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FE close to mass retirement repeat in second Valencia race

Formula E and the FIA came close to the second Valencia E-Prix also being marred by mass retirements from cars running out of useable energy on the last lap.

Valencia E-Prix: Rookie Dennis scores lights-to-flag win for BMW

Jake Dennis converted his maiden Formula E pole position into a first championship win in the second Valencia E-Prix as a penalty and collision quashed the threat from second place.  

Valencia E-Prix: Dennis puts BMW on pole on drying track

Jake Dennis snared his rookie Formula E pole position by a massive nine tenths ahead of the second Valencia E-Prix as the BMW Andretti racer dominated a drying qualifying session. 

How Valencia E-Prix farce gave Formula E an image problem

Formula E was under the microscope at Valencia, on its first visit to a permanent circuit. But after a mere nine drivers were left classified following Saturday's Valencia E-Prix, the electric championship once more faced criticism after rising energy deductions and miscalculations produced a farcical affair.

Da Costa blasts FIA claims after controversial Valencia FE race

Antonio Felix da Costa says Formula E will be “the joke of the week” and has blasted FIA claims he could have changed the outcome of the Valencia E-Prix.

FIA: Valencia race shows "how difficult" it is to win in FE

FIA director Frederic Bertrand hopes the controversial end to the Valencia E-Prix “will never happen again” but reckons it showcases “how difficult” it is to win in Formula E.

FIA: Extra lap 'made life difficult' in Valencia

The FIA has responded to the farcical end to Valencia E-Prix in which only six cars finished without taking drastic energy-saving measures, saying Antonio Felix da Costa ‘made life difficult’.

Valencia E-Prix: De Vries wins after farcical race finish

Mercedes driver Nyck de Vries scored victory in a farcical Valencia E-Prix in which half the field ran out of useable energy and were disqualified.  

Mercedes explains error that cost Vandoorne Valencia pole

Mercedes Formula E team principal Ian James has revealed that the input of one wrong number for a barcode is what cost Stoffel Vandoorne pole position in the Valencia E-Prix.

Vandoorne loses Valencia FE pole for tyre rules infringement

Stoffel Vandoorne has lost his pole position for the Valencia E-Prix after his Mercedes was found to be in breach of Formula E and FIA tyre regulations. 

Valencia E-Prix: Vandoorne pips da Costa to pole by 0.28s

Mercedes snared its third Formula E pole of the 2021 season as Stoffel Vandoorne topped qualifying ahead of the first Valencia E-Prix while points leader Jaguar faltered. 

Valencia E-Prix: Gunther sets the pace in practice for BMW

BMW Andretti racer Maximilian Gunther extended his mini run of form at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo by topping the morning practice running ahead of the Valencia E-Prix.

Di Grassi: Modify FE attack mode system to police track limits

Lucas di Grassi says he lobbied the FIA to modify the Formula E attack mode system to reduce car power should a driver break track limits during the Valencia E-Prix.

Valencia E-Prix tipped to be Formula E's toughest ever race

Formula E drivers are expecting the Valencia E-Prix double-header to be the most difficult round in the history of the championship and to resemble a peloton in a cycling race.

Vergne wants Formula E to “never come back” to Valencia

Two-time Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne has called for the series to “never come back” to the Valencia circuit ahead of the double-header event at the venue this weekend. 

NIO 333 Formula E team fined for COVID-19 rules breach

The NIO 333 Formula E team has been hit with a €25,000 fine for failing to immediately report a positive COVID-19 case ahead of the Valencia E-Prix double-header event.

Formula E finalises calendar including London double-header
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Formula E finalises calendar including London double-header

Formula E and the FIA have finally signed off the remainder of the 2021 season calendar, which features a long-awaited return to London plus the addition of Puebla in Mexico.

Todt: Formula E deserves more media attention
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Todt: Formula E deserves more media attention

FIA president Jean Todt has called on the media to give more coverage to Formula E, saying the sport "deserves much more".

Mexico Formula E back-up race boosted by fan attendance go-ahead

The viability of Formula E’s backup plan to host a Mexican race near the city of Puebla has been boosted by limited fan attendance being permitted for local sporting events.

Formula E to create F1-style Concorde Agreement

Formula E is creating its own version of the Concorde Agreement as used in Formula 1 to boost the championship’s audience by better defining rights deals between teams and broadcasters.

Formula E to race on adapted version of Monaco F1 layout

Formula E has unveiled an adapted version of the Formula 1 Monaco circuit to be used next month as the championship makes its debut on the full layout.

Da Costa: Rome TV cameras missed "best overtakes of my life"

Defending Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa reckons he completed “the best overtakes of my life” during the Rome E-Prix but they were missed by the TV feed.

How Vergne and Vandoorne found redemption in Rome

Another Formula E double-header, another double dose of frantic action. While the form guide remains unpredictable following fightback wins for Jean-Eric Vergne and Stoffel Vandoorne in Rome, the speed and consistency of Mercedes – both on and off the track – could have its rivals worried for what is to follow

Rowland critical of Rome penalty after Cassidy clash

Oliver Rowland has called out the application of the FIA regulations after he was penalised for a Formula E crash that forced Rome E-Prix polesitter Nick Cassidy to retire.

