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/14373http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14373Mike Conway to make FE return with Dragon in ParisTue, 18 Apr 2017 15:42:43 GMT<p>Mike Conway will make a return to the Formula E championship next month after being drafted in to replace Lo&iuml;c Duval for the Paris ePrix.</p> <p>Duval will compete in DTM with Audi this season and the second round of the campaign at the Lausitzring clashes with Formula E&rsquo;s race in Paris, on May 20.</p> <p>World Endurance Championship racer Conway will therefore act as Duval&rsquo;s substitute at Faraday Future Dragon Racing for the sixth round of the 2016/17 FE season around the streets of the French capital.</p> <p>Conway competed the bulk of the 2015/16 season with Venturi, taking a best of eighth at the Berlin ePrix, but was unable to secure a seat for the 2016/17 championship.</p> <p>Duval sits in 15th place in this year&rsquo;s championship, his only top 10 finish coming at the Buenos Aires ePrix, where he took sixth position.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14211http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14211Mexico victory 'one of the best races of my life' - Lucas di GrassiMon, 03 Apr 2017 13:22:43 GMT<p>Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport racer Lucas di Grassi says his win at the Mexico City ePrix is &ldquo;one of the best races&rdquo; of his career.</p> <p>Di Grassi started 15th after struggling in qualifying on a slippery track and was hit by Maro Engel on the opening lap, which forced him to pit under the safety car for a new rear wing.</p> <p>He dropped to last place but his team put him on an alternative strategy, pitting to change cars during the second safety car a few laps clear of the half-way mark.</p> <p>The clean air and unusual strategy put him into the race lead when the rest of the field pitted, but he was forced to conserve energy.</p> <p>Dragon&rsquo;s Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio also went for an early pitstop and moved up to second place, holding up those behind to give di Grassi a comfortable lead.</p> <p>By the time the conventional stoppers had cleared d&rsquo;Ambrosio, it was too late and di Grassi stormed to an unexpected win.</p> <p>&ldquo;What an incredible change of fate, but actually that&rsquo;s what Formula E represents, there are such ups and downs,&rdquo; he explained.</p> <p>&ldquo;You can have a bad weekend or good weekend - the level of the drivers is so high. Somebody crashed into my back, broke the rear wing and there was a safety car.</p> <p>&ldquo;I managed to open a gap, keep on just using regen, just trying to be as energy efficient as possible, just focussing on my race as much as possible until the last corner and then just celebrated like crazy.</p> <p>&ldquo;For me it was one of the best races of my life, in terms of how I drove, how energy efficient I had to be, so I&rsquo;m very pleased.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14210http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14210Jean-Eric Vergne calls Jerome d'Ambrosio's defensive driving 'unacceptable'Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:13:56 GMT<p>Techeetah driver Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne has slammed Faraday Future Dragon Racing&rsquo;s J&eacute;r&ocirc;me d&#39;Ambrosio for his defensive driving during the Mexico City ePrix.</p> <p>D&rsquo;Ambrosio was on an alternative strategy after an early car change and was in energy conservation mode during the final stages.</p> <p>This held up Vergne, who made several attempts to get ahead of d&rsquo;Ambrosio, before a mistake at Turn 1 opened the door for him towards the end of the race.</p> <p>Vergne criticised d&rsquo;Ambrosio&rsquo;s defensive driving during their battle, calling it &ldquo;unacceptable&rdquo; and feeling it denied him victory in Mexico. D&#39;Ambrosio dropped down the order on the final lap after running out of energy.</p> <p>Lucas di Grassi also stopped early under safety car conditions and was also conserving energy after jumping into the lead, but was able to open up a lead as d&rsquo;Ambrosio battled with those behind to finish well clear of Vergne.</p> <p>&ldquo;Well I have very mixed emotions,&rdquo; Vergne admitted. &ldquo;I think this win was ours, 100%. What d&#39;Ambrosio did was totally unacceptable.</p> <p>&ldquo;He just doesn&#39;t know how to defend, he crashed into me so many times into me, forced me to go off the track.</p> <p>&ldquo;So, I lost a lot of time and I wouldn&rsquo;t call it fair racing. He changed direction many times, so I&#39;m very frustrated.&rdquo;</p> <p>However, Vergne added he was pleased to be on the podium and feels Techeetah has the car to fight for the title and race wins.</p> <p>He added: &ldquo;On the other hand, I&#39;m happy that I&#39;m here [on the podium] for the championship. We started very far away but I know I&#39;m in the right team.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have got the right car to win the championship. We still don&rsquo;t have a win, but I think we&#39;re coming back and we&rsquo;re getting stronger every race as a team. This is the kind of result we can expect every race.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14209http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14209Video: Race highlights of the Mexico City ePrix thrillerMon, 03 Apr 2017 12:59:29 GMT<p>Watch Formula E&rsquo;s race highlights of a dramatic Mexico City ePrix at the Aut&oacute;dromo Hermanos Rodr&iacute;guez. Lucas di Grassi went from last to first, taking a sensational victory.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14198http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14198Lucas di Grassi recovers from last to win Mexico City ePrix with strategy gambleSat, 01 Apr 2017 23:18:08 GMT<p>Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport driver Lucas di Grassi stormed to a sensational victory at the Mexico City ePrix, bouncing back from a lap one clash with a bold strategy.</p> <p>Di Grassi struggled in qualifying but numerous grid penalties for rivals meant he lined up in 15th place on the grid, but he was clattered by Maro Engel at Turn 3, forcing him to make an early stop at the end of the second lap.</p> <p>With a new rear-wing fitted whilst the track was under a safety car, with marshals clearing&nbsp;debris from the Lap 1&nbsp;incidents, the Brazilian was able to remain&nbsp;on the lead lap, but dropped to the very back of the field as he rejoined the circuit.</p> <p>Di Grassi started to make steady progress up the field before another safety car was deployed, in order to clear Oliver Turvey&rsquo;s stranded car, the NextEV NIO racer having led the opening stint from pole position, before suffering a battery-related issue.</p> <p>The Abt Audi Sport outfit opted to go for a risky strategy and pitted di Grassi shortly before the end of the safety car period, with the BMW i8 appearing a little later on to help eke out his energy usage.</p> <p>Faraday Future Dragon Racing&rsquo;s J&eacute;r&ocirc;me d&#39;Ambrosio opted for a similar strategy and held second. With their rivals having much more energy to use, the final 15-lap run to the flag left the two leaders in a battle to keep quicker cars behind.</p> <p>D&rsquo;Ambrosio&rsquo;s Dragon car held up the chasing pack, enabling di Grassi to pull out a comfortable advantage. It was enough for him to make it to the chequered flag with enough energy to win his first race of the season.</p> <p>Techeetah&rsquo;s Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne was a contender for victory throughout the race, but struggled to pass d&rsquo;Ambrosio in the closing stages before making a move at Turn 2 to steal second and finish runner-up.</p> <p>Sam Bird came home in third place, with d&rsquo;Ambrosio hitting 0 per cent energy and plummeting down the order in the final moments. Jaguar&rsquo;s Mitch Evans escaped late drama to score his best Formula E result so far in fourth.</p> <p>Nicolas Prost was fifth despite tipping Nick Heidfeld into a spin at Turn 8, which also eliminated the second Mahindra of Felix Rosenqvist. Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a L&oacute;pez recovered to sixth, having taken over the lead when Turvey retired and been in the hunt for the win before a spin.</p> <p>Daniel Abt took pole but was sent to the back of the grid for illegal tyre pressures. He rallied back to seventh, with Adam Carroll escaping trouble to finish eighth.</p> <p>Nelson Piquet Jr was the sole NextEV NIO to reach the finish in ninth, with Esteban Gutierrez picking up a point on his Formula E debut for Techeetah on home soil after a quiet race.</p> <p>Championship leader S&eacute;bastien Buemi had made early progress but spun at the same time as L&oacute;pez, dropping down the field and ending up behind d&rsquo;Ambrosio in 14th. Di Grassi&#39;s win slashes Buemi&#39;s championship lead to just five points.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14195http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14195Daniel Abt loses Mexico City pole, Oliver Turvey to lead gridSat, 01 Apr 2017 21:35:41 GMT<p>Daniel Abt has lost pole position for the Mexico City ePrix&nbsp;and his time deleted, demoting him to the back of the grid due to running illegal tyre pressures.</p> <p>The German driver secured only his second Formula E career pole by just one and a half tenths of a second, but now will start 18th behind Stephane Sarrazin.</p> <p>The illegal tyre pressures on Abt&rsquo;s car mean Oliver Turvey inherits pole position for NextEV NIO, with Jose Maria Lopez moving up to the front row of the grid.</p> <p>Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio qualified ninth but was also penalised for not meeting the tyre pressure requirements, so he will line up 19th.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s good news for championship leader Sebastien Buemi, who moves up to seventh place, behind Jean-Eric Vergne, Nick Heidfeld, Sam Bird and Antonio Felix da Costa.</p> <p>Abt&rsquo;s team-mate and Buemi&rsquo;s title rival Lucas di Grassi has jumped up several spots to 15th due to the penalties.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14194http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14194Daniel Abt bags pole for Mexico City ePrix, Sebastien Buemi ninthSat, 01 Apr 2017 19:26:29 GMT<p>Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport driver Daniel Abt secured his second career pole position in Formula E after topping qualifying for the Mexico City ePrix at the Aut&oacute;dromo Hermanos Rodr&iacute;guez.</p> <p>Abt clocked a time of 1:02.711 during the Super Pole session to wind up fastest, 0.156s clear of NextEV NIO rival Oliver Turvey, with DS Virgin&rsquo;s Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a Lopez third.</p> <p>Abt&#39;s lap also ensured he became the fourth different pole sitter across the opening four rounds of the season.</p> <p><span>&quot;I&rsquo;m really really happy, there were one or two mistakes so I&rsquo;m a bit surprised, but super happy for the team,&quot; said Abt.</span></p> <p>Venturi&rsquo;s Maro Engel was fourth quickest but was hit with a 10-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.</p> <p>Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne will start from fourth for Techeetah, ahead of Mahindra&rsquo;s Nick Heidfeld, Virgin&rsquo;s Sam Bird and Andretti&rsquo;s Ant&oacute;nio F&eacute;lix da Costa.</p> <p>J&eacute;r&ocirc;me d&rsquo;Ambrosio will line-up from eighth position, with championship leader S&eacute;bastien Buemi only ninth, following his overnight trip from the WEC prologue at Monza.</p> <p>Practice pacesetter Buemi, unbeaten so far in the 2016/17 season, was assigned to the first qualifying group but struggled for grip on the dirty track surface, while primary title rival Lucas di Grassi encountered similar strife and will start from 17th&nbsp;spot.</p> <p>Marrakesh pole sitter Felix Rosenqvist was unable to repeat his heroics from earlier in the season and will start from 10th, ahead of debutant Esteban Guti&eacute;rrez.</p> <p>Guti&eacute;rrez, following his exit from Formula 1, has linked up with Techeetah and qualified 13th, but moves up two positions following the penalties for Engel and team-mate St&eacute;phane Sarrazin.</p> <p>Loic Duval will start from the back of the grid after crashing during Q3.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14193http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14193Sebastien Buemi quickest in both Mexico City practice sessionsSat, 01 Apr 2017 17:20:11 GMT<p>Reigning Formula E champion S&eacute;bastien Buemi set the pace in the first and second practice sessions for the Mexico City ePrix.</p> <p>The Renault e.Dams driver was forced to miss Friday&#39;s shakedown due to his World Endurance Championship commitments with Toyota and got an overnight flight to Mexico.</p> <p>He put in the quickest time of opening practice with a full 200kW lap of 1:02.222 &ndash; an unofficial lap record &ndash; during a qualifying simulation.</p> <p>This was despite Buemi being held up by Formula E newcomer Esteban Gutierrez through the final corners. Faraday Future Dragon Racing&rsquo;s Lo&iuml;c Duval and J&eacute;r&ocirc;me d&#39;Ambrosio were second and third.</p> <p>Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne was the early pacesetter for Techeetah but dropped to fourth by the end of the 45-minute session, with Andretti&rsquo;s Robin Frijns in fifth.</p> <p>Maro Engel suffered a problematic session for Venturi, stopping on track and bringing out yellow flags. It was a tough start for Gutierrez and he was 19th fastest, only ahead of Jaguar&rsquo;s Adam Carroll.</p> <p>Conditions were slippery at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Despite grip improving for second practice, there were numerous trips off road and spins during both sessions.</p> <p>Buemi also reigned supreme in practice two, finishing the 30-minute session at the front of the field with a 1:02.164.</p> <p>He was just one tenth clear of championship rival Lucas di Grassi, with Vergne and Mahindra&rsquo;s Nick Heidfeld next up.</p> <p>Daniel Abt was fifth, with NextEV NIO&rsquo;s Nelson Piquet Jr and Oliver Turvey sixth and ninth. They were split by Engel and Andretti&#39;s Ant&oacute;nio F&eacute;lix da Costa. Duval completed the top 10.</p> <p>Gutierrez showed improved form in 13th, behind Stephane Sarrazin and Nicolas Prost. Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a L&oacute;pez ended the session in the wall at the final chicane, damaging the right-front corner of his DS Virgin Racing car.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14160http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14160Video: Key Formula E stats for the Mexico City ePrixTue, 28 Mar 2017 18:31:13 GMT<p>Formula E presents the key statistics and facts we need to know ahead of this weekend&rsquo;s Mexico City ePrix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14149http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14149Formula E announces revised Berlin ePrix circuitMon, 27 Mar 2017 10:28:28 GMT<p>The all-electric Formula E series has unveiled a revised track layout at Tempelhof Airport for this year&rsquo;s Berlin ePrix.</p> <p>The disused airport was host to the maiden Berlin Formula E race in 2015, before the race moved to streets of Karl-Marx-Allee in the city centre.</p> <p>But after a veto from local government, the race has returned to the Tempelhof Airport location for season three.</p> <p>Following the cancellation of the Brussels ePrix, the Berlin race has become a double-header round this year.</p> <p>The 10-turn, 2.25km layout on the apron of the former airport retains the anti-clockwise direction but has been completely reprofiled.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s Formula E double-header round in Berlin will take place from the 10-11 June.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14087http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14087Nine powertrain manufacturers announced for Formula E from 2018Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:51:09 GMT<p>The FIA has announced the nine manufacturers that have been granted powertrain homologation in Formula E from 2018 onwards.</p> <p>The list of manufacturers approved by the FIA matches up with the homologation cycle for the chassis and battery.</p> <p>These will remain standard in the all-electric series for three consecutive seasons, from 2018/2019 to 2020/2021.</p> <p>The chassis will be supplied by Spark Technologies, while the battery will be from McLaren Applied Technologies.</p> <p>Any new manufacturer wishing to homologate its powertrain will have to wait for season six and a two-year cycle, or season seven for just one year.</p> <p>The biggest name to emerge from the manufacturer list is BMW, which started working with the Andretti Formula E team last year.</p> <p><strong>Here is the full list:</strong></p> <p>- ABT Formel E<br /> - BMW AG<br /> - DS Automobiles<br /> - Jaguar Land Rover<br /> - Mahindra Racing<br /> - NextEV NIO<br /> - Penske Autosport<br /> - Renault<br /> - Venturi Automobiles</p> <p>&ldquo;When we launched the series in 2012, we had forecast to secure at least three manufacturers by season five,&rdquo; Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said.</p> <p>&ldquo;The news today has highlighted the number and quality of manufacturers joining the championship and tripling our initial expectations.</p> <p>&ldquo;This just goes to show the relevance of Formula E to the motor industry and as an attractive proposition to new audiences and commercial partners.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14078http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14078Esteban Gutierrez joins Techeetah for rest of Formula E seasonMon, 20 Mar 2017 10:42:49 GMT<p>Former Formula 1 driver Esteban Gutierrez will replace Ma Qing Hua at Techeetah for the remainder of the 2016/2017 Formula E season.</p> <p>He will debut in the all-electric series at his home event, the Mexico City ePrix, on April 1 alongside Jean-Eric Vergne.</p> <p>The Mexican takes over the second seat at Techeetah from Ma following a run of disappointing performances. Ma will remain at Techeetah as its third driver.</p> <p>Gutierrez lost his F1 seat at Haas to Kevin Magnussen for the 2017 season and confirmed in January he was switching focus to Formula E.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m very grateful to join Techeetah, a team with real competitiveness,&rdquo; he said on the Formula E move.</p> <p>&ldquo;After four years of an incredible experience in F1, I&rsquo;m now taking a step forward into the future of motorsports.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am especially excited about my debut race at the Mexico City ePrix. Hopefully I can put on a good show for the passionate home fans.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14066http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14066McLaren open to entering Formula E as manufacturer teamSat, 18 Mar 2017 15:15:55 GMT<p>McLaren would be open to entering Formula E as a manufacturer team in the future, according to executive director Zak Brown.</p> <p>The company is already involved through its Applied Technology division, which is set to supply the series&#39; standard battery for the 2018/19 season, but Brown says McLaren would be interested in deepening its involvement, with a number of potential options open to it.</p> <p>&quot;We are looking at ways to get more involved in Formula E,&quot; Brown told <em>Autosport</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Everything is on the table from starting a team, to buying a team, to working with a team to further developing other areas within Formula E that McLaren [could] apply technology.</p> <p>&quot;We can go beyond the battery technology.&quot;</p> <p>Brown is keeping tabs on the category due to the potential synergies for McLaren Automotive, which produces high-end supercars including the P1 &ndash; a hybrid hypercar which uses both a combustion engine and an electric motor to deliver 986hp.</p> <p>&quot;Formula E is going places,&quot; he added. &quot;It has its place in motorsport and being the motor racing junkie I am, as long as it&#39;s commercially viable and on brand, the more range the better.