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Evans quickest as Formula E trials new qualifying format

Formula E has trialled its new qualifying format at its pre-season Valencia test, with Mitch Evans setting the overall fastest time within the final two hours of the day.

Frijns tops Formula E pre-season test opening day for Envision

Envision Racing driver Robin Frijns topped the opening day of Formula E pre-season testing in Valencia over the DS Techeetahs of champions Jean-Eric Vergne and Antonio Felix da Costa.

How Mercedes's Formula E squad replicated the F1 team's best trait Prime

How Mercedes's Formula E squad replicated the F1 team's best trait

With its ultra-successful sister team in Formula 1 and a support network providing some of the best minds and resources in the business, Mercedes Formula E team principal Ian James knew his squad had all the winning ingredients. But mixing it together was no easy feat and required key attributes to be grown from within

Rowland: Mahindra needs to arrive better prepared to FE weekends
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Rowland: Mahindra needs to arrive better prepared to FE weekends

Oliver Rowland feels Mahindra needs to arrive at Formula E weekends better prepared than last season to consistently race near the front of the field in 2022.

Mercedes unveils livery for its final Formula E campaign
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Mercedes unveils livery for its final Formula E campaign

Mercedes has launched its final works Formula E car, with the defending teams’ champion set to quit the championship at the end of the upcoming 2022 campaign. 

Da Costa: Formula E can rebound after "punch in the face"

DS Techeetah driver Antonio Felix da Costa is confident that Formula E will be able to rebound from recent setbacks, despite admitting that an exodus of manufacturers has dealt it with a “punch in the face.”

How Formula E's polarising newcomer Ticktum can prove himself Prime

How Formula E's polarising newcomer Ticktum can prove himself

OPINION: Few figures in racing today divide opinion like Dan Ticktum. The Formula 2 race winner now has the chance to wipe his professional slate clean with his move into Formula E, but it won't be easy at the squad which has brought up the rear for the past three years. Here are the three key criteria he must meet to make a lasting impression on the series.

Askew hopes IndyCar street experience can translate to Formula E
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Askew hopes IndyCar street experience can translate to Formula E

Andretti Autosport's Oliver Askew hopes his IndyCar experience will help him on Formula E's cast of street circuits when he makes his debut in the championship next year.

FE doesn't need old qualifying format for exciting races - Rowland

Oliver Rowland has backed Formula E’s decision to ditch its unpopular group qualifying format, saying the all-electric series doesn’t need to resort to artificial means to provide entertaining races.

How Mercedes pulled off a silent coup in Formula E Prime

How Mercedes pulled off a silent coup in Formula E

By virtue of its Formula 1 success, Mercedes was expected to rise to power in Formula E before long. That it won both the drivers' and manufacturers' championships this year, after only two seasons as a full works effort, belies a tricky path littered with potential pitfalls

DS Techeetah FE team co-founder Preston moves to executive role

The Formula E title-winning DS Techeetah squad has confirmed that race team co-founder Mark Preston will move into an executive role for the 2022 season and beyond.

Susie Wolff appointed CEO of Venturi Formula E team
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Susie Wolff appointed CEO of Venturi Formula E team

Susie Wolff has been appointed chief executive officer at the Venturi Racing Formula E squad as experienced former driver Jerome D'Ambrosio takes her previous position of team principal.

Ticktum joins NIO 333 for 2022 Formula E switch
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Ticktum joins NIO 333 for 2022 Formula E switch

Formula 2 race winner Dan Ticktum will move to Formula E in 2022 with the NIO 333 team, partnering incumbent Oliver Turvey.

Formula E race director Elkins appointed in same role for DTM
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Formula E race director Elkins appointed in same role for DTM

Formula E and Extreme E race director Scot Elkins has been appointed in the same role for the DTM and its Trophy support championship for the 2022 season.

NIO 333 FE team unveils senior management shake-up

NIO 333 has revealed a new senior management team for the inbound 2022 Formula E season in its latest effort to climb from the bottom of the championship.

