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NIO 333 latest team to sign up for Formula E's Gen3 era

The NIO 333 team has signed up for Formula E’s Gen3 era, confirming its participation in the series until the end of the 2025-26 season.

How Sims is adjusting to post-BMW life at Mahindra

Alexander Sims was rapid but somewhat inconsistent during his first two seasons in Formula E with BMW Andretti. Now, having moved to a cosier environment at Mahindra Racing, it could be just what he needs to smoothen the rough edges and become one of the championship’s leading contenders.

Button could make guest appearances in DTM next year

2009 Formula 1 champion Jenson Button could make guest appearances in the DTM in 2022 at the wheel of a McLaren 720S GT3, according to the co-owner of Jenson Team Rocket RJN, Chris Buncombe.

Glock, Muller wary of threat from "GT3 specialists" in DTM
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Glock, Muller wary of threat from "GT3 specialists" in DTM

Timo Glock and Nico Muller believe they could face a stern challenge from “GT3 specialists” in the new-look DTM this year.

Webb returns to WEC with ARC Bratislava LMP2 team

British driver Oliver Webb will headline ARC Bratislava’s entry in the LMP2 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2021.

Rowe Racing won't enter Porsche in DTM this year

Rowe Racing will not enter a Porsche on top of its existing two-car BMW programme in the DTM, team boss Hans-Peter Naundorf has clarified.

DTM wants to be fastest GT3 series in 2021

The DTM is aiming to become the fastest GT3 championship in the world in 2021 with an aggressive use of the Balance of Performance system, according to the series’ technical chief.

Cassidy glad to get "the monkey off my back" with Rome FE pole

Formula E rookie Nick Cassidy says he is glad to get "the monkey off my back" after scoring his first points with pole position for the second Rome E-Prix.

Okayama Super GT: Yamashita beats Tsuboi in opener Okayama
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Okayama Super GT: Yamashita beats Tsuboi in opener

Kenta Yamashita and Kazuya Oshima claimed a maiden victory for the Rookie Racing team in the opening round of the 2021 SUPER GT season at Okayama, as Toyota monopolised the top four spots.

Paffett didn't have DTM return ambitions until 'short notice' deal

Two-time DTM champion Gary Paffett says he "didn’t have ambitions" to return to the new-look series' GT3 era, until a deal was put together at "short notice" in February.

Albon: Red Bull reserve role more important than DTM for F1 return

Alex Albon believes his test and reserve driver duties with Red Bull will play a bigger role in securing a potential Formula 1 return than anything he does in DTM.

NIO 333 "surprised a few people" with Formula E turnaround

Tom Blomqvist says the NIO 333 Formula E team “surprised a few people” in the paddock with the massive step in performance it made coming into the 2020/21 season.

Auer, Mercedes fastest at Hockenheim as DTM test ends

Lucas Auer led a Mercedes top-six lock-out at Hockenheim, as the first pre-season test of the 2021 DTM season came to a close on Thursday.

Mercedes leads opening day of DTM testing as GT3 era begins

Maximilian Gotz led a 1-2 finish for Mercedes in a snow-disrupted opening day of DTM pre-season test at the Hockenheim circuit in Germany.

Who is driving in the GT3-based DTM this year?

With testing for the new GT3 era of the DTM underway, we’ve collated a list of all the teams and drivers to have been confirmed for the 2021 season so far.

Paffett returns to DTM as Mercedes names full line-up

Two-time DTM champion Gary Paffett will return to the series this year as part of an expanded seven-car line-up of Mercedes factory-supported teams in the revamped GT3-based series.

Berger: Addition of top teams vindicates DTM's GT3 move

DTM boss Gerhard Berger says the addition of top sportscar racing teams from Europe and Asia has vindicated the championship's decision to adopt GT3 regulations for this season.

BMW star Wittmann remains in DTM with Walkenhorst

Factory BMW driver Marco Wittmann has joined Walkenhorst Motorsport for its entry into the DTM in 2021.

Audi explains decision to quit Formula E in favour of Dakar

Audi says a greater freedom to develop new technologies in the Dakar Rally was one of the key reasons why it quit Formula E to field an electric car in the rally-raid.

Rast not ruling out DTM return following Audi FE exit

Rene Rast is leaving the door open for a return to the DTM in 2022 due to Audi’s impending exit from Formula E at the end of the current campaign.