&quot;</p> <p>The series has already attracted major manufacturers such as Jaguar, Renault, Audi and BMW, while <a href="https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12998?id=12998">Mercedes has an option</a> to take up for 2018/19 and <a href="https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13728">Ferrari has also expressed</a> an interest.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14000http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14000Berlin to host Formula E double-header, Brussels round cancelledThu, 09 Mar 2017 22:28:22 GMT<p><strong>The FIA has confirmed that June&#39;s Berlin Formula E round will become a double-header to make up for the cancellation of the race in Brussels.</strong></p> <p>City officials in Brussels confirmed in January they had voted against hosting Formula E in the Koekelberg district on July 1, leaving event promoters with a race against time to find a new location for the all-electric series&#39; event.</p> <p>Given the limitations involved, the decision has now been taken by Formula E to make the Berlin event on the June 10 weekend a double-header&nbsp;round, with races being held on both the Saturday and Sunday.</p> <p>The move ensures that the Formula E calendar for season three remains at 12 races, with the final three rounds in Berlin, New York and Montreal all set to be double-headers.</p> <p>The races in Berlin will take place on a street course built around the historic Tempelhof Airport, which last hosted Formula E back in 2015. The local government in Berlin vetoed the series returning to its season two location of Karl-Marx-Allee earlier this year.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13924http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13924Felix Rosenqvist secures 2017 Super Formula seatWed, 01 Mar 2017 09:57:22 GMT<p>Mahindra Formula E driver Felix Rosenqvist has been confirmed at Team LeMans for the 2017 Super Formula season.</p> <p>The 2015 European Formula 3 champion has sealed the final seat on the grid for the up-coming season.</p> <p>He joins Kazuya Oshima at the Toyota-powered team and will race in Super Formula alongside his Formula E commitments.</p> <p>Rosenqvist is one of several newcomers to the Japanese series for the new season, including GP2 champion Pierre Gasly.</p> <p>The seven-round season begins and ends at Suzuka, with the first round on the 23 April and the last on the 29 October.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&#39;m really thrilled to be setting out on this adventure in Japan with Team LeMans,&quot; he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&#39;m absolutely convinced that a dual programme is the best set-up for me in 2017, but it&#39;s been crucially important to ensure it doesn&#39;t compromise my Formula E activities.</p> <p>&ldquo;Super Formula is the ideal complement, with no calendar clashes and a lot of high-quality running in one of the quickest cars on the planet.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&#39;s exactly what I was looking for.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13825http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13825Lucas di Grassi: Renault has clear advantageSun, 19 Feb 2017 13:08:59 GMT<p>ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport Formula E driver Lucas di Grassi says Renault e.Dams has a clear advantage over the rest of the field, describing it as &quot;impossible&quot; to challenge for victory in Argentina.</p> <p>S&eacute;bastien Buemi came from third on the grid in Saturday&rsquo;s Buenos Aires ePrix to take his <a href="https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13820">third victory of the season</a>, becoming the first driver to score a hat-trick in the series.</p> <p>Di Grassi lined up on <a href="https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13819">pole position</a> for the race after an eventful qualifying session, but was unable to hold onto the lead for long.</p> <p>The Brazilian driver lost ground in the early stages, dropping to fifth amid struggles with his first car, before making up places after the pit stop to claim third.</p> <p>&ldquo;The difference to Renault is quite clear,&rdquo; he said afterwards. &ldquo;What we can do, we are trying to do, of course.</p> <p>&ldquo;In this championship, you can only do a big change year by year. We can improve the car but not massively. You have to homologate the drivetrain.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are working on the season four car already, and on season three we are doing everything we can to try and close the gap.</p> <p>&ldquo;Last year, Seb [Buemi] was also in this scenario but he was making mistakes. This year he hasn&rsquo;t made any mistakes in the first three races.</p> <p>&ldquo;All I can do is fight to get the most points possible. One time they do mistakes or they lose their head, then we go for the win, but it was impossible to fight for the win.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13824http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13824Video: Buenos Aires ePrix race highlightsSun, 19 Feb 2017 13:08:30 GMT<p>Watch race highlights from round three of the 2016/2017 Formula E season in Argentina, as S&eacute;bastien Buemi stormed to a third consecutive victory.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13822http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13822Jean-Eric Vergne sure Techeetah win will comeSun, 19 Feb 2017 13:00:01 GMT<p>Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne is confident that Techeetah has the ability to win races in Formula E after he claimed the team&rsquo;s maiden podium at the Buenos Aires ePrix.</p> <p>Vergne, following spells with Andretti and DS Virgin, linked up with Techeetah for the 2016/17 season, with the new squad acquiring powertrains from Renault.</p> <p>Vergne retired in Hong Kong and placed a low-key eighth in Marrakech, but enjoyed a brief spell in the lead at Buenos Aires before eventually finishing second to runaway championship leader S&eacute;bastien Buemi.</p> <p>The result lifted Vergne to fourth in the standings and the Frenchman is confident that he can now emerge as a contender for victories in the electric championship.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m really pleased to bring that first podium to Techeetah, the first of many I am sure,&rdquo; Vergne commented.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re here to perform well in the championship, win races and fight for the championship.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are a new team so nobody could expect us to win races from the beginning of the season, but it&rsquo;s going to come. I&rsquo;m extremely pleased.</p> <p>&ldquo;Everyone&rsquo;s going to get even hungrier for more results. It&rsquo;s a boost of motivation for everybody.&rdquo;</p> <p>Vergne believes Techeetah is now in a position to concentrate more on extracting performance from its packaging, rather than prioritising reliability.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re a new team, we come from very far away and didn&rsquo;t have any testing like the others had,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;We had new mechanics, new engineers, new everything. You saw the struggle we had in Hong Kong and Marrakech, and I think the whole team did a great job working hard.</p> <p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t quite have the pace to beat Seb with a big margin, but we proved in qualifying we are faster [than Buemi]. In the race, I came back quite a lot at the end of the race.</p> <p>&ldquo;Now I think that we can make a weekend without any mistakes, we are going to focus on performance much more than reliability. Now we can focus our energy on finding those tenths to get a win.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13821http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13821It's clear we have the best car right now - Sebastien BuemiSun, 19 Feb 2017 08:00:01 GMT<p>S&eacute;bastien Buemi has declared his Renault e.Dams car &quot;the best&quot; on the grid after he became&nbsp;the first driver in Formula E to win three races on the bounce as he extended his championship lead to 29 points after just three rounds.</p> <p>The Frenchman took his third victory of the season&nbsp;by three seconds in Buenos Aires ands he now holds a commanding position in the championship, 29 points clear of Lucas di Grassi.</p> <p>However, he admitted the race didn&#39;t all go his way as the conditions put a strain on their car.</p> <p>&quot;You know today with the heat, there were many other things we had to manage, particularly the temp of the battery,&quot; Buemi&nbsp;said after the race.&nbsp;&quot;Then on the second car we had some small issues on the brakes. It was quite difficult to actually drive the car. The car was not driving straight.&quot;</p> <p>Buemi says he had the pace to open up a much larger gap, but had to balance battery power over outright pace.</p> <p>&quot;I saw I had a pace advantage, after that&nbsp;it was quite easy. We got a bit of a margin. There is no point having a big gap. The best thing is to have a little gap that makes you feel safe. You don&rsquo;t want to pull a big gap and then all of a sudden the SC comes out and all this energy is gone.</p> <p>&quot;I think it&rsquo;s clear that we have right now the best car, the best package. That obviously helps but it&rsquo;s not everything. You need to be doing good races, a good car and be a good team. I think as a package we&rsquo;ve come out a bit better than the rest. We know that&rsquo;s not going to last forever. If we can get as many points as possible as long as it lasts, that would be good.&quot;</p> <p>Buemi added that he was pleased to finally clinch victory in Buenos Aires, after missing out during season one and coming close in season two.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m quite happy because the first race here three years ago, I had pole and I did a mistake and ended up in the wall. The second year I started last and finished second.</p> <p>&quot;In the end to get a win here is a great achievement. This race has never really gone our way but today it did. We&rsquo;ll try to enjoy that a little bit and then look to Mexico.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13820http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13820Sebastien Buemi continues winning streak with Buenos Aires ePrix victorySat, 18 Feb 2017 20:02:27 GMT<p>Renault e.Dams driver S&eacute;bastien Buemi continued his triumphant run of Formula E success with victory at the Buenos Aires ePrix.</p> <p>The Swiss driver put in a controlled performance, having started third and made his way up the order in the first half of the race.</p> <p>He overtook rival Lucas di Grassi for second on the third lap, before making a move on race leader Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne at the first corner a few laps later.</p> <p>Buemi extended his advantage through the pit stops and took control from then on, establishing a comfortable advantage.</p> <p>He came home just under three seconds clear of Techeetah&rsquo;s Vergne, scoring a hat-trick of victories in the 2016/2017 season and becoming the first to do so in Formula E.</p> <p><a href="https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13819">Buenos Aires pole-sitter</a> Di Grassi was in third place after an eventful ePrix that saw him lose positions early on and have a close call in the pits - the incident was investigated by the stewards but no action was taken.</p> <p>Nicolas Prost looked in contention for a podium spot before falling behind di Grassi on lap 24, with Nelson Piquet Jr. coming home fifth for NextEV NIO.</p> <p>Pitting one lap earlier helped elevate Lo&iuml;c Duval to sixth, with Daniel Abt coming home seventh and J&eacute;r&ocirc;me d&#39;Ambrosio in eighth. The Dragon racer lost a few spots in the final stages, after a feisty battle with his team-mate.</p> <p>Oliver Turvey spent the early part of the race at the front of the field and even looked on for a podium at one point, but he lost positions in the pits and couldn&rsquo;t recover.</p> <p>Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a L&oacute;pez was 10th in front of his home crowd, with Mitch Evans finishing in the points on the road but losing places due to a five-second time penalty for speeding under full course yellow.</p> <p>Adam Carroll failed to get away from the grid and eventually got going, albeit well down on the field, while a pit stop problem dropped Felix Rosenqvist one lap down.</p> <p>Maro Engel suffered problems early on and that put him well out of contention, while left-rear damage dropped Sam Bird back and he ended up retiring.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13819http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13819Lucas di Grassi snatches pole for Buenos Aires ePrixSat, 18 Feb 2017 16:15:04 GMT<p>ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport Formula E driver Lucas di Grassi secured pole position for the Buenos Aires ePrix after an eventful qualifying session.</p> <p>The Brazilian driver made it through to Super Pole and put in a 1:09.404 to score his maiden pole position in the all-electric series,&nbsp;picking up three championship points in the process.</p> <p>Techeetah&rsquo;s Jean-&Eacute;ric Vergne&nbsp;missed out on pole by two tenths of a second, with S&eacute;bastien Buemi making an error early in his lap and having to settle for third.</p> <p>Both NextEV NIO cars made it through to Super Pole but scruffy laps left Oliver Turvey and Nelson Piquet Jr. fourth and fifth on the grid.</p> <p>Nicolas Prost was the first driver to miss out on Super Pole in the second Renault e.Dams entry, qualifying sixth, while Jaguar&rsquo;s Mitch Evans was seventh, having topped the opening segment.</p> <p>Felix Rosenqvist was next up for Mahindra, with J&eacute;r&ocirc;me d&#39;Ambrosio and Sam Bird &ndash; who set the pace in FP2, but struggled to heat his tyres up in qualifying &ndash; completing the top 10.</p> <p>St&eacute;phane Sarrazin was 11th quickest, with Nick Heidfeld, Robin Frijns, Lo&iuml;c Duval and the second Jaguar car of Adam Carroll rounding out the top 15.</p> <p>Daniel Abt hit the wall at Turn 4 in the fourth segment of qualifying and was 16th, with Andretti driver Ant&oacute;nio F&eacute;lix da Costa&rsquo;s hot lap being interrupted by a red flag.</p> <p>He received the chance to conduct a full-power lap but clipped the wall at the Turn 8 chicane and had to settle for 17th. FP1 pace-setter and home hero Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a L&oacute;pez was next up, having caused the red flag after crashing at Turn 7.</p> <p>Techeetah&rsquo;s Ma Qing Hua hit the Turn 4 barrier and was 19th, with power issues leaving Venturi&rsquo;s Maro Engel 20th.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13818http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13818Sam Bird, Jose Maria Lopez lead Formula E practice in Buenos AiresSat, 18 Feb 2017 14:14:25 GMT<p><strong>DS Virgin Racing teammates Sam Bird and Jose Maria Lopez shared the spoils during practice for the Buenos Aires Formula E race on Saturday morning.</strong></p> <p>Home favourite&nbsp;Lopez flew the flag high for Argentina in opening practice, finishing at the top of the timesheets after putting in an early 200kW lap of 1:09.431 for DS Virgin Racing. Jean-Eric Vergne finished second for Techeetah, while Mitch Evans also explored the full potential of his Jaguar I-Type in FP1, winding up third in the final standings as the only other driver to complete a 200kW qualifying simulation.</p> <p>FP1 was interrupted by two red flag periods, both caused by Antonio Felix da Costa. The first saw the Andretti racer shunt into the wall after losing the backend of his car, while a stoppage later in the session brought his early running to a premature end.</p> <p>FP2 saw the majority of the field stretch the legs of their cars, with Lucas di Grassi initially leading for ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport before crashing out late on. Felix Rosenqvist also enjoyed a stint in P1 for Mahindra, but it was Bird who snuck in at the end before yellow flags were shown for di Grassi and ended the session fastest.</p> <p>A red flag period&nbsp;affected a number of teams&#39; programmes after Loic Duval lost a tyre from his Dragon car. The Frenchman appeared to lose a wheel nut coming out of Turn 1, causing his tyre to break free. Although no-one was harmed, the session was halted so that the tyre could be recovered and Duval could get back to the pits.</p> <p>Di Grassi&#39;s shunt only warranted local yellows, but they were enough to force the majority of the pack to ease off, making improvements hard to come by late on.</p> <p>Qualifying for the Buenos Aires ePrix takes place at 12pm local time in Argentina (3pm GMT).</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13791http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13791Video: 2017 Buenos Aires ePrix stats and factsTue, 14 Feb 2017 16:17:47 GMT<p>Take a look at all of the statistics and facts you need to know about this year&rsquo;s Buenos Aires ePrix, ahead of Formula E&rsquo;s return to the track in Argentina this weekend.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13761http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13761Formula E returns to Tempelhof Airport for 2017 Berlin ePrixFri, 10 Feb 2017 13:39:41 GMT<p>Formula E has announced it will return to the Berlin Tempelhof Airport for this season&rsquo;s 2017 Berlin ePrix.</p> <p>The event, scheduled to take place on the June 10, will use a revised version of the circuit raced on during the inaugural Berlin ePrix in 2015.</p> <p>The all-electric series has had to revert to Tempelhof Airport after the Berlin city council ruled that it couldn&#39;t return to last year&#39;s venue, a street circuit in the Alexanderplatz area, following a vote on the matter.</p> <p>Therefore Formula E&rsquo;s return to the original ePrix venue has now been confirmed.</p> <p>A 17-turn, 1.5-mile circuit built on the apron section of the disused Tempelhof Airport was used in 2015 and details on the revised 2017 layout will be revealed shortly.</p> <p>&quot;Motorsport with electric motors is an advertisement for innovative technologies and sustainable urban mobility,&quot;&nbsp;said Berlin mayor Michael M&uuml;ller.</p> <p>&quot;Electromobility is the key to environmentally friendly transport in the cities of the 21st century, including Berlin.</p> <p>&quot;I am therefore delighted that Formula E continues to take place here. The event thrills motorsport fans and proves - in a spectacular way, in front of a special backdrop - the performance of this technology to a wide audience.&quot;</p> <p>The Berlin ePrix is the seventh round of the 2016/2017 Formula E season. Sebastien Buemi leads the championship after two events, having won in both Hong Kong and Marrakesh.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13741http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13741Formula E makes FanBoost changes for Buenos AiresTue, 07 Feb 2017 10:21:11 GMT<p><strong>Formula E has tweaked its FanBoost fan engagement system ahead of the Buenos Aires ePrix on February 18.</strong></p> <p>FanBoost was introduced to Formula E at its very first race in 2014, calling on fans to vote for their favourite driver in order to give them an in-race power boost.</p> <p>The concept has been tinkered with throughout the series&#39; life, with the most recent change being confirmed by Formula E on Monday prior to the next race in Buenos Aires.</p> <p>Firstly, the voting window has been reduced from 13 days to just six &quot;to condense the time during which the teams and drivers canvass for votes and increase the amount of fan engagement they partake in&quot;, according to Formula E.</p> <p>Instagram voting has also been discontinued, meaning that votes can now only be gained via the Formula E website, the Formula E app and on Twitter.</p> <p>The changes come following concerns that have been raised by a number of Formula E drivers over the ability for votes to be automated, thus influencing the fan-created results.</p> <p>FanBoost for the Buenos Aires ePrix will open on February 13 and close six minutes into the race. The three most popular drivers will receive a 100kJ power boost to use in their second car that can be used once.