Askew joins Dennis in Andretti Formula E squad
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Askew joins Dennis in Andretti Formula E squad

Andretti Autosport has announced its former Indy Lights champion Oliver Askew will team up with Jake Dennis in its Formula E team next season.

Nato didn't see his future in Formula E before Venturi exit

Norman Nato says he is “not frustrated” to have been dropped by Venturi in favour of Lucas di Grassi after a single season, but feels he did enough to extend his stay in Formula E.

Mahindra unveils Formula E car for final Gen2 season

Mahindra has taken the covers off the revised M7Electro that it will campaign in the final season of Formula E’s Gen2 era in 2022.

De Vries, Vandoorne to test IndyCars at Sebring
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De Vries, Vandoorne to test IndyCars at Sebring

Nyck De Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne will test IndyCars early next month on the Sebring International Raceway short course.

NIO 333 showcases 2022 Formula E livery ahead of testing

The NIO 333 team has unveiled its 2022 Formula E livery ahead of the start of pre-season testing at Valencia later this month.

Giovinazzi moves to Formula E after losing Alfa Romeo F1 seat
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Giovinazzi moves to Formula E after losing Alfa Romeo F1 seat

Antonio Giovinazzi will move to Formula E in 2022 with Dragon Penske after losing his Alfa Romeo Formula 1 seat to Chinese racer Guanyu Zhou.

Sette Camara extends Dragon Penske Formula E deal
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Sette Camara extends Dragon Penske Formula E deal

Sergio Sette Camara has been re-signed by the Dragon Penske Autosport team for the 2022 Formula E season.

Formula E to release documentary series Unplugged on 2021 season

Formula E is set to release a 15-episode documentary series on the 2021 season that will be its own equivalent to the Formula 1 Netflix smash hit Drive to Survive.

Vergne stays with Techeetah for 2022 Formula E season

Jean-Eric Vergne has put speculation surrounding his Formula E future to bed by revealing he will remain alongside Antonio Felix da Costa at DS Techeetah for the 2022 season.

Bournemouth launches bid to host Formula E race
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Bournemouth launches bid to host Formula E race

A bid for Bournemouth to host a Formula E round for three years, starting in 2023, has been launched with the aim of putting the town on “the global map”.

Formula E releases Valencia pre-season testing dates
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Formula E releases Valencia pre-season testing dates

Formula E has finally formalised the dates for its official pre-season test, which will commence later this month in Valencia ahead of the 2022 campaign’s late January start.

FE shortens practice sessions, makes U-turn on tyre allocation
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FE shortens practice sessions, makes U-turn on tyre allocation

Formula E has dispensed with cost-saving tyre regulations it only introduced last year in addition to slashing the length of practice sessions ahead of the forthcoming 2022 season.

Da Costa to remain with DS Techeetah in 2022 FE season

Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa is set to remain with DS Techeetah in 2022, despite the uncertainty that surrounded the team’s financial future throughout last season. 

Envision Virgin reveals first two-seater electric formula car

The Envision Virgin Racing Formula E team has lifted the lid on the world’s first two-seater electric formula car as part of its United Nations Climate Change Conference display.

Cape Town round dropped from Formula E calendar, Jakarta in

An inaugural Cape Town E-Prix has been officially dropped from the 2022 Formula E calendar, while a maiden race in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta has been locked in.

FIA approves radical Formula E qualifying format shake-up

The FIA has approved the new Formula E qualifying format that will be introduced for the 2022 season and pitch the fastest drivers in head-to-head 'duels' to decide pole position.

Why electric racing cars should be four-wheel drive Prime

Why electric racing cars should be four-wheel drive

OPINION: Circuit racing has traditionally favoured front- or rear-wheel-drive setups, eschewing the equal distribution of power. But for Formula E and other electric-powered series, our columnist believes it’s a perfect fit.

