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Jake Boxall-Legge

Jake Boxall-Legge Autosport’s Technical Editor. Having studied Automotive Engineering with Motorsport at the University of Hertfordshire, West Country-born Jake's original ambition was to design racing cars. During a year between studies in which he accidentally rekindled a love of writing, he took up a Master's in Motorsport Engineering at Oxford Brookes. Halfway through his master's year, he was offered a place on the Autosport Academy, conducting occasional freelance duties before becoming the press officer for Formula 2 and GP3 in 2018. Autosport offered him a return to the fold later that year to serve as its Technical Editor. His voice appears on a number of videos and podcasts, and can often be found writing about terrible Formula 1 cars in excruciating detail. In his spare time, Jake enjoys baking and blames his failure to make it past the Great British Bake-Off interviews on his tenuous grasp on choux pastry. His dream is to open a brunch cafe - and his willingness to make outrageous puns in inappropriate situations has earned him the contempt of his colleagues.

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Vandoorne in "two moods" over Marrakech FE recovery drive

Stoffel Vandoorne felt that his Mercedes Formula E team did everything right to help him recover from 20th to eighth in the Marrakech E-Prix, but rued his qualifying misfortune.

Evans overcame "hairy" moments in Marrakech FE race to clinch podium

Mitch Evans recalled two "hairy" moments that bookended his Marrakech Formula E race, having a run-in with Pascal Wehrlein at the start and then his late pass on Jean-Eric Vergne.

Da Costa: DS Techeetah team orders gave Marrakech FE winner Mortara "a breather"

Antonio Felix da Costa says his position swaps with DS Techeetah team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne kept handing Marrakech E-Prix winner Edoardo Mortara "a breather" in the Formula E race.

Marrakech E-Prix: Mortara wins to take Formula E points lead

Edoardo Mortara repelled a late charge from polesitter Antonio Felix da Costa to win the Marrakech E-Prix and sweep to the top of the Formula E standings.

Marrakech E-Prix: Da Costa snatches his first pole of 2022 FE season

Antonio Felix da Costa claimed his first Formula E pole of the season, beating Edoardo Mortara by less than a tenth to claim the spoils in Marrakech E-Prix qualifying.

Marrakech E-Prix: Vergne leads DS Techeetah 1-2 in practice

Jean-Eric Vergne led a DS Techeetah 1-2 in practice for the Marrakech E-Prix, closing out a red flag-interrupted FP2 0.129s ahead of Antonio Felix da Costa.

Da Costa: Formula E title chances 'are done', willing to help Vergne win

DS Techeetah's Antonio Felix da Costa will spend the rest of 2021-22 helping team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne secure a third Formula E title, stating that "the championship is done for me".

Gen3 Formula E car offers "good step up", mixed reviews on "rock" Hankook tyres

The Formula E drivers who have tested their teams' respective Gen3 machinery have remarked upon the different characteristics of the car, as the all-new Hankook tyres have received mixed reviews.

Formula E reveals first 2022-23 calendar draft including India, Brazil

Formula E has unveiled a first draft of its 2022-23 calendar featuring new venues in Hyderabad and Sao Paulo - but missing Cape Town - with three slots yet to be filled.

Williams to trial updated F1 aero package at British GP

Williams will have an updated aerodynamics package for its FW44 Formula 1 car for the British Grand Prix, which will be added to Alex Albon's car to assess performance.

Rosenqvist extends McLaren stay, either IndyCar or Formula E possible

Felix Rosenqvist has signed a multi-year extension to his McLaren deal, as the team assesses whether to keep the Swede in IndyCar or move him to its Formula E squad.

McLaren seals Formula E powertrain deal with Nissan for Gen3 era

McLaren's incoming Formula E squad has signed a deal with Nissan to use the Japanese manufacturer's powertrains throughout the entirety of the Gen3 rules cycle, starting from the 2022-23 season.

How F1's future fuels can shape the automotive sector Plus

How F1's future fuels can shape the automotive sector

In 2026, Formula 1 plans to make the switch to a fully sustainable fuel, as the greater automotive world considers its own alternative propulsion methods. Biogasoline and e-fuels both have merit as 'drop-in' fuels but, equally, both have their shortcomings...