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13732http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13732Video: Guide to Formula E driver safety gearMon, 06 Feb 2017 10:38:33 GMT<p><strong>Watch DS Virgin Racing Formula E driver Sam Bird talk us through the safety gear he uses at ever race weekend.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13728http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13728Ferrari not ruling out future Formula E entry - Sergio MarchionneSun, 05 Feb 2017 12:34:02 GMT<p>Ferrari isn&#39;t ruling out the possibility of one day entering Formula E, but chairman Sergio Marchionne admits the current arrangement isn&#39;t an attractive proposal for the Italian manufacturer.</p> <p>The all-electric series has already attracted a number of large&nbsp;manufacturers including Renault, Audi, BMW and Jaguar, whilst Mercedes has an option to join in 2018.</p> <p>However in its current format, the series isn&#39;t an option for Ferrari according to Marchionne.</p> <p>&quot;The Formula E arrangement now, as much as I think it&#39;s a valiant effort to make technology relevant on the track, I think it&#39;s substantially short of what I would expect to have,&quot; he said in a recent investor conference call.</p> <p>&quot;The fact you have to change cars during&nbsp;a race is unhelpful simply because of the duration of the battery charges,&quot; he added &ndash; although that is set to change from season five, when McLaren aims to supply a battery system capable of completing an entire race distance.</p> <p>Marchionne admitted the series is something Ferrari will continue to monitor and he isn&#39;t ruling out an entry further down the line.</p> <p>&quot;I think we need to find a better way of expressing an interest in electrification than through Formula E.</p> <p>&quot;Having said this, we continue to look at it, and I think we&nbsp;have not given up on the idea of potentially one day entering &ndash;&nbsp;if the parameters are such that Ferrari can make a difference. If it cannot make a difference, then it should not take part.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13720http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13720Why are cities falling out of love with Formula E?Fri, 03 Feb 2017 14:26:47 GMT<p>As any regular reader of my <i>Motorsport Monday</i> column will know all-too-well, I am a big advocate and fan of Formula E.</p> <p>I often find motorsport to be an &#39;old boys club&#39;, which, as someone in their early twenties, can&nbsp;be a bit intimidating and even confusing at times. I have never felt this more acutely than when trying to explain why I believe Formula E is the series of the future and, frankly, the place to be in racing right now.</p> <p>Yet it is not possible to window-dress the series when it faces serious problems that do concern me when it comes to considering its future. A spade&#39;s a spade, after all. Sometimes I must recognise that the naysayers may have a point.</p> <p>While questions about the future of Formula 1 have dominated the newswires for the past week or two amid Liberty Media&#39;s takeover of the series and Bernie Ecclestone&#39;s departure, Formula E has been facing a minor crisis of its own. I say &#39;minor&#39; as the issue is nothing but a road bump for a series I still firmly believe to be moving in the right direction - but there is certainly a worrying trend appearing.</p> <p>Cast your mind back to last summer when the NIMBYs of Battersea Park decided to nuke the annual Formula E race in London. Amid ongoing court disputes, series officials agreed to make the 2016 London ePrix the last to be staged in Battersea Park in the hope of finding a better venue elsewhere. Battersea Park had certainly served a purpose, but ultimately it was a poor spectator venue and hardly conducive to thrilling race.</p> <p>Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag was not worried when addressing the press after unveiling the season three calendar. There was a slot still reserved for London, on the condition that a deal could be done to find a better venue. Agag was confident the series could, in his words, &quot;do a Berlin&quot;.</p> <p>Berlin hosted Formula E for the first time in season one, with a rudimentary track created at the disused Tempelhof Airport, famous for its role during the Berlin Air Lift that kept the west of the city alive during the height of the Cold War. However, when the site was turned into a centre for refugees fleeing the troubles in the Middle East, Formula E was understandably unable to return for season two.</p> <p>Instead, a track was laid out in the very heart of the city near Alexanderplatz, with the pit lane formed on the famous Karl-Marx-Allee. It was an unmitigated success for the series, with a buzzing atmosphere around the track as fans flocked to the race. It was the epitome of what Formula E is trying to do: taking clean, eco-friendly racing to city centres in the hope of promoting electric vehicles.</p> <p><img alt="" height="440" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/FormulaE/Berlin%201.jpg" width="800" /></p> <p>But last week, word filtered through that city officials in Berlin had not shared the enthusiasm for the race. A vote from the city senate ruled against hosting Formula E on Karl-Marx-Allee again in 2017, citing pressures placed on local residents by the event and traffic issues as the main concerns.</p> <p>Just three days later, officials in the Belgian capital, Brussels, played a similar card. Formula E had already moved the intended location for the July 1 race once before, but was now faced with doing so again after city officials said it could not be held in Koekelberg as planned. While there is an agreement in principle between Brussels and Formula E, it was always conditional to the venue that was used. Efforts are being made to keep the race on the calendar for season three, but delaying its addition until season four seems more likely.</p> <p>Add in last year&#39;s difficulties with London and, as announced last November, the decision to move the Buenos Aires race after season three by virtue of a city decision to redevelop the Puerto Madero area, you can see the trend that is brewing. That&rsquo;s before you also remember the loss of races in Miami, Punta del Este, Beijing, Putrajaya, Long Beach and Moscow in the past two years - although the circumstances surrounding each of these examples are more complex than the cities themselves saying they&#39;ve had enough.</p> <p>Cities are becoming increasingly concerned about the problems supposedly posed by Formula E, as opposed to the benefits. It looks as if they are falling out of love with a very novel and new series.</p> <p>In a worst-case scenario, neither Berlin nor Brussels will go ahead this year. Should that be the case, Formula E would be reduced to an eight-round, 10-race calendar for season three - or less than nine hours of actual racing across the course of an FIA sanctioned world championship season. There would also be another gaping hole in the calendar between Paris on May 20 and New York on July 15, following on from a stint between the mid-February and mid-May where there is just a single ePrix.</p> <p>Calendar issues are certainly stacking up, but Agag has always insisted that the season three schedule was a compromise. The plan is for season four to start much later than season three, potentially in December, with Hong Kong once again playing host to the season opener. Hong Kong was a huge success as a debut event, causing minimal disruption to the city and being embraced by the local government. The more cities that embrace Formula E in this fashion, the better. Alas, some are turned off after giving the series a try due to the disruption to its usual functionality that can be caused. As appealing as the event is, the trade-off is unfavourable for the likes of Berlin and Brussels.</p> <p>It is for that reason that I am concerned about the future of races in Paris, Montr&eacute;al and New York, the latter two which are yet to hold an inaugural event. Paris was an exciting event last year, taking place in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower and fulfilling a long-held dream for the FIA to have a race in the streets of its home city, yet the spectator experience left much to be desired. New York and Montr&eacute;al are still to feel what impact Formula E will have on their cities. Holding a race in New York will be a landmark event for global motorsport and to Formula E&rsquo;s credit, but one can only hope the Big Apple is not turned off long-term by the disruption that could be caused.</p> <p>Formula E has broken enormous ground by taking motorsport to the very heart of cities, something that championships such as F1 face far greater difficulty in achieving. The question is whether or not it is truly sustainable. Going to Berlin, New York and Montr&eacute;al is all well and good, but being &#39;one and done&#39; at venues sends out the wrong message.</p> <p><img alt="" height="440" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/FormulaE/FE-New%20York-Agag-Press%20Conference.jpg" width="800" /></p> <p>It&#39;s a shame that Formula E faces these problems, because the on-track spectacle is getting better with every race that goes by. The technology is developing at a rapid rate, and more and more big-name drivers want to be in the series. Esteban Guti&eacute;rrez will make his debut in Mexico City and is also set to race in New York, while Felipe Massa tested for Jaguar this week ahead of a possible move into Formula E for season four.</p> <p>The calendar for season four has already been worked on for some time, with a focus on more Asian rounds already being stressed. Besides Hong Kong, the next most-easterly round on the season three calendar was Berlin, but there is plenty of interest. Agag met with delegations from 15 Asian cities in Hong Kong alone to discuss a possible race for season four, including a number from mainland China. Asia is a huge market for EVs, so having multiple races across such a vast continent is crucial to capture the imagination of possible consumers.</p> <p>As Formula E seeks stability, date equity is going to become increasingly important. Having a race such as Hong Kong locked in year after year in an early-December slot would be valuable to all parties, much as you know when roughly the majority of F1 races will be each year (start in Australia, Monaco in May, Silverstone in July, etc.). One hopes that other cities can follow suit, otherwise it will be ever-changing calendar; there will be little crossover from season to season. It&#39;s far too unstable to even think about building up any kind of consistency for the electric racing category in a host city.</p> <p>Despite the doom and gloom, Berlin and Brussels may yet happen this year. Berlin is pushing to return to Tempelhof if possible, while Brussels&#39; minister for mobility Pascal Smet and event promoter Stephan Uhada are bidding to get the race back at its originally-planned venue in Heysel. Right now, it&#39;s far from game over for both races, particularly in Berlin&rsquo;s case.</p> <p>Nevertheless, the uncertainty surrounding races is worrisome to those looking for some kind of stability in Formula E. If this can be curbed, it would be another big victory for the championship as it continues to evolve and look to the future.</p> <p><a href="http://mmuk.realviewdigital.com/?iid=150473#folio=42"><em><strong>This feature first appeared in issue 200 of Motorsport Monday. Subscribe for free by clicking here.</strong></em></a></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13718http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13718Felipe Massa: Formula E car 'completely different to anything I've driven'Fri, 03 Feb 2017 12:25:41 GMT<p><strong>Felipe Massa says that Jaguar&#39;s Formula E car was &quot;completely different&quot; to anything&nbsp;he has previously driven after completing a maiden test with the British manufacturer earlier this week.</strong></p> <p>Jaguar confirmed last week that Massa would be testing its Formula E car after receiving a request for the series to run the Brazilian, using one of its allocated development days for&nbsp;season four.</p> <p>Massa had been considering a move into Formula E before being lured out of Formula 1 retirement by Williams for the 2017 season following Valtteri Bottas&#39; surprise move to Mercedes.</p> <p>Speaking about the Formula E test, Massa was thankful for the chance with Jaguar and noted how different the experience was to those of driving other cars.</p> <p>&quot;I would like to thank Panasonic Jaguar Racing for giving me this opportunity,&quot; Massa said.</p> <p>&quot;It was great to experience a Formula E car as it&rsquo;s something completely different to anything I&rsquo;ve driven previously.</p> <p>&quot;The different power, brakes, tyres and downforce mean it requires quite a different driving style. I&rsquo;m happy with the experience and what I have learnt.</p> <p>&quot;Overall, it&rsquo;s been a really fun day.&quot;</p> <p>Massa&#39;s test could be a pre-cursor to a full-time move into Formula E at the end of 2017, should he opt to quit F1 for good and depart Williams following the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 26.</p> <p>With the F1&nbsp;finale taking place at the end of November, Massa would be able to start the new Formula E campaign along with the rest of the grid should the series&#39; plan to kick off the new season in Hong Kong at the start of December be put into action.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13702http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13702GĂ©rry Hughes becomes permanent team principal of NextEVWed, 01 Feb 2017 09:52:05 GMT<p><strong>G&eacute;rry Hughes has become the permanent team principal of NextEV NIO Formula E, the team has confirmed.</strong></p> <p>He was previously made acting team principal after the passing of Dr Martin Leach in November 2016, but will now fulfil the role on a full-time basis.</p> <p>Hughes joined NextEV in December 2015 as the chief race engineer. Alongside his team boss position at the team, he will also take up a new role as the head of NIO&rsquo;s performance programme.</p> <p>Prior to joining NextEV, Hughes held a number of Formula 1 roles at teams such as Jordan, Jaguar, Super Aguri and Red Bull.</p> <p>He then moved into Formula E with Team Aguri as its chief engineer and technical director before moving over to NextEV at the end of 2015.</p> <p>His new roles with NextEV will also see him work on NIO&rsquo;s supercar programme.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Taking on the role of project lead for both the Formula E team and EP9 supercar programmes will include new challenges for me, but they are challenges that my team and I relish,&rdquo; Hughes said on the news.</p> <p>&ldquo;I must thank everyone at NIO for their support and confidence in me during this transitional period.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am extremely honoured that William Li and Lihong Qin have given me this opportunity and I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that both programmes are a success going forwards.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13693http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13693'Very difficult' to find new Brussels Formula E venue for planned 2017 raceMon, 30 Jan 2017 13:50:22 GMT<p><strong>The promoter of the planned Formula E race&nbsp;in Brussels says it will be &quot;very difficult&quot; to find a new venue for the event after the regional government voted against the planned location last week.</strong></p> <p>Brussels was listed on the first provisional&nbsp;season three Formula E calendar last summer, and was originally planned to be held in the Heysel part of the city before being moved to Koekelberg.</p> <p>Last week, government officials voted against hosting the race in Koekelberg due to pressures it would create, putting the round in doubt.&nbsp;</p> <p>Formula E issued a statement following the news&nbsp;confirming it still had an agreement in principle to hold a race in Brussels this year, relying a suitable location could be found.</p> <p>Event promoter St&eacute;phan Uhoda reiterated his commitment to finding a new venue for Formula E in Brussels, but conceded that it is an increasingly challenging task that could result in the race being postponed until 2018.</p> <p>&quot;We are very disappointed by this [government] decision,&nbsp;but we understand that it is still a quite new project with a new urban race approach. Public authorities and the neighbourhood are very cautious and need to be reassured, which takes time,&quot; Uhoda told Motorsport Week.</p> <p>&quot;It is becoming very difficult to find another place to race in Brussels this year but we are still looking with Formula E and the city.</p> <p>&quot;In case we cannot find one quickly, we hope to take profit of our experience of this year to solve all the local problems from now and have a great race in Brussels in 2018.&quot;</p> <p>The inaugural Brussels ePrix is provisionally planned to be held on July 1, 2017.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13676http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13676Felipe Massa set for Formula E test with Jaguar RacingFri, 27 Jan 2017 16:44:04 GMT<p><strong>Panasonic Jaguar Racing has confirmed that Williams Formula 1 racer Felipe Massa will test its Formula E car ahead of a speculated move into the all-electric series.</strong></p> <p>Massa previously expressed an interest in entering Formula E when considering his racing options after deciding to retire from F1 at the end of the 2016 season.</p> <p>Massa was lured out of retirement by Williams when it lost Valtteri Bottas to Mercedes and sought an experienced replacement to partner 18-year-old rookie Lance Stroll in 2017.</p> <p>Massa agreed a one-year deal with the British team, but looks to be thinking beyond his time in F1 after it was confirmed that the Brazilian&nbsp;will enjoy his first Formula E test with Jaguar.</p> <p>&ldquo;Panasonic Jaguar Racing received a request from Formula E to give&nbsp;Felipe Massa the chance to experience a Formula E car,&quot; a spokesman from Jaguar told Motorsport Week.</p> <p>&quot;We are happy to&nbsp;provide this opportunity.&rdquo;</p> <p>While a move into Formula E during its third campaign is perhaps unlikely, Massa may be in contention for a seat for the start of season four, which is expected to begin in December following the final F1 round of the year.</p> <p>Jaguar made its debut in Formula E in October, and currently sits at the foot of the teams&#39; championship without a point to its name.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13666http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13666Video: Touchdown in New York for Formula EFri, 27 Jan 2017 00:28:42 GMT<p><strong>The FIA Formula E Championship - the electric racing series - has launched ticket sales for the first-ever New York City ePrix in style, with the help of NFL star and New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz taking the all-electric car for a spin around the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13661http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13661Brussels Formula E race in doubt after government voteThu, 26 Jan 2017 15:40:56 GMT<p><strong>July&#39;s planned Formula E race in Brussels has been thrown into doubt following reports in Belgium that the city&#39;s government has voted against hosting the all-electric series this summer.</strong></p> <p>Brussels was listed on Formula E&#39;s season three calendar last July, taking a July 1 date slot as the final European round of the season.</p> <p>Two layouts have been released for Brussels, with the updated version issued in December signalling that the track would move closer to the city centre around Elisabeth Park and the Koekelberg&nbsp;Basilica.</p> <p>However, reports in Belgium on Thursday claimed that city officials have&nbsp;voted against holding the race in the Koekelberg area&nbsp;due to disruption that it would cause for locals, with one of the city&#39;s major tunnels needing to be closed.</p> <p>The local media reports note that the race could be moved to the Heysel area, where it&nbsp;was initially set to take place.