelson Piquet Jr who qualified in seventh.&nbsp;</p> <p>Daniel Abt had a disappointing day and only qualified in eighth place for&nbsp;Audi&nbsp;Sport&nbsp;Abt Schaeffler after being caught out in his qualifying group stage when Antonio Felix da Costa crashed out of the session for Andretti Formula E.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mitch Evans qualified in ninth place in the second Jaguar and starts ahead of NIO&#39;s Oliver Turvey who lines up in tenth after also being caught out by da Costa&#39;s trip into the barriers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Outside of the top ten, Jean-Eric Vergne lines up in 13th place after a scruffy qualifying session while Mahindra&#39;s Nick Heidfeld only managed 18th after crashing during his final run of the session which caught out Edoardo Mortara who was slowest of the 20 runners.&nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16630http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16630Video: Formula E qualifying highlights from Marrakesh ePrixSat, 13 Jan 2018 13:38:59 GMT<p>Watch qualifying highlights from Saturday&#39;s Marrakesh ePrix.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16629http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16629Daniel Abt leads Audi 1-2 in FP2 in MarrakeshSat, 13 Jan 2018 11:20:12 GMT<p><strong>Daniel Abt topped the timesheets in a foggy second practice in Morocco ahead of the Marrakesh ePrix for Audi </strong><strong>Sport</strong><strong> Abt Schaeffler.</strong></p> <p>Abt set a best lap time of a 1:19.760 using 200kW of power, just over half a second faster than Lucas di Grassi&#39;s pacesetting time in the first practice session of the weekend one hour earlier.&nbsp;</p> <p>Di Grassi was Abt&#39;s nearest challenger in the second session, 0.138 seconds adrift in the second Audi while Sebastien Buemi was third fastest for Renault e.dams, 0.176 seconds down.</p> <p>Mitch Evans continued where he left off in FP1 and set the fourth fastest time in practice two, heading up a Jaguar 4-5 in the session with Nelson Piquet Jr finishing in fifth despite making contact with the wall on his fastest lap.</p> <p>Alex Lynn was the lead DS Virgin Racing driver in sixth place after championship&nbsp;leader Sam Bird struggled for pace in the session, finishing outside the top ten in 12th fastest.</p> <p>Jose Maria Lopez impressed on his return to Formula E, setting the seventh fastest time for Dragon Racing. The Argentinian driver was closely followed by Mahindra Racing&#39;s Felix Rosenqvist who was only 0.007 seconds adrift in eighth.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Techeetah pair of Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer rounded out the top ten in the session in ninth and tenth.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16628http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16628Michael Benyahia targeting full-time Venturi seat in season fiveSat, 13 Jan 2018 10:04:32 GMT<p><strong>Ahead of his Formula E rookie test on home soil, Morocco&#39;s Michael Benyahia has revealed that he is targeting a full-time drive in the all-electric championship in season five with Venturi.</strong></p> <p>The 17-year-old joined Venturi late last year and his test with the Monaco-based outfit following this weekend&#39;s&nbsp;Marrakesh ePrix will mark his third time behind the wheel of one of the single seater machines having participated in pre-season testing in Valencia and driven in a street demonstration in 2016.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;m very excited to be here [in Marrakesh],&quot; said Benyahia. &quot;I&#39;ve done a lot of work with the team and spent a lot of time on the simulator, learning a lot about the track and the car.&quot;</p> <p>Despite Venturi having a strong driver lineup in Maro Engel and Edoardo Mortara, who looked set to win in only his second race in the championship at last month&#39;s Hong Kong ePrix, Benyahia remained buoyant about his opportunities for a drive with the team next season.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s really my main job to be developing the car for the team but hopefully next season, I&#39;ll be a full-time driver for Venturi. I&#39;m really hoping to learn as much as possible on Sunday - that&#39;s my goal.&quot;</p> <p>As Formula E continues to spread across the globe and brings electric racing to new cities, Benyahia highlighted how Morocco is beginning to evolve towards electric power, particularly through sustainable and renewable energy.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Having Formula E in Morocco - my home country - is fantastic. The country is really rapidly evolving towards electric now. We&#39;re developing lots of solar panels and wind farms, which are close to the ocean, so we&#39;re really developing how we go about generating electricity.</p> <p>&quot;With all that, having Formula E here is really helpful for the country and the environment in Morocco,&quot; he added.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16627http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16627Lucas di Grassi tops FP1 ahead of Marrakesh ePrixSat, 13 Jan 2018 09:28:53 GMT<p><strong>Reigning Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi led the field in first practice ahead of this weekend&#39;s Marrakesh ePrix for&nbsp;Audi Sport Abt&nbsp;Shaeffler.</strong></p> <p>The Brazilian driver set a best lap time of a 1:20.310 which put him 0.914 seconds ahead of Jerome d&#39;Ambrosio who was his nearest challenger and the only other driver in the field to run on full 200kW power in the session for Dragon Racing.</p> <p>Di Grassi&#39;s teammate, Daniel Abt, showed that the Audi team has pace around the&nbsp;Circuit Moulay El Hassan by setting the third fastest lap of the session using 180kW of power, almost 1.3 seconds adrift of his teammate.</p> <p>Mitch Evan&#39;s continued to show that Jaguar Racing has pace over the course of one lap this season by ending the session in fourth place, 0.020 seconds ahead of Renault e.dams&#39; Sebastien Buemi who finished the session in fifth.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sam Bird was the fastest DS Virgin driver in sixth place, lapping faster than Jean-Eric Vergne who was seventh fastest for Techeetah while season one champion Nelson Piquet Jr was eighth fastest in the second Jaguar after clipping the wall in the session.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mahindra Racing&#39;s Felix&nbsp;Rosenqvist finished the session in ninth place while Britain&#39;s Oliver Turvey rounded out the top ten for NIO Formula E.</p> <p>Hong Kong&#39;s race two runner-up Edoardo Mortara ended first practice in last place for Venturi after recovering from an early session spin and a subsequent battery shutdown later in the session.&nbsp;</p> <p>On the other side of the Venturi garage, Maro Engel also ran into trouble and stopped multiple times out on track while Andre Lotterer ran into similar problems in the second Techeetah.&nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16625http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16625Formula E minimum pitstop time remains for Marrakesh ePrixFri, 12 Jan 2018 15:41:30 GMT<p><strong>After a considerable amount of objection, Formula E teams have successfully reverted the FIA&#39;s decision to scrap a minimum pitstop time ahead of this weekend&#39;s Marrakesh ePrix.</strong></p> <p>Earlier this week, the FIA had planned to remove the all-electric series&#39; minimum pitstop time with immediate effect after feeling that the series had reached what could be considered as the fastest possible pitstop time.</p> <p>Despite the FIA believing that the removal of this time limit would not pose a risk to health and safety, a number of teams and drivers expressed reservation at this decision, arguing that by turning pitstops into a competition of speed that the chances for more mistakes to be made are increased, thus causing safety concerns.&nbsp;</p> <p>Due to the short-term notice of this new rule change, teams requested for the removal of the minimum pitstop time to be pushed back and&nbsp;implemented for the next round of the 2017-18 season at the Santiago ePrix in February.&nbsp;</p> <p>It has been decided by the stewards that the Marrakesh ePrix this weekend will have a 45 second minimum pitstop time where drivers will change into their second car for the race.</p> <p>Due to varying start-up times for&nbsp;cars caused by the different software that is used by powertrain manufacturers, concerns have also been expressed that the removal of the minimum pitstop&nbsp;time could act as a potential advantage for teams with a quicker start-up procedure.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16621http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16621Video: Formula E drivers look ahead to the Marrakesh ePrixFri, 12 Jan 2018 14:39:07 GMT<p>Fresh from their holiday season breaks, the stars of ABB Formula E look ahead to round three, the Marrakesh E-Prix this weekend!</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16598http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16598Formula E secures title sponsor in ABBTue, 09 Jan 2018 12:30:34 GMT<p>The Formula E championship has announced that it has secured&nbsp;a title sponsor in ABB, a pioneering leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids.</p> <p>Formula E is the first single-seater FIA series to secure a title sponsor and will be officially known as the &#39;ABB FIA Formula E Championship&#39;.</p> <p>&quot;This is a historic day for Formula E and I&rsquo;m honored to welcome the global technology leader ABB as the title partner of Formula E, with its background and expertise in the field of electrification and digital technologies,&quot; commented FIA founder and CEO Alejandro Agag during a press conference at London&#39;s&nbsp;Saatchi Gallery.</p> <p>&quot;Our two companies are synonymous with pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Together, as partners, we will showcase breakthrough technology on a global scale to fans and consumers who follow the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.&quot;</p> <p>ABB operates the&nbsp;largest installed base of fast-charging stations for electric vehicles worldwide and is therefore the ideal partner for the all-electric racing series.</p> <p>&quot;We are extremely excited to partner with Formula E in writing the future of e-mobility,&quot;&nbsp;added ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. &quot;Today, two pioneers are uniting. ABB and Formula E are a natural fit at the forefront of the latest electrification and digital technologies.</p> <p>&quot;Together, we will write the next phase of this exciting sports activity and foster high-performance teams. Together, we will write the future &ndash; one electrifying race at a time.&quot;</p> <p>In a separate announcement, organisers of the Zurich ePrix have announced a title sponsor of the event, with Swiss company Julius Baer taking the naming rights for the race, which is the first circuit race in Switzerland since 1955.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16582http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16582FIA confirms cost details for season five Formula E carSat, 06 Jan 2018 11:55:46 GMT<p><strong>The FIA has revealed cost details for independent teams to purchase ready-to-race electric machinery for the 2018-2019 season.</strong></p> <p>In season five, Formula E will use a new chassis that will be powered by a battery designed by McLaren Applied Technologies that will be able to complete a full race distance.</p> <p>The price caps implemented for season five are designed in order to allow the protection of small and independent teams while the series grows and attracts new manufacturers such as Jaguar, Nissan, Audi, Porsche and Mercedes.&nbsp;</p> <p>The price of a ready-to-race Formula E car for the 2018-2019 season will not exceed&nbsp;&euro;817,300, with a chassis costing&nbsp;&euro;299,600, a battery costing&nbsp;&euro;200,000, and the Halo device - which will be a new addition to the all-electric series - costing&nbsp;&euro;12,700.&nbsp;</p> <p>Although a current spec Formula E car costs&nbsp;&euro;480,000, next season will be more affordable than ever, with teams only needing two cars as opposed to four due to the implementation of the&nbsp;longer lasting battery from McLaren, meaning teams will save almost&nbsp;&euro;300,000.</p> <p>In addition to this, the FIA has confirmed that teams have been given an additional month to complete their 15 days of private testing to October 1 while manufacturers that are supplying powertrains to more than one team will have 22 days of testing.‚Äč</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16573http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16573Jose Maria Lopez named as Neel Jani's replacement at DragonFri, 05 Jan 2018 12:30:28 GMT<p><strong>Dragon Racing has confirmed that Jose Maria Lopez will replace Neel Jani for the remainder of the 2017-2018 season.</strong></p> <p>Lopez raced in Formula E last season for DS Virgin Racing alongside Sam Bird, however, missed out on a seat with the team for season four, being replaced at the outfit by Alex Lynn despite securing two podium finishes in Paris and Montreal.</p> <p>The Argentinian driver will make his debut for the American outfit next weekend at the Marrakesh ePrix on the&nbsp;Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan - a circuit that Lopez is familiar with, having secured six podium finishes on six occasions in the WTCC.</p> <p>After a disappointing opening weekend of the season which saw Dragon fail to secure a single point, Lopez will be keen to start the season off strong, aiming to propel the&nbsp;outfit higher in the Team Standings.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is an exciting opportunity for me and I&rsquo;m looking forward to the challenge of Formula E in season four with Dragon,&quot; said Lopez.</p> <p>&quot;I have good experience from season three, and I&rsquo;m confident that we can achieve strong results as the season progresses.&rdquo;</p> <p>Team owner and principal, Jay Penske, was excited about Dragon&#39;s new driver lineup and highlighted it as potentially &quot;winning formula&quot; despite the team struggling having lost backing from Faraday Future and a planned technical partnership with Porsche&nbsp;falling through.</p> <p>&ldquo;Jose is a world champion racer who has consistently performed at the highest level in each formula in which he has competed.&nbsp;I&rsquo;m confident that his season three experience and collaboration with Jerome will be a winning formula for the DRAGON organisation,&rdquo; he said.&nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16567http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16567NIO announce Harry Tincknell and Alexandre Imperatori for rookie testWed, 03 Jan 2018 16:34:45 GMT<p><strong>NIO has confirmed that Harry Tincknell and&nbsp;Alexandre Imperatori will join the team for Formula E&#39;s rookie test following the Marrakesh ePrix next weekend.</strong></p> <p>The test will allow young drivers to gain experience in the electric racing series and is reserved for those who do not currently hold a licence to drive in Formula E competitively.</p> <p>Tincknell, 26, joins NIO with a range of experience in motorsport, having raced in Formula Renault UK and in both the&nbsp;British and European Formula 3 series as well as winning the LMP2 category of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014 and the Drivers&#39; Championship of the European Le Mans Series in 2016.</p> <p>This will not mark Tincknell&#39;s first time behind the wheel of a Formula E car, having previously driven for NIO in a private test at the Calafat Circuit in Spain in the summer.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m really delighted to be driving at the Marrakesh rookie test with NIO Formula E Team and thank them for the opportunity,&quot; said Tincknell. &quot;I am looking forward to helping the team at the test and gaining more experience with the Formula E car.</p> <p>&quot;We&rsquo;re doing a lot of preparation before the event and I&rsquo;ll also be able to learn from Oliver and Luca during the race to maximise the weekend.&rdquo;</p> <p>With experience in A1 Grand Prix, Formula Nippon and in the Super GT Series, Imperatori will get his first taste of Formula E machinery in Marrakesh and was excited about the opportunity.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;m truly excited to be joining the NIO Formula E Team for the Marrakesh rookie test. Formula E is where every driver wants to be right now so I&#39;m very thankful to the team for this opportunity after having worked with NIO on the EP9 project,&quot; said&nbsp;Imperatori.</p> <p>&quot;I am looking forward to discovering the Formula E car and, while I&#39;m sure it will be a steep learning curve, I will be doing my best to adapt quickly and provide the team with solid and valuable feedback throughout the test.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16564http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16564Paul di Resta, Pietro Fittipaldi get Jaguar test chance, Joel Eriksson to VirginWed, 03 Jan 2018 14:11:49 GMT<p>Former Force India and Williams Formula 1 racer Paul di Resta will link up with Jaguar for this month&rsquo;s Marrakech rookie test in Formula E.</p> <p>Di Resta competed for Force India from 2011 to 2013 before joining Williams in a reserve role, which led to an outing in Hungary last season in place of the unwell Felipe Massa.</p> <p>Di Resta was a candidate for the vacancy at Williams for 2018 but Sergey Sirotkin is now understood to be the frontrunner, with Robert Kubica having also been evaluated.</p> <p>Di Resta will share driving duties in the I-TYPE 2 with Formula V8 3.5 champion Pietro Fittipaldi at the Moulay El Hassan circuit on January 14.</p> <p>Fittipaldi, grandson of double F1 champion Emerson, claimed the 2017 title in the now-defunct V8 3.5 series, taking six wins and 10 poles from 18 races.</p> <p>Elsewhere, DS Virgin Racing has confirmed that Formula 3 runner-up Joel Eriksson will pilot one of its DSV-03 for the one-day test.</p> <p>Eriksson finished second to McLaren prot&eacute;g&eacute; Lando Norris in Formula 3 last season and will compete full-time in DTM this year with BMW.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16563http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16563Neel Jani and Dragon part ways after one race weekendWed, 03 Jan 2018 10:38:33 GMT<p><strong>Neel Jani has left Dragon Racing after spending only one Formula E race weekend with the American outfit.</strong></p> <p>Following Porsche&#39;s departure from the World Endurance Championship last season, Jani made his debut in electric&nbsp;machinery in&nbsp;Hong Kong, joining the Dragon team to partner Belgium&#39;s Jerome d&#39;Ambrosio.</p> <p>Prior to the start of season four, Dragon faced a number of setbacks, losing backing from Faraday Future and a scheduled technical partnership&nbsp;with Porsche, which would be similar to Andretti&#39;s relationship with BMW, also falling through.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the season-opening Hong Kong ePrix, Dragon was the only team on the grid that failed to score any points, with Jani finishing in 18th place in both races one lap down, while team-mate d&#39;Ambrosio was also off the pace in the same machinery, retiring in race one and finishing 15th in the second.</p> <p>&quot;As a result of changes that were unforeseen, Dragon Racing and I have decided that it is in the best interest for the future of the team and myself that we end our alliance,&quot; Jani told <em>Autosport</em>.</p> <p>&quot;I would like to thank Dragon Racing for giving me the opportunity to experience Formula E, and I wish them all the best for the continuing season.&quot;</p> <p>With Jani&#39;s departure, Dragon Racing is in a difficult situation and needs to find a suitable replacement with the Marrakesh ePrix only ten days away.