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Diriyah FE: Mercedes, Venturi stopped from qualifying after Mortara crash

Mercedes and Venturi Racing have not been allowed to take part in Formula E qualifying for the Diriyah E-Prix while the FIA investigates Edoardo Mortara's practice crash

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

Frijns, Muller lament FE rules that resulted in back-of-grid Diriyah starts

Formula E drivers Nico Muller and Robin Frijns have called out two rules that messed up their Diriyah E-Prix qualifying and sent them to the back of the grid

De Vries was "on fire", but Mercedes says it was "lucky" to win FE opener

Mercedes team principal Ian James has heralded first-time Formula E race winner Nyck de Vries as "on fire" in the Diriyah E-Prix but reckoned the manufacturer was "lucky" to 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

Diriyah FE: De Vries takes maiden win in 2021 opener

Mercedes racer Nyck de Vries controlled every lap of the Diriyah E-Prix from pole position to score his first Formula E race win ahead of Edoardo Mortara

"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

Andretti keeps BMW FE powertrain for 2021-22 after manufacturer exit

Andretti has announced that it will stick with a BMW powertrain for the 2021-22 Formula E season after the German manufacturer leaves the championship in an official capacity

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 Andretti is planning for life after BMW Plus

How Andretti is planning for life after BMW

Michael Andretti's team is a Formula E ever-present and that's not about to change despite BMW's forthcoming exit. But, with both its drivers contracted to the German giant and McLaren weighing up a possible entry, some key decisions lie ahead

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

Diriyah FE: De Vries tops opening practice of 2021 season

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 title win

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

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

The eight major plotlines to watch in Formula E 2021 Plus

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

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

Current Affairs Podcast: The 2021 Formula E season preview

The 2021 Formula E season finally gets underway this week in Saudi Arabia, with the championship hosting its first ever night races for the double-header Diriyah E-Prix

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

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

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

Dragon Penske Autosport set to commit to Formula E Gen3 rules

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 assessing Americas leg plans for 2021 season

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

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

FE to improve Gen3 parity with customer team software guarantee

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

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

Formula E renews BBC coverage deal for 2021

Formula E has renewed its TV deal with the BBC to broadcast live and free-to-air coverage of the electric championship in the UK during the 2021 season

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

Saudi Arabia FE race could move to new location with several options available

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

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

How Mercedes and Porsche can avoid a difficult second FE album

DS Techeetah remains FE's benchmark outfit, but it can expect a stiff challenge this year from two German automotive giants in their second seasons as full manufacturer entries. Here's how Mercedes and Porsche are doubling down to bridge the gap

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

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

The magnificent seven Brits fighting for FE bragging rights Plus

The magnificent seven Brits fighting for FE bragging rights

A record seven British drivers will contest Formula E this season, including two squads with all-British lineups. But before they can consider challenging DS Techeetah for the crown, each must lead their teams' recovery to the top

Turvey: Engineering background will suit future Formula E challenges

NIO 333 driver and Cambridge engineering graduate Oliver Turvey reckons his education will enable him to better suit Formula E in the coming seasons as the cars become increasingly complex

A1GP champion Carroll makes FE return as NIO 333 reserve

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 Formula E manufacturer to commit to Gen3 rules

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

FE adds financial disincentive to deter manufacturer exits during Gen3

Formula E and the FIA have put in place a financial disincentive to deter manufacturers from quitting the championship during the forthcoming Gen3 era that better protects customer teams

Jani explains oversteer problems with Porsche chassis in sole FE season

Neel Jani has explained the oversteer problems with his original chassis that blighted his single season in Formula E with Porsche

Mercedes took "massive risk" not to delay new FE powertrain

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

Organisers confirm Saudi Arabia Formula E opener is set to go ahead

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

Bird believes barriers should be installed at Valencia for FE race

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

D'Ambrosio enjoying Formula E deputy team boss role as much as racing

Ex-Formula 1 driver Jerome D'Ambrosio is enjoying his new role as deputy team principal for the Venturi Racing Formula E squad as much as his career as a full-time racer

Mercedes F1 "no blame" culture to be used by FE team to avoid errors

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

Formula E reveals new Rome E-Prix track layout

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

King joins Mahindra Formula E team as simulator driver

Ex-IndyCar and Formula 2 racer Jordan King has joined the Mahindra Formula E team as its simulator and development driver ahead the 2020-21 world championship season

Cost cap "mandatory" for McLaren to take up option 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-develop FE-style electric two-seat car

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 Plus

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

Formula E targets 15 races for 2020-21 season with fans in attendance

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 calendar hardest to organise during the pandemic

Venturi Racing team principal Susie Wolff reckons Formula E faces challenges "higher than any other championship" when attempting to organise a calendar during the pandemic

FE unveils further rounds, with visit to Valencia permanent circuit

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

GMC to revive Hummer name in Extreme E tie-up with Ganassi

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

F1 champion Button to race in Extreme E having created his own JBXE 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

FE homologation rules could hand top teams "small advantage"

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 Formula E round set to return to calendar in early June

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 completes Veloce's Extreme E line-up alongside Chadwick

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

Formula E cost cap plan must stop '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