&nbsp;Minister of mobility Pascal Smet tweeted&nbsp;that there was an agreement in principle to hold the race in Brussels but not the Koekelberg area.</p> <p>&quot;Formula E can be in Brussles but not in Koekelberg,&quot; Smet tweeted. &quot;Too complicated. Agreement in principle to organise an ePrix&nbsp;in Brussels but not at Koekelberg.&quot;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="nl">Formule E kan in Brussel maar niet in Koekelberg. Te gecompliceerd <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/eprix?src=hash">#eprix</a></p> &mdash; Pascal Smet (@SmetPascal) <a href="https://twitter.com/SmetPascal/status/824574704296071169">January 26, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="fr">Accord de principe pour l&#39;organisation d&#39;un grand prix de formule 1 &eacute;lectrique en R&eacute;gion Bxloise. Mais pas &agrave; Koekelberg. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/eprix?src=hash">#eprix</a></p> &mdash; Pascal Smet (@SmetPascal) <a href="https://twitter.com/SmetPascal/status/824579614085447680">January 26, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>&quot;I&#39;m obviously not very happy,&quot; race organiser Stephan Uhoda told <em>DHBE.net</em>. &quot;I prefer to make no further comment at this time and take a step back.&nbsp;First I want to see how the leaders of the Formula E will react.&quot;</p> <p>The report from DHBE.net notes that while the race could still go ahead in 2017, a postponement until 2018 seems more likely for the Brussels ePrix.</p> <p>&quot;The Brussels regional government has approved the race in principle, but this is subject to a finding suitable location in the time remaining,&quot; a spokesperson from Formula E told Motorsport Week.</p> <p>&quot;We have already received written confirmation from the minister of mobility that there is a firm commitment to make the race happen. FE is now considering its options.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13634http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13634Berlin Formula E race set for second location change in three yearsMon, 23 Jan 2017 16:37:46 GMT<p><b>Berlin&#39;s Formula E race is set to change location for a second time in three years after the city senate voted against hosting the event on Karl-Marx-Allee in 2017.</b></p> <p>Berlin is the only city to have featured on all three of Formula E&#39;s calendars so far, with the inaugural edition of the ePrix being held at the disused Tempelhof Airport on the outskirts of Germany&#39;s capital in 2015.</p> <p>The 2016 race was moved into the city centre after the Tempelhof site was turned into a refugee camp,&nbsp;with a circuit being built in the eastern part of the city near Alexanderplatz.</p> <p>Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag has previously coined the phrase &#39;doing a Berlin&#39;&nbsp;and gaining a better location after being forced to move, and had hoped to do something similar for the London race following Battersea Park&#39;s decision to stop hosting it after 2016.</p> <p>However, Agag is now facing the prospect of &#39;doing a Berlin&#39;&nbsp;once again after the city senate voted against holding the race at its 2016 location due to the pressure placed on local residents and traffic.</p> <p>&quot;We are in constant dialogue and cooperating with local authorities to determine the final location of the race and are thankful for the continued interest and support shown from the mayor to host a race in the city of Berlin,&quot; a spokesperson from Formula E told Motorsport Week.</p> <p>A return to Tempelhof has been mooted as a possible option for 2017, although the site continues to house refugees following crises in the Middle East in recent years.</p> <p>The 2017 Berlin ePrix is due to take place on June 10.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13630http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13630DS Virgin Racing adds Alex Lynn as reserve driverMon, 23 Jan 2017 10:06:10 GMT<p><strong>DS Virgin Racing has recruited multiple GP2 race winner Alex Lynn as its reserve driver in the Formula E championship on a multi-year deal.</strong></p> <p>Lynn, who placed sixth in last year&rsquo;s GP2 championship with three wins, will act as back-up to regular racers Sam Bird and Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a <span>L&oacute;pez</span>.</p> <p>Lynn tested for the nascent Jaguar squad last summer and has now landed a new role with DS Virgin, having opted to call time on his GP2 career.</p> <p>&ldquo;Formula E is arguably the most competitive motor racing championship in the world, with the highest calibre of drivers,&rdquo; said Lynn, who spent two years as Williams&#39; development driver in Formula 1.</p> <p>&ldquo;As a driver I want to be competing in the top series, which is why I&rsquo;ve been trying so hard to get into Formula E, and DS Virgin was my first choice.</p> <p>&ldquo;So I&rsquo;m delighted to have signed a multi-year deal with DS Virgin.</p> <p>&ldquo;I like the combination of street racing along with the challenge of energy management.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think this series is going to suit me down to the ground.&rdquo;</p> <p>Lynn could be drafted into action in either Mexico or New York, with Bird and <span>L&oacute;pez </span> both facing clashes with World Endurance Championship events.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13547http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13547Alejandro Agag expects Esteban Gutierrez to be Formula E title contenderSun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT<p><strong>FIA Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag says the all-electric series&rsquo; latest driver, former F1 racer Esteban Gutierrez, can be a title contender in season four.</strong></p> <p>Gutierrez was announced as a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.grandprixtimes.com/news/id/13519">Formula E driver earlier this week</a>, with the Mexican set to step in at various races during the remainder of the 2016/2017 season.</p> <p>So far he has been confirmed for the Mexico City ePrix and New York ePrix, but the team he will be driving for has not been revealed yet.</p> <p>A number of clashes with other racing championships mean seats will free up at some races, making room for Gutierrez.</p> <p>The initial announcement stated that Gutierrez was considering full-time options in Formula E for the 2017/2018 season and Agag reckons he can be a front-runner.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think that&rsquo;s [Gutierrez joining] great news for the championship,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve known Esteban for a long time - I was in GP2 when Esteban was there and obviously he&rsquo;s a great driver.</p> <p>&ldquo;He&rsquo;s a young driver and has a long career in front of him and is choosing to follow his career after Formula 1 in Formula E.</p> <p>&ldquo;At his age, I see a very bright future for him. I think it&rsquo;s going to be great for the Mexico race to have a local star for the fans to cheer for.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;This year Esteban is going to be on a learning curve in Formula E - he&rsquo;s missed two races of the season already, so it&rsquo;s not a season for him to try to win the championship, but a season to learn.</p> <p>&ldquo;He&rsquo;ll race in Mexico and New York - we have a few clashes with other championships that will free up seats and for him to occupy those seats and to learn.</p> <p>&ldquo;And then after that in season four, I think he&rsquo;ll have a proper race drive and will be one of the guys who is going to fight for the championship.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13539http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13539Formula E planning more 'winter races' to shorten calendar gapFri, 13 Jan 2017 23:15:04 GMT<p><strong>Formula E is hoping to introduce more races during the winter period which it says will shorten, or even do away with the calendar gap which has been a feature of the opening three seasons.</strong></p> <p>The current 2016/17 calendar has a three-month gap between race two and three in Morocco and Buenos Aires respectively, which means fans begin to lose interest and it opens up a greater chance of clashes with other series, such as Formula 1 and World Endurance Championship.</p> <p>However series boss Alejandro Agag says they are planning on starting later, removing or at least reducing the calendar gap and then ending the season sooner, so it&#39;s more active during the winter, when other series aren&#39;t.</p> <p>&quot;It will be much better in terms of the break, which is too long,&quot; he told the official <em>Formula E </em>website.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;We are looking at perhaps starting later next year, and we definitely want to add events during the winter period. So races in January, races in February, races in March.</p> <p>&quot;These months, which is also when other championships are not on, is where we really need to fill the calendar.</p> <p>&quot;It&rsquo;s looking better for next season, we have different options for cities that we are working on now and we hope to have something to present to the WMSC in March.&quot;</p> <p>However Agag says he isn&#39;t bothered by the clashes with other racing series, despite some of FE&#39;s &#39;star&#39; drivers being forced to miss events due to other commitments.</p> <p>&quot;I think the [current] season is going to be fascinating. I&rsquo;m not really worried about the clashes - I think it&rsquo;s good to have new drivers coming in and that can give a bit more intrigue to the championship.</p> <p>&quot;I think the season ahead of us is going to be as exciting, if not more exciting than season one and two.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13519http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13519Ex-Haas F1 driver Esteban Gutierrez to make Formula E debut in 2017Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:01:50 GMT<p><strong>Former Haas F1 driver Esteban Gutierrez has confirmed he will make his debut in the all-electric Formula E series in 2017.</strong></p> <p>Following two seasons at Sauber, Gutierrez was a Ferrari F1 test driver before returning to an F1 race seat in 2016 with Haas.</p> <p>However, he failed to score a point and lost his drive to Kevin Magnussen for the up-coming F1 season.</p> <p>Gutierrez announced at a press conference in Mexico City he will make his Formula E debut this year, contesting selected rounds.</p> <p>He is analysing his options for a full-time Formula E switch in the 2017/2018 season, the fourth in the electric championship&rsquo;s history, and has also become an official FE ambassador.</p> <p>He will compete at the Mexico City ePrix and also, according to the Formula E website, the inaugural New York ePrix with more details to be confirmed in the coming weeks.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">NEWS - <a href="https://twitter.com/EstebanGtz">@EstebanGtz</a> joins <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FormulaE?src=hash">#FormulaE</a> for select number of races, including <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MexicoCityePrix?src=hash">#MexicoCityePrix</a> and analysing options for seat in 2017/18 season <a href="https://t.co/va7mNHSXDc">pic.twitter.com/va7mNHSXDc</a></p> &mdash; FIA Formula E (@FIAformulaE) <a href="https://twitter.com/FIAformulaE/status/818496888852856837">January 9, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The switch to Formula E comes after he was unable to secure a spot on the F1 grid for 2017.</p> <p>It is unclear which Formula E team he will drive for this season. However, it is likely to be in place of a driver unable to compete due to a date clash with Formula E.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13516http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13516Bono Huis wins first ever Formula E Vegas eRace and $200,000Sun, 08 Jan 2017 12:18:44 GMT<p><strong>Faraday Future Dragon Racing sim racer Bono Huis has claimed the first ever Visa Vegas eRace victory and with it, walks away with eSport&#39;s racing&#39;s largest ever prize fund of $200,000 as well as an additional $25,000 for pole position.</strong></p> <p>The event took place at the Venetian Hotel in front of a packed audience at the 50th edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).</p> <p>Amongst those in attendance were FIA president Jean Todt and series CEO Alejando Agag,</p> <p>&quot;This first eRace in Las Vegas was a great success,&quot; commented Agag.&nbsp;&quot;It&rsquo;s exciting to have brought Formula E into the inner sanctum of CES - the biggest and most influential technology show in the world.</p> <p>&quot;I think this can be the first in a big future for Formula E in eSports racing. We will continue to pursue new and innovative ways to improve our presence in this fast growing landscape, while maintaining fan engagement at the forefront of all our initiatives.&quot;</p> <p>Huis, who topped every session throughout the event, made a clean getaway from the line and held on to his lead throughout the first stint. Following the first round of pitstops, the Dutch driver dropped to second place behind Olli Pahkala of Mahindra Racing.</p> <p>Pahkala went on to cross the finish line first ahead of Huis, but was later handed a 12-second time penalty for&nbsp;having gained an unfair performance advantage caused by a software issue, allowing him to use too much FanBoost.</p> <p>Huis therefore claimed the victory ahead of Formula E driver Felix&nbsp;Rosenqvist.</p> <p>The top ten also included a number of actual Formula E drivers including: Jose Maria Lopez (DS Virgin Racing), Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing), Daniel Abt (ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport) and Nelson Piquet Jr. (NextEV NIO).</p> <p>David Greco (Renault e.dams) crossed the line in 15th place, but picked up fastest lap and $10,000 in the process.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13488http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13488Video: Formula E drivers share team highlights from 2016Wed, 28 Dec 2016 17:19:53 GMT<p><strong>With the end of the year almost upon us, Formula E drivers have been looking back at 2016, sharing their best team moments.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13480http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13480Video: Formula E drivers reveal best moments of 2016Fri, 23 Dec 2016 17:29:53 GMT<p><strong>It&#39;s been a busy year for Formula E. Watch some of this year&#39;s grid, including reigning champion Sebastien Buemi, reveal their best moments of 2016.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13456http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13456Michelin to supply tyres to upcoming Roborace championshipFri, 16 Dec 2016 10:22:47 GMT<p><strong>The upcoming Roborace championship &ndash; an entirely driverless series &ndash; has announced that it will share Formula E tyre supplier Michelin when it launches next year.</strong></p> <p>Roborace is expected to debut in late-2017 as a Formula E support series and therefore sharing tyre supplier makes sense.</p> <p>In order to make the championship relevant to road cars, Michelin&#39;s tyres will be suitable for road use.</p> <p>The French company has already begin the design and development phase and will shortly begin production.</p> <p>&quot;We are extremely proud to have Michelin as our partner. We expect our partners to be bold and to believe in a driverless future where our cities are greener, safer, quieter and smarter in ways that improve everyday lives,&rsquo;&rsquo; said Denis Sverdlov, CEO, Roborace.</p> <p>&ldquo;Michelin impressed us every time we met and they deeply understand the powerful opportunity of what road travel will become. They are pushing us, and themselves, to develop a world that moves from possibility to reality.&quot;</p> <p>Pascal Couasnon, Michelin Motorsport Director, added: &quot;We are very excited to confirm our partnership with Roborace today. We have been following the championship&rsquo;s progress very closely and have been testing privately with them for some time.</p> <p>&quot;We are very impressed by the speed at which Roborace has been developing driverless technology and hardware for its championship. Driverless technology is coming and we want to be at the forefront in terms of research and development.&quot;</p> <p>Michelin is Roborace&rsquo;s third official partner after A.I supplier Drive PX2 and smart electric truck maker Charge.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13301http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13301Antonio Felix da Costa claims second Macau F3 victorySun, 20 Nov 2016 12:22:34 GMT<p><strong>MS Amlin Andretti Formula E driver Antonio Felix da Costa claimed his second Macau Grand Prix victory on his return to the Guia Circuit.</strong></p> <p>The Portuguese racer last competed in the famous Macau Formula 3 race in 2012, beating fellow Formula E driver Felix Rosenqvist to the win.</p> <p>Both drivers returned to Macau for 2016, with da Costa lining up for the main event on pole position after winning the qualifying race for Carlin. However, he dropped to second at the start after being passed by Sergio Sette Camara.</p> <p>Da Costa also had to hold off Callum Ilott through the opening few corners after a close three-car battle for the lead, eventually slotting into second as Sette Camara built up a small lead over the chasing pack.</p> <p>But the safety car soon appeared after Nikita Mazepin crashed out. Da Costa used the slipstream on the restart to claim back the lead and drive off into the distance.</p> <p>His advantage was cut by another safety car to clear Nick Cassidy&rsquo;s damaged F3 machine, with a three-lap sprint to the chequered flag when the race restarted.</p> <p>Da Costa managed to hold onto first place to claim his second Macau win, with Rosenqvist finishing second (just like in 2012) after a strong first lap. He then made a late move on Sette Camara, who had to settle for third.</p> <p>Kenta Yamashita took fourth, having claimed back the position from Ilott, ahead of top Macau rookie Jake Hughes in sixth.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13274http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13274Video: Marrakesh ePrix race highlightsMon, 14 Nov 2016 18:27:37 GMT<p><strong>Rosenqvist starts on pole, Buemi receives a five-place grid penalty due to his car being underweight during qualifying moving Bird into second position. But how will this first African Formula E race unfold?</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13260http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13260Sebastien Buemi fights through to Marrakesh Formula E victorySat, 12 Nov 2016 17:14:49 GMT<p><strong>Sebastien Buemi fought back from a grid penalty to claim his second straight Formula E victory on Saturday in Marrakesh after passing rookie Felix Rosenqvist late on.</strong></p> <p>Buemi qualified second behind pole-sitter&nbsp;Rosenqvist, but was demoted to seventh on the grid after a technical infringement on his car during qualifying.</p> <p>The Swiss racer managed to pick his way up to third before pitting, going one lap longer than Rosenqvist and Jean-Eric Vergne in second to give himself more usable energy in the second half of the race.</p> <p>Buemi put his extra pace to good use, catching Rosenqvist at almost two seconds per lap to pile pressure on the erstwhile leader. With Vergne dropping back after a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane, Buemi had the Mahindra driver firmly in his sights.</p> <p>Buemi was able to get in Rosenqvist&#39;s slipstream before slinging his Renault e.dams car around the outside at Turn 11 to take the lead with six laps remaining.</p> <p>From there, Buemi managed his remaining energy en route to picking up his eighth Formula E victory, leading Sam Bird across the line after the Briton passed the ailing Rosenqvist late on.</p> <p>Nicolas Prost finished fourth in the second Renault e.dams ahead of Lucas di Grassi, who battled from 12th on the grid to take P5. Teammate Daniel Abt was sixth ahead of Oliver Turvey, with Vergne lagging home in P8. Nick Heidfeld finished ninth, while Jose Maria Lopez picked up his first Formula E point in P10.