De Vries hit with grid penalty for last-lap Bird collision

Nyck de Vries carries a grid penalty into the first Valencia Formula E race thanks to the late Rome E-Prix crash that gave points leader Sam Bird a swollen hand. 

Di Grassi calls out Buemi for “incredibly stupid” move in Rome FE

Lucas di Grassi has called out fellow Formula E champion Sebastien Buemi for his “incredibly stupid manoeuvre” that caused the Audi driver to crash out of the second Rome E-Prix.

Vandoorne: Rome win "redemption" after Race 1 misery

Stoffel Vandoorne says his win in the second Rome E-Prix counts as “redemption” and validates the work of the Mercedes Formula E team during the pandemic. 

Rome E-Prix: Vandoorne wins wild Race 2 for Mercedes

Stoffel Vandoorne scored a third Formula E win for Mercedes in a frantic climax to the Rome E-Prix as points leader Sam Bird was eliminated on the final lap. 

Rome E-Prix: Cassidy storms to maiden pole in wet qualifying

Formula E rookie Nick Cassidy scored a remarkable maiden pole position over fellow championship newcomer Norman Nato in a treacherous wet-weather shootout ahead of the second Rome E-Prix. 

Rome E-Prix: Cassidy tops damp practice ahead of Gunther

Envision Virgin Racing driver Nick Cassidy set the pace in a greasy practice session ahead of the second Rome E-Prix as persistent drizzle led to a spate of mistakes.

Porsche's Lotterer defends Rome collision with Vandoorne

Andre Lotterer has defended his first-lap collision with Stoffel Vandoorne for the lead of the Rome E-Prix, blaming the Mercedes driver for lifting early and "leaving me no space".

Di Grassi: "No reason" for Audi to fail in Rome

Lucas di Grassi says there was “no reason” for his car to fail while leading the Rome E-Prix, which cost Audi its first Formula E win in almost two years.

Vandoorne's Rome E-Prix crash cause revealed

Mercedes driver Stoffel Vandoorne revealed that a manhole cover caused the shunt that eliminated both he and teammate Nyck de Vries from the Rome E-Prix and effectively ended the race early.

Vergne, Bird call on FIA to move Rome start line after crashes

Jean-Eric Vergne and Sam Bird have called on Formula E and the FIA to move the start line of the Rome E-Prix “karting track” to eliminate “unnecessary” and “inevitable” crashes.

Rome E-Prix: Vergne wins race, heartbreak for di Grassi

Jean-Eric Vergne won a dramatic Rome E-Prix that ended under safety car conditions as race leader Lucas di Grassi triggered a late shunt that eliminated polesitter Stoffel Vandoorne. 

Rome E-Prix: Vandoorne takes pole after Rowland hits the wall

Mercedes racer Stoffel Vandoorne scored his third Formula E pole ahead of the Rome E-Prix after a brief wall tap denied Oliver Rowland in the dying moments of his run. 

Rome E-Prix: Second practice cancelled after kerb breakage

Formula E cancelled the second practice session ahead of the Rome E-Prix after only 10 minutes of running as a kerb breakage could not be repaired in time. 

Dennis blames lack of yellow flags for Rome practice pile-up

BMW Andretti driver Jake Dennis has blamed an absence of yellow and red flags for contributing to the three-car Rome E-Prix practice pile-up caused by Oliver Turvey.

Rome E-Prix: Di Grassi fastest as FP1 ends with major crash Rome E-Prix I
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Rome E-Prix: Di Grassi fastest as FP1 ends with major crash

Audi driver Lucas di Grassi topped the opening Formula E practice session ahead of the Rome E-Prix as the practice start procedure led to another major crash. 

FIA asks teams to review braking systems after Mortara crash

The FIA has asked all Formula E teams to review the causes and effects of possible failures to their braking system following the Diriyah E-Prix crash that hospitalised Edoardo Mortara.

New Dragon FE car now expected to debut in Monaco

Dragon Penske Autosport's drivers have explained why the Formula E team will not debut its new car for the Rome E-Prix, instead expecting it to arrive for Monaco in May.

Rome FE round "a miracle" following Italy COVID emergency

Formula E drivers reckon “it’s not short of a miracle” that this weekend’s double-header Rome E-Prix has been organised as Italy extends the state of emergency of in the country.

Jaguar commits to Formula E's Gen3 era

Jaguar has become the latest manufacturer in Formula E to commit to the forthcoming Gen3 regulations ahead of the 2022-23 season but will hold off issuing its public confirmation.

Mercedes: Final call on Gen3 rules "in the next few weeks"

Mercedes Formula E boss Ian James has explained the manufacturer’s unexpected decision to delay its Gen3 rules registration and says the “final call” is due in “the next few weeks”.