Legge steps up to WEC with Iron Lynx Ferrari squad

Katherine Legge will make her debut in the World Endurance Championship in 2021 with the Iron Lynx squad in the GTE Am class.

Glock to remain in DTM with Rowe Racing BMW squad

Former Formula 1 driver Timo Glock will extend his DTM career to a ninth season as the series' new GT3 era begins, driving a BMW M6 GT3 for Rowe Racing.

Button's team withdraws McLaren entry from DTM

Jenson Team Rocket RJN has backed out of its planned DTM entry and will instead focus its efforts on GT World Challenge Europe and British GT in 2021.

Floersch moves to DTM in Abt's third Audi R8 LMS

Abt will expand to three Audi Sports R8 LMS GT3 cars in the DTM this season after signing former FIA Formula 3 driver Sophia Floersch.

DTM drive "natural" next step for Cassidy and Red Bull

Nick Cassidy says it was only “natural” for him and Red Bull to extend their relationship to a partial DTM programme following his move from Japan to Europe.

Klien to race McLaren in partial DTM campaign

Former Formula 1 driver Christian Klien will race a McLaren as part of a three-race DTM programme with JP Motorsport.

Auer returns to DTM with Mercedes customer Winward Racing

Lucas Auer will contest a sixth season in the DTM this year as part of a two-car Mercedes effort by the Rolex 24-winning HTP Winward Racing team.

Rowland wants "too extreme" FE qualifying format changed

Nissan e.dams driver Oliver Rowland says the "too extreme" qualifying format used in Formula E should be adjusted, reasoning that there is "a better way" to create exciting racing.

Ferrari's Molina tips GT3s to replace GTE in WEC

Factory Ferrari driver Miguel Molina believes the World Endurance Championship should eventually switch to GT3 cars following the recent manufacturer exodus from GTE Pro

Abt signs Rockenfeller, van der Linde for 2021 DTM season

Mike Rockenfeller and Kelvin van der Linde will drive for the Abt Audi team for the first season of the DTM’s new GT3 era in 2021.

How the 2021 Formula E rookies fared in Diriyah

Of the three rookies on the Formula E grid in Riyadh, who shone and who struggled? RACHIT THUKRAL rates the best performers

Cassidy exceeded expectations on debut FE weekend

Nick Cassidy says he exceeded his own expectations in his maiden Formula E weekend in the Diriyah E-Prix after showing top six pace in both qualifying and race trim.

Guenther: One-lap pace let us down in Diriyah FE

Maximilian Guenther believes he and BMW Andretti were let down by a lack of one-lap pace in Formula E's season-opening races in Riyadh last weekend

Muller switches to Team Rosberg Audi R8 LMS GT3 for 2021 DTM

Two-time DTM runner-up Nico Muller will switch to Team Rosberg for the championship's first season featuring GT3 cars in 2021, partnering with American racer Dev Gore

Haupt Racing Team joins DTM with Mercedes support

Haupt Racing Team will enter two Mercedes AMG GT3 cars in the DTM this season with factory support from the German manufacturer

Lynn "100% fine" after horror Diriyah FE crash

Mahindra Formula E driver Alex Lynn has provided an update on his condition following a horrific crash in the Diriyah E-Prix, revealing he's "100% fine" and has escaped injuries

Dennis slams Wehrlein for "driving me into the wall" in Diriyah Formula E race

BMW Formula E driver Jake Dennis has hit out at Pascal Wehrlein for driving him into the wall in the Diriyah E-Prix, saying he "doesn't really know what his logic was" behind his move

Rowe Racing commits to DTM with BMW M6 GT3

Renowned sportscar racing outfit Rowe Racing has announced that it would enter the DTM with the BMW M6 GT3 in 2021

Frijns: Bird smart with energy management in Diriyah FE victory fight

Robin Frijns believes his former Formula E team-mate Sam Bird outsmarted him in energy management as they battled for victory in the Diriyah E-Prix

Diriyah FE II: Bird beats Frijns to secure victory in red-flagged race

Jaguar Formula E driver Sam Bird came out on top in a long duel with former teammate Robin Frijns to win a truncated second leg of the Diriyah E-Prix