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13258http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13258Sebastien Buemi handed grid penalty in Marrakesh due to technical issueSat, 12 Nov 2016 15:20:51 GMT<p><strong>Sebastien Buemi has been given a five-place grid penalty for Saturday&#39;s Formula E race in Marrakesh following a technical infringement during qualifying.</strong></p> <p>Buemi qualified second on Saturday in Marrakesh behind Mahindra&#39;s&nbsp;Felix Rosenqvist, but will now drop down to P7 after the stewards deemed the Swiss driver to have breached the technical regulations.</p> <p>The fire extinguisher in Buemi&#39;s car was found to be under the 3.25kg minimum weight, prompting the stewards to issue a five-place grid penalty and fine the Renault e.dams team &euro;2,500.</p> <p>Buemi&#39;s penalty lifts Sam Bird onto the front row of the grid, as well as allowing Nelson Piquet Jr., Jean-Eric Vergne, Daniel Abt and Nicolas Prost all to gain a position.</p> <p>Buemi won his first Formula E title at the end of season two, and kicked off his title defence with a confident victory in Hong Kong last month from fifth on the grid.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13254http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13254Felix Rosenqvist takes maiden Formula E pole in MarrakeshSat, 12 Nov 2016 13:23:45 GMT<p><strong>Felix Rosenqvist will start Saturday&#39;s Formula E race in Marrakesh from pole position after early pace-setter Jean-Eric Vergne was left hamstrung by a timing mix-up in the final fight for pole.</strong></p> <p>Rosenqvist made his Formula E debut in Hong Kong last month, setting the fastest lap for Mahindra when fighting back from a mid-race spin, and managed to finish second in the first stage of qualifying in Marrakesh behind Vergne.</p> <p>Rosenqvist carried his pace through to the Super Pole shoot-out, beating defending champion Sebastien Buemi&#39;s effort to secure provisional pole ahead of Vergne&#39;s run.</p> <p>However, a &quot;procedural error&quot; by the Techeetah team meant that by the time Vergne was at pit exit, the red light was on, meaning he was not allowed to go out and set a qualifying lap. As a result, Rosenqvist had pole in the bag.</p> <p>&quot;We knew in Hong Kong we were quick. We even took it to the next step here with pole position here, very nice,&rdquo; Rosenqvist said.</p> <p>&ldquo;We had to push quite hard, but the car has been really good all day. Big thanks to the team and the engineer for making it perfect.&quot;</p> <p>Buemi will start alongside Rosenqvist on the front row, while Sam Bird finished third for DS Virgin Racing. Nelson Piquet Jr. continued his impressive form in qualifying to slot into fourth place, leaving Vergne to settle for P5 after the issue.</p> <p>Daniel Abt ended up sixth-fastest for ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport, leading its charge as teammate Lucas di Grassi ailed to 12th on the grid. Nicolas Prost was seventh for Renault e.dams ahead of Oliver Turvey as the Andretti pair of Robin Frijns and Antonio Felix da Costa rounded out the top 10.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13245http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13245Ferrari have considered entering Formula E - Sergio MarchionneFri, 11 Nov 2016 13:28:32 GMT<p><strong>Ferrari have considered entering Formula E and could do so within a few years according to chairman Sergio Marchionne.</strong></p> <p>The all-electric racing series has attracted several manufacturers including Audi, Renault, Citroen and Jaguar, whilst Mercedes has an option to join and others have expressed an interest including Honda.</p> <p>The matter has been discussed at length within Ferrari according to Marchionne, but he said a number of things needed to change before they seriously considered entering.</p> <p>&quot;The answer is yes,&quot; he replied when asked during a Q3&nbsp;earnings call&nbsp;if Ferrari had given thought to Formula E. &quot;I have agonised over with this with my colleagues here in Ferrari for quite a while.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;m going to give you two answers to the problem.</p> <p>&quot;If Formula E requires people to change cars during a race because we exhaust the power available within a given car, that is not something that Ferrari would naturally gravitate to,&quot; he said, although the series already has plans to drop that from next season.</p> <p>&quot;Secondly, the standardisation associated with the electric car is something which runs against the grain of Ferrari because otherwise it will prevent [Ferrari] from playing whatever it is that it does technically on a vehicle.&quot;</p> <p>If the series adopts the changes needed to attract Ferrari, Marchionne said it would still be a few years away from joining.</p> <p>&quot;If it were to happen it would happen a few years from now,&quot; he stated.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13237http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13237Video: Marrakesh ePrix track guideThu, 10 Nov 2016 13:27:40 GMT<p><strong>Take a look at the Marrakesh ePrix track layout for this weekend&rsquo;s second Formula E race of the 2016/2017 season, which is the first time Morocco has hosted a round of the all-electric series.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13221http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13221Mahindra aiming for another podium finish in MarrakeshTue, 08 Nov 2016 13:50:35 GMT<p><strong>Mahindra Racing are aiming for back-to-back podium finishes in Marrakesh following Nick Heidfeld&#39;s third place finish in Hong Kong last time out.</strong></p> <p>Heidfeld fought through the field from P11 to finish third, handing Mahindra only their third ever podium, but the team are confident they can repeat that success this weekend as the all-electric series heads to Marrakesh for the first time.</p> <p>&quot;We had a good beginning to the season at the opening round of the FIA Formula E 2016-17 Championship last month, but there are still areas to improve on,&quot; team principal Dilbagh Gill said.</p> <p>&quot;Marrakesh is our next chance to do just that and I&rsquo;m really excited to see our team move forward once again.</p> <p>&quot;Nick was able to capitalise on a great start, move up the field and expertly manage his energy in Hong Kong. While Felix&rsquo;s [Rosenqvist<strong>]</strong> first race didn&rsquo;t exactly go to plan, his pace was quicker than the pole lap and we remain confident in his ability to deliver a good race result in Marrakesh.&quot;</p> <p>Heidfeld is looking forward to racing on a new circuit, though the layout has been used by the WTCC series previously, therefore the drivers know what to expect.</p> <p>&quot;We had a good weekend in Hong Kong for the opening race and it will be very interesting to see how we perform again because it is still early in the season.</p> <p>&quot;The Marrakesh ePrix circuit has a lot of quick corners compared to Hong Kong and even compared to most of the other races in Formula E so far. The first two corners are quite special for Formula E as they are quick and long, and you have to keep turning all the way through them.</p> <p>&quot;It&rsquo;s partly a permanent circuit, but still has many walls just like any street circuit, so there will be a high chance of full course yellow or a safety car. Everyone is likely to have a challenge with energy management, because the layout means it&rsquo;s going to be a race that requires a lot of coasting and conservation.&quot;</p> <p>Team-mate Rosenqvist is hoping to make up for Hong Kong in which he missed out on the top ten, but showed good pace by setting the fastest lap.</p> <p>&quot;I honestly don&rsquo;t know if it will suit me or not, I guess we will see when we are there in Marrakesh, but overall it&rsquo;s a completely different challenge.</p> <p>&quot;The target for this race is to build on what we achieved in Hong Kong. The pace was really good and I would like to keep that trend.</p> <p>&quot;We know that we have a good package and I want to be able to use it to its maximum potential as soon as possible even if I am still learning a little bit every time.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13191http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13191NextEV co-president Martin Leach dies after battle with cancerTue, 01 Nov 2016 19:53:05 GMT<p><strong>Martin Leach, the co-president of NextEV and boss of its Formula E team, has died at the age of 59 following a battle with cancer.</strong></p> <p>Leach joined NextEV in early 2015 after a lengthy career in the automotive industry that saw him hold senior roles at Mazda, Ford and Maserati.</p> <p>Leach oversaw Nelson Piquet Jr.&#39;s charge to the inaugural Formula E drivers&#39; championship in 2015 with NextEV Team China Racing. NextEV acquired all of TCR&#39;s assets and history at the end of Formula E&#39;s second season.</p> <p>A difficult sophomore campaign saw NextEV finish ninth in the teams&#39; championship, prompting Leach to spark an overhaul of operations in the Formula E operation ahead of season three.</p> <p>The result of the changes showed in the opening round in Hong Kong as Piquet took his first pole position in the series, with teammate Oliver Turvey completing a one-two in qualifying for the team.</p> <p>In a statement issued on Tuesday, NextEV founder and chairman William Li paid tribute to Leach.</p> <p>&quot;With the deepest grief, I have to announce that we have lost a great friend, a leader and a founding member and Co-President of NextEV, Dr. Martin Leach, who left us today after fighting illness over the past few months,&quot; Li wrote.</p> <p>&quot;I came to know Martin in October 2014. I was impressed by his achievements in the industry, and I was deeply touched by his passion in sharing my vision of creating a totally new experience for automobile users. Since then, Martin had participated in every step of the NextEV journey.</p> <p>&quot;In the early days, Martin supported me in creating an excellent leadership team, shaping the company&#39;s value and defining our products, which set the foundation of NextEV.</p> <p>&quot;Martin continued to lead our performance programmes and, under his leadership, NextEV achieved the inaugural drivers championship title in the FIA Formula E Championship and our supercar will be seen by the world soon.</p> <p>&quot;Martin is a true warrior and lived to the highest standard. Even during his last minutes, he was still caring about the progress of NextEV. I am honoured to have had Martin as a partner. His loss is a great loss to all of us, his legacy will stay forever with NextEV. His dedication and his vision will continue to inspire our people to create our history.</p> <p>&quot;We will honour Martin with our very best contribution and by completing his mission.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Together, we at NextEV send our sincere condolences to Martin&#39;s family.</p> <p>&quot;May racing be with you in heaven, Martin.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13097http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13097Formula E reveals Montreal ePrix track layoutFri, 21 Oct 2016 15:18:27 GMT<p><strong>Formula E has unveiled the track layout and location of the all-electric championship&rsquo;s 2016/2017 season finale in Montreal.</strong></p> <p>The current season of Formula E kicked off earlier this month in Hong Kong, with Sebastien Buemi taking victory.</p> <p>It will come to a close next July in North America, with a double header in New York followed by the final weekend double header in Montreal.</p> <p>The races will be the first for Formula E in Canada. The 14-turn, 1.71-mile track layout is still subject to homologation from the FIA.</p> <p>The weekend in Montreal will take place from the 29-30 July, with the track layout being located close to the city centre.</p> <p>It will start from the Boulevard Rene-Levesque E and take to Rue Viger E, past the Maison Radio-Canada. The layout is close to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Formula 1 circuit.</p> <p>&ldquo;Formula E wants to bring fully-electric racing to the streets of the world&rsquo;s leading cities and Montreal is another fantastic new addition to the calendar,&rdquo; said Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag.</p> <p>&ldquo;Montreal is a great city with a great vibe - the perfect place to conclude the third season of Formula E.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m sure the drivers will revel in the opportunity to fight for the title against the backdrop of Montreal.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13050http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13050Second place in Hong Kong felt like win - Lucas di GrassiTue, 11 Oct 2016 13:19:32 GMT<p><strong>Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport driver Lucas di Grassi says second place at the 2016/2017 Formula E season opener in Hong Kong &ldquo;feels like a win&rdquo;.</strong></p> <p>Last season&rsquo;s runner-up started down in 19th&nbsp;place on the grid after a crash in qualifying, but bounced back to finish on the podium.</p> <p>This was despite damaging his front wing and having to pit to change it early on, after contact on the opening lap.</p> <p>The team opted to stop him slightly earlier than the pit window while the safety car was out to clear Jose Maria Lopez&rsquo;s crashed DS Virgin Racing machine.</p> <p>He moved from the back of the field up to the front of the pack, eventually rising to second place, which is where he finished.</p> <p>&ldquo;This second place feels like a win, I&rsquo;m overjoyed,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;The race showed once again that it&rsquo;s really only over when you take the chequered flag in Formula E.</p> <p>&ldquo;Thanks to my team that was brave and showed that we never give up. This is an important message to the competition for the new season.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13045http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13045Video: Hong Kong ePrix race highlightsMon, 10 Oct 2016 19:53:10 GMT<p><strong>Watch video highlights from the 2016/2017 Formula E season opener in Hong Kong, where reigning champion Sebastien Buemi went from fifth on the grid to take victory.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13041http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13041Sebastien Buemi thought safety car pit stop in Hong Kong was a mistakeSun, 09 Oct 2016 19:32:26 GMT<p><strong>Sebastien Buemi has admitted he initially thought pitting under the safety car during the Hong Kong ePrix was a mistake.</strong></p> <p>The Swiss driver started the 2016/2017 Formula E season opener from fifth place and made up ground early on.</p> <p>A safety car for Jose Maria Lopez&rsquo;s crashed DS Virgin Racing car opened up a strategy opportunity and Buemi pitted to change cars.</p> <p>At the time he thought the decision to pit him was a mistake and wouldn&rsquo;t work out, but he emerged in the lead and won the race in Hong Kong.</p> <p>&ldquo;Initially I thought we&rsquo;d made a mistake when we made our pit stop under the safety car, but as we saw it all worked out perfectly,&rdquo; he explained.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m happy with today&rsquo;s result but we certainly had to fight for it. We saw in qualifying just how hard everyone was pushing and the race was not easy for us.</p> <p>&ldquo;I felt a lot happier with the second car today as we made some set-up changes but overall this has been a great weekend and a superb way to start the season.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13034http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13034Sebastien Buemi wins Formula E season opener in Hong KongSun, 09 Oct 2016 10:21:35 GMT<p><strong>Sebastien Buemi clinched victory at the 2016/2017 Formula E season opener in Hong Kong, after starting from fifth on the grid.</strong></p> <p>The French driver moved up to fourth on the opening lap, before displacing Oliver Turvey and moving into a podium position.</p> <p>Pole-sitter Nelson Piquet Jr. lost the lead after going straight on an avoidance of the crashed DS Virgin Racing car of Jose Maria Lopez, giving Buemi another place.</p> <p>Renault e.dams opted to pit the reigning Formula E champion under the safety car, moving into the lead when Sam Bird pitted later on and suffered a problem leaving the garage.</p> <p>Buemi held off his 2015/2016 title rival Lucas di Grassi by 2.5 seconds to claim victory in the first round of the new season.</p> <p>Abt driver di Grassi had started at the back of the field after a crash in qualifying and suffered damage on lap one after the tight second corner caused a chain reaction.</p> <p>He made steady progress up the order and gained time with the safety car, having earlier pitted for a new front wing, to finish second.</p> <p>Nick Heidfeld also made a move up the order from 10th&nbsp;on the grid to finish in third place, ahead of Nicolas Prost and Antonio Felix da Costa.</p> <p>Robin Frijns was sixth in the second Andretti car, with Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio, Turvey, Maro Engel and Stephane Sarrazin completing the top 10.</p> <p>Piquet finished down in 11th, with Bird crossing the line behind Adam Carroll&rsquo;s Jaguar in 13th. Loic Duval was 14th, with Felix Rosenqvist 15th&nbsp;after a spin damaged his car during the race. Both were two laps down.</p> <p>Daniel Abt, Jean-Eric Vergne and Mitch Evans retired mid-way through the race, joining Lopez and Ma Qing Hua &ndash; the Chinese racer crashed into Prost on the opening lap. &nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13031http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13031Nelson Piquet takes Hong Kong ePrix pole after chaotic qualifyingSun, 09 Oct 2016 06:46:28 GMT<p><strong>NextEV&rsquo;s Nelson Piquet Jr. will start the Hong Kong ePrix 2016/2017 season opener from pole position after an disrupted and chaotic qualifying session.</strong></p> <p>Super Pole was cancelled due to several delays and red flags for barrier repairs, with the grid being decided from the four qualifying segments.</p> <p>Piquet put in a 1m03.099 in the third qualifying group to take provisional pole, beating his team-mate Oliver Turvey by just over one tenth of a second.</p> <p>No one could beat the two NextEV cars, with Jose Maria Lopez and Sam Bird coming closest for DS Virgin Racing to qualify third and fourth.</p> <p>Reigning champion Sebastien Buemi was fifth fastest, ahead of Formula E rookie Felix Rosenqvist, Daniel Abt and Loic Duval.</p> <p>Practice two pace-setter Jean-Eric Vergne and Nicolas Prost were ninth and 10th&nbsp;in qualifying, having run in groups three and one respectively.</p> <p>Nick Heidfeld, Formula E debutant Maro Engel, Antonio Felix da Costa and the Jaguar of Adam Carroll are next up.</p> <p>His team-mate Mitch Evans was behind Stephane Sarrazin in 16th, with Ma Qing Hua and Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio in 17th&nbsp;and 18th.</p> <p>FP1 fastest driver Lucas di Grassi crashed out of qualifying in group two, while Robin Frijns also hit the wall heavily and brought out a lengthy red flag for barrier repairs.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13020http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13020Video: Dragon Racing shows off 2016/2017 liveryFri, 07 Oct 2016 17:11:24 GMT<p><strong>Hear from key members of the Dragon Racing team and Faraday Future as they look ahead to the new Formula E season and reveal the team&#39;s new livery for 2016/2017.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13017http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13017Techeetah reveals car livery for season three of Formula EFri, 07 Oct 2016 16:29:54 GMT<p><strong>The Techeetah Formula E team has officially unveiled its new logo and car livery for the 2016/2017 season.</strong></p> <p>Techeetah took over the entry of Team Aguri for season three of Formula E, using the Renault powertrain for its debut campaign in the all-electric series.</p> <p>&nbsp;Jean-Eric Vergne has moved from DS Virgin Racing to Techeetah to join Chinese racer Ma Qing Hua in season three.</p> <p>The team unveiled its new black and gold Techeetah livery in Hong Kong ahead of this weekend&rsquo;s season opener.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Techeetah is building a strong team for season three,&rdquo; said the team&rsquo;s managing director Ivan Yim.