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Formula E to race on adapted version of F1 Monaco circuit 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.

Formula E had to debut a year ahead of schedule

Formula E co-founder Alberto Longo has revealed that the championship had to debut a year ahead of schedule in 2014 owing to a late directive from FIA president Jean Todt.

Da Costa hails unseen "best overtakes of my life" in Rome E-Prix

Defending Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa reckons he completed “the best overtakes of my life” during the Rome E-Prix after 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 Formula E 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 given grid penalty for Rome Formula E crash with Bird

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: Buemi "incredibly stupid" with 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 Formula E win "redemption" for Mercedes

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 resists late pressure to win, Bird taken out on last lap

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.

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.

Rome E-Prix: Cassidy takes maiden Formula E 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 Guenther

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.

Lotterer defends lap one Vandoorne clash in Rome E-Prix

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 car to break down in Rome E-Prix

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.

Manhole cover to blame for Vandoorne's Rome E-Prix crash

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

Vergne, Bird call on FIA to move Rome start-line after FE crash

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 capitalises on Di Grassi woe for victory

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 survives Rowland challenge to take pole

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

Rome E-Prix: Second FE practice aborted due to kerb damage

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 absence of yellow flags for Rome practice pileup

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

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 FE teams to review braking systems following Mortara shunt

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.

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.

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 extended 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 latest manufacturer to commit 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 Gen 3 Formula E rules in "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”.

Reigle: Formula E unlikely to fill Audi vacancy for 2021-22 season

Formula E boss Jamie Reigle reckons the championship is unlikely to fill Audi’s vacancy in time for the 2021-22 season but reckons the notion of fewer teams “has some advantages”.

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.

NIO 333 team indicates commitment to Formula E Gen3 rules

The NIO 333 Formula E team has given the clearest indication to date that it is ready to commit to the Gen3 rules package after revealing a “long-term” technical partnership.

Mercedes awaits "clarification" before Formula E Gen3 commitment

Mercedes has delayed its commitment to the inbound Gen3 rules that will be introduced into Formula E in 2022 as it awaits “clarification” over the championship’s structure.

Nissan delays introduction of new Formula E powertrain

The Nissan e.dams Formula E team will no longer debut its new powertrain for the next round in Rome due to a COVID-enforced delay in parts supply. 

Formula E reveals electric Mini safety car for select races

Formula E will use a modified example of the all-electric Mini as its safety car for select events this season ahead of the marque’s parent company BMW quitting the championship. 

Formula E makes Rome and Valencia double-header events, set to drop Marrakech

Formula E has modified both the Rome and Valencia E-Prix to become double-header events, while Autosport understands that Marrakech will no longer be on the 2021 calendar.

Porsche becomes latest manufacturer to commit to Gen3 Formula E

Porsche has become the fourth Formula E manufacturer to sign up to the championship’s new Gen3 rules that will be in play until the end of the 2025-26 season.

What Nissan's commitment to Gen3 reveals about Formula E's future Plus

What Nissan's commitment to Gen3 reveals about Formula E's future

Formula E's Gen3 era grid continues to take shape, after Nissan opted to commit to the series for another four years. Nissan's global chief operating officer explains why it has thrown its lot in with FE while other high-profile marques have decided to call it quits

Nissan commits to Formula E's Gen3 era

Autosport can exclusively reveal that Nissan has pledged its long-term commitment to Formula E by signing up to the Gen3 regulations that run until the end of the 2025-26 season.

FE races in Japan, India, USA targeted

Formula E has identified races in Japan, China, India and the USA as key additions to future calendars, according to the championship’s chief executive officer Jamie Reigle.

'Only a good thing' for Techeetah to supply customer team, boss says

DS Techeetah boss Mark Preston reckons it 'could only be a good thing' for his squad to supply a customer team should another Stellantis marque enter Formula E.

Formula E CEO was 'adamantly against' delaying Gen3 cars

Formula E boss Jamie Reigle was “adamantly against” delaying the introduction of the forthcoming Gen3 cars during crisis talks held amid the first wave of the pandemic.

Dutch government ministers back Eindhoven Formula E bid

Dutch government ministers have sent a letter to Formula E boss Jamie Reigle expressing their “full support” of Eindhoven’s bid to host a round of the all-electric championship.

Formula E can be “important platform” for American manufacturers

Formula E can be an “important platform” for major American car manufacturers to showcase their “almost unthinkable” decision to move to an all-electric road car line-up.

Formula E's Gen3 rules will provide "step change"

Formula E’s co-founder reckons the incoming Gen3 rules will provide a “step change” to improve both the “sporting product” and the championship’s ability to develop technology for road cars.

Neom in frame to replace Diriyah as Saudi Formula E location

Neom has entered the frame to become the next location to host Formula E races in Saudi Arabia, with talks having taken place between city and championship officials. 

FE drivers react to "lottery" 2021 tyre rules

Formula E drivers have reacted to the “lottery” of new “very difficult” limitations on tyre usage for the 2021 season and are “clearly not looking forward” to further Gen3 restrictions

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.

Camara not yet "done one corner" in new Dragon Penske FE car

Sergio Sette Camara has not yet “done one corner” in the new Dragon Penske Autosport Formula E car ahead of its Rome debut but will begin testing it this month.

Current Affairs Podcast: Diriyah Formula E's flash points discussed

The 2021 Formula E season kicked off in dramatic fashion with two night races in Saudi Arabia last weekend in which Mercedes and Jaguar Racing scored a win apiece

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.

Saudi Arabia ready to "give to the motorsport world" after FE success

Saudi Arabia is ready to “give to the motorsport world” in the same way motorsport “gives to us and inspires us”, according to the chairman of the nation’s automotive federation.

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

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

Why the new Formula E season got off to such a controversial start Plus

Why the new Formula E season got off to such a controversial start

With the new Formula E season belatedly getting underway in Saudi Arabia, the championship appeared to try to make up for lost time with an overspill of action and controversy on and off the track. While some talking points could have serious repercussions, it was an explosive opener for many reasons

Formula E takes control of Audi team licence sale

Formula E Operations has taken control of the sale of the Audi team licence after the deadline to agree a buyout past, despite interested parties holding talks with the manufacturer

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

Evans: Rowland "deliberately" screwed my Diriyah FE qualifying run

Mitch Evans reckons Nissan e.dams racer Oliver Rowland "deliberately" and "completely screwed" his Diriyah qualifying run as the Jaguar Formula E driver failed to set a flying lap

Lynn awaiting results after Diriyah E-Prix "aeroplane crash" with Evans

Mitch Evans has explained to Autosport the "aeroplane crash" that resulted in Alex Lynn being taken to hospital and that caused the red flag to the second Diriyah E-Prix

Vergne loses FE Diriyah E-Prix podium having skipped an attack mode

Double Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne has been stripped of his podium in the second Diriyah night race to promote DS Techeetah team-mate Antonio Felix da Costa to third