Formula E to drop unpopular qualifying format, introduce knockouts

Formula E is preparing to change its unpopular qualifying format for the 2021-2022 season, pending approval from the FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting later this week.

Formula E enjoys record-breaking TV figures for 2021 season

Formula E reports record-breaking live audience viewing figures for the recent 2021 season, including a 156 per cent growth in the UK following the much-anticipated return of the London E-Prix.

What could have been: Mahindra's search for a champion substitute

When injury ruled Nick Heidfeld out of the 2015 Punta del Este E-Prix in Uruguay, one week before Christmas, Mahindra boss Dilbagh Gill sought to replace him with a promising up-and-comer who had won a title that year. That gave him with four primary candidates, and an improbable introduction to the team's new 2021-22 signing.

DTM would be di Grassi's "first choice" if he exits Formula E
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DTM would be di Grassi's "first choice" if he exits Formula E

Lucas di Grassi says the DTM would be his "first choice" of championship should he be unable to extend his Formula E stay in future.

Ticktum looking to IndyCar, DTM and Formula E for 2022

Dan Ticktum says he has a "couple of options" for next season and would be looking for drives in IndyCar, DTM and Formula E if he moves away from Formula 2 in 2022.

How motorsport's most prominent power couple found joint success Prime

How motorsport's most prominent power couple found joint success

The Wolffs have carved their own paths in motorsport, leading their respective teams to success in Formula 1 and Formula E. But the two came together last month as their drivers finished first and second in the FE drivers' championship - a feat they are hugely proud of. In a rare joint interview, they reflect on a remarkable season

The top 10 Formula E drivers of 2020-21 Prime

The top 10 Formula E drivers of 2020-21

OPINION: The 2021 Formula E campaign was one without a narrative for much of the season, with no single car or driver able to break away from the pack. That makes choosing a top 10 especially difficult, particularly as the qualifying format meant some worthy performers were unable to enjoy their day in the sun.

How Mercedes and de Vries achieved Formula E glory the hard way Prime

How Mercedes and de Vries achieved Formula E glory the hard way

When Nyck de Vries dominated the first race of what would be the most controversial and unpredictable Formula E season to date, it looked as though Mercedes was in for a cakewalk. But as the campaign wore on, the path to a title double became increasingly rocky. Neither driver or team would be assured of the crown until the closing stages of the very final race on a weekend of struggle in Berlin.

The Formula E 'loan' deal that will keep di Grassi winning Prime

The Formula E 'loan' deal that will keep di Grassi winning

OPINION: The departure of Audi from Formula E meant its long-time driver Lucas di Grassi would need to find a new berth to stay on the grid. His deal at Venturi Racing will ensure the championship's first-ever race winner will remain competitive into the final year of the current Gen2 ruleset - although it may not be a long-term fit

Di Grassi joins Venturi for 2022 Formula E season
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Di Grassi joins Venturi for 2022 Formula E season

Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi has been unveiled as a Venturi Racing driver for the 2022 season alongside Edoardo Mortara, in his first move since Audi quit the championship. 

Mahindra: Rowland's form against Buemi key to FE driver choice
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Mahindra: Rowland's form against Buemi key to FE driver choice

Mahindra Racing team principal Dilbagh Gill says Oliver Rowland’s impressive record against 2015/16 Formula E champion Sebastien Buemi was a key factor in signing him for the 2022 season.

Rowland replaces Lynn at Mahindra for 2022 Formula E season
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Rowland replaces Lynn at Mahindra for 2022 Formula E season

Formula E race winner Oliver Rowland will join Mahindra Racing in 2022 following his exit from Nissan e.dams, replacing Alex Lynn at the Indian outfit.

Gunther joins Nissan e.dams for 2022 FE season
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Gunther joins Nissan e.dams for 2022 FE season

Formula E driver Maximilian Gunther has ended his stint at BMW and Andretti Autosport to sign for Nissan e.dams for the 2022 season as teammate to champion Sebastien Buemi.