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our drivers bring experience and the outright pace of Jean-Eric Vergne who has proven his speed in Formula E and F1, along with Ma Qing Hua who came from WTCC with two wins on the world stage in Russia and Portugal.</p> <p>&ldquo;We opted for the championship winning Renault Sport Z.E.16 powertrain which is race-tested over the past two seasons. Techeetah is positioning itself as a competitive team with its new powertrain package and drivers.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13010http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13010Dragon Racing unveils new 2016/2017 Formula E liveryThu, 06 Oct 2016 12:56:50 GMT<p><strong>Ahead of the 2016/2017 Formula E season opener in Hong Kong, the Faraday Future Dragon Racing team has unveiled its new livery.</strong></p> <p>The new all-electric championship campaign will begin this Saturday in Hong Kong, with Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio and Loic Duval racing for Dragon Racing once again.</p> <p>The two drivers were on hand to uncover the team&rsquo;s new car, which they will drive in season three of Formula E.</p> <p>Dragon Racing, now with Faraday Future as a title sponsor and technical partner, will compete with a striking white and black livery with orange accents.</p> <p>The team finished fourth in the 2015/2016 teams&rsquo; standings, after scoring one race victory and three further podiums, all of them courtesy of d&rsquo;Ambrosio.</p> <p>The new Formula E season will begin on the 9 October in Hong Kong and conclude next July in Montreal.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q44XGL5cD6M" width="560"></iframe></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12998http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12998Mercedes set to join season five of Formula E in 2018Tue, 04 Oct 2016 11:24:51 GMT<p><strong>Mercedes has reserved one of two additional places to be introduced to the Formula E grid during season five in 2018, as the series looks to expand from ten to 12 teams.</strong></p> <p>The all electric racing series will move from two cars per driver to just one during its fifth season thanks to new battery technology&nbsp;and is therefore looking to boost its grid to 12 teams and 24 cars - although such a move requires the backing of all current teams.</p> <p>Therefore Mercedes&#39; place on the grid isn&#39;t confirmed just yet, but the company has signed an agreement to take up a position on the grid subject to that vote and approval by the FIA.</p> <p>&quot;We have been watching the growth of Formula E with great interest,&quot; commented&nbsp;Toto Wolff. &quot;At the current time, we are looking at all the options available in the future of motor racing, and we are very pleased with an agreement that secures us an opportunity to enter the series in season five.</p> <p>&quot;Electrification will play a major role in the future of the automotive industry - racing has always been a technology R&amp;D platform for the motor industry, and this will make Formula E very relevant in the future.&quot;</p> <p>Series CEO Alejandro Agag welcomed the news, adding: &quot;We are delighted to confirm that we have reserved one of our two new entries in season five for MGP.</p> <p>&quot;Formula E wants to become the platform where car manufacturers test and develop the technologies that they will then introduce on their road cars.</p> <p>&quot;Having the chance to include a brand like Mercedes in our championship in the future would be a major boost to achieve that objective.</p> <p>&quot;Formula E is becoming an exciting mix of consolidated manufacturers like Renault, Citroen-DS, Audi, Mahindra or Jaguar, and new futuristic brands like Faraday Future, NextEV, or the likes of major component manufacturers like Schaeffler and ZF. Mercedes would be a great addition to that growing line-up.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12994http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12994Video: Facts and stats for the Hong Kong ePrixMon, 03 Oct 2016 20:14:38 GMT<p><strong>All of the statistics and facts for the first ever Hong Kong ePrix, which takes place this weekend and serves as the 2016/2017 season opener.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12975http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12975Video: Looking ahead to the season three Formula E tracksSat, 01 Oct 2016 12:33:01 GMT<p><strong>Formula E takes a look ahead to the season three tracks, races and locations. The drivers share their thoughts on the new additions to the calendar, which include New York and Montreal.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12949http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12949Montreal and New York swapped as final Formula E calendar confirmedWed, 28 Sep 2016 19:06:32 GMT<p><strong>The 2016/2017 Formula E calendar has been approved by the World Motor Sport Council, with several changes.</strong></p> <p>Ahead of the season opener in Hong Kong on the 9 October, a number of updates have been made to the final calendar.</p> <p>The final two rounds in North America have swapped places. Montreal will now host the season finale with two races from the 29-30 July.</p> <p>The New York round of the all-electric championship in Brooklyn has moved to the penultimate race weekend from the 15-16 July.</p> <p>Meanwhile the two &lsquo;TBA&rsquo; events on the provisional calendar have been removed, making it a 10-round, 12-race season.</p> <p>The Hong Kong, Brussels, New York and Montreal races are still subject to circuit homologation.</p> <p><strong>Approved 2016/2017 calendar:</strong></p> <p>9 October &ndash; Hong Kong</p> <p>12 November &ndash; Marrakesh</p> <p>18 February &ndash; Buenos Aires</p> <p>1 April &ndash; Mexico City</p> <p>13 May &ndash; Monaco</p> <p>20 May &ndash; Paris</p> <p>10 June &ndash; Berlin</p> <p>1 July &ndash; Brussels*</p> <p>15 July &ndash; New York*</p> <p>16 July &ndash; New York*</p> <p>29 July &ndash; Montreal*</p> <p>30 July &ndash; Montreal*</p> <p>*subject to circuit homologation</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12948http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12948McLaren secures battery supplier deal for fifth and sixth Formula E seasonsWed, 28 Sep 2016 19:02:32 GMT<p><strong>McLaren Applied Technologies has secured the deal to be Formula E&rsquo;s battery supplier for the fifth and sixth seasons.</strong></p> <p>The FIA announced earlier in the year it had opened a tender for the battery supplier for seasons five and six.</p> <p>The aim is for Formula E batteries to last a full race distance from season five onwards, unlike the current situation where drivers change cars mid-way through an event.</p> <p>Having gone over the applications, the FIA has now confirmed that McLaren&rsquo;s technology arm has secured the two-year deal.</p> <p>The contract time is &ldquo;in light of the ongoing rapid development of battery technology&rdquo; and will last for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 campaigns.</p> <p>Meanwhile the World Motor Sport Council also announced the approval of the introduction of a &ldquo;power ramp down&rdquo; where cars that have exceeded the allowed power useage during the race must linearly ramp down to 0kW use within five seconds on track.</p> <p>The car&rsquo;s rain light and ready-to-move light must flash to alert other drivers on track that this is happening.</p> <p>The FIA statement adds:</p> <p>&ldquo;After the car crosses the pit-in line in the first car, or the finish line in the second car, the driver must be able to reactivate the MGU power to continue the race, or return to the pits. This amendment is designed to make the concept of drivers exceeding their power usage easier for spectators to follow.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12945http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12945Renault e.dams reveals Formula E season three liveryWed, 28 Sep 2016 18:43:37 GMT<p><strong>Reigning FIA Formula E champions Renault e.dams has unveiled its livery for the 2016/2017 season.</strong></p> <p>The first round of Formula E&rsquo;s third season takes place on the 9 October in Hong Kong.</p> <p>The Renault Z.E.16 features the same colour scheme but with a striking new design, with the livery making its debut at the Paris motor show.</p> <p>Renault e.dams won the 2015/2016 teams&rsquo; title, with its driver Sebastien Buemi clinching the drivers&rsquo; crown in a thrilling finale in London.</p> <p style="text-align:center"><img alt="" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/FormulaE/renault_formula_e_studio-side-2.jpg" width="100%" /></p> <p>&quot;The choice of the vivid blue colour for the Renault Z.E.16 firmly anchors the Renault e.dams team within the Renault and Renault Z.E brands,&rdquo; said Renault Sport Racing managing director Cyril Abiteboul.</p> <p>&ldquo;We worked hand-in-hand with the design department of Renault to create visual synergies. Blue is the stand-out colour for the Renault Z.E range, so it was a logical choice to make the Formula E car reflect this.</p> <p>&ldquo;Additionally, when you see the Formula E and Formula 1 cars together, the crossover points are notable. Both feature the colours in matt with the reflective flashes of the accent colours.</p> <p>&ldquo;Both also incorporate the monotone diamond logo we have put at the heart of the Renault brand this year.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12937http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12937Video: Formula E looks back at season twoTue, 27 Sep 2016 10:52:01 GMT<p><strong>Formula E takes a look back at the best bits from the 2014/2015 season, the second in the series&#39; history. Season three kicks off on the 9 October in Hong Kong. </strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12933http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12933DS Virgin Racing unveils livery for Formula E season threeMon, 26 Sep 2016 13:53:31 GMT<p><strong>The DS Virgin Racing team has officially revealed the livery its cars will race with in the 2016/2017 Formula E season.</strong></p> <p>Unveiled in a video filmed on the streets of Manchester&rsquo;s Media City, Virgin Racing&rsquo;s cars will be driven by Sam Bird and Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a L&oacute;pez in season three.</p> <p>The livery carries over the chrome, purple and black livery with red accents from season two, but features an updated design to compliment the aero upgrades on the 2016/2017 car.</p> <p>The team&rsquo;s two drivers will be looking to add to the three victories from the first two Formula E seasons, all of them scored by Bird.</p> <p>The 2016/2017 season begins in Hong Kong on the 9 October, the first of 12 race weekends and 14 races.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/90OXcd0XP9M" width="560"></iframe></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12925http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12925Video: Formula E unveils New York ePrix track Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:58:04 GMT<p><strong>Watch Formula E officially unveil the New York ePrix track layout in Brooklyn and hear from key figures about the event, which will conclude the 2016/2017 season.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12914http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12914Formula E unveils New York City track layout and dateWed, 21 Sep 2016 18:33:08 GMT<p><strong>Formula E has unveiled the track layout and&nbsp;date for the New York ePrix double-header, which will be the first FIA-sanctioned&nbsp;open-wheel race to take place within&nbsp;the five boroughs of New York City.</strong></p> <p>Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag, FIA president Jean Todt and race organisers unveiled the 1.947km (1.21 mile) circuit, which will feature Manhattan&#39;s famous skyline as a backdrop, located&nbsp;around Pier 11 and the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.</p> <p>The race will take place in season&nbsp;three (2016/17)&nbsp;in mid-July and will be the final race on the calendar.</p> <p>Speaking at the press event, Agag said:&nbsp;&quot;To race in New York City is a historic moment - not only for Formula E, but for motorsport in general - and again highlights the philosophy of Formula E to bring fully-electric racing to the world&rsquo;s greatest cities.</p> <p>&quot;When we originally started the project we could only dream of bringing Formula E to a place like New York, with arguably the most recognisable skyline of any city in the world. I&rsquo;d like to thank everyone involved in helping bring Formula E to New York for many years to come.&quot;</p> <p>Fred Dixon, NYC &amp; Company&#39;s&nbsp;president and CEO, added: &quot;We are so pleased to welcome Formula E&rsquo;s inaugural New York City ePrix to Brooklyn in 2017.</p> <p>&quot;This fully-electric racing series will not only showcase the best of what New York City has to offer, but will also reaffirm NYC&rsquo;s position as one of the world&rsquo;s best big event destinations.&quot;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/Formula1/FE_NYC TRACK MAP.jpg" width="100%: /></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12865http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12865Video: Lucas Di Grassi hits the Arctic Ice Cap in a Formula E carWed, 14 Sep 2016 09:31:32 GMT<p><strong>The world&rsquo;s only fully electric racing series has once again broken new ground by running its car on the Arctic ice cap.</strong><br /> <br /> With the earth experiencing the warmest year on record, the amount of sea ice breaking away from the Arctic has reached historic new levels. To raise awareness of this crucial and pressing issue, Formula E joined forces with Julius Baer, Visa, DHL, Schaeffler, The Prince Albert Foundation II and Mumm to bring this spectacular event to life. The zero-emission racer was driven on the ice cap by adventurous race-winning Formula E driver, Lucas di Grassi.<br /> <br /> The Brazilian, who will be seeking to go one better than his runner-up position in the season two championship when the series returns with the HKT Hong Kong ePrix on October 9, performed a series of jaw-dropping runs on the ice cap, inside the Arctic circle in the north of Greenland.&nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12853http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12853Video: Jaguar Racing Formula E team launchSun, 11 Sep 2016 14:31:44 GMT<p><strong>Watch footage from the Jaguar Racing Formula E launch event and listen to key figures talk about the new team and the season ahead.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12849http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12849Liberty takeover of F1 'positive' news for Formula E - Alejandro Agag Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:15:35 GMT<p><strong>Liberty Media&#39;s recent announcement that it will soon acquire a controlling stake in Formula 1 is good news for the all-electric Formula E series, according to boss Alejandro Agag.</strong></p> <p>Liberty Media is owned by billionaire John Malone. The American also owns Liberty Global and Discovery Communications, which happen to be Formula E&#39;s largest shareholders, therefore bringing both FIA sanctioned racing series under the majority ownership of Malone.</p> <p>Agag believes that will benefit the relatively new electric racing series as it looks to expand its audience, rather than hinder it with claims the Liberty Group may focus its efforts on the profitable F1 business, rather than FE which posted a &pound;50 million loss during its first season.</p> <p>&quot;Not at all,&quot; he told <em>Autosport.&nbsp;</em>&quot;It can only be positive, because we are now part of the same family.</p> <p>&quot;We are Liberty Global and F1 is Liberty Media, so we are different parts of the family,&quot; he clarified.</p> <p>Agag also believes the appointment of Chase Carey to the role of Formula One Group&nbsp;chairman is a &quot;luxury for motorsport&quot;, and expects the 21st Century Fox vice-chairman to do wonders for F1&nbsp;and motorsport as a whole.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12842http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12842FIA releases official entry list for 2016/2017 Formula E seasonFri, 09 Sep 2016 11:27:33 GMT<p><strong>The FIA has released the official entry list for the 2016/2017 Formula E season, the third in the all-electric championship&rsquo;s history.</strong></p> <p>The new season of Formula E begins on October 9 in Hong Kong and the grid will feature five fresh faces.</p> <p>Jaguar Racing confirmed its <a href="http://grandprixtimes.com/news/id/12835">driver line-up for 2016/2017 on Thursday</a>, with rookies Adam Carroll and Mitch Evans joining Formula E.</p> <p>GT star Maro Engel will race for Venturi, with WTCC champion Jose Maria Lopez lining up for DS Virgin Racing and F3 title winner Felix Rosenqvist competing for Mahindra.</p> <p><strong>Full entry list for season three:</strong></p> <p>Daniel Abt - ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport</p> <p>Lucas di Grassi - ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport</p> <p>Antonio Felix da Costa &ndash; Andretti Formula E</p> <p>Robin Frijns &ndash; Andretti Formula E</p> <p>Sam Bird &ndash; DS Virgin Racing</p> <p>Jose Maria Lopez &ndash; DS Virgin Racing</p> <p>Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio &ndash; Faraday Future Dragon Racing</p> <p>Loic Duval &ndash; Faraday Future Dragon Racing</p> <p>Nick Heidfeld &ndash; Mahindra Racing</p> <p>Felix Rosenqvist &ndash; Mahindra Racing</p> <p>Nelson Piquet Jr. &ndash; NEXTEV NIO</p> <p>Oliver Turvey &ndash; NEXTEV NIO</p> <p>Adam Carroll &ndash; Panasonic Jaguar Racing</p> <p>Mitch Evans &ndash; Panasonic Jaguar Racing</p> <p>Sebastien Buemi &ndash; Renault e.dams</p> <p>Nicolas Prost &ndash; Renault e.dams</p> <p>Ma Qing Hua &ndash; Techeetah</p> <p>Jean-Eric Vergne &ndash; Techeetah</p> <p>Maro Engel &ndash; Venturi Formula E Team</p> <p>Stephane Sarrazin &ndash; Venturi Formula E Team</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12835http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12835Jaguar confirms Adam Carroll and Mitch Evans for Formula E season 3Thu, 08 Sep 2016 11:14:17 GMT<p><strong>Jaguar Racing has officially unveiled its new Formula E team, confirming a new title sponsor, its race drivers and showing off its 2016/2017 race livery.</strong></p> <p>Adam Carroll and Mitch Evans have been confirmed as the Jaguar Formula E team&rsquo;s race drivers for the 2016/2017 season, having both tested for the British outfit.</p> <p>Carroll completed a significant amount of the team&rsquo;s testing, while Evans was tried out alongside other young drivers and completed the second pre-season test for Jaguar.</p> <p>Both will make their Formula E debut in Hong Kong. Joining Carroll and Evans will be Ho-Pin Tung, who has been selected to be Jaguar Racing&rsquo;s reserve driver.</p> <p>Panasonic has been confirmed as the new title sponsor for Jaguar Racing&rsquo;s team in the all-electric single-seater championship, for its single-seater return.</p> <p>Meanwhile a new grey and blue livery for the team&rsquo;s first Formual E car, the I-TYPE 1, was revealed at the launch event.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yWtEgn-uqjA" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>&ldquo;Today is a proud moment for myself and the entire Panasonic Jaguar Racing team at our official launch,&rdquo; said James Barclay, team director of Jaguar Racing.</p> <p>&ldquo;Everyone has worked very hard over the last nine months to prepare for our debut in the championship. I am delighted to welcome Adam, Mitch and Ho-Pin, Panasonic, Lear and all of our new fans into the Jaguar family.</p> <p>&ldquo;We want to be successful on and off the track. We know that the challenge will be strong - our competitors have a two-year head start. We will be keeping our expectations in check in our first season. Ultimately we&rsquo;re here to win but we&rsquo;re here to innovate too.</p> <p>&ldquo; I would like to thank Jean Todt and his team at the FIA and Alejandro Agag and his team at Formula E for their vision in building this innovative series and for their help and support over the last 12 months with Jaguar&rsquo;s entry.