Diriyah FE: Frijns beats de Vries to top spot in Saturday practice

Envision Virgin driver Robin Frijns set the pace in practice for the second Diriyah E-Prix, beating the in-form Nyck de Vries with a last-gasp effort on Saturday afternoon

Rowland hopes Mercedes doesn't repeat its F1 dominance in FE

Nissan driver Oliver Rowland hopes Mercedes does not replicate its Formula 1 dominance in Formula E following Nyck de Vries's commanding Diriyah E-Prix win

Bird and Lynn disagree over Diriyah FE collision

New Jaguar signing Sam Bird feels Mahindra's Alex Lynn left him no room in the incident that put both drivers out of Formula E's season-opening Diriyah E-Prix

"No point getting upset" over lost Saudi FE qualifying top six - Cassidy

Nick Cassidy says there's "no point in getting upset" about losing the lap time that would have placed him top six on the grid for his Formula E debut

Diriyah FE: Mercedes' de Vries surges to dominant pole by over 0.6s

Mercedes' Nyck de Vries continued his dominant run in the Diriyah E-Prix weekend, smashing the lap record in Friday's first qualifying to take pole for the Formula E season opener

Diriyah FE: De Vries heads Mercedes 1-2 in stop-start second practice

Nyck de Vries led a 1-2 finish for the Mercedes Formula E team in a truncated second practice for the Diriyah E-Prix, which was interrupted by two separate red flags

How Nissan plans on dethroning DS Techeetah in Formula E

Techeetah has been Formula E's dominant squad of late with five titles in the last three years, but if there is one manufacturer that can usurp it it's Nissan

Jake Hughes lands Venturi Formula E reserve driver role

Multiple Formula 3 race winner Jake Hughes has joined the Venturi Formula E team as its reserve driver ahead of the start of the 2020-21 season

Rating the prospects of Formula E's bumper rookie crop

While four past champions and a slew of race winners headline the 2021 Formula E grid, there's no shortage of fresh blood either, with six drivers making their full-season debuts

Lotterer: Porsche's second-year LMP1 success tough to repeat in FE

Andre Lotterer says the limited scope of development in Formula E will make it harder for Porsche to replicate the success of its sophomore campaign in the World Endurance Championship

Ex-Renault F1 junior Fenestraz joins Jaguar as FE reserve driver

Ex-Renault Formula 1 junior Sacha Fenestraz will serve as Jaguar's reserve driver and will be on-site for Formula E's season-opening Riyadh races

Mahindra bullish for new Formula E season with "one of its biggest" upgrades

Formula E squad Mahindra Racing is targeting a return to winning ways this season, buoyed by "one of the biggest upgrades" it has ever made to its powertrain

Formula E rookie Cassidy ready for "tough times" in 2021 season

Nick Cassidy admits he is braced for some "tough times" in 2021 as he embarks on his maiden Formula E campaign with Envision Virgin Racing

Gunther: FE's future "bright" despite impending Audi and BMW exits

Maximilian Gunther believes Formula E has a "very, very bright future" and is "untouchable" despite the loss of two big-ticket manufacturers in Audi and BMW

Australia Facebook news ban hits Matt Stone Racing official team page

Facebook's controversial ban of news coverage in Australia has seen the official page of Supercars team Matt Stone Racing taken down

Wehrlein keen to avenge Mahindra near-misses with Porsche in Formula E

New Porsche recruit Pascal Wehrlein is eager to secure a maiden Formula E victory for himself and the German manufacturer having endured near-misses in recent years

Vergne: New DS FE powertrain won't "change our lives dramatically"

Jean-Eric Vergne says 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

Diriyah E-Prix gets layout change before 2020-21 FE season opener

Formula E and the FIA have made several changes to the track layout of the Riyadh Street Circuit just over a week before the season opener in Saudi Arabia

BMW to be represented in revamped GT3 era-DTM by Walkenhorst

Spa 24 Hour-winning squad Walkenhorst Motorsport has announced that it will enter the DTM this season, ensuring the venerable BMW M6 GT3 will be represented in the revamped series

Gunther and Dennis believe BMW can fight for title in Formula E swansong

BMW Andretti duo Maximilian Gunther and Jake Dennis are confident that the German manufacturer can mount a sustained title challenge in its final season in Formula E this year