</p> <p>While the team is set to test Maximilian Gunther and Andrea Caldarelli in a rookie test following the Marrakesh race, neither driver qualifies for the seat due to the absence of a Formula E licence.&nbsp;</p> <p>One feasible option could be Mike Conway, who raced for the team in season three at the Paris ePrix, while Jose Maria Lopez has also been linked to the seat after being dropped by DS Virgin Racing for season four.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16558http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16558Maximilian Gunther and Andrea Caldarelli complete Dragon's lineup for Marrakesh testSun, 31 Dec 2017 15:11:49 GMT<p><strong>Dragon Racing has confirmed that Maximilian Gunther and Andrea Caldarelli will represent the team for Formula E&#39;s upcoming rookie test in Marrakesh next month.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Gunther most recently competed in the European Formula 3 series for Prema Racing, where five wins throughout the season allowed him to secure third place in the Drivers&#39; Championship behind Britain&#39;s Lando Norris and Swedish racer, Joel Eriksson.&nbsp;</p> <p>The test, in which he will take over the wheel of Neel Jani&#39;s car, will mark his first time behind one of the all-electric single seater machines after testing Formula 2 and Super Formula machinery over the course of the winter.&nbsp;</p> <p>Caldarelli will join Germany&#39;s Gunther in testing for the team and will be behind the wheel of Jerome d&#39;Ambrosio&#39;s #7 machine, marking the first time he will have driven a single seater since 2015 after racing in Super Formula.</p> <p>Since 2011, Caldarelli has driven in the Japanese Super GT series, finishing second in the championship on two occasions while finishing third in the 2017 standings.</p> <p>Formula E&#39;s rookie test will be held following the Marrakesh ePrix on January 14 and is reserved for drivers who have no experience of racing in the series.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16547http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16547Formula E will overtake Formula 1 in ten years - Richard BransonSun, 24 Dec 2017 17:22:34 GMT<p>Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson believes Formula E will overtake Formula 1 as the premier motorsport series within a decade.</p> <p>Branson became involved with F1 in 2009 when he sponsored the Brawn GP team before becoming a team owner in 2010 with Virgin Racing. However after two unsuccessful seasons the outfit was sold to Marussia.</p> <p>Branson then moved into Formula E for the series debut season in 2014, finishing fifth. In 2015 the team were third, fourth in 2016 and are currently second in season four thanks to Sam Bird&#39;s Hong Kong victory.</p> <p>The British billionaire reckons the series has what it takes to overtake F1 in terms of popularity.</p> <p>&quot;It&rsquo;s just a fantastic platform to shine a light of advancing technologies in electronic vehicles,&quot; Branson told&nbsp;China&#39;s&nbsp;<em>The Post</em>.&nbsp;&quot;And also to show the world electric cars aren&rsquo;t slow and boring, but they&rsquo;re cool, fun and sustainable.</p> <p>&quot;It&rsquo;s been incredibly exciting. It&rsquo;s growing very rapidly, every season they&rsquo;re bringing in new initiatives.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m willing to forecast that 10 years from now, if Formula 1 continue in their current way, I think Formula E will overtake it.</p> <p>&quot;And so it should, because the world should be powered by clean cars. We&rsquo;ve all got to wean ourselves off dirty cars, and Formula E can lead the way in that.&quot;</p> <p>The series also aligns with Branson&#39;s push for renewable energy and says Formula E can play an important role in raising awareness.</p> <p>&quot;Formula E has done a lot to raise awareness of things like climate change,&quot; he added. &quot;We&rsquo;re in a position to inspire people from both race fans to governments to play their part in tackling things like climate change.</p> <p>&quot;The team really wants to use it to accelerate initiatives that help the world achieve the goals of Paris Climate Accord.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16532http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16532Techeetah confirm James Rossiter and Frederic Makowiecki for rookie testTue, 19 Dec 2017 17:31:02 GMT<p><strong>Techeetah has announced that James Rossiter and Frederic <span>Makowiecki </span> will complete the team&#39;s driver lineup for next month&#39;s official Formula E rookie test following the Marrakesh ePrix</strong><strong>.</strong></p> <p>Rossiter, who competes in the Asian Super GT Series and the Super Formula Championship, already has some experience behind the wheel of a Formula E car having tested for Venturi during pre-season testing in Valencia ahead of the start of Season 4 in a bid to secure a race seat for the championship.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;m very grateful for the opportunity to work with Techeetah for the Formula E rookie test in Marrakesh,&quot; said the Briton. &quot;I&rsquo;m really looking forward to getting on track and working together with the team.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p><span>Makowiecki </span> heads to the all-electric single seater series with a proven track record in sportscar racing having competed in the GT1 World Championship, the Super GT series, the World Endurance Championship and racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on seven occasions.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;I am very happy that Techeetah has given me the chance to try a Formula E car during the rookie test in Marrakesh,&quot; said <span>Makowiecki</span>.&nbsp;&quot;I&#39;ve followed the Championship from the beginning as I am interested by the new technology and strategy.</p> <p>&quot;The show on track is always great too. It will be a new experience and I can&rsquo;t wait to jump in the car at Marrakesh,&quot; he added.</p> <p>Formula E&#39;s rookie test in Marrakesh will be held on January 14, with each seat being reserved for drivers who have no experience of racing in the series.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16526http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16526Montreal cancels Formula E race amid unpaid billsMon, 18 Dec 2017 18:58:43 GMT<p>Formula E&#39;s scheduled Montreal ePrix double-header, set to take place in late-July 2018, has been cancelled by city mayor&nbsp;Val&eacute;rie Plante.</p> <p>During Plante&#39;s election campaign, she said the race &ndash; agreed under former mayor&nbsp;Denis Coderre &ndash;&nbsp;would either be relocated to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve or cancelled altogether due to&nbsp;unpaid bills and chaos caused by road closures.</p> <p>However the former isn&#39;t possible as&nbsp;the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is undergoing construction work on its pit and paddock complex&nbsp;following the 2018 Formula 1 race in June, and organisers insist the start of construction cannot be delayed to facilitate Formula E if the work is to be completed by 2019.</p> <p>That and the fact the&nbsp;events organiser,&nbsp;Montr&eacute;al it&#39;s Electric, has maxed out its line of credit to the tune of $9.5&nbsp;million (&pound;7m), for which the city is&nbsp;responsible, plus unpaid bills totalling $6.2m (&pound;4.6m), has led to the&nbsp;cancellation of the event and any future races.</p> <p>&quot;Montrealers have made it clear that we can&#39;t waste their money on poorly planned projects that don&#39;t serve them,&quot; Plante&nbsp;said during a press conference on Monday.</p> <p>&quot;It was clear as of last May that the organisation was headed straight for a financial fiasco.&quot;</p> <p>According to figures from the city, only 25,000 tickets were sold for last season&#39;s double-header, with an additional 20,000 given away for free.</p> <p>It&#39;s likely the decision to cancel the race will result in financial penalties as Formula E has a three-year contract with the city to host the race.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16522http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16522Tom Blomqvist confirmed for Marrakesh ePrixMon, 18 Dec 2017 12:47:59 GMT<p><strong>MS&amp;AD Andretti has confirmed that Britain&#39;s Tom Blomqvist will make his Formula E debut at next month&#39;s Marrakesh ePrix&nbsp;in Morocco.</strong></p> <p>The Andretti outfit announced in November that Blomqvist would partner Antonio Felix da Costa for the 2017-2018 season, however, instead recruited former F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi for the opening two rounds of the new campaign which started in Hong Kong earlier this month.&nbsp;</p> <p>Blomqvist will join da Costa for the third round and the remainder of the Season 4 campaign while Alexander Sims has been appointed as the team&#39;s reserve driver.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 24 year-old Cambridge-born racer finished second in the 2014 European Formula 3 Championship, missing out on the title to Esteban Ocon while beating teen sensation Max Verstappen by a narrow nine points to the runner-up spot.&nbsp;</p> <p>Most recently, Blomqvist has competed in the competitive DTM Championship for BMW, scoring one win in his rookie season in the series and finishing a best of sixth place in the Drivers&#39; Championship.&nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16512http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16512Andretti confirm Colton Herta for Marrakesh rookie testSat, 16 Dec 2017 15:16:31 GMT<p><strong>MS&amp;AD Andretti has confirmed that Colton Herta will make his Formula E debut next month at the series&#39; rookie test in Marrakesh.</strong></p> <p>The 17 year-old, who is the son of former IndyCar driver Bryan Herta, competed in the Indy Lights series in 2017 for&nbsp;Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing and finished third in the Drivers&#39; Championship with 300 points.</p> <p>&quot;I can&rsquo;t thank MS&amp;AD Andretti Formula E enough for the opportunity,&rdquo; said Herta. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the best Christmas present I could&rsquo;ve gotten.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I think Colton was very impressive in his rookie season of Indy Lights and he hasn&rsquo;t even turned 18 yet,&rdquo; said Michael Andretti, the CEO of Andretti Formula E.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We are very excited to see what he can do in our Formula E car. He is one of the future stars in open-wheel racing and can be a real asset at the rookie test in Marrakesh,&rdquo; he added.</p> <p>Bruno Spengler, DTM champion in 2012, will also sample Formula E machinery with Andretti at the test.</p> <p>Herta is one of many names to be confirmed for the rookie test which will be held on January 14 after the Marrakesh ePrix, with Nyck&nbsp;de Vries, Nico Muller and Michael Benyahia set to drive for&nbsp;Audi Sport Abt&nbsp;Shaeffler and Venturi Formula E.&nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16511http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/1651117 year-old Michael Benyahia to test for Venturi in MarrakeshSat, 16 Dec 2017 14:38:04 GMT<p><strong>Venturi Formula E has confirmed that Morocco&#39;s Michael Benyahia will drive for the&nbsp;team during the series&#39; rookie test on January 14 after the third round of the 2017-2018 season in Marrakesh.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Benyahia is the reigning Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup champion and holds six podiums in the French F4 Championship as well as 46 karting wins at the age of 17.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m well aware of the chance I&rsquo;m being given,&quot; said Benyahia. &quot;The Formula E championship is growing exponentially. As a result, it&rsquo;s rare to get a drive. I&rsquo;ll do everything I can, to repay the faith that Gildo Pastor and his teams have placed in me.&rdquo;</p> <p>Benyahia has been part of Venturi for a total of three months and his test in Marrakesh will mark his third time behind the wheel of one of the all-electric single seater machines, having taken part in a street demonstration ahead of the 2016 Marrakesh ePrix and joining the Monaco-based team for pre-season testing in Valencia.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I am delighted to offer Micha&euml;l Benyahia the opportunity to drive again, and at home too,&quot; said Gildo Pastor, Venturi&#39;s President.&nbsp;&quot;This decision reflects my commitment to supporting Micha&euml;l in his career development.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16494http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16494Nyck de Vries and Nico Muller selected for Audi rookie testWed, 13 Dec 2017 12:05:59 GMT<p><strong>Formula 2 driver Nyck&nbsp;de Vries and the DTM&#39;s Nico Muller will both take part in a rookie test organised&nbsp;by Audi Sport Abt&nbsp;Shaeffler after the third round of this season&#39;s Formula E Championship in Marrakesh.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Allan McNish, the team principal of the German outfit, highlighted the test as a &quot;unique opportunity&quot; and said that it will provide &quot;a good initial impression of the car and the things that are special in Formula E.&quot;</p> <p>This will mark the first time in a Formula E car for both de Vries and Muller, and with both drivers enjoying success in their respected racing series and disciplines, many eyes will be on the pair to see what they can do behind the wheel of one of the electric powered single seater machines.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been watching Formula E as a fan for quite some time but, unfortunately, only on television,&rdquo; said Muller, who has had 64 starts, four podiums and one win in the DTM series, currently driving for&nbsp;Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;When I visit ABT Sportsline the Formula E race car is often parked alongside my DTM car &ndash; that&rsquo;s when I fancy driving it, so I&rsquo;m all the more excited about this opportunity,&rdquo; he added.</p> <p>Alongside Muller will be McLaren junior de Vries, who recently signed with Prema Racing to compete for a second season in the newly revamped Formula 2 Championship after enjoying a successful rookie campaign in 2016 with Rapax and Racing Engineering.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Nico already belongs to the Audi family and we&rsquo;ve been closely watching Nyck&rsquo;s career in recent years. Both have their roots in single-seater racing and will no doubt manage well,&rdquo; added McNish.&nbsp;</p> <p>De Vries and Muller will make their Formula E debut at the&nbsp;Circuit International Automobile Moulay el Hassan in Marrakesh on January 14. Lucas di Grassi will be present at the rookie test to act as an instructor to the pair.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16470http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16470Uruguay replaces Brazil on 2017/18 Formula E calendarWed, 06 Dec 2017 22:40:42 GMT<p>The FIA&#39;s World Motor Sport Council has confirmed that Formula E will return to&nbsp;Punta del Este, Uruguay, this season, with the event replacing Sao Paulo, Brazil.</p> <p>With the local Sao Paulo authority&nbsp;in the process of selling the Anhembi Park venue &ndash; where the inaugural Brazilian Formula E race was set to take place in March next year &ndash;&nbsp;a request to delay its debut until season five&nbsp;(2018/19)&nbsp;was granted.</p> <p>With Formula E keen to avoid losing a race from its calendar and creating a six-week gap, the search for a replacement venue began.</p> <p>The WMSC confirmed on Wednesday that a return to&nbsp;Punta del Este, which hosted races in season one&nbsp;and two, will go ahead in March on the same date as the postponed Sao Paulo race.</p> <p>The calendar features 14 races across 11 countries, with Hong Kong, New York and Canada hosting double headers on the same weekend.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16458http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16458Audi opt against appealing Daniel Abt's exclusion from Hong Kong resultMon, 04 Dec 2017 10:59:26 GMT<p>Audi has confirmed that it will not appeal the decision to exclude Daniel Abt from the results of Sunday&#39;s Hong Kong ePrix, which the German driver won before his disqualification.</p> <p>Abt crossed the line first and stood atop the podium to claim the winner&#39;s trophy before the race stewards excluded him, confirming a technical infringement relating to security barcodes had been found during post-race scrutineering.</p> <p>Audi explained the matter was an honest administrative error and that they gained no advantage, but confirmed they wouldn&#39;t appeal the matter after initially saying they would.</p> <p>&quot;We took the time to carefully review all documents and processes,&quot; said team boss Allan McNish. &quot;We gained no advantage as a result of the administrative error and all parts fully complied to homologation and the technical regulations at all times.</p> <p>&quot;Still, we accept the decision of the FIA and fully back the technical passport regulations.</p> <p>&quot;Our team made a small mistake with big consequences that we own up to, unfortunately that deprived Daniel of his very deserved victory of which we can only apologise for.</p> <p>&quot;I am sure we will see him on the podium again soon.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16454http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16454Daniel Abt stripped of maiden Formula E victorySun, 03 Dec 2017 12:26:19 GMT<p>Audi&#39;s Daniel Abt has been stripped of his maiden Formula E victory in Hong Kong on Sunday, handing the victory to Felix Rosenqvist.</p> <p>Abt claimed the victory on Sunday when race leader Edoardo Mortara span out of the lead with just two laps remaining, pushing him down to third and elevating Abt to the lead and Rosenqvist to second.</p> <p>However following a post-race&nbsp;inspection, it was found that the FIA security stickers placed on the inverters&nbsp;and motors of Abt&#39;s car did not correspond with those declared on the car&rsquo;s technical passport &ndash; the stickers are used to identify if a part has been tampered with.</p> <p>The rules breach results&nbsp;in an automatic disqualification and Abt drops to last, handing the win to Rosenqvist, whilst promoting Jaguar&#39;s Mitch Evans to the podium.</p> <p>&quot;Heartbroken I&lsquo;m struggling to find words for this,&quot; said Abt.&nbsp;&quot;All I know is that I did my best to make you proud. We intend to appeal the decision.&quot;</p> <p>It is the third time the outfit has lost a victory through stewards decisions.</p> <p>Meanwhile Audi was also hit with a &euro;5,000 fine after five&nbsp;team members walked onto the track to get to the podium before the final car had entered parc ferme.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16453http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16453Daniel Abt claims Sunday's Hong Kong victory after Edoardo Mortara spinSun, 03 Dec 2017 09:21:28 GMT<p>Birthday boy Daniel Abt secured&nbsp;his and Audi&rsquo;s first factory victory in Formula E after Edoardo Mortara spun whilst&nbsp;leading in Hong Kong, to hand the victory to Abt.</p> <p><strong>Update: <a href="https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16454">Abt disqualified and stripped of race win, handing victory to Rosenqvist</a></strong></p> <p>The spin for the Venturi driver, which came on lap 43 of 45, dropped him to third, promoting Felix Rosenqvist to second. Rosenqvist himself lost the lead early on after starting on pole.</p> <p>A starting lights failure meant the Safety Car led the pack off and as it peeled off into the pitlane, Rosenqvist immediately locked up at the Turn 1 hairpin, dropping to 11th and&nbsp;allowing Mortara through for the lead.