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12831http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12831Sebastien Buemi quickest as pre-season Formula E testing concludesWed, 07 Sep 2016 18:54:25 GMT<p><strong>Renault e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi put in the fastest time on the final day of Formula E testing, ahead of the 2016/2017 season opener in Hong Kong.</strong></p> <p>The reigning Formula E champion set a new lap record at the Donington Park circuit with a 1m28.910 at the wheel of his Renault Z.E.16.</p> <p>He set the time in the morning session, also putting in the best attempt in the afternoon. But it couldn&rsquo;t beat his earlier lap, which was the first under the 1m29 mark.</p> <p>Nicolas Prost made it a Renault e.dams one-two with a lap two tenths slower than his team-mate. Sam Bird was third for DS Virgin Racing.</p> <p>Jean-Eric Vergne set the pace on the first two days of the final Formula E test for the Renault-powered Techeetah outfit and he looked set to improve late on before an error.</p> <p>That left him in fourth place, with Loic Duval, Daniel Abt, Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio and Jose-Maria Lope next up.</p> <p>Lucas di Grassi finished down in ninth. He could&rsquo;ve also improved but he went off into the gravel while on a personal best to bring out the red flag.</p> <p>It was one of several red flags during the day, which included one for Robin Frijns and his MS Amlin Andretti car. A few drivers also picked up penalties for hitting bollards at Turn 10 and overtaking under red flags.</p> <p>Ma Qing Hua was 10<sup>th</sup> quickest in the second car for new team Techeetah, ahead of rookie Felix Rosenqvist, Oliver Turvey and Nick Heidfeld.</p> <p>Frijns was 14<sup>th</sup> despite missing some track time. Mitch Evans was the lead Jaguar driver in 15<sup>th</sup>, with Adam Carroll down in 19<sup>th</sup>.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12823http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12823Vergne fastest for Techeetah on penultimate day of Formula E testingTue, 06 Sep 2016 19:32:40 GMT<p><strong>Jean-Eric Vergne retained the top spot on the timesheets for the new Techeetah team on day two of the second 2016/2017 Formula E test.</strong></p> <p>The Frenchman lowered the Formula E lap record at Donington Park with the Renault customer team, which led the factory outfit on the penultimate day of pre-season running.</p> <p>He bounced back from a crash in the morning &ndash; which brought out the red flags &ndash; to set the pace in with a late 1m29.196.</p> <p>He finished two tenths ahead of Renault e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi, who led the way after the morning session.</p> <p>Lucas di Grassi was third for Abt Audi Sport, ahead of Buemi&rsquo;s team-mate Nicolas Prost and Daniel Abt. Nick Heidfeld was next up.</p> <p>Jose Maria Lopez was seventh quickest for DS Virgin Racing, ahead of team-mate Sam Bird, NEXTEV&rsquo;s Oliver Turvey and Dragon Racing&rsquo;s Loic Duval.</p> <p>Season one champion Nelson Piquet Jr. was 11<sup>th</sup>, with Felix Rosenqvist, Antonio Felix da Costa &ndash; who lost track time with a battery problem in the morning &ndash; and Mitch Evans next up.</p> <p>He was the lead of the two Jaguar cars, with Adam Carroll 17<sup>th</sup> quickest, behind Robin Frijns and Stephane Sarrazin.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12822http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12822Channel 5 secures UK Formula E rights for two seasonsTue, 06 Sep 2016 14:59:22 GMT<p><strong>British terrestrial television broadcaster Channel 5 has confirmed it has secured the UK rights to broadcast Formula E for the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons.</strong></p> <p>The all-electric championship has been shown on ITV since its inaugural season, but after two seasons the British channel dumped its coverage following disappointing ratings.</p> <p>Although the London rounds attracted strong audiences on the main ITV channel, the remaining rounds were shown on ITV4 and failed to attract anywhere near the same numbers, leading to their decision not to renew.</p> <p>It was feared Formula E may struggle to find a replacement broadcaster - which many believe is key to its future success - leading to suggestions it may be broadcast on YouTube instead. However on Tuesday Channel 5 confirmed it had secured the rights.</p> <p>All races will be shown live on Channel 5, with qualifying broadcast live on sister channel Spike.</p> <p>The new seasons kicks off on October 9 starting in Hong Kong, ending in New York on July 30.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12814http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12814Vergne quickest on first day of second Formula E testMon, 05 Sep 2016 21:29:10 GMT<p><strong>Jean-Eric Vergne set the pace for the new Techeetah team on the opening day of the second 2016/2017 pre-season test.</strong></p> <p>The Frenchman, who switches to Techeetah from DS Virgin Racing, put in a 1m29.640 to end the day at the top of the timesheets.</p> <p>He was just 0.006 seconds off his own Donington Park Formula E lap record, which was set during the first Formula E test last month.</p> <p>Virgin&rsquo;s Sam Bird was second fastest, three tenths further back, ahead of Nicolas Prost and Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio for Renault e.dams and Faraday Future Dragon Racing respectively.</p> <p>Reigning champion Sebastien Buemi was next up, with Daniel Abt sixth and Adam Carroll seventh for the new Jaguar Racing team.</p> <p>Carroll and fellow tester Mitch Evans &ndash; who gets three days of running with the team &ndash; are favourites for the two Jaguar race seats.</p> <p>Jose Maria Lopez topped the morning session with a 1m34.501 but got that down to a 1m30.852 as conditions improved in the afternoon to finish eighth.</p> <p>Nick Heidfeld and Ma Qing Hua rounded out the top 10, just ahead of Lucas di Grassi, Stephane Sarrazin, Antonio Felix da Costa and Evans.</p> <p>Running was disrupted by several red flags due to debris and gravel on the track, but there were a few off-track excursions too.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12760http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12760Audi set for factory Formula E entry from season fourFri, 02 Sep 2016 09:55:32 GMT<p><strong>Audi is planning works involvement in Formula E from the 2017/18 season, upscaling its relationship with the ABT Schaeffler team.</strong></p> <p>ABT has enjoyed ties with Audi since its entry to Formula E in season one, making use of the services of factory driver Lucas di Grassi and access to the German&nbsp;marque&#39;s facility at Neuburg.</p> <p>From the start of the forthcoming Formula E campaign, due to start in Hong Kong on October 9, ABT will enjoy greater financial and technical support from Audi before becoming a works entry for season four.</p> <p>&quot;Audi has consistently been using motorsport to test and develop new technologies further for subsequent use in production,&quot; Audi motorsport chief Wolfgang Ullrich said.</p> <p>&quot;With quattro drive we revolutionized rally racing and subsequently set standards in circuit racing as well. In the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Audi was the first manufacturer to have achieved victories with a TFSI engine, a TDI and a hybrid race car, so writing motorsport history on several occasions.</p> <p>&quot;Now we intend to repeat this in fully electric racing. Formula E with its races being held in the hearts of major cities is an ideal stage for this purpose and Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport a logical partner for us.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12752http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12752Formula E confirms further details on 'Road to Vegas' eSports raceThu, 01 Sep 2016 17:36:02 GMT<p><strong>Formula E has announced further details on its &ldquo;Road to Las Vegas&rdquo; eSports race, which will see its drivers and 10 fans compete for a share of $1 million.</strong></p> <p>The all-electric championship&rsquo;s CEO Alejandro Agag confirmed over the London ePrix weekend that Formula E will host a virtual race in Las Vegas.</p> <p>It will be part of the Sports Business Innovation Summit in January 2017, at the Consumer Electronics Show.</p> <p>The event will take place at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, the location of the Formula E car&rsquo;s public debut almost three years ago.</p> <p>The eSports race will see the 20 Formula E drivers and 10 fans, selected through the &ldquo;Road to Vegas Challenge&rdquo; organised by Cloud Sport, take to a virtual track around Las Vegas.</p> <p>A series of online qualifying races will decide which 10 fans join the Formula E drivers on the virtual grid, with the event using Playseat gaming rigs running rFactor 2<em> </em>software.</p> <p>They&rsquo;ll have the chance to compete for a share of the race&rsquo;s $1 million prize fund, the largest in eSports history.</p> <p>&ldquo;Formula E takes one more giant step in engaging with our fans,&rdquo; Agag said on the eSports race.</p> <p>&ldquo;Gamers from all over the world will be able to participate in the &lsquo;Road to Vegas Challenge&rsquo; and earn themselves the opportunity to race against the Formula E drivers in a unique eRace.</p> <p>&ldquo;All this will take place within CES, the world&rsquo;s largest technology show, highlighting our commitment to fan engagement through innovation and technology.</p> <p>&ldquo;We believe eSports offers a new level of fan interaction and participation in sport, and we want to be at the forefront of this gaming revolution. Gamers, welcome to Formula E - let&rsquo;s race.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12740http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12740Video: Highlights of the first Formula E 2016/2017 testTue, 30 Aug 2016 19:41:05 GMT<p><strong>Formula E presents video highlights of the first 2016/2017 test at the Donington Park test, which included the public debuts of the new Techeetah and Jaguar teams.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12681http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12681NextEV unveil new livery and confirm unchanged driver line-upTue, 23 Aug 2016 12:51:35 GMT<p><strong>NextEV Formula E team have unveiled their new season three livery and an unchanged driver line-up of&nbsp;Nelson Piquet Jnr and Oliver Turveyfor the 2016/17 championship.</strong></p> <p>Piquet, who was crowned champion in Formula E&#39;s first season, is confident NextEV can overcome the troubles it experienced last season to once again challenge for the title.</p> <p>&quot;With NextEV fully committed to the Formula E programme, I believe that the team has a very strong long-term future,&quot;&nbsp;said Piquet.</p> <p>&quot;I am happy to be continuing to race with the team that I won the world championship with, and we are looking forward to being able to fight for victories again next season.</p> <p>&quot;We have come off the back of a challenging season, but that meant we learnt a lot and we are stronger for it.&quot;</p> <p>Turvey added: &quot;I learnt a lot in my first full season and have taken this experience into the summer testing to work with the team on developing the new car.</p> <p>&quot;The team and I have similarly high ambitions for the season ahead and we will work hard together to achieve them. I know how much effort everyone at NextEV has put in so I can&rsquo;t wait to start racing!&quot;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/FormulaE/nextev-s3-fe-2.jpg" width="100%" /></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12679http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12679Mahindra reveals new Formula E livery for season threeMon, 22 Aug 2016 22:11:55 GMT<p><strong>The Mahindra Formula E team has officially unveiled its livery for the third season of the all-electric championship.</strong></p> <p>The 2016/2017 campaign kicks off in Hong Kong on the 9 October. The team revealed the colours its M3Electro car will race in during an event at its Donington Park garage.</p> <p>Earlier in the day, Mahindra confirmed its driver line-up for season three, with Formula 3 champion Felix Rosenqvist joining the experienced Nick Heidfeld.</p> <p>The team ran Heidfeld and Bruno Senna in season two, enjoying improved fortunes. Mahindra placed fifth on the teams&rsquo; standings with two podium finishes.</p> <p>Mahindra launched a campaign earlier this year, following the conclusion of season two, with Pininfarina for fans to submit livery designs for the team&rsquo;s 2016/2017 car.</p> <p>The entries were judged by Pininfarina&rsquo;s automotive design team and the winner was selected by chief designer Fabio Filippini, before being revealed at Donington on Monday evening.</p> <div class="article-gallery"> <p><img alt="" height="420" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/FormulaE/mahindra-s3-fe-1.jpg" width="770" /></p> <p><img alt="" height="420" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/FormulaE/mahindra-s3-fe-2.jpg" width="770" /></p> </div> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12675http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12675Felix Rosenqvist joins Nick Heidfeld at Mahindra for Formula E season threeMon, 22 Aug 2016 12:47:47 GMT<p>Mahindra Racing have confirmed that Felix Rosenqvist will join the team for Formula E&#39;s third season, partnering the already confirmed Nick Heidfeld who will take part in his third year of the all electric championship.</p> <p>The Swedish driver&nbsp;was announced as Mahindra&#39;s second driver on Monday, adding to an already busy year which has seen&nbsp;Rosenqvist compete in Indy Lights, the Blancpain GT series, ADAC GT Masters and DTM - which he made his debut in just last week.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m thrilled to join Mahindra Racing at this exciting time. Racing in Formula E will be something genuinely brand new to me. It&rsquo;s a step into the unknown, but I&rsquo;ve had a very warm welcome by Mahindra Racing and I have a strong and experienced team-mate in Nick.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;ve tested the car already and I look forward to intensifying our preparations during the two pre-season tests at Donington. I love new challenges and this is going to be a massive one, for sure. I&rsquo;m fully aware that it will take some time to learn the trade of electric racing, as the technology in Formula E is so different to what I&rsquo;m accustomed.</p> <p>&quot;You need to be fast, as always, but you also have to be clever and energy-efficient. I also find the calendar highly exciting. We&rsquo;ll be racing on street tracks in some incredible locations, and I can&rsquo;t wait for Hong Kong.&quot;</p> <p>Pre-season testing begins on Tuesday for three days, with a second three-day test scheduled for September 5.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12644http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12644Bruno Senna 'relaxed' about racing plans amid uncertain Formula E futureFri, 12 Aug 2016 13:24:24 GMT<p><strong>Bruno Senna remains relaxed about his current racing prospects despite lacking a seat for the third Formula E season, but hopes to continue in the all-electric series.</strong></p> <p>Senna has raced in Formula E from its inception in 2014 with Mahindra, but is not set to return to the Indian team for season three, beginning on October 9 in Hong Kong.</p> <p>During a Facebook Live Q&amp;A, Senna admitted he is not sure of his plans for season three yet, but is relaxed about his future.</p> <p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know. The answer is we don&rsquo;t know yet,&quot; Senna said.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m pretty relaxed at the moment. I have good racing programmes going on for next year.</p> <p>&quot;I hope I can continue in Formula E next year, but if I don&rsquo;t do it next year, there&rsquo;s nothing stopping me coming back the year after. So let&rsquo;s wait and see.&quot;</p> <p>Senna has dovetailed his Formula E commitments with a drive in the FIA World Endurance Championship with RGR Sport by Morand in 2016, and is keen to take on more duties in sportscars, having made a one-off appearance for McLaren in the 24 Hours of Spa over the summer.</p> <p>&quot;Well I am already organising to drive for McLaren next season,&quot; Senna confirmed.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;ll do more races for them. This year I&rsquo;ve only done the 24 Hours of Spa.</p> <p>&quot;This year LMP2 is going really well for us, we&rsquo;re doing the World Endurance Championship and we&rsquo;re second in the championship, so we&rsquo;re fighting for the championship until the end, and the plan is to continue with that as well.</p> <p>&quot;There are plans to race in the US as well with the prototypes, so racing is going very well and so far the plans are that.</p> <p>&quot;We&rsquo;ll see what happens with Formula E.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12637http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12637MS Amlin Andretti signs Antonio Felix da Costa for Formula E season threeWed, 10 Aug 2016 16:05:23 GMT<p><b>Antonio Felix da Costa has joined MS Amlin Andretti ahead of the third Formula E season, partnering Robin Frijns.</b></p> <p>Da Costa has raced in Formula E since its inception in 2014 with Team Aguri, taking a memorable victory in Buenos Aires in 2015.</p> <p>The Portuguese racer joined the team again for season two and took some impressive results despite racing with season one powertrain technology, including pole in Long Beach before being excluded over a tyre pressure infringement.</p> <p>Da Costa confirmed over the London ePrix weekend that he would be leaving Team Aguri at the end of the season, with the outfit rebranded as Techeetah and signing Jean-Eric Vergne and Ma Qinghua for the new campaign.</p> <p>After undertaking private testing for Andretti using its season three powertrain, da Costa was formally announced on Wednesday as being its second driver alongside Frijns.</p> <p>&quot;To join Andretti Formula E is a big thing for me.&nbsp;I have always loved the way Americans go racing, and how they do sports in general,&quot; da Costa said.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m a big fan of IndyCar and, to me, Andretti Autosport has always been an iconic team. To finally be able to say that I&rsquo;m joining and racing for this amazing team and family is a big deal.</p> <p>&quot;We have a great team in place, the MS Amlin car looks good and the people around me are super professional. I&rsquo;m ready to get the season started.&quot;</p> <p>Da Costa&#39;s arrival leaves Simona de Silvestro without a seat, although her departure was expected after a difficult season that saw her score just two points finishes. It is not yet clear whether she will remain part of the Andretti Autosport setup.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12630http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12630Maro Engel to partner Stephane Sarrazin at Venturi for Formula E season 3Mon, 08 Aug 2016 13:29:21 GMT<p><strong>The Venturi Formula E team have confirmed that Maro Engel will join their driver line-up for the 2016/17 season, partnering Stephane Sarrazin.</strong></p> <p>The 30-year-old hasn&#39;t competed in a single seater series since 2007 when he raced in the British Formula 3 championship, finishing second with three race wins.</p> <p>Since then, Engel has competed in the DTM series, V8 Supercars and&nbsp;GT Racing all&nbsp;with Mercedes.</p> <p>The German&#39;s confirmation at Venturi is a little surprising, despite completing a test with the&nbsp;Monegasque team last month. He will replace Mike Conway.</p> <p>&quot;After giving me the opportunity to develop their new car, Venturi, a top team in Formula&nbsp;E, offered me the chance to participate in the championship. I am very happy,&quot; he said of the news.</p> <p>&quot;Efficient cars, great drivers, important manufacturers, races in big cities: the series is already a success and as a driver it&rsquo;s very important to be part of it.