Mercedes FE race team investigating new manufacturer tie-up

The remains of the Mercedes Formula E race team that is expected to continue in the series beyond the 2022 season is “investigating” a return with another “full fat” manufacturer.

Formula E to vote on safety car changes after Valencia farce

Formula E will vote in changes to its safety car procedure for the 2022 season in a bid to avoid the energy management woes that underlined the contentious Valencia E-Prix.

Mercedes: Vandoorne's Berlin E-Prix qualifying won FE teams' title

Mercedes Formula E boss Ian James has credited Stoffel Vandoorne for winning the 2021 teams’ title for the manufacturer but reckons “brutal honesty” is needed to evaluate an inconsistent season.

Rowland 'a different person' after three FE seasons with Buemi
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Rowland 'a different person' after three FE seasons with Buemi

Oliver Rowland reckons he is “a completely different person” after learning from 2015-16 champion teammate Sebastien Buemi after three seasons in Formula E at Nissan e.dams.

The problems laid bare by Mercedes' impending Formula E departure

Mercedes' planned withdrawal from Formula E at the end of the 2022 season will contribute to the big hole left by fellow automotive manufacturers Audi and BMW on their departures. Although the team may stick around under a different guise, the exit of the now-reigning teams' champion underlines FE's current issues...

Mercedes team could stay on in Formula E as privateer entry

Bosses of the Mercedes Formula E team have started evaluating options, including a potential sale, for the outfit to remain in the championship beyond the manufacturer’s exit after 2022.

Mercedes to officially leave Formula E after 2022
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Mercedes to officially leave Formula E after 2022

Mercedes has officially announced it will quit Formula E at the end of the 2022 season to “concentrate” on Formula 1 amid a “refocus of resource for electric vehicle development”.

The F1 dilemma facing Mercedes' new world champion Prime

The F1 dilemma facing Mercedes' new world champion

After clinching the Formula E title at the Berlin finale, Nyck de Vries is a driver in demand. Although Mercedes would love to keep a reigning champion at the team, the allure of a Williams F1 drive may be too much for de Vries to ignore should a potential deal come to pass

Da Costa makes gym jibe at FE rivals after Berlin crash

Antonio Felix da Costa has joked that some of his Formula E rivals need ‘more hours working in the gym’ owing to the nature of his 2021 Berlin E-Prix crash.

Nato reflects on maiden FE win after early season 'frustrations'

Venturi’s Norman Nato was in jubilant mood after capping off his rookie Formula E season with a victory in Berlin, having been “frustrated” by missed podium chances in Rome and Valencia.

How de Vries claimed Formula E title glory as Mercedes exit bombshell looms

As Formula E lined up to complete its seventh season at Berlin's Tempelhof Airport, all eyes were on who would be its first official FIA world champion. Despite Nyck de Vries' title lead heading into the weekend looking all but secure, the Dutchman held on - and enjoyed a good dollop of fortune - to secure a championship double for Mercedes

De Vries hits out at driving standards in Formula E after Berlin

Newly-crowned Formula E champion Nyck de Vries has questioned the driving standards in Formula E, saying some of his rivals didn’t respect championship contenders on track in the Berlin E-Prix.

Mortara suffers fractured vertebra in Berlin E-Prix startline crash

Venturi Racing Formula E driver Edoardo Mortara sustained a fractured vertebra as a result of his Berlin E-Prix startline collision with Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans.

Dennis: "Weird sound" preceded Berlin Formula E crash

Jake Dennis says a “weird sound” preceded the rear-axle lock-up that caused the rookie to crash out of the 2021 Berlin E-Prix while he was fighting for the championship title.

De Vries "grateful fortune chose us" in FE title decider

Mercedes driver Nyck de Vries says he is “grateful that fortune chose us” after becoming Formula E’s first world champion in a dramatic title decider in Berlin.