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Diriyah E-Prix: De Vries tops first practice from Lotterer

Mercedes driver Nyck de Vries was comfortably fastest in the first practice session of the new 2021 Formula E season as Andre Lotterer guided Porsche to second. 

Da Costa struggled for motivation to train after FE success

Defending Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa has revealed that he struggled for motivation to train after his title win and so started working with a sports psychologist.  

The eight major plotlines to watch in Formula E 2021 Prime

The eight major plotlines to watch in Formula E 2021

The delayed 2020-21 Formula E season gets underway this week with a double-header in Saudi Arabia. The testing times were too close to call a favourite, but that's not the only area of interest to follow as the championship enters a crucial year

Why Formula E's 2021 season will be a crucial litmus test Prime

Why Formula E's 2021 season will be a crucial litmus test

As off-track politics threatens to overshadow events on it, the upcoming Formula E season is perhaps its most important since the championship's inception. And that's a shame, given that the focus should be on what promises to be its closest title fight yet.

Dragon Penske set to commit to Formula E's Gen3 era

Dragon Penske Autosport looks set to commit to Gen3 Formula E rules after agreeing a “long-term” partnership with Bosch, which is planning to construct a powertrain for the new regulations. 

Formula E evaluating Americas leg for Santiago, Mexico, NYC races

Formula E is evaluating an Americas leg for the second half of the 2021 season and will arrange backup venues for the Santiago, Mexico and London E-Prix, has learned.  

Formula E customer teams to get greater parity in Gen3 era

Formula E will provide greater parity for customer teams during the Gen3 era by mandating their cars receive the same software upgrades as the manufacturer teams for each race.  

Future Saudi Arabian FE rounds could move to new location

Formula E races in Saudi Arabia could move to a new location as part of the country’s plans to boost domestic tourism, has learned.

How Mercedes and Porsche can avoid a difficult second FE album Prime

How Mercedes and Porsche can avoid a difficult second FE album

Mercedes and Porsche compete to win and have done so across the board: in Formula 1, sportscars, the Dakar Rally and endurance road races - even working together to break land speed records. Next in the crosshairs is the Formula E teams' championship crown.

Vergne: Gains from new DS FE powertrain "barely seeable"

Jean-Eric Vergne insists DS Techeetah’s new Formula E powertrain won’t bring a massive step in performance, despite the extra development time afforded by the new homologation cycle. 

Carroll joins NIO as reserve FE driver

The NIO 333 Formula E team has signed former Jaguar Racing driver Adam Carroll as its reserve driver ahead of the 2020-21 world championship season.

DS becomes second FE manufacturer to commit to Gen3

DS Automobiles has become the second Formula E manufacturer to sign up to the forthcoming Gen3 regulations that will be introduced for the 2022-23 season.

Formula E to impose fee on quitting manufacturers in Gen3 era

Formula E and the FIA have put in place financial penalties designed specifically to deter manufacturers from quitting the championship during the forthcoming Gen3 era. 

Mercedes admits new FE powertrain a "massive risk"

The delayed start to the 2020-21 Formula E season has enabled Mercedes to take a "massive risk" with its new powertrain despite a temporary "100%" team shutdown.

Saudi Arabia Formula E races never in doubt despite travel ban

The opening races of the Formula E season in Saudi Arabia have never been at risk of being cancelled due to the COVID pandemic, according to the event's promoter. 

Mercedes FE employing same 'no blame' culture as F1 team

The Mercedes Formula E team will employ the company’s praised “’no blame’ culture” - used successfully by its Formula 1 squad - to eliminate the repeated operational errors of 2020.  

Bird: FE should police Valencia track limits with barriers

Jaguar Racing recruit Sam Bird reckons Formula E should install barriers for its first race on a permanent circuit at Valencia to stop drivers "taking the mickey" over track limits.

Formula E unveils new track layout for Rome E-Prix

Formula E has unveiled a new track layout for the third running of the Rome E-Prix, which is set to become the second longest circuit used in the championship’s history. 

Cost cap "mandatory" for McLaren to join Formula E

McLaren Racing boss Zak Brown says the introduction of a cost cap in Formula E is "mandatory" if the team is to take up its option to join the championship.