</p> <p>Clever energy management allowed Mortara to push at the end as Abt closed in before the Swiss driver span, admitting he pushed too hard to secure fastest lap and the extra point.</p> <p>Abt therefore had a clear track to victory on his 25th birthday, winning by more than five seconds over Rosenqvist who fought his way through the field to recover to second.</p> <p>Jaguar&#39;s Mitch Evans looked set for third before a car swapping issue meant he lost time, dropping him down the order before recovering to finish fourth, just three seconds off the podium &ndash; it was however Jaguar&#39;s best finish since joining last season.</p> <p>Energy management hit DS Virgin&#39;s Alex Lynn hard as on the final lap he plummeted from fifth to tenth as his battery ran empty, promoting&nbsp;Jean-Eric Vergne to fifth, Saturday winner Sam Bird to sixth, Oliver Turvey to seventh, Maro Engel to eighth and Nico Prost to ninth.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16450http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16450Sam Bird soars to season opening victory at Hong KongSat, 02 Dec 2017 11:07:36 GMT<p><strong>Sam Bird started his Formula E season with style, securing the win at this season&#39;s opening Hong Kong ePrix for DS Virgin Racing.</strong></p> <p>While Jean-Eric Vergne started from pole postion for Techeetah, Bird started the race from second place and snatched the lead from his French rival during the first half&nbsp;before picking up a penalty after making a mistake during his pitstop by overshooting his pitbox.</p> <p>Despite the penalty, the Briton held off a hard charging Vergne who was looking to secure his second consecutive victory after winning the final round of the 2016-17 season in Montreal back in July, crossing the line over 11 seconds clear of the Frenchman.&nbsp;</p> <p>A win in Hong Kong marks Bird&#39;s fifth career Formula E victory&nbsp;having joined the series for its inaugural season in 2014. Vergne crossed the line in second place, unable to make any inroads on Bird while Nick Heidfeld stood on the final step of the podium for Mahindra Racing.</p> <p>Nelson Piquet Jr equalled Jaguar&#39;s best result in Formula E so far with a fourth place finish through a time penalty for Maro Engel&nbsp;whie Daniel Abt was the highest placed Audi driver, finishing in fifth.&nbsp;</p> <p>Antonio Felix da Costa finished in sixth place for Andretti Autosport while Felix Rosenqvist finishing in seventh in the second Mahindra.&nbsp;</p> <p>Edoardo Mortana finished in eighth, Alex Lynn in ninth and Renault e.dams&#39; Nicholas Prost in tenth, rounding out the points paying postions for the reigning champions.&nbsp;</p> <p>Outside of the points, Sebastien Buemi failed to finish inside the top ten in the second Renault e.dams machine after a technical problem caused him to stop out on track whilst running inside the top five. He also came to blows with his long term rival and reigning champion Lucas di Grassi, who picked up suspension damage in a clash with the Swiss racer in Turn 1, causing him to finish down in 18th.&nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16449http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16449Video: Jean-Eric Vergne takes Hong Kong pole backwardsSat, 02 Dec 2017 10:41:50 GMT<p>Jean Eric Vergne takes pole in style in Hong Kong! Despite a&nbsp;spin across the finish line his lap was good enough for pole.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16448http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16448Jean-Eric Vergne claims Hong Kong pole despite finish line spinSat, 02 Dec 2017 06:39:06 GMT<p>Jean-Eric Vergne claimed the season opening pole position for Techeetah in Hong Kong despite ending his lap with a bizarre finish line spin.</p> <p>The Frenchman set a time of 1:03.568 which was good enough to see him start at the front for the first or two races this weekend, pipping Audi&#39;s Daniel Abt by two-tenths, with Sam Bird and Nick Heidfeld&nbsp;still to run &ndash; both failed to improve on that time though.</p> <p>Bird came closest and will start second, finishing a mere 0.027s down to complete the front-row, whilst Heidfeld was just 0.002s off Bird in one of the closest qualifying sessions in Formula E&#39;s history.</p> <p><strong>Video: <a href="https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16449">Jean-Eric Vergne takes Hong Kong pole backwards</a></strong></p> <p>Vergne faced losing pole however as his spin meant he exceeded the in-lap time limit of 120 per cent, but the stewards decided against action as he didn&#39;t impeed any of his rivals.</p> <p>Felix Rosenqvist will start fifth thanks to a mistake at the hairpin which cost him a handful of time, a purple sector two couldn&#39;t make up the deficit. He starts ahead of defending champion Lucas di Grassi, who failed to make the Super Pole top six.</p> <p>Oliver Turvey was seventh for NIO with&nbsp;Antonio Felix da Costa eighth for Andretti. Renault e.dams Sebastien Buemi was ninth and Jaguar&#39;s Nelson Piquet&nbsp;completed the top ten which was covered by less than half a second.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16447http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16447Formula E postpones Sau Paulo debut to 2019Fri, 01 Dec 2017 21:31:02 GMT<p>Formula E&#39;s Sao Paulo debut has been postponed to Season 5 (2018/19) following a request from local authorities.</p> <p>The Brazilian round had been included on the confirmed 2017/18 calendar as one of four new venues alongside Rome, Zurich and&nbsp;Santiago.</p> <p>However with authorities in the process of selling the Anhembi Park venue, a request to delay its debut until next season has been granted.</p> <p data-reactid="33">&quot;The Sao Paulo city authorities have asked us to postpone the race to season five, due to an ongoing process of privatisation of the Anhembi Park venue,&rdquo; a series spokesperson confirmed.</p> <p data-reactid="34">&quot;Racing in city centers always poses challenges and as this process is taking longer than expected, in agreement with the city of Sao Paulo, we&rsquo;ve decided to place negotiations on stand-by until the privatisation process is complete.&quot;</p> <p data-reactid="34">Formula E boasts two Brazilian drivers in former champion Nelson Piquet and reigning champion Lucas di Grassi.</p> <p data-reactid="34">Season 4 starts this weekend in Hong Kong with a double-header on Saturday and Sunday.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16445http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16445Michelin to continue as Formula E's sole tyre supplier until 2021Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:26:13 GMT<p>Tyre manufacturer Michelin has renewed its partnership with the Formula E Championship and will continue as the series sole tyre supplier until 2021.</p> <p>Michelin was one of the founding partners of the all-electric racing series in 2014 and developed a&nbsp;bespoke treaded all-weather tyre, which it will continue to provide until Season Five, when a new tyre will be introduced as part of Formula E&#39;s overhaul.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m so pleased to continue our long-standing partnership with Michelin as the first partner to commit to the series,&quot; commented&nbsp;Alejandro Agag, founder and&nbsp;CEO of Formula E.</p> <p>&quot;Michelin believed in the concept of the championship since before day one, sharing our vision as an innovative platform to test and develop technology for future road vehicles.</p> <p>&quot;Formula E is about forward-thinking and Michelin has built a tyre specific to our needs, but also relevant to the everyday cars we drive at home. I&rsquo;m looking forward to working closely with Michelin until the end of season seven and beyond.&quot;</p> <p>Michelin motorsport director Pascal Couasnon added: &quot;Michelin believed in the FIA Formula E Championship from the beginning and joined this new discipline as a founding partner. Today, after only three seasons, Formula E has become a platform of innovation and communication chosen by the most important brands of the world.</p> <p>&quot;The contribution of Formula E to the evolution of the automobile is obvious and Michelin wants to move forward with the FIA, Alejandro Agag and his teams, as well as with all manufacturers, on the path of sustainable mobility.</p> <p>&quot;Michelin is therefore delighted to continue its collaboration with Formula E beyond season five, until 2021. Thus, after having developed innovations such as the first highly energy efficient 18-inch competition tyres for single-seaters, Michelin will continue its research and technology transfer work during the coming seasons.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16444http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16444Ferrari aren't ready for Formula E - Alejandro AgagThu, 30 Nov 2017 16:24:44 GMT<p>Formula E boss Alejandro Agag doesn&#39;t believe Ferrari are ready to commit to the all-electric series as it would represent a huge cultural shift in how they operate as a company.</p> <p>Although manufacturers are rushing to join the series with Audi, Jaguar and Renault already involved, whilst Mercedes, BMW, Porsche and Nissan are set to join shortly, the fact Ferrari aren&#39;t actively developing an electric supercar means the series has less relevance to&nbsp;the Italian company compared to Formula 1.</p> <p>Agag therefore expects it to be some way off before Ferrari looks at joining despite some whipsers from chairman Sergio Marchionne that the prancing horse is monitoring the series.</p> <p>&quot;It would be fantastic,&quot; he told&nbsp;<em>El Confidencial.</em>&nbsp;&quot;But I think, for now, it would be a very big cultural change for them.</p> <p>&quot;Marchionne has said he is looking at it, but not for Ferrari but for Maserati perhaps. But I have never spoken to him, in fact I do not know him. I don&#39;t think it&#39;s imminent.&quot;</p> <p>Agag reckons its inevitable companies like Ferrari will join as electric cars catch up to and overtake traditional combustion engine powered cars.</p> <p>&quot;I would love it&nbsp;but within five or ten years electric cars are going to be up there [with Ferraris]. I have seen the new Tesla Roadster that is 0-100kph in 1.9 seconds, I&#39;ve seen nothing like that from Ferrari.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16435http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16435Video: Drag race - Formula E car vs CheetahTue, 28 Nov 2017 22:58:59 GMT<p>What happens when a Formula E car and one of nature&#39;s fastest animals go head-to-head? Watch our car race against a cheetah in a coming-together of one of the animals most at threat of climate change, and a machine designed to help in that fight.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16349http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16349Channel 5 confirms Vernon Kay as new Formula E presenterWed, 15 Nov 2017 13:28:19 GMT<p>Channel 5 &ndash; the home of Formula E coverage in the United Kingdom &ndash; have confirmed that Vernon Kay will present its coverage of the all-electric series for the upcoming season.</p> <p>Kay, a well known TV personality, has previous sport presenting credentials having anchored Channel 4&#39;s NFL coverage, Sky Sports&#39; coverage of the Golf Sixes as well as hosting a daytime radio show on BBC Radio 1 and ITV&#39;s Splash.</p> <p>&quot;Formula E remains an incredible spectacle within the world of motorsport,&quot; commented Kay. &quot;I can&rsquo;t wait to get track-side and present all the electric action, right from the heart of these amazing cities.&quot;</p> <p>Channel 5 took over Formula E coverage last year where it covered the series from a studio, but the channel now plans to deliver a more in-depth broadcast from Season Four which kicks off on December 2 in Hong Kong.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m delighted to welcome Vernon to the Channel 5 family. He&rsquo;s a hugely talented broadcaster with a genuine passion for this exciting and fast developing sport,&quot;&nbsp;said Caj Sohal, head of Sport for Channel 5.</p> <p>Ali Russell, media and&nbsp;business development director at Formula E added: &quot;Kay will be heading up the team presenting Formula E on Channel 5. We are excited to bring fans closer to the action than ever before with even more in-depth coverage.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16345http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16345Kamui Kobayashi joins Andretti for Hong Kong ePrixWed, 15 Nov 2017 09:09:26 GMT<p>Former Formula 1 driver Kamui Kobayashi will make his Formula E debut for Andretti at next month&rsquo;s season-opening Hong Kong ePrix.</p> <p>Kobayashi made 76 Grand Prix starts for Toyota, Sauber and Caterham between 2009 and 2014, taking a podium finish at his home event in 2012.</p> <p>Kobayashi has since competed in the World Endurance Championship and Super Formula, but will now link up with Ant&oacute;nio F&eacute;lix da Costa at Andretti for the 2017/18 opener.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are very fortunate to have a driver of Kobayashi&rsquo;s caliber in the No. 27 MS&amp;AD Andretti car to start the season in Hong Kong,&rdquo; said Andretti Formula E CEO Michael Andretti.</p> <p>&ldquo;He has shown what he can do in both Formula 1 and WEC, making Formula E a perfect next step.&rdquo;</p> <p>Added Kobayashi: &ldquo;First of all, I would like to thank to Michael, the whole Andretti Formula E team and MS&amp;AD insurance for giving me this wonderful opportunity to race at the Hong Kong ePrix.</p> <p>&ldquo;Andretti is one of the world most popular racing families and I am so excited to have my Formula E debut race under his name.</p> <p>&ldquo;I will be going to the race weekend without testing which is not an easy thing to be honest, but the team has been giving me all the support so no worrying at all and I am really looking forward to having good races there.&rdquo;</p> <p>The FIA&#39;s initial entry list previously confirmed Tom Blomqvist alongside F&eacute;lix da Costa, but Kobayashi will now take his place for the season opener.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16270http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16270Tom Blomqvist named as Andretti's Formula E driverFri, 03 Nov 2017 11:28:35 GMT<p>The official entry list for the upcoming Formula E campaign has been released, with Tom Blomqvist named as Ant&oacute;nio F&eacute;lix da Costa&rsquo;s team-mate at Andretti.</p> <p>Andretti ran both Blomqvist and Alexander Sims during pre-season testing at Valencia&rsquo;s Ricardo Tormo Circuit, as evaluated its options, with Robin Frijns axed.</p> <p>On Friday, the FIA published the 2017/18 entry list, confirming that Blomqvist will make his debut in the category this season.</p> <p>Blomqvist finished runner-up to Esteban Ocon in the 2014 European Formula 3 Championship and has since raced for BMW in DTM, alongside selected Blancpain outings.</p> <p>The 2017/18 Formula E season will begin in Hong Kong in early December.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16197http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16197Nissan to replace Renault in Formula E for 2018/19Wed, 25 Oct 2017 08:09:59 GMT<p>Nissan is to replace Renault at the e.dams outfit for the fifth season of Formula E in 2018/19.</p> <p>Nissan confirmed on Wednesday that it would join the championship in 2018/19, when a new chassis and a revised battery system are used, and the marque will take the place of Renault.</p> <p>Nissan and Renault, which has won the Teams&#39; title in all three seasons, have held a strategic alliance for several years and the manufacturers will ensure that there is a smooth transition with the e.dams outfit.</p> <p>&quot;To have a name like Nissan coming on board is a momentous day for the series,&quot; said Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag.</p> <p>&quot;Not only is it great to welcome a new manufacturer to the Formula E family - it&rsquo;s great to see our first Japanese manufacturer entering the frame, showing truly how global the electric revolution is.</p> <p>&quot;Japan is a country at the forefront of new technologies with one of the biggest followings of Formula E. The shift towards sustainable mobility is in motion and it&rsquo;s unstoppable.</p> <p>&quot;I look forward to seeing the Nissan logo adorned on the new-look cars for Season Five.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16158http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16158Venturi confirms Edoardo Mortara and Maro Engel for 2017/18 seasonFri, 20 Oct 2017 09:40:17 GMT<p>The Venturi Formula E team has confirmed its driver line-up for the 2017/18 season, with&nbsp;Edoardo Mortara and Maro Engel taking up the two seats.</p> <p>Both completed running for Venturi during pre-season testing&nbsp;in Valencia earlier this month, and whilst it was known Engel would likely continue, the identity of the second driver was an unknown.</p> <p>Mortara will replace&nbsp;Tom Dillmann, who completed seven races for the team last season, standing in for Engel at the Long Beach round before replacing St&eacute;phane Sarrazin for the final six races.</p> <p>Mortara has raced in the DTM series since 2011, finishing 14th for Mercedes this year, but following the German marque&#39;s decision to quit the series, he has switched to Formula E.</p> <p>Engel remains with the team and secured his best finish this year at the Monaco ePrix, where he finished fifth.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16148http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16148Video: Check out the inaugural Rome Formula E circuit layoutThu, 19 Oct 2017 13:09:40 GMT<p>The 2018 Rome Formula E circuit revealed in video form.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16147http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16147Formula E unveils Rome track layout ahead of debutThu, 19 Oct 2017 13:00:59 GMT<p>Formula E has unveiled the track layout for the upcoming Rome round of the all-electric series, which is set to take place in mid-April.</p> <p>The series three champions, Nelson Piquet Jr., S&eacute;bastien Buemi and Lucas di Grassi, were all present during the unveiling of the&nbsp;The Circuto Cittadino dell&#39;EUR, with each completing a demonstration in their respective cars on the city streets.</p> <p>Also present was local driver Luca Filippi, Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag and Rome&#39;s mayor, Virginia Raggi.</p> <p>The circuit will be the second longest on the 2017/18 calendar at 1.77 miles and features 21 turns, with the start/finish straight located on the Via Cristoforo Colombo.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;m excited to be here today to present the first ever e-Prix in Rome,&quot; said Agag. &quot;It will be a spectacular event that will engage and entertain the Roman citizens, as well as create a number of benefits for the city.</p> <p>&quot;The circuit looks long and challenging for the drivers &ndash; I&#39;d thank everyone who made it happen, bringing Formula E to the Eternal City.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16106http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16106Santiago's Formula E circuit revealed during street demo by Eliseo SalazarThu, 12 Oct 2017 17:26:56 GMT<p>Formula E has unveiled the circuit layout for the Chilean round of the championship, with the South American country making its debut on the calendar this season, with a February date set.</p> <p>Former Formula 1 driver&nbsp;Eliseo Salazar drove a&nbsp;SPARK SRT_01E through the streets of the capital, Santiago, to promote the race which will take place on the streets surrounding Forestal Park.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s an honour to join President Bachelet for the first appearance of Formula E on the streets of Santiago,&quot; said Longo. &quot;South America is steeped in motorsport history and tradition - and Formula E will make its own history in Chile for many years to come, starting this coming season,&rdquo; he added.