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Why Formula E title success felt so different to F2 Plus

Why Formula E title success felt so different to F2

OPINION: The 2021 Formula E campaign was wide open until the final race after its most unpredictable season yet. Eventual champion Nyck de Vries explains why this made his title-winning experience such a different experience to conquering F2 in 2019

Formula E's new toys ahead of its second-generation swansong Plus

Formula E's new toys ahead of its second-generation swansong

Formula E welcomes a mix of past, present and future for the 2021-2022 season. The old guard facing off against a sprinkling of newcomers, a fresh qualifying format amid a sporting rules shake-up and a range of minor tweaks to the existing all-electric machines are all subplots to the final campaign before the next generation arrives

Mortara tops final day of Formula E pre-season testing for Venturi

Formula E’s 2021 championship runner-up Edoardo Mortara guided his Mercedes-powered Venturi Racing car to the top of the times on the final day of pre-season testing in Valencia.

Vergne calls for clampdown on “unacceptable" FE driving standards

Jean-Eric Vergne has called for a clampdown on “unacceptable” driving standards in Formula E ahead of the 2021-22 season, saying "kids in karting race more fair than us". 

Vandoorne leads second day of FE testing from Mortara

Stoffel Vandoorne led a Mercedes powertrain 1-2 over Edoardo Mortara to wrap up the second day of Formula E pre-season testing in Valencia.

Giovinazzi was initially "confused" during first Formula E tests

Antonio Giovinazzi was initially “confused” in his opening Formula E runs, labelling it “completely different” to anything he’s raced in before as he participates in his first test for Dragon.

The sharing mentality that transformed the fortunes of two Formula E teams

Electing not to share data with its competitive customer team would have been a straightforward means of gaining an edge on at least one of Mercedes' Formula E rivals last season. But by reciprocating the relationship forged under its initial HWA guise, when it was a customer to Venturi, both teams have reaped the rewards

Da Costa tops second morning of FE testing, de Vries wins race simulation

Antonio Felix da Costa secured the fastest lap time in the second morning of Formula E testing at Valencia, as Nyck de Vries ‘won’ the morning’s race simulation.

Formula E releases teaser of Gen3 car ahead of 2022 debut

Formula E and the FIA have teased the championship’s forthcoming 200mph Gen3 electric race car and its delta wing-inspired design ahead of its 2022 debut.

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 Plus

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

Mercedes unveils livery for its final Formula E campaign

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

Autosport Podcast: Formula E drivers ranked with Jack Nicholls

Formula E and Formula 1 commentator Jack Nicholls is the guest star on the latest episode of the Autosport podcast, which is produced in association with technology consultant Modis.

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.

Da Costa: Formula E strong enough to rebound from manufacturer exodus

DS Techeetah driver Antonio Felix da Costa is confident that Formula E will be able to rebound from the recent exodus of manufacturers dealing it a “punch in the face”.

Rowland: Revised Formula E format will still produce close racing

Oliver Rowland has backed Formula E’s decision to ditch its unpopular group qualifying format, saying the championship can continue to produce close racing and won't result in one team dominating.

How Formula E's polarising newcomer can prove himself Plus

How Formula E's polarising newcomer 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

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.

How Mercedes pulled off a silent coup in Formula E Plus

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

Nato "not frustrated" to lose Venturi FE seat despite rookie win

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.

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 upstairs into an executive role for the 2022 season and beyond.

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 squad 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.

FE and Extreme 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.

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.

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.

De Vries and Vandoorne set for IndyCar test at Sebring

Mercedes Formula E drivers 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

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

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.

Lynn moved to IMSA from Formula E to "write your name in history"

New Chip Ganassi Racing IMSA SportsCar Championship signing Alex Lynn says his desire "to write your name in history" was key in his decision to move away from Formula E.

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

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

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

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

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

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 Plus

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 knock-outs

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 viewing figures for 2020-21 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.

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.

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

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 or Formula E if he moves away from Formula 2 in 2022.

What could have been: An ex-F1 ace's thwarted Formula E career

After his stop-start Formula 1 career hit the buffers, Vitantonio Liuzzi was on the road to recreating himself in the new Formula E championship. The signs were there that a fruitful future lay ahead for the Italian, but this came to a shuddering halt with the Trulli team's ill-fated choice of powertrain partner

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

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 Plus

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

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 its original missionary winning Plus

The Formula E 'loan' deal that will keep its original missionary 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 Formula E squad alongside Mortara
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Di Grassi joins Venturi Formula E squad alongside Mortara

Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi has been unveiled as a Venturi Racing driver, alongside 2021 points runner-up Edoardo Mortara, in his first move since Audi quit the championship.

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 to replace 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.

Guenther joins Nissan e.dams for 2022 FE season

Formula E driver Maximilian Guenther has ended his stint at BMW and Andretti Autosport to sign for Nissan e.dams for the 2022 season as team-mate 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 "completely different person" after three Formula E seasons with Buemi

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