Envision Virgin to co-build world's first electric two-seater

The Envision Virgin Racing Formula E team will co-develop the first two-seat electric open-wheel race car as part of a new sponsorship deal with FTSE 100 company Johnson Matthey.

How XE's star power puts Formula E under pressure Prime

How XE's star power puts Formula E under pressure

With the addition of Jenson Button's own team to join the involvement of fellow Formula 1 champions Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in Extreme E's ranks, the new electric SUV series is brimming with star power to enable it to deliver on its promise

FE targeting record 15 races and fan attendance this season

Formula E is targeting a record-breaking 15 races for the 2020-21 season and is “confident” fans will be able to attend events, according to championship co-founder Alberto Longo. 

Wolff: FE has taken smart approach in calendar reshuffle

Venturi Racing team principal Susie Wolff reckons Formula E faces challenges “higher than any other championship” when attempting to organise a calendar during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Formula E reveals second set of races for 2020/21

Formula E has revealed the next six rounds of the 2020-21 calendar, with the series set to race on a permanent track for the first time in its history.

Ganassi's XE car to carry Hummer styling after GMC tie-up

American road car manufacturer GMC has signed a deal to partner the Chip Ganassi Racing team for its entry into the maiden season of Extreme E. 

Button joins Extreme E grid driving for own team

Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button will drive in the inaugural Extreme E season, having created his own JBXE team for the fledging all-electric SUV off-road racing series. 

Rivals fear new homologation cycle benefits top FE teams

Changes to the Formula E regulations - designed to offset the impact of COVID-19 - could hand the top two teams in the championship an advantage, according to team bosses.

Santiago E-Prix set to be reinstated on Formula E calendar

Formula E is set to reinstate the Santiago E-Prix for early June, according to a letter sent out by the president of the Chilean motorsport federation.

Sarrazin signed to partner Chadwick at Veloce XE team

Sportscar veteran Stephane Sarrazin has been signed by the Veloce Racing team for the inaugural Extreme E season to partner W Series champion Jamie Chadwick. 

FE cost cap must halt 'ineffective' spending

Formula E boss Jamie Reigle says the championship’s planned cost cap must stop the ‘ineffective’ spending of some teams and that there is “no excuse” for not introducing financial limitations.

Formula E: Audi, BMW exits could lower barrier to entry

Audi and BMW’s decision to quit Formula E has made the championship more appealing to some prospective teams, according to series chief executive Jamie Reigle.

Gen3 Formula E cars won't force existing tracks to redesign

The lighter and more powerful Formula E cars of the incoming Gen3 regulations will not require the pre-existing circuits to be redesigned, according to championship co-founder Alberto Longo.

Alpine evaluating Formula E entry in collaboration with Lotus

Alpine and Lotus are evaluating a collaboration for a Formula E team entry in addition to a FIA World Endurance Championship programme.  

Extreme E delays start of inaugural season

The first round of the inaugural Extreme E season has been delayed by two weeks in response to the global health crisis.

Extreme E secures Sky TV deal for UK and Ireland

Extreme E has secured a one-year deal with Sky Sports to have its races broadcast live on the subscription television service in the UK and Ireland in 2021.

What Formula E must do for McLaren to act on its attraction Prime

What Formula E must do for McLaren to act on its attraction

News that McLaren is formally considering a Formula E move is a much-needed boost for a series that took some punches at the end of 2020. But to allay any doubts that Zak Brown may have, FE must take action on its biggest potential stumbling block

McLaren secures option to join Formula E

McLaren Racing has signed an agreement with Formula E that gives the outfit the option to join the championship for the Gen3 era beginning in 2022.

Formula E launches new Esports series, offers real-life test

Formula E has launched a six-round esports competition for which every full-time entrant will receive a share of a €100,000 prize fund, with the winner earning a real-life car test. 

Saudi Arabia Formula E races to go ahead as planned

Formula E has announced that its Saudi Arabia night races will go ahead as planned in late February and will move to become the opening round of the 2021 season. 

Formula E can supply F1 with drivers, engineers - Mercedes

Formula E is nearing a stage where it can directly supply drivers and engineers ready for Formula 1, according to Mercedes FE team principal Ian James.  