</p> <p>The 1.53 mile circuit begins with the start/finish straight located on the Avenue Santa Maria before crossing the river Mapocho. Once across, they&#39;ll navigate their way around Plazza Baquedano.</p> <p>Chile&#39;s minister for energy,&nbsp;Andres Rebolledo, said of the event: &quot;This race will allow the benefits of electric vehicles to be known by the Chilean people.</p> <p>&quot;Our projection says that if we generate the necessary regulatory, logistics and market conditions, in the year 2050, 40 per cent of the vehicles in Chile will be electric.&quot;</p> <p>Alberto Longo, co-founder and&nbsp;deputy CEO of Formula E, added: &quot;It&rsquo;s an honour to join President Bachelet for the first appearance of Formula E on the streets of Santiago.</p> <p>&quot;South America is steeped in motorsport history and tradition - and Formula E will make its own history in Chile for many years to come, starting this coming season.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16105http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16105Video: How does a Formula E monocoque work?Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:13:09 GMT<p>Marc Priestley dissects a Formula E chassis to show us how the drivers are kept safe and supported while racing wheel-to-wheel.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16053http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16053Oliver Turvey tops final day of FE Valencia pre-season testThu, 05 Oct 2017 16:34:46 GMT<p><strong>Britain&#39;s Oliver Turvey set the pace on the final day of Formula E pre-season testing at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, Spain.</strong></p> <p>Turvey topped the opening session of testing on Monday for NIO Formula E while Sebastien Buemi set the pace on the second day following a change in the layout of the circuit, resulting in a three second longer lap time.</p> <p>On the final day, Turvey beat Buemi&#39;s best lap of the week on the new Formula E layout of the circuit, setting a 1:21.822 in the morning session, leading Audi&#39;s Daniel Abt by 0.124 seconds.</p> <p>Techeetah&#39;s Jean-Eric Vergne emerged as the third fastest driver on the final day of testing, 0.256 seconds down on Turvey despite making contact with the wall in the morning.&nbsp;</p> <p>Felix Rosenqvist slotted into fourth place for Mahindra Racing, just under three tenths adrift of Turvey.</p> <p>Buemi was fifth fastest&nbsp;Renault e.dams followed by Jerome D&#39;Ambrosio who set the pace in the afternoon session for Dragon Racing.&nbsp;</p> <p>Alex Lynn was the fastest DS Virgin Racing driver in seventh fastest, leading reigning champion Lucas di Grassi who was eighth fastest in the second Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler entry.</p> <p>Nico Prost was ninth and Mitch Evans completed the top ten after a late session improvement for Jaguar.</p> <p>A late red flag caused by Andre Lotterer caused the afternoon session to be disrupted with ten minutes remaining, leaving only five minutes left on the clock for drivers to improve on their lap times - something that only Evans and Daniel Juncadella achieved, with the latter standing in for Nick Heidfeld at Mahindra.&nbsp;</p> <p>Venturi Formula E&#39;s torrid start to season four continued on the third day of testing, with&nbsp;Edoardo Mortara and Maro Engel placing in 17th and 19th following ongoing gearbox issues as the pair battle it out for a drive with the&nbsp;Mon&eacute;gasque team.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16047http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16047Alejandro Agag predicting 'really close' season of racing in Formula E's season fourThu, 05 Oct 2017 08:57:06 GMT<p>Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag is predicting a &quot;very close&quot; season of racing in the series fourth season, as manufacturers begin to converge on performance.</p> <p>The Renault e.dams team has been the ones to beat since Formula E&#39;s inception, having won three Constructors&#39; titles in a row, but Agag says pre-season testing this year is proving that other teams are catching up.</p> <p>&quot;We&rsquo;re seeing something interesting, the top teams are peaking in terms of technology, while the midfield teams are catching up, so we&rsquo;re going to see a season that&rsquo;s&nbsp;really, really close. It could be the best season we&rsquo;ve had,&quot; said Agag.</p> <p>Meanwhile Agag believes the series is really establishing itself as a destination for top racing talent with a host of new names joining the grid for the 2017/18 season.</p> <p>&quot;It&rsquo;s great to see some new faces. Formula E is attracting fantastic drivers like Andre Lotterer and Neel Jani - both Le Mans&#39; winners &ndash; Luca Filippi, who I know from GP2, and many others.</p> <p>&quot;It&rsquo;s great to see some movement between teams, too. Nelson Piquet Jr, the inaugural FIA Formula E champion has moved over to Panasonic Jaguar Racing, who really want to push things this season It&rsquo;s really exciting to see all these movements and see how Formula E is becoming a destination for some of the best drivers in the world.&quot;</p> <p>He added: &quot;Nelson is a great driver &ndash; he had a fantastic first season but sometimes things work out with teams and sometimes they don&rsquo;t. When they don&rsquo;t, it&rsquo;s not a bad idea to change.</p> <p>&quot;Jaguar really&nbsp;want&nbsp;to push this season and want an experienced driver who&rsquo;s a proven winner. And the best way to get a proven winner is to get a winner! It could be a great partnership and it will be really exciting to see Jaguar win a race this year.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16032http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16032Sebastien Buemi leads Felix Rosenqvist in second day of Formula E pre-season testingTue, 03 Oct 2017 16:17:14 GMT<p><strong>Sebastien Buemi set the pace on the second day of Formula E pre-season testing for Renault e.dams.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The season two champion topped both the morning and afternoon session, setting a best time of a 1:21.890, three seconds slower than the times set on the opening day of testing through the addition of a second makeshit chicane on the start/finish straight of the Ricardo Tormo Circuit.&nbsp;</p> <p>Throughout the day, Buemi&#39;s advantage over the rest of the field was was slim, with Felix Rosenqvist and Sam Bird both being within one tenth of a second of the driver&#39;s time in the morning session</p> <p>In the afternoon, Lucas di Grassi was one of few drivers that managed to improve, but was still 0.158 seconds adrift&nbsp;for Audi. This slotted the reigning champion in sixth fastest overall, trailing NIO&#39;s Oliver Turvey and Renault&#39;s Nico Post who were fourth and fifth.</p> <p>Daniel Abt slotted into seventh place in the overall timings with a 1:22.256 followed by Jerome D&#39;Ambrosio, Mitch Evans and Nelson Piquet Jr, with the two Jaguars rounding out the top ten.</p> <p>Venturi Formula E&#39;s struggles continued in the second day of testing, with James Rossiter being the victim of a collision in the makeshift chicane section of the circuit, thus leaving him without an accurate representation of qualifying pace having also crashed on the opening day of testing.</p> <p>Maro Engel will take over from Rossiter on Thursday at Venturi where he will partner&nbsp;Edoardo Mortara for the third and final day of pre-season testing in Valencia.&nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16029http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16029Additional chicane added for FE pre-season testing following Sam Bird crashTue, 03 Oct 2017 11:23:26 GMT<p><strong>A second chicane has been added to the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, Spain, for the second day of Formula E pre-season testing.</strong></p> <p>On the first day of testing which was topped by Oliver Turvey, the track&nbsp;had one makeshift chicane on the start/finish straight which was installed to aid battery regeneration and emulate some of the characteristics of a street circuit layout.</p> <p>The addition of a second left-right chicane on the start/finish straight will not only increase regeneration through an additional braking point but will also reduce the speed of cars when heading towards the original chicane.&nbsp;</p> <p>Due to lower speeds, this will also reduce the likelihood of an accident in the chicane section of the circuit, with DS Virgin Racing&#39;s Sam Bird bringing out a red flag in the morning session of the first day of testing after crashing into the makeshift chicane which was made out of two concrete blocks and supported with a tyre wall.&nbsp;</p> <p>This resulted in safety concerns, with season two champion Sebastien Buemi being particularly vocal:&nbsp;&quot;It&#39;s dangerous. We go to FE tracks that are safer than this,&quot; he told <em>Motorsport.com</em></p> <p>&quot;They could have agreed with the circuit to give us proper kerbs, I would have preferred to see this. I just want something safe. I&#39;m not very impressed.&quot;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16024http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16024Oliver Turvey sets pace on opening day of FE pre-season testingMon, 02 Oct 2017 16:45:03 GMT<p><strong>Oliver Turvey set the pace on the opening day of Formula E pre-season testing at the Ricardo Tormo Circut in Valencia, Spain.</strong></p> <p>Turvey, who drives for NIO Formula E, set a best lap time of a 1:18.565 in the afternoon session of the first day of testing, leadng Renault e.dams&#39; Sebastien Buemi by 0.012 seconds.</p> <p>Reigning Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi lined up third in the final timings, only 0.002 seconds down on Buemi&#39;s best time while Mahindra Racing&#39;s Felix Rosenqvist was also within a tenth of a second of Turvey&#39;s best lap, completing the top four.</p> <p>DS Virgin Racing&#39;s Sam Bird was just shy of being within one tenth of a second of Turvey&nbsp;and lined up in fifth, having brought out the red flag earlier in the day after being caught out by a makeshift chicane on the start/finish straight along with Venturi Formula E&#39;s&nbsp;James Rossiter.</p> <p>Further interruptions in the session included relaibility problems for Techeetah&#39;s Andre Lotterer and&nbsp;Edourdo Mortara in the second Venturi entry, and Jean-Eric Vergne having a late afternoon spin.&nbsp;</p> <p>Daniel Abt ended the day in sixth in the second Audi, while Alex Lynn was seventh, Vergne was eighth, Micth Evans was ninth for Jaguar and Nicholas Prost rounded out the top ten in the second Renault, half a second off the pace.</p> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <center>#</center> </td> <td> <center>Driver</center> </td> <td> <center>Team</center> </td> <td> <center>Time</center> </td> <td> <center>Gap</center> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>1</td> <td>Oliver Turvey</td> <td>NIO Formula E Team</td> <td>1:18.565</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2</td> <td>Sebastien Buemi</td> <td>Renault e.Dams</td> <td>1:18.577</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>3</td> <td>Lucas di Grassi</td> <td>Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler</td> <td>1:18.579</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>4</td> <td>Felix Rosenqvist</td> <td>Mahindra Racing</td> <td>1:18.643</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>5</td> <td>Sam Bird</td> <td>DS Virgin Racing</td> <td>1:18.669</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>6</td> <td>Daniel Abt</td> <td>Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler</td> <td>1:18.697</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>7</td> <td>Alex Lynn</td> <td>DS Virgin Racing</td> <td>1:18.957</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>8</td> <td>Jean-Eric Vergne</td> <td>Techeetah</td> <td>1:19.016</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>9</td> <td>Mitch Evans</td> <td>Panasonic Jaguar Racing</td> <td>1:19.063</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>10</td> <td>Nicolas Prost</td> <td>Renault e.Dams</td> <td>1:19.097</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>11</td> <td>Nick Heidfeld</td> <td>Mahindra Racing</td> <td>1:19.117</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>12</td> <td>Andre Lotterer</td> <td>Techeetah</td> <td>1:19.491</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>13</td> <td>Nelson Piquet Jr</td> <td>Panasonic Jaguar Racing</td> <td>1:19.627</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>14</td> <td>Jerome D&#39;Ambrosio</td> <td>Dragon Racing</td> <td>1:19.991</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>15</td> <td>Alexander Sims</td> <td>Andretti Formula E</td> <td>1:20.094</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>16</td> <td>Antonio Felix Da Costa</td> <td>Andretti Formula E</td> <td>1:20.107</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>17</td> <td>James Rossiter</td> <td>Venturi Formula E Team</td> <td>1:20.159</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>18</td> <td>Luca Filippi</td> <td>NIO Formula E Team</td> <td>1:20.642</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td>19</td> <td>Edoardo Mortana</td> <td>Venturi Formula E Team</td> <td>1:20.712</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16022http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16022Andretti retains Felix da Costa for 2017/18 seasonMon, 02 Oct 2017 11:12:57 GMT<p>Andretti has confirmed that Ant&oacute;nio F&eacute;lix da Costa will continue to race for the team in the 2017/18 Formula E season.</p> <p>Felix da Costa competed for Aguri in the opening two campaigns before switching to Andretti last season, though finished a lowly 20th in the standings, taking just one top 10 finish.</p> <p>Nonetheless, the Portuguese racer will remain with the team for the upcoming season, which begins in Hong Kong in December.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m very happy to be back with Andretti for season four,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have had good testing days and I believe we have made some much-needed steps forward.</p> <p>&ldquo;Besides that, I believe with another small push from BMW and our partners, I believe we have the strength to fight for good results. I can&rsquo;t wait for Hong Kong.&rdquo;</p> <p>Andretti has not yet confirmed the identity of Felix da Costa&rsquo;s team-mate, with both Alexander Sims and Tom Blomqvist testing for the squad in Valencia this week.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16016http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/16016NIO recruits Luca Filippi to partner Oliver TurveyMon, 02 Oct 2017 07:10:34 GMT<p>The NIO Formula E team has recruited series newcomer Luca Filippi to partner Oliver Turvey in the 2017/18 season.</p> <p>Filippi, 32, finished runner-up in the GP2 Series in 2011 and made multiple outings in IndyCar between 2013 and 2016, with a best result of second.</p> <p>Turvey, meanwhile, joined the team &ndash; under its NEXTEV guise &ndash; towards the end of the 2014/15 campaign, and placed 12th in last season&rsquo;s standings.</p> <p>&ldquo;Let me first&nbsp;thank everyone in NIO for the great opportunity given to me to race in the FIA Formula E Championship,&rdquo; said Filippi.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is a new electric world for me and a new racing system oriented to the future that is full of talent and clean technology, so I am extremely excited to become a part of it.</p> <p>&ldquo;During our first test run together in Spain I immediately had a great feeling with the car and all the people in the team.&rdquo;</p> <p>Turvey added: &ldquo;I believe we have grown together over the last two seasons and we have been able to make some good progress together.</p> <p>&ldquo;The whole NIO team has been working extremely hard on the new Season 4 car and in the development testing I have felt some positive changes in the chassis and powertrain.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am confident the team has made a step forward and believe we have gained a greater understanding of the car.&rdquo;</p> <p>Pre-season testing begins at Valencia&#39;s Ricardo Tormo Circuit today (Monday).</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15974http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15974Audi unveils its first Formula E works entry for 2017/18 seasonWed, 27 Sep 2017 22:57:55 GMT<p>Audi has unveiled its first works entry Formula E car, which compete in the upcoming 2017/18 season, during a launch in&nbsp;Neuburg on Wednesday.</p> <p>The German manufacturer has competed in the series since its inception, but as a technical partner of the&nbsp;Schaeffler-backed Abt outfit. From season four, it will be a standalone entry under the Audi brand and will therefore use Audi&#39;s &#39;e-tron&#39; branding alongside chassis designation FE04.</p> <p>The car&#39;s livery has dramatically changed, with the team dropping the majority red, yellow and green design for a more muted white with green and black accents.</p> <p>Reigning champion Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt remain team-mates, with the two cars differentiated by red accents on Abt&#39;s car.</p> <p>Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management, Technical Development at Audi AG, stressed that Audi were the first German manufacturer to enter a factory team into the series, with BMW and Mercedes set to join in season five and six respetively.</p> <p>&quot;After nearly 40 years of being successfully active in motorsport on the highest level, Audi now becomes the first German automobile manufacturer to compete in Formula E in order to test and advance the development of new technologies for production,&quot; he said at the launch.</p> <p>&quot;Following quattro, TFSI, TDI, hybrid drive and many other innovations, our first single-seater race car is a portent of our product offensive in the field of electric mobility that we are ringing in with the Audi&nbsp;e-tron&nbsp;in 2018.&quot;</p> <p>Allan McNish has been installed as team principal following a year of learning during season three, in which he supported the outfit.</p> <p><img alt="" height="440" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/FormulaE/A1712110_medium.jpg" width="800" /></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15972http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15972Renault e.dams unveils 2017/18 Formula E liveryWed, 27 Sep 2017 13:18:22 GMT<p>The reigning Formula E champions, Renault e.dams, have unveiled their new livery ahead of the 2017/18 season.</p> <p>The French manufacturer, which has claimed all three constructors&#39; championships since the series made its debut in 2014, has retained its predominantly blue livery, but has replaced the&nbsp;yellow accents with white on the&nbsp;Z.E.17.</p> <p>Renault chief Cyril Abiteboul put much of their success in the series down to their history in motorsport, particularly F1.</p> <p>&quot;For the past forty years, being an engine supplier has been the common thread in Renault&#39;s motor racing involvement, in Formula 1 and now in Formula E,&quot; he said.</p> <p>&quot;As the only constructor currently implicated in both disciplines, Renault has developed multiple synergies between the two programmes.</p> <p>&quot;I believe that our supremacy in Formula E is due in large part to the expertise developed for Formula 1 since the arrival of the hybrid systems in 2009.</p> <p>&quot;These synergies are also reflected in the image: the new Renault e.dams livery foreshadows the evolution of our identity in Formula 1 for the 2018 season.&quot;</p> <p>The team will run an unchanged driver line-up of&nbsp;S&eacute;bastien Buemi and Nicolas Prost.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15968http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15968Andre Lotterer replaces Stephane Sarrazin at Techeetah for S4Tue, 26 Sep 2017 12:39:47 GMT<p>Andr&eacute; Lotterer will partner Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne at Techeetah for season four of the all-electric Formula E series, which begins in December.