Agag: Extreme E has "almost identical" feeling as first FE race
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Agag: Extreme E has "almost identical" feeling as first FE race

Extreme E co-founder Alejandro Agag says he feels “almost identical” after the first event of the new SUV championship when compared to his feelings after the debut Formula E race.

Loeb calls on XE supplier to fix issues that cost Saudi win Desert X-Prix
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Loeb calls on XE supplier to fix issues that cost Saudi win

Sebastien Loeb has called on Extreme E car builder Spark Racing Technology to “solve” repeat power steering issues that cost the X44 team its chance in the Saudi Arabia final. 

Munnings will "remember first Extreme E podium forever" Desert X-Prix
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Munnings will "remember first Extreme E podium forever"

Andretti United racer Catie Munnings says she and teammate Timmy Hansen took a moment to savour their Extreme E podium in the AlUla desert to “remember forever”.

How Extreme E exceeded expectations to pass its first major test Prime
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How Extreme E exceeded expectations to pass its first major test

The racing may have lacked the explosive conclusion to Formula E's first race in 2014 and was not without its hiccups. But Extreme E's leap into the unknown appears to have paid off, delivering a spectacle quite unlike anything else

XE rivals voted for Andretti United due to “underdog" status

Timmy Hansen reckons his Extreme E rivals voted for him and Andretti United teammate Catie Munnings to start the Saudi Arabia final on pole because they were the “underdogs”.

Agag: Inaugural Extreme E event created "motorsport gold" Desert X-Prix
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Agag: Inaugural Extreme E event created "motorsport gold"

Extreme E co-founder Alejandro Agag reckons he could not have devised “a better script” for the maiden event in Saudi Arabia and that the final race had created “motorsport gold”.

Rosberg hails "inspiring" Kristoffersson, Taylor after XE win Desert X-Prix
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Rosberg hails "inspiring" Kristoffersson, Taylor after XE win

Nico Rosberg has hailed Johan Kristoffersson as “inspiring” and thanked Molly Taylor for joining his Extreme E team as the duo scored a dominant win in the maiden desert event. 

Rosberg's team dominates Extreme E's Saudi opener Desert X-Prix
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Rosberg's team dominates Extreme E's Saudi opener

The Rosberg X Racing team dominated the final to win the inaugural Extreme E event in the desert in Saudi Arabia as Lewis Hamilton’s X44 struggled with a technical failure. 

Hurtgen/LeDuc XE crash "not accident waiting to happen" Desert X-Prix
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Hurtgen/LeDuc XE crash "not accident waiting to happen"

The Extreme E crash between Claudia Hurtgen and Kyle LeDuc that red flagged the shootout race was “not an accident waiting to happen” despite weekend-long concerns over dust. 

Rosberg X Racing, Andretti United win Extreme E semi-finals Desert X-Prix
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Rosberg X Racing, Andretti United win Extreme E semi-finals

Rosberg X Racing was victorious in the Extreme E semi-final in Saudi Arabia and will face Lewis Hamilton’s X44 team and the Andretti United concern in the inaugural event finale.

Software fault caused penalties for Rosberg, Button teams Desert X-Prix
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Software fault caused penalties for Rosberg, Button teams

A fault with the pitlane speed limiter software resulted in penalties that denied Rosberg X Racing pole and demoted Jenson Button’s JBXE team in the Extreme E qualifying shootout.

Agag: “A miracle” so few cars broke in Extreme E qualifying Desert X-Prix
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Agag: “A miracle” so few cars broke in Extreme E qualifying

Alejandro Agag says “it’s a miracle so few” cars broke during Extreme E qualifying, adding the finals will not switch to a one-car format despite talks having taken place.

X44's Loeb: Rosberg's team "faster" in Extreme E qualifying
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X44's Loeb: Rosberg's team "faster" in Extreme E qualifying

X44 driver Sebastien Loeb reckons “it’s not a surprise” he and Cristine Gutierrez landed the first-ever Extreme E pole position but accepted Rosberg X Racing was “faster than us”.

Hamilton’s X44 team ends Extreme E qualifying on top Desert X-Prix
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Hamilton’s X44 team ends Extreme E qualifying on top

Lewis Hamilton’s X44 team topped combined qualifying for the inaugural Extreme E desert event in Saudi Arabia as a penalty knocked Nico Rosberg’s squad from first down to third.

Veloce withdraws from Extreme E opener due to car damage Desert X-Prix
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Veloce withdraws from Extreme E opener due to car damage

Veloce Racing has pulled out of the first-ever Extreme E event ahead of the second qualifying session due to irreparable damage sustained to the car’s roll cage.

Hurtgen explains huge Extreme E qualifying crash Desert X-Prix
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Hurtgen explains huge Extreme E qualifying crash

Abt Cupra driver Claudia Hurtgen has explained the nature of her massive crash during the first qualifying shootout for the maiden Extreme E Desert X-Prix round in Saudi Arabia.