Mahindra to give Gen3 Formula E car public debut at Goodwood

Mahindra will make its first public appearance with its Gen3 Formula E car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, with former record holder Nick Heidfeld behind the wheel.

How Formula E's double-duty drivers influenced their Le Mans teams' fortunes

Eight Formula E drivers made the 7,000-mile sprint from the streets of Jakarta to the fabled Circuit de la Sarthe and every one had a story to share at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours. Despite a range of triumphs and disappointments, each driver doubling up on the day job played a key role in their teams' fortunes

Cordeel benched for Silverstone F2 round after reaching 12 penalty points

Van Amersfoort Racing's Amaury Cordeel has been suspended for the Silverstone Formula 2 round after accumulating 12 penalty points on his racing licence.

Wehrlein has "good first impression" of Porsche Gen3 Formula E car

Pascal Wehrlein has had a "good first impression" of the new Porsche Gen3 Formula E car, as the German marque conducted a shakedown session at its Weissach test track.

"Crazy strategy" failed to pay off for Giovinazzi at Jakarta FE race

Dragon Penske's Antonio Giovinazzi says his retirement from the Jakarta Formula E race was the result of a "crazy, aggressive strategy" in anticipation of rain or a red flag.

How Evans kept cool in Jakarta heat to renew his Formula E title push

Jean-Eric Vergne had comfortably taken a landmark pole for Formula E's first visit to Indonesia and looked set to win his first race of a highly consistent campaign. But the DS Techeetah driver couldn't answer a late attack from Jaguar's Mitch Evans, who profited from the Frenchman's change in battery management tactics to seize a third win of the campaign

Lotterer disagrees with Jakarta E-Prix penalty for de Vries contact

Andre Lotterer disagreed with the Formula E stewards' decision to hand him a five-second penalty after an incident between him and Nyck de Vries at the Jakarta E-Prix.

Vandoorne: Jakarta attack mode miss cost Formula E podium shot

Stoffel Vandoorne says a "bizarre" experience with the Formula E attack mode loops denied him a podium chance at the Jakarta E-Prix, and rued a lack of pace in qualifying.

Formula E drivers praise inaugural Jakarta race, circuit layout

Formula E's drivers have praised the inaugural Jakarta E-Prix, with Nyck de Vries calling it a "great" event and leaving the field impressed with the circuit's layout and surface.

Vergne: Battery temperature mode helped Evans' Jakarta Formula E winning pass

Jakarta E-Prix runner-up Jean-Eric Vergne says a change in battery management tactics caused him to lose a position to Mitch Evans, who won Indonesia's inaugural Formula E event.

Jakarta E-Prix: Evans beats Vergne to win thriller in Indonesia

Mitch Evans captured a thrilling victory at the Jakarta E-Prix with a tremendous move on Jean-Eric Vergne, keeping him at bay for his third Formula E win of the year.

Jakarta E-Prix: Vergne beats da Costa in all-DS Techeetah pole battle

Jean-Eric Vergne won out in an all-DS Techeetah battle for pole position for the Jakarta E-Prix, beating team-mate Antonio Felix da Costa for a record 15th Formula E pole.

Jakarta E-Prix: Vergne leads DS Techeetah's late Formula E FP2 sweep

DS Techeetah's Jean-Eric Vergne pounced to the top of the Jakarta timing boards at the very end of practice, beating team-mate Antonio Felix da Costa with a late 1m07.594s.

Evans: Jakarta E-Prix heat could result in a Formula E "endurance"

Jaguar's Mitch Evans expects Jakarta's first E-Prix to be an "endurance" with the heat and will force the Formula E teams to compromise with set-ups to focus on the race.

Giovinazzi needs "a few races" before deciding on Formula E future

Antonio Giovinazzi says he needs more races in Formula E before making a decision on his future for 2023, having endured a difficult year with the Dragon Penske squad.

Wehrlein handed five-place grid drop for Jakarta Formula E after DCDC unit repair

Pascal Wehrlein has been handed a five-place grid penalty for Saturday's Jakarta E-Prix, following a repair to his Porsche Formula E car's DCDC converter.