</p> <p>Lotterer, a&nbsp;three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner and WEC champion, will replace&nbsp;St&eacute;phane Sarrazin for the 2017/18 season.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;m honoured and proud to join Techeetah to make my Formula E debut,&quot; said the German. &quot;Formula E has been the most exciting motor racing series in recent years.</p> <p>&quot;Techeetah made a very big impression last season beating a number of manufacturer teams and I&#39;m looking forward to working with Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne and everyone in Techeetah to start this new chapter in my racing career.&quot;<br /> <br /> Techeetah managing director Ivan Yim added: &quot;Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne and Andre Lotterer will form one of the strongest driver line-ups in Formula E. I&#39;m sure our two drivers will push each other to new levels of performance.</p> <p>&quot;Andr&eacute;&#39;s track record and experience with some of motorsport&#39;s most significant factory teams brings immense value as we push our own development in both the medium and long-term.&quot;</p> <p>Lotterer is the second Porsche WEC driver to join Formula E since Porsche&#39;s announcement that they will leave the WEC series, with Neel Jani joining Dragon Racing.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15936http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15936Zurich joins Formula E season four calendarThu, 21 Sep 2017 18:22:42 GMT<p><strong>For the first time in 60 years, circuit racing will return to Switzerland through the inaugural Zurich ePrix which is set to take place on June 10 as part of Formula E&#39;s season four calendar.</strong></p> <p>Zurich is one of a number of new cities that will join the 2017-18 season&#39;s calendar, with Santiago, Sau Paulo and Rome also set to host a Formula E event for the first time, with this being confirmed at the FIA World Motorsport Council meeting in Paris today.</p> <p>Since 1955, racing has been banned in Switzerland. A law change in 2015 however, lifted restrictions on fully-electric racing, thus paving a path for Formula E to head to Zurich.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am very pleased that circuit racing is returning to Switzerland next year with the FIA Formula E Championship event in Zurich,&quot; said Jean Todt, the president of the FIA.</p> <p>&quot;To be able to reintroduce this discipline to a country where it has been absent since it was banned in 1955 is an exciting prospect and the achievement of an important goal for the FIA.&quot;</p> <p>Switzerland is the home nation of Renault e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi, and the former champion of the series expressed his excitement about having a home race: &ldquo;Having a race in Switzerland is truly a dream come true, I am delighted about this news and still can&rsquo;t believe it.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Only a few years ago it seemed impossible because of the local legislation, but thanks to Formula E we have managed to bring racing back to my country.</p> <p>&quot;Zurich is the biggest city and racing there will be incredible, I hear the track will look amazing and can&rsquo;t wait to give it a go.</p> <p>&quot;In the past years together with Renault I considered Paris to be the race of the year but I can finally say that in addition to France I will have my home race to look forward to next year,&quot; he added.</p> <p>FE will again return to Berlin following the success of the last three seasons of the sport, being held at the&nbsp;Tempelhof Airport circuit.&nbsp;</p> <p>The New York City ePrix has also been pushed back one week later, and will now be held on July 14 and 15.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15933http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15933Nelson Piquet Jr. joins Mitch Evans at Jaguar for 2017/18 seasonThu, 21 Sep 2017 14:05:16 GMT<p>Inaugural Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr. will move to Jaguar for the 2017/18 season, alongside incumbent Mitch Evans.</p> <p>Piquet Jr. claimed the 2014/15 title but he and NextEV NIO have struggled in recent seasons, taking only 15th in 2015/16 and 11th in 2016/17, without a podium finish to his name.</p> <p>Jaguar, meanwhile, joined the championship last season and finished at the foot of the 10-team standings, as it got to grips with the series.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great honour to join Jaguar Racing,&rdquo; said Piquet Jr., who has replaced Adam Carroll.</p> <p>&ldquo;Jaguar has such a strong history in motorsport and it&rsquo;s an exciting time to become part of the team.</p> <p>&ldquo;Their commitment to electric motorsport is inspiring and I&rsquo;m looking forward to working with the team.&rdquo;</p> <p>Jaguar Team Director James Barclay added: &ldquo;We are hugely excited to have Nelson on board for season four.</p> <p>&ldquo;Mitch was one of the outstanding rookies of the season with some great qualifying and race performances.</p> <p>&ldquo;With our new driver line-up we are aiming to be a strong challenger on the grid, regularly competing for points.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have taken a lot of learnings from season three and the team have been working extremely hard throughout the off-season, focusing on the design and development of the new Jaguar I-TYPE 2.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15918http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15918Mahindra retains Nick Heidfeld and Felix Rosenqvist for 2017/18 seasonWed, 20 Sep 2017 12:10:19 GMT<p>The Mahindra Formula E team has confirmed that it will run an unchanged driver line-up for the 2017/18 season, which kicks off in December.</p> <p>Nick Heidfeld and Felix Rosenqvist helped Mahindra achieve its best finish of third in the Constructors&#39; Standings, with&nbsp;Rosenqvist taking third in the Drivers&#39; with five podiums, including a victory in Germany. Heidfeld also secured five podiums, finishing seventh overall.</p> <p>The pair&nbsp;will drive the team&#39;s M4Electro during Formula E&#39;s fourth season and have high hopes of competing for both championships.</p> <p>&quot;We&rsquo;re thrilled that both Nick and Felix will remain with Mahindra Racing next season,&quot; said team boss Dilbagh Gill. &quot;With them, we&rsquo;re confident that our new race car, the M4Electro will prove to be our strongest yet and Mahindra will consistently be fighting at the front of the field for wins and championships.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Heidfeld&nbsp;added: &quot;I am proud to be part of Mahindra Racing where we have been going from strength to strength in Formula-E. It&#39;s exactly where I want to be and I am delighted to extend my contract and commitment to target even more success. I am thrilled and can&#39;t wait to compete in my M4-Electro in this ever-improving championship.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Rosenqvist&nbsp;added:&nbsp;&quot;I&rsquo;m thrilled to be back for a second season in Formula E and to extend my relationship with Mahindra Racing That was our mutual intention from the very beginning, and we&rsquo;ve already completed a series of promising tests with the M4Electro in recent months.</p> <p>&quot;Moving into season four, I will draw on everything I learned in 2016-17 to try and lift us to the next level. It will be a massive challenge with stiff competition, but we have a solid foundation and are all fully committed to taking the fight to the very best.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15854http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15854Lucas di Grassi becomes CEO of driverless Roborace seriesWed, 13 Sep 2017 12:17:19 GMT<p><strong>Reigning Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi has been named as the CEO of the driverless&nbsp;Roborace series.</strong></p> <p>Di Grassi, who came out on top over Sebastien Buemi in Formula E&#39;s season finale in Montreal&nbsp;in July, became an advisor of Roborace last year and was also a founding partner of FE, being the official test driver for the series before joining the grid for its debut season in 2014.</p> <p>&quot;We want to take Roborace where motorsport cannot go, focusing the platform on future road-relevant autonomous technology,&quot; said di Grassi, enforcing his belief&nbsp;that the development of the driverless series can benefit motorsport on a whole.</p> <p>&quot;The future of mobility is autonomous, that&#39;s an industry consensus now.</p> <p>&quot;In the same way, I believe that motorsport is about the driver, who is the best human being behind the wheel.</p> <p>&quot;I want to develop the Roborace series to be complimentary to traditional motorsport, and not to replace it.</p> <p>&quot;We invite the OEMs, suppliers, technology companies and universities to use our platform to showcase their technology and intellectual capacity in driverless systems.</p> <p>&quot;With the technology evolving so fast we must remain flexible on the events, races and challenges we are promoting.</p> <p>Roborace completed a number of demonstartions throughout the 2016-17 Formula E season, running its &#39;DevBot&#39; in Marrakech, Buenos Aires, New York and Montreal. The series&#39; racing car made its first public appearance back in May ahead of the Paris ePrix.</p> <p>Roborace has confirmed that it will use the forthcoming 2017-18 Formula E season to&nbsp;&quot;develop a flexible format for the competition that can adapt to the rapid developments in both the electric and autonomous industries&quot;.</p> <p>As a result of di Grassi becoming the CEO of Roborace,&nbsp;Denis Sverdlov, the series&#39; founder, will step into an advisory role.</p> <p>&quot;We are thrilled that Lucas has agreed to come on board in an official capacity as Roborace continues to grow,&quot; said Sverdlov.</p> <p>&quot;He brings a wealth of knowledge from other motorsport competitions he has developed and evolved and we are privileged to benefit from his experience.</p> <p>&quot;Lucas truly understands the importance of what Roborace can achieve - making our roads smarter and safer by sharing the benefits of A.I. [artificial intelligence] to advance everything from driver assistance to collision avoidance, security technologies to full autonomy,&quot; he added.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15850http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15850Jaguar reveals one-make Formula E support series for 2018Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:14:50 GMT<p><strong>Jaguar has confirmed that it will launch a support series for Formula E which will use its I-PACE car in 2018, marking the world&#39;s first championship for an electric production car.</strong></p> <p>The&nbsp;Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will become Formula E&#39;s support race category for the 2018-19 season, featuring at 10 rounds, suggesting that it will be present at all events on the FE calendar.</p> <p>While details such as technical specification, the series&#39; calendar and price have not yet been disclosed, each round will be capped at 20 drivers, including one &quot;VIP&quot; entry at each of the rounds. Each weekend will be comprised of a practice session, a qualifying session&nbsp;and a 30-minute race.&nbsp;</p> <p>Jaguar has also confirmed that it is considering an &#39;arrive and drive&#39; package which will include entry, technical support, logistical support, hospitality, spares and more.</p> <p>The Jaguar I-PACE will not be released until the second half of 2018, which means that its launch will coincide with the start of Season 5 of Formula E.</p> <p>The cars that will be raced in the I-PACE eTROPHY will not be a stock car, with Jaguar Land Rover&#39;s special vehicle operations department building racing versions of the car which should be&nbsp;tested&nbsp;in the early stages of 2018.</p> <p>Jaguar joined Formula E in 2016 for its first season and finished in last place in the Teams&#39; Standings, using the season as a learning process, in a bid to take a major step forward in the 2017-18 season.</p> <p>The confirmation of the I-PACE series follows an announcement from Jaguar Land Rover that all of its cars will contain either hybrid or battery technology from 2020, and that the series&nbsp;&quot;reinforces Jaguar Land Rover&#39;s commitment to electrification.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;As a British team, we are proud to announce today the launch of the world&#39;s first production battery electric vehicle championship,&quot; said Gerd Mauser, Jaguar Land Rover&#39;s Chief Marketing Officer and Chairman of the Formula E operation.</p> <p>&quot;We&#39;ve always said we want to prove our electrification technologies on the track - this is the proof.</p> <p>&quot;I am looking forward to seeing a full grid of Jaguar I-PACE race cars in late 2018, soon after the first Jaguar I-PACE hits the road in Europe.</p> <p>&quot;Ultimately this innovative series will enhance the technology in our future electric vehicles and benefit our customers,&quot; adding that&nbsp;&quot;we expect our series to be a sell-out and an exciting international sporting event&quot;.</p> <p>The confirmation of the I-PACE series acts as a solution for the FIA&#39;s search for a support series to Formula E, with Season 1 featuring some races from the&nbsp;Formula E School Series - a championship that featured small electric cars that were built by students.</p> <p>Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag praised the development, commenting: &quot;The competition will offer more entertainment for fans in-between sessions and is further testament to the advances in battery technology and exciting electric performance.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15848http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15848Formula E season 4 Valencia pre-season testing dates confirmedTue, 12 Sep 2017 11:14:24 GMT<p><strong>It has been confirmed that Formula E pre-seaon testing for season 4 will be carried out at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, Spain.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Pre-season testing for the 2017-18 season will consist of a three day test around the National Circuit configuration of the track which is 3.09km long, being modified through the addition of a chicane on the start/finish straight.&nbsp;</p> <p>Each of the three days will be divided into a morning and afternoon session, running from 9:00-12:00 and 14:00-17:00. All ten teams on the Formula E grid will be present.</p> <p>Testing kicks off on Monday, October 2, and comes to a close on Thursday, October 5 ahead of the first round of the season which will be a double header event held in Hong Kong at the start of December.</p> <p>For season 4, Formula E will see a number of changes, the biggest of which being an&nbsp;increase in power in race mode from 170kW to 180kW, meaning that races will be longer and cars will be faster in race specification.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15805http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15805Alex Lynn secures DS Virgin race seat for season fourTue, 05 Sep 2017 13:30:08 GMT<p>Alex Lynn has been confirmed at DS Virgin Racing for the 2017/2018 Formula E season, after signing a multi-year deal with the team.</p> <p>He replaces three-time World Touring Car champion Jose Maria Lopez, joining DS Virgin&rsquo;s long-time driver Sam Bird to make the first ever all-British line-up in Formula E&rsquo;s history.</p> <p>Lynn, formerly a Williams F1 development driver, was made DS Virgin&rsquo;s reserve driver earlier this year and stepped in for Lopez at the penultimate race weekend of season three in New York.</p> <p>Lopez had to miss the double-header round due to his Toyota LMP1 commitments, with Lynn taking pole position in his first qualifying session. However, he retired from both races.</p> <p>He now makes the step up to a full-time race seat for season four of Formula E, which gets underway at the start of December in Hong Kong.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am over the moon at being promoted to a full-time drive with the DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team,&rdquo; Lynn said on the announcement.</p> <p>&ldquo;Having worked very closely with them since January this year, it has been a genuine pleasure to learn from such a fantastic group of high quality engineers and to integrate myself into their set-up.</p> <p>&ldquo;Indeed, I have been made to feel very welcome throughout their organisation and I would specifically like to thank Alex Tai for not only giving me the chance to make my series debut in New York, but for subsequently promoting me to this full-time race seat.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am currently enjoying helping the team to further develop the car and intend to fully repay everyone&rsquo;s faith in me on track next season.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15740http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15740Formula E confirms power increase, fastest lap changes for season fourThu, 31 Aug 2017 14:18:05 GMT<p>Formula E has announced a small increase in power for next season and has made changes to the point for fastest lap.</p> <p>The all-electric series continues with the 28kW/h battery designed and built by Williams Advanced Engineering and qualifying mode will continue to be capped at 200kW.</p> <p>But, for season four, race mode will increase by 10kW from 170 to 180. This should make the races slightly longer and the cars faster in race trim.</p> <p>Meanwhile FE has also revealed that the bonus point for fastest lap will be limited to the drivers classified in the top 10 finishers.</p> <p>In every season three race, the fastest lap and extra point was claimed by a driver outside the points, mainly from drivers who suffered problems or got caught up in incidents early on.</p> <p>A few other modifications to the regulations have been announced for season four, which begins in Hong Kong at the start of December.</p> <p>A non-qualifying session will be eliminated when two races take place at the same event and each team now gets six promotional days (up from three).</p> <p>There&rsquo;s also the addition of a practice session day during the season and a practice session day reserved for rookies.</p> <p>FE also officially confirmed the final entry list for season four:</p> <ul> <li>Andretti Formula E</li> <li>Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler</li> <li>Dragon Racing</li> <li>DS Virgin Racing</li> <li>Mahindra Racing</li> <li>NIO Formula E Team</li> <li>Panasonic Jaguar Racing</li> <li>Renault e.dams</li> <li>TECHEETAH</li> <li>Venturi Formula E Team</li> </ul> <p>Audi becoming an official manufacturer with the Abt team means there is new branding, while Dragon Racing drops the Faraday Future name and NIO removes the NextEV mention.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15672http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15672Neel Jani joins Faraday Future Dragon Racing for season fourFri, 25 Aug 2017 08:26:17 GMT<p>The Faraday Future Dragon Racing team has announced its drivers for the 2017/2018 Formula E season, with Neel Jani joining Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio.</p> <p>Porsche LMP1 racer Jani was part of the winning line-up at Le Mans this year and also clinched the FIA World Endurance Championship title alongside Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb.</p> <p>He has driven for Porsche in LMP1 since the German manufacturer returned to the top sportscar class in 2014, and it will enter a works FE team in 2019/2020.</p> <p>Jani will replace Audi DTM racer Loic Duval, with d&rsquo;Ambrosio being retained &ndash; he has raced for the team since the very first FE race in 2014.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am thrilled to join the Faraday Future Dragon Racing team in the next season of the FIA Formula E Championship,&rdquo; Jani said.