</p> <p>Team&nbsp;coordinator&nbsp;Franck Baldet added:&nbsp;&quot;It is a great satisfaction to welcome Maro. He is already deeply involved in the team through the season 3 car preparation. He knows our new engine &ndash; the VM 200-FE-02. He did most of the testing sessions accumulating hundreds of kilometers behind the wheel.</p> <p>&quot;He is efficient and accurate in his comments to our engineers, always available for the exchange that will increase the performance of the vehicle.&quot;</p> <p>Season three of the all-electric championship starts in&nbsp;Hong-Kong on October 9.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12553http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12553Formula E confirms pre-season test dates for 2016/2017 seasonThu, 28 Jul 2016 18:02:56 GMT<p><strong>Formula E has announced the pre-season testing dates for the 2016/2017 season, with running taking place at the Donington Park circuit.</strong></p> <p>Having already confirmed the <a href="http://grandprixtimes.com/news/id/12549">new look for the third season</a> of the all-electric series, Formula E has now revealed when the new cars will be hitting the track for the first public test.</p> <p>Teams have six days of public testing prior to the start of the new Formula E campaign in October, with 15 days of private running &ndash; which expires on the 31 July &ndash; also being allowed.</p> <p>New arrivals Techeetah and Jaguar will debut at the Donington Park tests, which kick off on the 23 August.</p> <p>The first test will last three days, with the final two &ndash; the 24 and 25 August &ndash; being open to the public free of charge.</p> <p>On the Tuesday, the morning test will last from 11:00am to 12:00pm, with the afternoon session starting at 13:00 and finishing at 18:00.</p> <p>Meanwhile on the days that are open to the public, the morning is from 9:00-12:00 and the afternoon lasts from 14:00-17:00.</p> <p>The second pre-season Formula E test is scheduled to take place from the 5-7 September, with further details to be released soon.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12549http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12549Formula E officially unveils new-look front-wing for next seasonThu, 28 Jul 2016 16:23:40 GMT<p><strong>Formula E has officially unveiled its new &quot;modern&quot; front-wing which will debut on all cars for the 2016/17 season which kicks off in Hong Kong this October.</strong></p> <p>The all-electric series has plans to introduce a new chassis for season five, but in a bid to make the current generation of cars stand out in season three as&nbsp;&quot;more aggressive&quot;, they will run a two-tier wing which according to&nbsp;series CEO Alejandro Agag, will make them look&nbsp;&quot;different to every car out there&quot;.</p> <p>&quot;Formula E aims to be different, and this new front wing&nbsp;creates a look that&rsquo;s different to every other car out there,&quot; commented&nbsp;Agag.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;I think this is a great addition to our car&nbsp;and further emphasises the fact that this is a modern, forward-thinking championship that is taking&nbsp;a completely different approach to all other racing series.&quot;</p> <p>Reigning series champion Sebastien Buemi added: &quot;I like the look of the new front-wing - it looks a little bit more futuristic, and from inside the car you can see the top part of the wing, so visually for the driver there is also a small change.</p> <p>&quot;We want Formula E to look different and be different, and the new wing is a good way of showing that.</p> <p>&quot;I don&rsquo;t think it will make too big of an impact on aero which isn&rsquo;t in the ethos of this championship - but it&rsquo;s a good way to show visual development heading to Hong Kong for the start of season three.&quot;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/ckfinder/userfiles/images/FormulaE/fe-front-wing-1.jpg" width="100%" /></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12483http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12483Mahindra trials 'futuristic' front-wing for third Formula E seasonWed, 20 Jul 2016 16:16:22 GMT<p><strong>Mahindra have become the first team to publically confirm it has trialled Formula E&#39;s &quot;futuristic&quot; new front-wing design, which is set to be introduced for the third season of Formula E.</strong></p> <p>The design sees the nose connected not only by two lower pylons, but by an additional top-wing which swoops down and connects to the lower-wing&#39;s endplates.</p> <p>The change is purely for aesthetic reasons as the all-electric sport looks to appeal to a younger audience.</p> <p>The&nbsp;Mahindra team tested the wing design&nbsp;at the Spanish Calafat circuit. It&#39;s believed rival teams have also begin to trial the wing, with the possibility of small aero gains to be made.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s one of a number of upgrades to be&nbsp;introduction for the 2016/17 season, which also include lighter tyres and a new steering wheel.</p> <p>From season five, which will run through 2018/19, a new chassis will be introduced, with the tender calling for a futuristic design.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12405http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12405Nelson Piquet Jr. to make NASCAR return at Mid-Ohio in AugustFri, 08 Jul 2016 16:52:10 GMT<p><strong>2014/2015 Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr. will return to NASCAR for the Xfinity series round at Mid-Ohio next month.</strong></p> <p>The Brazilian driver has been racing in the all-electric Formula E series since 2014, winning the title in its inaugural campaign but struggling to 15<sup>th</sup> in the latest season.</p> <p>Piquet will race for Biagi-DenBeste Racing at the Mid-Ohio road course in the NASCAR Xfinity series on August 13.</p> <p>Following his stint in Formula 1 with Renault in 2008 and 2009, Piquet switched to NASCAR racing in 2010.</p> <p>He started by racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck championship, before making a full-time move up to the Nationwide series (now run under the &lsquo;Xfinity&rsquo; name) in 2013.</p> <p>He won three races while competing in the Camping World Truck and Xfinity series, as well as scoring five further top three finishes.</p> <p>Piquet&rsquo;s most recent NASCAR start was at the 2014 Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen, where he finished in 26<sup>th</sup> place.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m absolutely thrilled to be racing in Mid-Ohio next month,&rdquo; the inaugural Formula E champion said on his return to the stock car series.</p> <p>&ldquo;NASCAR has been a huge part of my career and it is one of the best championships I&rsquo;ve ever raced in.</p> <p>&ldquo;My first top tier NASCAR victory was at a road course, at Road America, and so I&rsquo;m grateful to Biagi-DenBeste for giving me another road course opportunity.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Xfinity series is seriously competitive so I&rsquo;m looking forward to getting there and seeing what we can do.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12389http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12389Jean-Eric Vergne and Ma Qing Hua confirmed at TecheetahThu, 07 Jul 2016 11:54:41 GMT<p><strong>Jean-Eric Vergne and Ma Qing Hua have been confirmed as the season three Formula E drivers at the new Techeetah team.</strong></p> <p>Chinese sports marketing and management company SECA has announced its entry in the 2016/2017 season, taking over the Team Aguri entry.</p> <p>Vergne, who raced for DS Virgin Racing in the second season of the all-electric series, will make the move over to Techeetah for 2016/2017.</p> <p>He will be joined by Ma, who made his Formula E debut earlier this year with Team Aguri, competing in the final four races of season two.</p> <p>Techeetah is one of two new entries for the next Formula E campaign, alongside the new Jaguar team.</p> <p>The news of SECA&rsquo;s entry also confirmed the Techeetah team will have a minority French partner.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Racing in Formula E opens up marketing, R&amp;D and fan engagement possibilities for global and Chinese brands,&rdquo; said Sheng Li, founder and CEO of SECA.</p> <p>&ldquo;Techeetah Formula E Team is a global team with unique access to Chinese and European fans through our two star drivers next year.&rdquo;</p> <p>Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag added: &ldquo;Formula E is very happy to welcome the new Team Techeetah, backed by SECA, to our Championship. China is one of the big priorities of this Championship.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our first race ever took place in Beijing, and the country is doing great efforts towards electrification of mobility. We will work together with SECA and our Chinese partners to expand Formula E in China, and reach out to millions of potential new fans.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12387http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12387DS Virgin sign Jose Maria Lopez for 2016-17 seasonThu, 07 Jul 2016 10:34:39 GMT<p><strong>DS Virgin Racing have announced that two-time&nbsp;WTCC champion&nbsp;Jose&nbsp;Maria Lopez will race for the team&nbsp;in the 2016-17 Formula E Season.</strong></p> <p>The Argentine&nbsp;will partner DS Virgin mainstay Sam Bird as Formula E enters its third season; Bird&nbsp;having&nbsp;raced for the team since their inception as Virgin Racing in the inaugural season.</p> <p>Lopez already has&nbsp;strong links to his DS, currently participating in the World Touring Car Chanpionship with Citro&euml;n, with whom he has won two championships. He currently sits first in the standings for 2016, with six wins to his name, making a third likely.</p> <p>Though successful in closed-cockpit racing, Lopez has enjoyed success in single seaters, taking a brace of podiums in the final season of International Formula 3000, and a win in the inaugural season of GP2 which followed it.</p> <p>Of his move to Formula E, he said:&nbsp;&quot;This is a really exciting move for me and I&rsquo;m looking forward to the challenge of Formula E. I have already had some experience working with the team,&nbsp;so I am confident that we can achieve great things together next season.&quot;</p> <p>Team mate to be Sam Bird won the Buenos Aires ePrix in 2016, and Lopez says it is a location he anticipates re-visiting.</p> <p>&quot;As a championship, Formula E is going from strength to strength and I&rsquo;m particularly looking forward to going back to Buenos Aires where the team had such great success last season.&rdquo;</p> <p>DS Virgin Team Principal Alex Tai spoke of the new signing too, saying&nbsp;&quot;I&rsquo;m absolutely delighted to announce our driver line up for next season and to welcome Jos&eacute; Mar&iacute;a to the DS Virgin Racing family.</p> <p>&quot;Jose&nbsp;is a proven world champion who has performed at the highest level and shown great speed and consistency in every motorsport discipline that he has competed in.&nbsp;I&nbsp;have every confidence that he will be able to translate that success to Formula E.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12370http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12370Oliver Turvey hoping to stay at NEXTEV for Formula E season threeMon, 04 Jul 2016 12:28:12 GMT<p><strong>British driver Oliver Turvey says he hopes to remain at the NEXTEV team for the third Formula E season.</strong></p> <p>Turvey debuted in the all-electric series at the 2014/2015 season finale in London, scoring points in both races.</p> <p>He then went on to compete in his first full campaign in Formula E in 2015/2016, but NEXTEV struggled with a heavier car and finished bottom of the teams&rsquo; championship.</p> <p>Turvey ended this season ahead of team-mate and inaugural Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Jr. in the standings and has been <a href="http://www.grandprixtimes.com/news/id/12332">pleased with his season two performance</a>.</p> <p>He remained coy on negotiations for season three but explained he hopes to remain at NEXTEV, believing the team can make a big step forward in 2016/2017.</p> <p>&ldquo;NEXTEV are putting in a big effort in for next season with the whole package of the car,&rdquo; he told <em>Grand Prix Times</em>.</p> <p>&ldquo;There is going to be a big improvement with the team going forward so I think they will have a much stronger package next season.</p> <p>&ldquo;Yeah, I am hoping to be with them [NEXTEV]. They gave me my first opportunity in Formula E so hopefully I can continue with them.</p> <p>&ldquo;What we have had to do this year to be competitive has improved us as drivers. I feel I have improved a lot through the season.</p> <p>&ldquo;The last four or five races have been really good qualifyings. It is just harder in the race and hopefully with the right package I think it will allow us to fight for pole, fight for race wins and hopefully for the championship.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12368http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12368Video: London ePrix title decider race highlightsMon, 04 Jul 2016 11:57:08 GMT<p><strong>Watch highlights from Sunday&#39;s second London ePrix at Battersea Park, which saw Sebastien Buemi crowned 2015/2016 Formula E champion in rather unusual circumstances.</strong></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12361http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12361Di Grassi: Buemi braked 50 metres too early on lap oneSun, 03 Jul 2016 19:48:21 GMT<p><strong>Lucas di Grassi believes Sebastien Buemi braked 50 metres too early on the first lap of the second London ePrix, causing the two to collide.</strong></p> <p>Buemi led the field down to Turn 3 but di Grassi locked up and ran into the back of him. Both made it back to the bits and changed cars to go for the fastest lap.</p> <p>The two drivers were level on points, so the two points for fastest lap ultimately decided the championship, with Buemi setting the quickest time and taking the title.</p> <p>After the race di Grassi said Buemi braked far too early for Turn 3, which caused him to lock up his brakes and crash into him.</p> <p>&ldquo;I have seen the data and it is very clear,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I had a very good start and I knew I had to be aggressive against [Nicolas] Prost, because I knew I had to overtake Prost at the beginning if I had any chance to fight Seb for the next 33 laps.</p> <p>&ldquo;Here it is very easy to block, so I knew if I was behind Prost it would be a struggle because he was extremely fast, and at the same time I would have no chance of fighting Buemi.</p> <p>&ldquo;So I was very aggressive with him, we ended up touching a little bit. Seb braked almost 50 metres too early compared to me and Nico. When I realised, I locked my wheels and had the incident.</p> <p>&ldquo;Seb braked early, I was very aggressive, that was not how the first corner should have been. We should have fought for the next 32 laps.</p> <p>&ldquo;But with these conditions, the car, cold tyres, cold brakes, I had to be aggressive. That was what happened.&rdquo;</p> <p>Buemi said he was &ldquo;sad&rdquo; the title had been decided by fastest laps and now has &ldquo;zero respect&rdquo; for di Grassi.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think he should be proud that he won the title,&rdquo; the Brazilian added. &ldquo;After he cools his head he will have a different approach.</p> <p>&ldquo;Seb is a tough fighter on the track and is a good driver, he won the title so he should be celebrating. We fought very hard and sometimes fighting hard, accidents happen.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think in his position he would have been exactly as aggressive as I was. I really hope next season all the cars are closer together, if everybody is closer we will see not only a two-way fight but maybe a five, six-way fight in the last race.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12360http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12360Buemi 'sad' Formula E title was won in London by fastest lapsSun, 03 Jul 2016 19:35:29 GMT<p><strong>Newly crowned 2015/2016 Formula E champion Sebastien Buemi says he is &ldquo;sad&rdquo; the title was decided by the fastest lap during the second London ePrix race.</strong></p> <p>The Swiss driver went into the season finale level on points with rival Lucas di Grassi but they collided on the opening lap at Turn 3.</p> <p>Di Grassi ran into the back of Buemi, with both drivers managing to get back to the pitlane and change to their second cars. With two points for fastest lap, Buemi set the quickest time and has clinched the championship.</p> <p>&ldquo;The most important thing in the end is that we won both championships,&rdquo; Buemi said. &ldquo;I am just coming back from race direction. I had a look at the video and I am actually really sad.</p> <p>&ldquo;Firstly, to win it that way and second of all to see what Lucas did. I was very respectful of his driving because he has been amazing.</p> <p>&ldquo;When he braked, he had two options &ndash; either go to the right and nail the back of my car. He nailed it perfectly, but a little bit too strong because we both went out.</p> <p>&ldquo;So, I am a bit sad to see this because I think that was his only opportunity. We had the quickest car, were the best team, if we would have come out of this corner in front of him we would have been far quicker.&rdquo;</p> <p>Buemi also said he now has &ldquo;zero respect&rdquo; for di Grassi, who claimed the e.Dams driver braked 50 metres earlier than normal.</p> <p>He also felt the Abt racer had held him up in his attempts to get the fastest lap: &ldquo;He went out and did the fastest lap, and he was waiting for me each time I was trying to do the fastest lap.</p> <p>&ldquo;I could not even do the fastest lap. I used 60% of my battery before I in the end managed to do a lap. I could not believe that to be honest.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12358http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12358Sebastien Buemi secures Formula E title with fastest lap, Nicolas Prost wins second London ePrixSun, 03 Jul 2016 17:13:07 GMT<p><strong>Sebastien Buemi has been crowned 2015/2016 Formula E champion after the title race went down to the fastest lap, while Nicolas Prost stormed to a dominant second victory of the London ePrix weekend.</strong></p> <p>Prost took a clear win at Battersea Park, making it a clean-sweep for the French driver. He benefitted from a dramatic first lap where title rivals Buemi and Lucas di Grassi collided.</p> <p>Buemi led the field into Turn 3 from pole position but di Grassi, who was battling Prost for second, went straight into the back of the e.Dams Renault car.</p> <p>Both made it back to the pits and swapped to their second cars. They were level on points heading into the race and with fastest lap worth two points, it decided the title.</p> <p>Through numerous safety cars, Buemi and di Grassi headed out on track and pitted, trying to find a gap and clean air. Buemi ended up putting in a 1m24.150 late on to claim fastest lap, the two points and the title.</p> <p>Prost finished 7.6 seconds clear of Daniel Abt to clinch e.Dams Renault the teams&rsquo; title, with Jean-Eric Vergne finishing third for the second consecutive race.</p> <p>However, his car was on 0% battery as he crossed the line and a penalty drops him to seventh. Nick Heidfeld and Antonio Felix da Costa, who finished fourth and fifth, also had no energy left and fell to eighth and ninth.</p> <p>This promoted Jerome d&rsquo;Ambrosio to third place, despite finishing sixth. Loic Duval battled closely with his Dragon Racing team-mate and was classified in the end in fourth.</p> <p>Stephane Sarrazin and Bruno Senna moved up to fifth and sixth, with Vergne, Heidfeld and da Costa next up after their respective penalties. Nelson Piquet Jr. finished 10<sup>th</sup> after losing ground late on, as did his team-mate Oliver Turvey who finished 11<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p>Ma Qing Hua was 12<sup>th</sup> and Mike Conway finished 13<sup>th</sup> after stopping late on, but managing to continue. Di Grassi and Buemi were classified as retirements despite going for the fastest lap battle.</p> <p>Robin Frijns failed to finish after an incident with Duval, while Simona de Silvestro and Sam Bird retiring due to issues.</p>