Santiago E-Prix postponed due to COVID-19 crisis

The first round of the 2021 Formula E season in Santiago has been postponed less than a month before it was due to take place.

First full-power Extreme E group test conducted in Spain

The first full-power group test of the Extreme E car has been completed, with new Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr attending the shakedown at Motorland Aragon in Spain.

Da Costa: “Crazy good” new DS FE car is worth waiting for

Antonio Felix da Costa says he will “try and stay alive” in the opening races of the 2021 Formula E season following DS Techeetah’s decision to delay its “crazy good” new car.

HWA replaced by Hispano Suiza in Extreme E

HWA has withdrawn its entry from the inaugural 2021 Extreme E season but has been immediately replaced by a revival of the Hispano Suiza marque of the early 20th century.

How the cocktail for F1's superteams became outdated Prime

How the cocktail for F1's superteams became outdated

Williams and McLaren won all but three Formula 1 constructors' titles between 1980 and 1998. But as two of their designers explain, what made those teams so successful no longer passes muster in modern F1

Dragon confirms Muller for final 2020/21 FE spot

Dragon/Penske Autosport has finally confirmed that Nico Muller will remain at the Formula E team to partner Sergio Sette Camara for the forthcoming 2020-21 season.

WRC legend Loeb to race Hamilton’s Extreme E entry

Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb will race for the X44 team founded by Lewis Hamilton in the inaugural 2021 season of the Extreme E all-electric championship.

Venturi Formula E team sold to investor group

The Venturi Racing Formula E team has been sold to an investor group led by championship co-founder Alejandro Agag’s brother-in-law, but Susie Wolff will remain as team principal. 

Porsche Supercup team owner Walter Lechner dies aged 71

Walter Lechner, who twice raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours and founded his eponymous team best-known for its dominant success in the Porsche Supercup, has died aged 71.  

Taylor joins Rosberg Extreme E squad

The Rosberg Xtreme Racing team that will contest Extreme E has signed former World Rally driver Molly Taylor as team-mate to triple World Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson.

Why BMW and Audi have pulled the plug on Formula E Prime

Why BMW and Audi have pulled the plug on Formula E

BMW and Audi shocked the Formula E fraternity by announcing their departures at the end of the 2020-21 season. Overnight, the championship has been dealt something of a "wake-up call" - including questions about its relevance to manufacturers.

BMW could continue to supply Andretti after Formula E exit

BMW is in discussions to continue to supply the Andretti team with powertrains after the manufacturer’s exit from Formula E at the end of the 2020-21 season. 

What we learned from Formula E's Valencia test Prime

What we learned from Formula E's Valencia test

There was no shortage of intrigue surrounding Formula E's pre-season test at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, dominated by talk of Audi's impending exit. But it still served to whet appetites for the start of another competitive season in January

Rosberg signs Kristoffersson for Extreme E team

Nico Rosberg’s Extreme E team has signed three-time World Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson as its first driver for the inaugural 2021 season of the SUV off-road racing series.

Volkswagen to cease all motorsport operations

Volkswagen has announced it will end all of its motorsport programmes.

Vandoorne flying to Bahrain, but unsure about Mercedes' plans

Stoffel Vandoorne has not been able to give much thought to a possible Formula 1 comeback with Mercedes, but knows there's a "chance" he'll be racing in Bahrain this weekend.

Gunther quickest on final day of Valencia Formula E test

Maximilian Gunther set the fastest time of Formula E pre-season testing on a final day in Valencia in which the entire 24-car field was separated by less 0.8 seconds.

Di Grassi wants to stay in Formula E after Audi exit

Audi driver Lucas di Grassi has “no hard feelings” about the manufacturer’s decision to exit Formula E at the end of the season but wishes to remain in the championship.

The logic behind Audi’s surprise change of course Prime

The logic behind Audi’s surprise change of course

OPINION: Audi announcing its imminent Formula E departure on the eve of its first season with world championship status might come as something of a shock. But while it doesn't equate to a rejection of VW's electrification push, there is reason to it...

Sainz Sr officially joins Extreme E with Spanish team QEV

Carlos Sainz Sr has been officially unveiled as a driver for the maiden Extreme E season in 2021, with the double World Rally champion signing for Spanish team QEV.