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve recently tested the PENSKE EV-2 powered by Faraday Future and look forward to building my knowledge and experience with the team and competing in the acclaimed electric racing series.&rdquo;</p> <p>Faraday Future Dragon Racing finished eighth in the teams&rsquo; championship in FE&rsquo;s third season, with six top 10 finishes.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15655http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15655Formula E needs calendar stability says Virgin Racing's Alex TaiWed, 23 Aug 2017 18:26:38 GMT<p>Formula E must look at securing long-term venues to ensure costs don&#39;t spiral out of control according to DS Virgin Racing team boss Alex Tai.</p> <p>The inaugural season of the all-electric racing series opened with an 11-race calendar, but not a single event from the first season features on the upcoming season four calendar, and of the 11 countries on the 2017/18 calendar, three are brand new venues.</p> <p>Tai believes that is hampering the ability to attract and build long-term relationships with local sponsors, whilst the cost of hosting a race at a new venue is substantially higher than at an existing venue.</p> <p>&quot;Having stability in the calendar is one of the most important things we can do,&quot; said Tai.&nbsp;&quot;This year we&#39;ve got 14 races in ten destinations, many of them are new destinations and it creates problems logitically.</p> <p>&quot;One of the&nbsp;fragilities around the series is the enormous cost in putting on the races and when you&#39;re putting it on for the first time, you don&#39;t have those efficiencies from several years of having done it before.</p> <p>&quot;So it adds cost and it also means it becomes difficult to sell sponsorship and find local partners. It&#39;s very important for us to get some stability, possibly two-thirds or three-quarters of the races.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s also good to have those new events and to go to new places, maybe a third or a quarter of the races each year could be new events.&quot;</p> <p>Tai is also keen to see race dates set in stone, like Formula 1, rather than the dates changing between seasons &ndash; last year the season began in Hong Kong on October 9, this year it starts on December 2, also in Hong Kong, whilst key races such as Paris and New York have both shifted from their 2016/17 spots by several weeks.</p> <p>&quot;But it&#39;s very important to have a [set] day when we have the Paris race and a day when we know it&#39;s going to be the New York race. Then we can start to build consistency around that, and attract the same partners.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15589http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15589Video: The major crashes from Formula E's third seasonSun, 13 Aug 2017 09:29:08 GMT<p>Formula E provides us with a compilation of the major crashes and incidents from the all-electric championship&rsquo;s third season.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15553http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15553Sebastien Buemi feels 'no championship has a brighter future' than Formula ESun, 06 Aug 2017 11:05:58 GMT<p>Formula E&rsquo;s season two champion and season three runner-up Sebastien Buemi says &ldquo;no championship in motorsport right now has a brighter future&rdquo;.</p> <p>Ahead of last weekend&rsquo;s Montreal ePrix finale, Mercedes and Porsche both confirmed their factory involvement in the all-electric series for season six.</p> <p>The news followed on from Audi stepping up to a factory outfit for season four, and BMW upping its involvement with Andretti for season five.</p> <p>With the announcement of such high-profile manufacturers joining the Formula E grid in the next few seasons, Buemi feels the championship&rsquo;s future is the brightest in motorsport.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s beyond any dreams for Formula E,&rdquo; Buemi said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s amazing news.</p> <p>&ldquo;Clearly [Mercedes and Porsche] it&rsquo;s for season six, so we still have to do seasons four and five, but I think there is no championship in motorsport right now that has a brighter future.</p> <p>&ldquo;As a driver, being part of it from the start, it&rsquo;s amazing and it definitely shows that politically all the manufacturers are going in the same direction.</p> <p>&ldquo;Even two years ago I would not have expected that, so everyone should enjoy it because we have great cars, great venues and there are great manufacturers joining.&rdquo;</p> <p>Buemi suffered a disastrous final weekend of season three, with a disqualification and P11 in the two races seeing him miss out on a second title to Lucas di Grassi.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15538http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15538Alejandro Agag: 2016/2017 Formula E's 'take-off season'Thu, 03 Aug 2017 16:24:57 GMT<p>Formula E&rsquo;s founder and CEO Alejandro Agag says the 2016/2017 season has been the &ldquo;take-off&rdquo; one for the series.</p> <p>The third season of the all-electric championship concluded last weekend with a double-header event in Montreal, Canada.</p> <p>Lucas di Grassi entered the weekend 10 points behind rival Sebastien Buemi, but one victory and a seventh place in the two races was enough to take the title.</p> <p>Buemi suffered a terrible weekend, climbing from a lowly grid position in race one to P4 before being disqualified. He qualified poorly in race two, recovering to P11.</p> <p>Prior to the Montreal ePrix, Porsche and Mercedes officially announced entries for future seasons and after last weekend&rsquo;s racing, Agag thinks this has been Formula E&rsquo;s breakthrough.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s been the take-off season for Formula E with all the attention and all the new entries,&rdquo; he said after the Montreal weekend.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think this last weekend meant we really ended on a high with Lucas coming from behind and winning the drivers&rsquo; championship and Renault keeping a very well-deserved teams&rsquo; championship.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think Sebastien did a fantastic season, but sometimes in racing you get these disastrous weekends and it happened here and that was unfortunate for him.</p> <p>&ldquo;But, all in all I think it&rsquo;s a great result for everyone and for Formula E.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15526http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15526Jean-Eric Vergne hails 'amazing' and 'perfect' first Formula E winWed, 02 Aug 2017 09:08:17 GMT<p>Techeetah driver Jean-Eric Vergne has described his first victory in Formula E as &ldquo;amazing&rdquo;, before adding &ldquo;everything was perfect&rdquo;.</p> <p>The French driver has been competing in Formula E since the third round of season one, and came close to victory several times.</p> <p>However, it took him until the 2016/2017 finale in Montreal to clinch his debut win in the series &ndash; which was also Techeetah&rsquo;s first triumph, too.</p> <p>Vergne lined up third for the second and final Montreal ePrix, but jumped Sam Bird at the start, before passing Felix Rosenqvist for the lead on lap 29.</p> <p>He opened up a small lead over the next few laps, only to come under pressure from Rosenqvist towards the end. However, he held on to win his first Formula E race.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is an amazing result for the team in our first year,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had a few ups and downs.</p> <p>&ldquo;Obviously, a win was in reach many times this season but for some reason we could not quite get it, I think last weekend everything went quite smoothly, everything was perfect.</p> <p>&ldquo;To get this first win for the team, for myself, right at the end of the season before the summer break is something amazing.</p> <p>&ldquo;To score my maiden win, as well as the first win of the team is only going to make my relationship with the team even stronger.</p> <p>&ldquo;Hopefully it is the first of many of them and I think it puts us in a completely different position for next year.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15515http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15515Sebastien Buemi: Title defeat 'hard to accept' after early dominationMon, 31 Jul 2017 16:14:45 GMT<p>Renault e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi says losing out on the 2016/2017 Formula E title to Lucas di Grassi is &ldquo;hard to accept&rdquo; after his early domination.</p> <p>Buemi scored six victorious over the course of the season, compared to di Grassi&rsquo;s two, but picked up two disqualifications and was absent from the double-header in New York.</p> <p>At the final weekend in Montreal, he damaged his monocoque in a heavy FP2 crash on Saturday, which gave him a 10-second grid penalty for the first ePrix.</p> <p>He started 12th, but was shuffled back at the start, before recovering up to fourth by the finish &ndash; only to be disqualified after his car was found to be underweight.</p> <p>With di Grassi winning, the Abt Audi Sport driver took over the championship lead ahead of Sunday&rsquo;s final race &ndash; which Buemi qualified down in P13 for.</p> <p>After first lap contact, Buemi was called into the pits for repairs, but the bodywork had already detached. He fell to last but bounced back to P11.</p> <p>Di Grassi&rsquo;s seventh place was enough to take the title, but Abt was unable to take the teams&rsquo; title away from Renault e.dams &ndash; securing it for the third year in a row.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m a bit disappointed, honestly,&rdquo; he said afterwards. &ldquo;When you see the speed we had this year, to not win the championship is a bit hard to accept.</p> <p>&ldquo;But, I&rsquo;d like to congratulate Lucas for the job he&rsquo;s done. I think he&rsquo;s done a great job this year. They&rsquo;ve done a better job than us.</p> <p>&ldquo;We got disqualified twice and we missed two races, so it&rsquo;s difficult to fight like that. I am happy for the Renault e.dams team, they really deserve this [teams&rsquo;] title.</p> <p>&ldquo;The car was amazing for the whole season. Unfortunately, it has not ended well for me but that&rsquo;s racing. We have to learn from our mistakes to come back stronger next year.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15514http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15514Lucas Di Grassi 'extremely satisfied' with title win after 'toughest' seasonMon, 31 Jul 2017 16:05:27 GMT<p>Abt Audi Sport driver and newly-crowned 2016/2017 Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi says he is &ldquo;extremely satisfied&rdquo; with the title win after his &ldquo;toughest&rdquo; season yet.</p> <p>The Brazilian driver was a title threat in season one, only to finish third overall, before he put up another challenge in season two.</p> <p>After an intense battle with Sebastien Buemi, he missed out at the final hurdle, but on Sunday in Montreal seventh place was enough for di Grassi to take the crown at his third attempt.</p> <p>The former F1 driver entered the weekend as the underdog, but a win in the first ePrix on Saturday and Buemi&rsquo;s disqualification moved him 10 points clear.</p> <p>A disastrous first few laps of the second ePrix for Buemi put him out of contention and though he recovered to P11, di Grassi had done enough to take the championship.</p> <p>&ldquo;This journey started three years ago, when we started season one - we got a lot of good results, arrived in London fighting for the championship, even though I was disqualified from winning a race.</p> <p>&ldquo;Season two, it was the same situation. Again, I got disqualified from winning a race and now, finally, I came here as an underdog, 10 points behind and I had the nerves to keep it calm and did the job.</p> <p>&ldquo;On Sunday, I managed to bring it home. I am so happy for the team, so happy for the Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport guys, they really deserve it.</p> <p>&ldquo;This season was our toughest I would say. I had to do one race with a broken fibula, I really had luck on my side in some races, Hong Kong and Mexico for example.</p> <p>&ldquo;So, I guess this was our year and it is extremely satisfying.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15502http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15502Jean-Eric Vergne takes Montreal ePrix victory; Lucas Di Grassi takes titleSun, 30 Jul 2017 21:07:24 GMT<p>Techeetah driver Jean-Eric Vergne took victory in the 2016/2017 Formula E finale in Montreal, with seventh being enough for Lucas di Grassi to take the drivers&rsquo; title.</p> <p>Vergne jumped ahead of Sam Bird at the start to claim second place, holding position and going one lap longer in the pitstop phase.</p> <p>With more useable energy and strong pace, he quickly closed in on leader Felix Rosenqvist, making the move on lap 29 with a late lunge at Turn 3.</p> <p>From there, he stormed ahead, only for Rosenqvist to cut the gap back in the final laps. However, Vergne did enough to hold him off to score his first Formula E victory.</p> <p>Further back, di Grassi headed into the race 18 points clear of his rival Sebastien Buemi. But, with the Renault e.dams not scoring, seventh was good enough for di Grassi to secure the championship.</p> <p>He started fifth on the grid, only to lose a spot on lap one and fall several places in the car swaps, before making up ground in the second half of the race.</p> <p>On the last lap, he slowed slightly to allow team-mate Daniel Abt through for sixth. They finished behind Rosenqvist in second, Jose Maria Lopez, Sam Bird and Nick Heidfeld.</p> <p>It was a dramatic but disappointing final race for Buemi, who started 13th and suffered rear damage at the first corner after contact with Antonio Felix da Costa.</p> <p>A rear tyre cover was flapping on his car and he got the black and orange flag, but managed to remove it. His team did not seem to realise and called him into the pits, dropping him to last.</p> <p>From there, it was an uphill battle, but Buemi came through to finish 11th. Despite six wins and early domination, he missed out on a second championship.</p> <p>Stephane Sarrazin came through from the back after a lap one spin to finish eighth, behind di Grassi, with Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio and Tom Dillmann completing the top 10.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15499http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15499Felix Rosenqvist beats Sam Bird to pole for second Montreal ePrixSun, 30 Jul 2017 17:05:45 GMT<p>Mahindra driver Felix Rosenqvist has secured pole position for the second Montreal ePrix, after a close battle with Sam Bird.</p> <p>Having made it through to Super Pole, Rosenqvist but in a tidy but aggressive lap when it mattered, with a 1:22.344s proving good enough for P1 on the grid.</p> <p>His nearest challenger Bird missed out by two tenths. The DS Virgin Racing driver was up in the first sector, before mistakes later in the lap cost him a chance of pole.</p> <p>Jean-Eric Vergne&rsquo;s neat Super Pole lap was good enough for third, ahead of Nick Heidfeld in the second Mahindra.</p> <p>Championship leader Lucas di Grassi failed to nab the three extra points for pole, so his advantage over rival Sebastien Buemi will be 18 points. He will start fifth.</p> <p>Daniel Abt just missed out on Super Pole and was sixth, ahead of Nicolas Prost &ndash; who will fall to the back of the grid due to penalties, after an auxiliary battery fire on Saturday.</p> <p>Tom Dillmann was eighth, but will advance up a position, as will Nelson Piquet Jr., Stephane Sarrazin &ndash; who made a mistake at Turn 1 &ndash; and Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio.</p> <p>A scruffy lap for Jose Maria Lopez means he will line up 11th, thanks to Prost&rsquo;s penalty, ahead of Loic Duval and Buemi &ndash; who will attempt to claim his second Formula E title from P13.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15497http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15497Di Grassi, Rosenqvist quickest in Sunday's Montreal practice sessionsSun, 30 Jul 2017 15:25:28 GMT<p>Abt Audi Sport&rsquo;s Lucas di Grassi and Mahindra&rsquo;s Felix Rosenqvist were quickest in Sunday&rsquo;s two Montreal ePrix practice sessions.</p> <p>Following on from his race one victory on Saturday, di Grassi enters the final day of the 2016/2017 season with an 18-point lead in the championship.</p> <p>During the opening 45-minute session, di Grassi set a new unofficial lap record of 1:21.442 to end practice one at the top of the timesheets.</p> <p>Nicolas Prost finished second for Renault e.dams, four tenths behind di Grassi, with title rival Sebastien Buemi starting his day off with P3.</p> <p>Antonio Felix da Costa was fourth, ahead of Rosenqvist and DS Virgin Racing&rsquo;s Jose Maria Lopez and Sam Bird. Mitch Evans was next up for Jagaur.</p> <p>Race one podium finishers Jean-Eric Vergne and Stephane Sarrazin were 10th and 15th for Techeetah.</p> <p>Rosenqvist then ended FP2 at the top of the leaderboard, after the 30-minute session, with a best time of 1:21.183 &ndash; another new track record.</p> <p>He was just one tenth ahead of Buemi, with Lopez, Bird and Loic Duval next up. Daniel Abt and Oliver Turvey were sixth and seventh.</p> <p>Vergne was eighth, with di Grassi ninth and Prost 10th. Nelson Piquet Jr. was 12th despite late contact with the barrier.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15487http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15487Video: Sebastien Buemi's extraordinary post-race tirade in MontrealSun, 30 Jul 2017 08:45:41 GMT<p>Immediately after the first Montreal ePrix race, championship contender Sebastien Buemi went on an extraordinary series of rants to other drivers. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Renault e.dams driver finished fourth, only to be disqualified later for an underweight second car, was clearly unhappy with some of the other drivers &ndash; arguing with Antonio Felix da Costa, Robin Frijns and Daniel Abt after the race.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15485http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15485Sebastien Buemi dealt title blow after Montreal race result disqualificationSun, 30 Jul 2017 02:39:53 GMT<p>Sebastien Buemi&#39;s title challenge has been dealt a major blow after he was disqualified from Saturday&#39;s Montreal race result, losing his fourth place finish&nbsp;and his 12 points.</p> <p>Buemi recovered from the back of the grid following contact during Lap 1 to finish fourth, whilst title rival Lucas di Grassi won the event to take a six-point lead in the standings. However it was found that Buemi&#39;s car was underweight and he has therefore been disqualified, losing his points and dropping to an 18-point deficit with one race remaining.</p> <p>Article 5.1 of the Formula E&nbsp;technical regulations states that &quot;the total weight of the complete car including the driver must not be less than 880kg at all times during the event.&quot;</p> <p>According to a post-race weigh-in, Buemi&#39;s car fell short of that minimum, and the issue was only spotted after the race as there wasn&#39;t time to weigh it prior to the event as the Renault e.dams&nbsp;team were busy rebuilding it after a heavy practice shunt.</p> <p>&quot;There was insufficient time to weigh the car after the rebuild and before the race, even though the weighing platform schedule had been increased by 30 minutes by the Technical Delegate. The team reportedly added 4kg additional ballast to compensate for any weight variation in the rebuilt car.&quot;</p> <p>At the time of writing, the team haven&#39;t appealed the decision.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15484http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15484Montreal winner Lucas Di Grassi takes points lead as Sebastien Buemi finishes P4Sat, 29 Jul 2017 21:17:42 GMT<p>Abt Audi Sport driver Lucas di Grassi held off Jean-Eric Vergne to take victory in the first Montreal ePrix, taking over the championship lead.</p> <p>The Brazilian driver looked in control of the race early on, before a late safety car brought Techeetah driver Vergne into contention for the eight-lap sprint to the flag.</p> <p>Jose Maria Lopez&rsquo;s crashed DS Virgin Racing brought the BMW i8 safety car out, cutting di Grassi&rsquo;s comfortable lead and allowing Vergne to attack on the restart.</p> <p>He darted left and right on the final lap to try and find a way ahead, but di Grassi held on to finish 0.350s ahead of Vergne and claim his second win of the season.</p> <p>Stephane Sarrazin made it a double podium for Techeetah in third, but he had to withstand intense pressure from Sebastien Buemi in the closing laps.</p> <p>Buemi started 12th after a 10-place grid drop for a battery change, and had a poor start, being shuffled back to as low as 17th on the opening lap.</p> <p><strong>Championship Standings: <a href="https://www.motorsportweek.com/fe/standings/2016/drivers/">Click here to see how things stand with one race remaining</a></strong></p> <p>Despite damaged steering, he fought back into the top 10 and rose to eighth on the restart after the Full Course Yellow pitstops. From there, he continued to move up the order.</p> <p>However, at times, it looked as if he was struggling slightly in the repaired second car &ndash; after his FP2 crash &ndash; but in the final stages he fought back to fourth.</p> <p>Daniel Abt and Buemi came close in the pits and there was contact at the exit, and the German driver followed his rival through the field to fifth.</p> <p>New York winner Sam Bird jumped places in the pitstop and rallied from a poor grid slot to sixth, ahead of the second Renault e.dams of Nicolas Prost.</p> <p>Mitch Evans was eighth for Jaguar, while a car change just as the FCY ended dropped Adam Carroll out of contention.</p> <p>Robin Frijns was ninth, while Felix Rosenqvist lost a potential top four result with contact at the final chicane while chasing Sarrazin. With damaged steering, he fell to 10th.</p> <p><strong>UPDATE: </strong><a href="https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15485">Buemi disqualified for underweight car</a></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15480http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15480Lucas di Grassi snatches pole position for first Montreal ePrixSat, 29 Jul 2017 17:07:06 GMT<p>Abt Audi Sport driver and Formula E title contender Lucas di Grassi stormed to pole position for Saturday&rsquo;s Montreal ePrix, beating his rival Sebastien Buemi.</p> <p>Di Grassi was quickest in the group stages and was last to run in Super Pole, putting in a 1:22.869 to snatch pole away from Buemi by 0.196s.</p> <p>Both di Grassi and Buemi&rsquo;s laps were neat and tidy, but it was the former who had the edge, picking up three points and slashing the gap in the drivers&rsquo; standings to just seven points.</p> <p>However, while Buemi was second quickest in qualifying, he looks set to drop 10 places due to a battery change after a big crash in FP2 &ndash; therefore it appears he will start from P12 and promote those behind up one spot.</p> <p>Stephane Sarrazin was third quickest in qualifying, ahead of Nicolas Prost and Felix Rosenqvist &ndash; who had a slightly scruffy Super Pole lap.</p> <p>Jean-Eric Vergne just missed out on the final segment in sixth, with Mitch Evans and Adam Carroll giving Jaguar its best-ever Formula E qualifying result.</p> <p>Oliver Turvey and Tom Dillmann were next up, ahead of Loic Duval and Daniel Abt. Nick Heidfeld was a lowly 14th, while there was trouble at DS Virgin Racing.</p> <p>Both Jose Maria Lopez and Sam Bird were unable to put in 200kW laps due to mapping issues, ending the session 16th and 18th.</p> <p>Nelson Piquet Jr. struggled and made a few errors in 19th, while Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio did not set a representative time after crossing the line after the chequered flag in group one.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15476http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15476Di Grassi, Prost top practice sessions in Montreal, Buemi crashesSat, 29 Jul 2017 15:26:10 GMT<p>Formula E title contender Lucas di Grassi set the pace in Montreal ePrix first practice on Saturday, with Nicolas Prost fastest in the second session as Sebastien Buemi crashed out.</p> <p>Abt driver di Grassi kicked off a crucial weekend for him in the best possible way, by topping the timesheets in Saturday&rsquo;s opening practice.</p> <p>He put in a 1:22.451 with 200kW qualifying power at the bumpy Montreal street circuit, to go over one second quicker than New York winner Sam Bird.</p> <p>However, the DS Virgin Racing driver only used 170kW race mode. Jean-Eric Vergne was third for Techeetah, ahead of points leader Buemi.</p> <p>Like di Grassi, Buemi also used qualifying mode, but he hit traffic in the final sector and backed out of it.</p> <p>Prost finished fifth in the second Renault e.dams entry, with Mitch Evans and Felix Rosenqvist next up on the leaderboard.</p> <p>Prost was fastest in second practice, but all eyes were on Buemi after a huge crash late in the session, which cut on-track running short.</p> <p>The Swiss racer clipped the inside wall at the chicane, which pitched him into the exit barrier at high speed. He was able to climb out unaided, but his car took heavy damage.</p> <p>The session was abandoned with five minutes remaining as a result. It happened just minutes before Prost went quickest with a 1:22.180, relegating Vergne to P2.</p> <p>Rosenqvist, Stephane Sarrazin, Nick Heidfeld and Bird completed the top six, while di Grassi did not do a 200kW lap and was 16th.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15438http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15438Porsche to enter Formula E, exits LMP1 classFri, 28 Jul 2017 06:47:07 GMT<p>Porsche has announced that it will enter the Formula E championship for season six, in 2019/20, in favour of its LMP1 project, which it will terminate at the end of 2017.</p> <p>Porsche returned to the LMP1 category in 2014 and has taken three straight Le Mans wins, alongside 2015/16 titles, a feat it is poised to replicate again this season.</p> <p>However, it will quit LMP1 at the end of the year in order to focus its resources on Formula E, becoming the latest manufacturer to join the category.</p> <p>&quot;Entering Formula E and achieving success in this category are the logical outcomes of our Mission E. The growing freedom for in-house technology developments makes Formula E attractive to us&rdquo;, said Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board for Research and Development at Porsche AG.</p> <p>&quot;Porsche is working with alternative, innovative drive concepts. For us, Formula E is the ultimate competitive environment for driving forward the development of high-performance vehicles in areas such as environmental friendliness, efficiency and sustainability.&quot;</p> <p>Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag added: &quot;I&rsquo;m delighted to welcome Porsche to the FIA Formula E Championship. If somebody told me when we started this project five years ago, that we&rsquo;d be announcing a partnership with a brand like Porsche, I wouldn&rsquo;t have believed it.</p> <p>&quot;To have a name like Porsche in Formula E, with all it represents in terms of racing and heritage - and in terms of sport cars - is an inflexion point in our quest to change the public perception about electric cars.</p> <p>&quot;The electric revolution continues, and Formula E remains the championship for that revolution.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15407http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15407Mercedes confirms 2019/20 season six Formula E teamMon, 24 Jul 2017 19:03:13 GMT<p>Mercedes has confirmed its plans to join the Formula E grid for the 2019/20 season, delaying its debut by a year to Season 6 following its initial agreement with the all-electric series.</p> <p>The news comes on the same day the German marque <a href="https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15406">announced it would quit the DTM series</a>, as it looks to focus on its existing Formula 1 team and its new Formula E entry.</p> <p>&quot;In motorsport, like in every other area, we want to be the benchmark in the premium segment and also explore innovative new projects,&quot; said Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff.</p> <p>&quot;With Formula 1 and Formula E, we have achieved exactly this balance. Formula E is like an exciting start-up venture &ndash; it offers a brand new format, combining racing with a strong event character, in order to promote current and future technologies.</p> <p>&quot;Electrification is happening in the road car world and Formula E offers manufacturers an interesting platform to bring this technology to a new audience &ndash; and to do so with a completely new kind of racing, different to any other series.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m pleased that we were able to extend our entry option for one year to the 2019/20 season. This gives us time to properly understand the series and to prepare for our entry in the right way.&quot;</p> <p>Mercedes joins the likes of Audi, Jaguar and Renault, while BMW has confirmed its own manufacturer team for Season 5, in association with Andretti.</p> <p>Alejandro Agag, Founder and&nbsp;CEO of Formula E, added: &quot;Today is a great day as we welcome Mercedes to the Formula E family &ndash; adding to the increasing number of manufacturers joining the electric revolution.</p> <p>&quot;This shows how much the world is changing, not only in motorsport, but the whole automotive industry. We&rsquo;re witnessing a transformation that will first change our cities, and then our roads.</p> <p>&quot;Formula E is the championship that embodies that change, and together with all our teams and manufacturers we&rsquo;ll keep pushing for technologies, to have better and more affordable electric cars.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15352http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15352Pierre Gasly: Formula E debut in New York 'very positive'Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:17:48 GMT<p>Pierre Gasly says his Formula E debut in New York, filling in for the absent Sebastien Buemi, was &ldquo;very positive&rdquo; after scoring points in both races.</p> <p>The French driver was picked to fill the vacant seat at Renault e.dams for the Brooklyn double-header, while Buemi was racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship at the Nurburgring.</p> <p>Gasly missed Friday&rsquo;s shakedown while he was travelling to New York and struggled in qualifying on Saturday, but finished seventh in the race.</p> <p>Last year&rsquo;s GP2 champion then qualified fourth for Sunday&rsquo;s final race, and retained his position &ndash; although he hit the wall as he took the chequered flag, while battling Nick Heidfeld.</p> <p>&quot;This weekend was very positive because it was my first experience in Formula E and I didn&rsquo;t really know what to expect,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;We had a very busy schedule, especially with me arriving later on during the event. There was a lot to learn but we did great.</p> <p>&ldquo;We scored important points for the team. I didn&rsquo;t expect to be in Super Pole after only one day spent in the car.</p> <p>&ldquo;Furthermore, having to learn how to manage the battery and dealing with this in addition to driving.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was a great opportunity to discover a new discipline and I enjoyed the challenge very much. I would like to thank the team for this great weekend and I hope they will win in Montreal.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15348http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15348Lucas di Grassi 'satisfied' to make up ground in New YorkMon, 17 Jul 2017 10:08:51 GMT<p>Abt Audi Sport driver and Formula E title contender Lucas di Grassi says he was &ldquo;satisfied&rdquo; to make up ground in the championship fight and not let the New York ePrix weekend go to waste.</p> <p>The Brazilian driver was presented with a unique opportunity to claw back points on run-away leader Sebastien Buemi, with the Renault e.dams driver absent in Brooklyn.</p> <p>With Buemi in Germany competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship, di Grassi cut the gap in the standings to just 10 points with fourth and fifth in the two New York races.</p> <p>He struggled more in qualifying and was unable to secure a podium, but still picked up useful points ahead of the double-header finale in Montreal.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have to analyse the data and make sure that we are in a better position again for the finale in Montreal,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;We weren&rsquo;t fast enough in New York to be able to win. With a little more luck it could have been two podiums, but not more.</p> <p>&ldquo;We did what we could and under the circumstances I&rsquo;m very satisfied with the results. After all I made up 22 points.</p> <p>&ldquo;It wasn&rsquo;t a wasted weekend. We are still in the thick of the title battle and will try to make the best of the situation.&rdquo;</p> <p>On his title chances in Canada, he added: &ldquo;It&rsquo;ll be difficult, but we&rsquo;ll try everything.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is psychologically important that I can win through my own efforts in Montreal: if I win both races I&rsquo;m champion. Then there&rsquo;s no need to worry about the mathematical chances. This is exactly what we&rsquo;ll try to do.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15347http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15347Video: Race highlights from the second New York ePrixMon, 17 Jul 2017 10:01:03 GMT<p>Watch race highlights from Formula E&#39;s second New York ePrix, around the Brooklyn Street Circuit. Sam Bird made it a clean sweep in New York, with victory in race two for DS Virgin Racing.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15344http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15344Sam Bird takes Brooklyn clean sweep with race two winSun, 16 Jul 2017 18:22:04 GMT<p>DS Virgin Racing&rsquo;s Sam Bird ruled supreme on the Brooklyn Street Circuit to make it a clean-sweep of wins in New York.</p> <p>Having won Saturday&rsquo;s race in controlled style, Bird went one further with a dominant display in Sunday&rsquo;s second race, having taken pole position earlier in the day.</p> <p>Mahindra&rsquo;s Felix Rosenqvist started alongside him on the front row and got the better start, taking the lead with the inside line into the first corner.</p> <p>Despite opening up a small lead in the early laps, Bird kept Rosenqvist close and was right behind him when the full course yellow came out on lap nine for Mitch Evans&rsquo; stopped car.</p> <p>He made his move shortly after the restart at Turn 6, in a brave dive up the inside of Rosenqvist. However, another full course yellow looked set to cost him the lead.</p> <p>His team-mate Alex Lynn stopped on the track just before the half-way mark, which prompted several drivers to change cars under FCY. DS Virgin, however, kept Bird out.</p> <p>The Briton dived into the pits on the next lap, just coming out before the green flag running resumed, just emerging ahead of Rosenqvist.</p> <p>Through the final stint, Bird was able to finish over 11 seconds clear to claim his second victory of the season and the weekend.</p> <p>Rosenqvist and fellow Mahindra racer Nick Heidfeld swapped places late on, only for Heidfeld to give second place back to his team-mate (and distant title-contender) with two laps to go.</p> <p>So, it was Rosenqvist claiming second, while Heidfeld had to fend off Renault e.dams Pierre Gasly into the final corner. Gasly, replacing Sebastien Buemi, ended up in the wall.</p> <p>However, the Frenchman still limped across the line in fourth, with title challenger Lucas di Grassi a slightly distant fifth after making up ground in the opening stint &ndash; now 10 points behind Buemi.</p> <p>Nicolas Prost also had a lonely final part of the race in sixth, ahead of Tom Dillmann and Jean-Eric Vergne &ndash; who dropped from third to last early on after pitting to repair damage.</p> <p>Techeetah then left Vergne and team-mate Stephane Sarrazin out in the second FCY and swapped cars under green flag conditions, costing them time.</p> <p>Robin Frijns was ninth, after an intense midfield scrap that included numerous clashes and plenty of frantic battles, while Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio completed the top 10.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15337http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15337Sam Bird beats Felix Rosenqvist to pole for second New York raceSun, 16 Jul 2017 14:30:28 GMT<p>DS Virgin Racing&rsquo;s Sam Bird has secured pole position for the second part of Formula E&rsquo;s double-header in Brooklyn, New York.</p> <p>The British racer took victory in Saturday&rsquo;s first race and set the pace during final practice earlier on Sunday, before easily progressing to Super Pole.</p> <p>Bird put in a 1:02.285 to take pole position by an incredibly narrow margin, with just a 0.037 second lead over Felix Rosenqvist.</p> <p>Mahindra&rsquo;s Rosenqvist had to settle for second, keen to make up for a tough race one, with Saturday&rsquo;s runner-up Jean-Eric Vergne third quickest for Techeetah.</p> <p>Sebastien Buemi&rsquo;s Renault e.dams replacement Pierre Gasly struggled in qualifying on Saturday but showed improved form on Sunday, to take P4 on the grid &ndash; even with a mistake.</p> <p>Nick Heidfeld completed the top five after a scruffy lap, with Maro Engel the first unable to get into Super Pole. He was sixth, ahead of Oliver Turvey and Daniel Abt.</p> <p>Title contender Lucas di Grassi was only ninth, ahead of Tom Dillmann. Robin Frijns (with a grid penalty for a gearbox change) and Stephane Sarrazin &ndash; who glanced the wall at the final corner &ndash; were next up.</p> <p>Mitch Evans was 13th, ahead of Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio and Nicolas Prost. Nelson Piquet Jr. was 16th, while race one polesitter Alex Lynn could only manage 17th.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15332http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15332Sam Bird quickest in Sunday's New York practiceSun, 16 Jul 2017 12:12:01 GMT<p>DS Virgin Racing&rsquo;s Sam Bird finished Sunday&rsquo;s practice session for the second New York ePrix at the top of the timesheets.</p> <p>Bird won Saturday&rsquo;s first race and put in the best time of 1:02.209 during a disrupted session, which featured several red flags.</p> <p>The session was stopped due to Tom Dillmann making contact with the wall and stopping on track, before a crash for Robin Frijns also brought out the red flag.</p> <p>The first New York ePrix&rsquo;s runner-up Jean-Eric Vergne was second, ahead of Venturi&rsquo;s Maro Engel and the NextEV NIO car of Oliver Turvey.</p> <p>Due to the interuptions, several drivers failed to put in 200kW laps. Nelson Piquet Jr. was fifth fastest, with Dillmann finishing sixth.</p> <p>Alex Lynn, on his debut for DS Virgin, kept up his impressive pace in seventh. Title contender Lucas di Grassi was eighth.</p> <p>Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio and Nick Heidfeld completed the top 10, with race one podium finisher Stephane Sarrazin 12th.</p> <p>Pierre Gasly, also competing in his first Formula E weekend, was 18th fastest after his points finish in race one. His Renault e.dams team-mate Nicolas Prost was down in 20th.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15325http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15325Sam Bird wins inaugural New York Formula E race for DS VirginSat, 15 Jul 2017 21:35:26 GMT<p>Sam Bird took his and DS Virgin Racing&#39;s first win of the 2016/17 season at the first ever New York ePrix on Saturday, whilst championship contender Lucas di Grassi finished fourth to close the gap to leader S&eacute;bastien Buemi &ndash; who isn&#39;t present this weekend &ndash; to just 20&nbsp;points.</p> <p>Techeetah&#39;s Jean-Eric Vergne and St&eacute;phane Sarrazin completed the podium positions in second and third respectively, handing the team their highest points total from a race so far.</p> <p>The start of the race saw surprise polesitter Alex Lynn, who made his Formula E debut this weekend, drop back to second as Audi&#39;s Daniel Abt charged to the front, with Bird taking up third as he passed Vergne.</p> <p>Bird quickly got&nbsp;past team-mate Lynn thanks to some team orders and then Abt to take the lead before the mid-race car swaps.</p> <p>Vergne also past Abt before his stop, whilst Lynn slipped down the order and then retired with a driveshaft problem.</p> <p>A safety car during the second phase of the race bunched the field up and put Vergne right on Bird&#39;s tail, but the Briton streaked clear at the restart and won the race without trouble, leaving Vergne to finish second, whilst Abt battled with Sarrazin for the final podium place.</p> <p>Abt would throw away his third-place finish on the final lap with a small error and retired from the race a few corners later.</p> <p>Loci Duval finished fifth two seconds behind Di Grassi, with Oliver Turvey sixth and debutant Pierre Gasly seventh. Nicolas Prost was eighth ahead of Andretti&#39;s Robin Frijns and Jaguar&#39;s Adam Carroll completing&nbsp;the top ten.</p> <p>Nick Heidfeld was the cause of the safety car as he clipped a kerb and caused damage to his rear, forcing him to stop on circuit.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15323http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15323Alex Lynn snatches pole on Formula E debut for first New York raceSat, 15 Jul 2017 17:08:57 GMT<p>DS Virgin Racing driver Alex Lynn has secured pole position for the first of this weekend&rsquo;s two New York races, on his Formula E debut.</p> <p>The British racer, replacing Jose Maria Lopez due to clashing FIA World Endurance Championship commitments, easily progressed through to Super Pole.</p> <p>Practice one pacesetter Lynn then finished Super Pole with the best time after an aggressive lap, putting in a 1:03.296. He finished just 0.238 seconds clear of Daniel Abt.</p> <p>Jean-Eric Vergne was third fastest in Super Pole for Techeetah, while Lynn&rsquo;s DS Virgin team-mate Sam Bird had a scruffy run to fourth.</p> <p>Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio impressed in the qualifying group rounds but he made a mistake early in his Super Pole run, also complaining his car was not in qualifying mode.</p> <p>Mahindra&rsquo;s Nick Heidfeld just missed out on a spot in the top five shootout and was sixth, ahead of NextEV NIO&rsquo;s Nelson Piquet Jr. and Oliver Turvey.</p> <p>Nicolas Prost was the lead Renault e.dams, while title contender Lucas di Grassi struggled and was 10th, his lap being set after Maro Engel stopped on the circuit.</p> <p>Stephane Sarrazin was 11th fastest, ahead of Loic Duval, Adam Carroll and Mitch Evans. Tom Dillmann was 15th for Venturi.</p> <p>Felix Rosenqvist found himself down in 17th after a mistake early in his lap, while Pierre Gasly &ndash; replacing Sebastien Buemi, who is racing in the WEC, at e.dams &ndash; was 19th.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15317http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15317Alex Lynn, Felix Rosenqvist quickest in New York practice on SaturdaySat, 15 Jul 2017 15:26:04 GMT<p>DS Virgin Racing newcomer Alex Lynn and Mahindra racer Felix Rosenqvist set the pace in Saturday&rsquo;s two practice sessions for the New York ePrix.</p> <p>Ahead of the first of two Formula E races at the Brooklyn Street Circuit in Red Hook this weekend, the drivers took to the New York street track for practice.</p> <p>The opening 45-minute session was topped by series rookie Alex Lynn, stepping in to replace Jose Maria Lopez &ndash; who is racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship at the Nurburgring.</p> <p>He topped the busy session with a 1:05.977, finishing 0.172 seconds clear of his DS Virgin team-mate Sam Bird. Rosenqvist was next up.</p> <p>Renault e.dams driver Nicolas Prost was fourth, with the Abt pair of Daniel Abt and title contender Lucas di Grassi in fifth and sixth.</p> <p>Prost&rsquo;s team-mate for the weekend, Pierre Gasly, finished 17th. He replaces championship leader Sebastien Buemi, who is also racing in the WEC this weekend.</p> <p>Jean-Eric Vergne was one of several drivers to suffer an off-track excursion, while Mitch Evans clipped the wall in his Jaguar.</p> <p>Rosenqvist hit the barriers in the 30-minute second session but finished at the top of the timesheets with a 1:02.423, three tenths ahead of team-mate Nick Heidfeld.</p> <p>Prost was third, with Bird fourth and di Grassi fifth. Abt, Loic Duval, Evans and Robin Frijns were next, with Lynn completing the top 10.</p> <p>Gasly ended the session in 15th as he continued to get to grips with Formula E machinery.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15307http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15307Video: Formula E previews New York City ePrixSat, 15 Jul 2017 09:45:22 GMT<p>Formula E looks ahead to this weekend&#39;s New York City ePrix double-header, with Dario Franchitti giving his guide to the short Brooklyn Street Circuit, and interviews with drivers including title frontrunners Lucas di Grassi and Felix Rosenqvist.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15288http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15288Andretti unveils livery tweak ahead of New York ePrixFri, 14 Jul 2017 11:32:28 GMT<p>The MS Amlin Andretti Formula E team has revealed a livery change ahead of the New York ePrix weekend in Brooklyn.</p> <p>The team will run the tweaked livery at the remaining Formula E rounds of the 2016/2017 season in New York and Montreal.</p> <p>It features a &ldquo;peeling away&rdquo; effect of the existing livery to show off more turquoise and white, and follows changes with MS Amlin &ndash; title sponsor of the team.</p> <p>MS Amlin has integrated into the parent company Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, whose logos are familiar in one of Formula E&rsquo;s most popular countries, Japan.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our business enables people, businesses and communities to overcome adverse events such as those brought about by extreme weather,&rdquo; said MS Amlin&rsquo;s director of brand, Adrian Britten.</p> <p>&ldquo;Providing continuity and creating resilience around the world is simply what we do. Championing alternative fuel transport solutions shows our commitment to mitigating risks that threaten us all.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;That&#39;s why MS Amlin committed to the Formula E series before the first cars ever hit the streets. It&#39;s why we are still racing on landmark city streets around the world.&rdquo;</p> <p>Amlin Andretti currently fields Antonio Felix da Costa and Robin Frijns in Formula E.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15256http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15256New York ePrix 'one of Formula E's most important moments' - PiquetTue, 11 Jul 2017 13:32:38 GMT<p>NextEV NIO&rsquo;s Nelson Piquet Jr. says this weekend&rsquo;s inaugural New York City ePrix will be &ldquo;one of Formula E&rsquo;s most important moments so far&rdquo;.</p> <p>The all-electric series will race in the famous American city for the first time, at a 1.95-kilometre circuit in the Red Hook area of Brooklyn.</p> <p>It will feature Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty as its backdrop, and Piquet believes it will be one of Formula E&rsquo;s most crucial races so far.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m very excited about this race,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve said before that what Formula E has done to bring races to some truly iconic cities is really impressive.</p> <p>&ldquo;To now add New York to this list is amazing; it&rsquo;s one of the most famous locations in the world. I have no doubts this is going to be one of Formula E&rsquo;s most important moments so far.&rdquo;</p> <p>Looking ahead to the race weekend, with New York being a double-header, Piquet admits the team has to come away with a big collection of points.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had some encouraging results, particularly in qualifying this year, so if the track suits us a bit more in Brooklyn, my aim is to be fighting for Super Pole on both days and working to convert that into results in the race,&rdquo; he explained.</p> <p>&ldquo;We need to come away from New York with a really strong points haul.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15255http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15255BMW announces season five works Formula E entry with AndrettiTue, 11 Jul 2017 13:23:15 GMT<p>BMW has officially announced it will become a Formula E manufacturer for season five, which takes place across 2018/2019.</p> <p>Earlier in the year, the FIA announced nine manufacturers had been granted powertrain homologation for season five, including BMW.</p> <p>But the German manufacturer has now formally confirmed its involvement, building the brand-new powertrain for the Andretti team.</p> <p>It means Andretti will become a BMW works outfit in Formula E for season five, and will aid the development of technology that will be used in the next generation of BMW&rsquo;s electric cars.</p> <p>BMW has been involved in Formula E from the beginning, as its official vehicle partner, and joined forces with Andretti during season two.</p> <p>BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt said: &ldquo;Formula E has developed fantastically as a racing series and, as a new, technology-based project, is perfectly suited to the BMW Group and BMW Motorsport.</p> <p>&ldquo;Forging new paths and driving innovation &ndash; these are values shared by BMW and Formula E. The series represents a completely new challenge for us &ndash; a challenge we are happy to take on together with Andretti Formula E.&rdquo;</p> <p>Andretti Autosport CEO, Michael Andretti, added: &ldquo;We are excited to expand our partnership with BMW i and serve as BMW&rsquo;s official Formula E works team beginning in season five.</p> <p>&ldquo;The ongoing collaboration between BMW and Andretti Formula E has provided a strong foundation for BMW&rsquo;s entry as an official manufacturer.</p> <p>&ldquo;We look forward to running BMW&rsquo;s first all-electric racing drivetrain and competing for the Formula E Championship.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15245http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15245Pierre Gasly to replace Sebastien Buemi for New York ePrix double headerMon, 10 Jul 2017 12:09:35 GMT<p>The Renault e.dams team have confirmed that Pierre Gasly will stand-in for championship leader Sebastien Buemi for the New York ePrix double header this weekend.</p> <p>Buemi currently leads the championship by 36 points to Lucas di Grassi with four rounds remaining &ndash; two double headers in New York this weekend, following by Canada.</p> <p>However the Swiss driver is unable to take part in the inaugural Brooklyn race due to prior commitments with Toyota in the World Endurance Championship at the Nurburgring.</p> <p>Super Formula racer and Red Bull F1 reserve Gasly, who has just one and a half days experience behind the wheel of the Renault e.dams car, will take up the seat alongside Nicolas Prost.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;m really excited about New York, it will be a brand new experience and a great challenge to get in a Formula E car for just one race weekend,&quot; said Gasly. &quot;There will be a lot of things to learn in a short time.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;ll get there on Friday night at 11:30pm as I need to be in the&nbsp;Red Bull simulator on Friday, so it will probably be the worst preparation I&#39;ve ever had for a race weekend.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;ll go straight to Japan right after the race on Sunday for a day of testing in Super Formula, so it will be a busy 48 hours in New York - no time for rest!&quot;</p> <p>Renault e.dams boss Jean-Paul Driot added: &quot;This situation is regrettable because even without this clash, the championship is not a certainty.</p> <p>&quot;Despite this unfortunate setback, I hope that with Pierre Gasly&rsquo;s invaluable assistance, Renault e.dams will be able to defend their winning chances in Montreal.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15190http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15190Audi completes works takeover of Abt Formula E teamFri, 07 Jul 2017 07:25:07 GMT<p>Audi has completed its takeover of the Abt Formula E team for the fourth season of the championship, which will begin in December.</p> <p>Audi has gradually increased its involvement in the team but will run as a fully-fledged works squad in the 2017/18 campaign, running under the &lsquo;Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler&rsquo; banner.</p> <p>The operation currently holds second in the 2016/17 Teams&rsquo; championship, and has taken five victories since the series&rsquo; inauguration, all courtesy of Lucas di Grassi.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been supporting the Formula E commitment with increasing intensity in recent months &ndash; on the race days, in the development of the new powertrain and in numerous off-track activities as well,&rdquo; says Dr. Peter Mertens, a board member at Audi/</p> <p>&ldquo;That Audi will be the first German automobile manufacturer to be actively involved in the racing series starting next season is also a clear commitment of our brand to electric mobility, on the race track as of December and next year on the road as well with the new Audi e-tron.&rdquo;</p> <p>Team owner Hans-J&uuml;rgen Abt added: &ldquo;We&rsquo;re proud that as one of the founding members we&rsquo;ve added a chapter to motorsport&rsquo;s history books.</p> <p>&ldquo;Within the space of just a few years, Formula E has seen such a strong development that a team can no longer be competitive without the backing of an automobile manufacturer.</p> <p>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;re gladly handing over the reins to Audi &ndash; a partner we&rsquo;ve been successfully cooperating with in motorsport and routine business for many decades. There&rsquo;s no doubt in my mind that we&rsquo;re going to continue this success story in Formula E as well.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15166http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15166Video: Virtual hot lap of the New York ePrix trackTue, 04 Jul 2017 10:50:06 GMT<p>Watch a virtual lap of the New York ePrix circuit in Red Hook, Brooklyn, ahead of the first Formula E event in the city later this month.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15165http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15165Heidfeld sets new electric Goodwood record as M4Electro debutsTue, 04 Jul 2017 10:44:43 GMT<p>Mahindra Formula E racer Nick Heidfeld debuted the team&rsquo;s new M4Electro at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and set a new electric record.</p> <p>The ex-F1 driver holds the outright Goodwood hillclimb record of 41.6 seconds after his run back in 1999 in a McLaren MP4/13.</p> <p>On Sunday at Goodwood, he set a second record, this time for the fastest single-seater electric run up the 1.16-mile course.</p> <p>Heidfeld&rsquo;s best time in the M4Electro was a 48.59s, which was fifth fastest overall and is the quickest open-wheel car up the hillclimb.</p> <p>During the weekend, the German shaved eight seconds off his time and ended up just 1.2s off the outright electric record &ndash; set in 2013 by a Lola-Drayson B12 69/EV.</p> <p>Goodwood marked the public debut of Mahindra&rsquo;s 2017/2018 Formula E car, with the M4Electro set to be raced in season four.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been coming to the Goodwood Festival of Speed for many years, and it never disappoints,&rdquo; Heidfeld said.</p> <p>&ldquo;The variety and volume of cars and people is always astonishing.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was great fun to drive up the hill with the target of setting a new electric single-seater record, which we managed to do &ndash; but I think we have to come back to challenge the outright electric record.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s positive to see that next season&rsquo;s drivetrain, which we showed here for the first time, ran problem-free.</p> <p>&ldquo;We haven&rsquo;t had many tests with it before so, all-in-all, it was a very good, productive and fun weekend.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15114http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15114Lynn to make Formula E debut in New York with DS VirginWed, 28 Jun 2017 11:28:56 GMT<p>British driver Alex Lynn has been confirmed as Jose Maria Lopez&rsquo;s replacement at DS Virgin Racing for the New York ePrix weekend.</p> <p>Lynn will make his Formula E debut in place of Lopez, who is unable to race in the New York double-header due to a clash with the FIA World Endurance Championship round at the Nurburgring.</p> <p>Lopez, alongside Toyota WEC team-mate and championship leader Sebastien Buemi, will miss the New York round to compete at the Nurburgring 6 Hours.</p> <p>Lynn, who competed in GP2 in 2015/16, alongside his role as Williams&#39; development driver, joins Sam Bird in an all-British line-up for New York, having been Virgin&rsquo;s reserve driver since at the start of 2017.</p> <p>He has attended races with his reserve role and took part in shakedown at the Mexico City ePrix round, and will now get the opportunity to race.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m delighted to be racing for the DS Virgin Racing team,&rdquo; Lynn said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Formula E has always impressed me with its combination of advanced technology, iconic city centre locations and some of the best drivers in the world.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have a lot of testing and simulator work to do before the New York event, but I&rsquo;m confident I can show what I&rsquo;m capable of during my rookie debut in the Big Apple.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15107http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/15107Nick Heidfeld to debut Mahindra's season four Formula E car at GoodwoodTue, 27 Jun 2017 10:46:17 GMT<p>Mahindra&#39;s 2017/18 season four Formula E car will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend with driver Nick Heidfeld behind the wheel.</p> <p>The Indian-owned&nbsp;outfit has made good progress on the development side with its M4Electro, having tested it privately already, but weren&#39;t due to publicly unveil it until the end of the current season.</p> <p>But&nbsp;Mahindra team principal&nbsp;Dilbagh Gill says the team &quot;couldn&rsquo;t think of a better way&quot; to unveil it than to try and set a new open-wheel electric-speed record on the Goodwood Hillclimb.</p> <p>&quot;We&rsquo;re excited to bring Nick and the M4Electro to Goodwood in a bid to set the fastest open-wheel electric record on the hillclimb,&quot; said Gill.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are always looking to push the boundaries as a team and we couldn&rsquo;t think of a better way to introduce the season four challenger to fans and automotive enthusiasts alike than at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.&quot;</p> <p>Heidfeld currently holds the overall&nbsp;hillclimb record with a lap of 41.6 seconds in McLaren MP4/13.</p>