Formula E drivers expect Jakarta challenge with heat, battery management

Formula E's drivers expect to contend with heavy battery temperature and tyre management at the inaugural Jakarta E-Prix, with a humid 32 degrees C anticipated for race day.

MotoGP postpones Finnish GP to 2023

MotoGP's Finnish Grand Prix will be cancelled for the 2022 season, with the current geopolitical situation between Russia and Ukraine forcing its postponement to 2023.

What's next for the Green Red Bull controversy?

From the 'pink Mercedes' to the 'Green Red Bull', the Silverstone-based team has received suspicious glares from up and down the Formula 1 paddock over its car design exploits. But after being cleared by the FIA over its Spanish Grand Prix updates amid a backdrop of cries of foul play, what's next in this saga?

FE chief Reigle reveals Gen4 talking points; joins Griiip board

Formula E CEO Jamie Reigle says the championship has discussed opening up battery technology, all-wheel drive systems and custom bodywork in its Monaco talks over the "Gen4" rules cycle.

Why de Vries' F1 practice debut could add a new path to his current crossroads

A Formula 2 and Formula E champion, Nyck de Vries is currently considering where his future in motorsport lies. Continuing in WEC and Formula E is possible and he's also courted glances Stateside after impressing in an IndyCar test. But ahead of his Formula 1 FP1 debut with Williams, he could have another option if he impresses...

De Vries expects to be "thrown in the deep" in F1 practice debut

Nyck de Vries expects to be "thrown in the deep" in his upcoming Formula 1 FP1 debut at the Spanish Grand Prix, driving Alex Albon's Williams in the session.

How a long drought ending revived a Formula E ace's title challenge

Venturi racer Edoardo Mortara had to wait 54 races before his first Formula E pole position. But two in as many races in Berlin last weekend helped him to secure a victory and a second place that have thrust the Swiss right back into the title battle as Mercedes power proved the thing to have in Germany

Rowland: Mahindra making a "difference" with new Formula E updates

Oliver Rowland credited Mahindra's improved Berlin E-Prix performance to changes on the team's Formula E car "making a difference", but blamed "inexperience" with them for his late slip to seventh.

De Vries "surprised" by first corner Berlin E-Prix move on Mortara

Berlin E-Prix winner Nyck de Vries says his Edoardo Mortara pass into Turn 1 came as a "surprise", but ensured he could "be in command" of the Formula E race.

Da Costa: Formula E set "bad precedent" with no Frijns penalty in Berlin clash

Antonio Felix da Costa says the Formula E stewards have "opened a bad precedent" following his Berlin E-Prix contact with Robin Frijns, and expected a penalty to have been awarded.

Berlin E-Prix: De Vries cruises to victory denying Mortara clean sweep

Nyck de Vries masterminded a controlling victory at the reversed second Berlin E-Prix, passing polesitter Edoardo Mortara at the start as Mercedes ran riot at its home Formula E round.

Berlin E-Prix: Mortara scythes past Frijns for second successive FE pole

Edoardo Mortara bagged his second Formula E pole in a row, scything his way past Robin Frijns in the second Berlin E-Prix qualifying final by almost half a second.

How Formula E helped change motorsport

The all-electric single-seater series has been a remarkable pioneer since it began in 2014. Its sustainability message has extended across the motorsport industry, leading several series to follow suit in electrifying, while also breaking out beyond the racing world into the vehicles we'll be able to buy for the road...

Berlin E-Prix: Di Grassi leads Venturi 1-2 in Sunday practice

Lucas di Grassi set the fastest time in practice for Berlin's second E-Prix, beating race one winner and Venturi Formula E team-mate Edoardo Mortara on the reversed layout by 0.153s.

Vergne, Sims react to bizarre Berlin E-Prix identical duels laptime call

Jean-Eric Vergne rued his elimination from the Berlin E-Prix duels after setting an identical laptime to semi-final opponent Alexander Sims, wanting a "fair" rules change if it happens again.

Mortara: "Long and stressful" road to Berlin E-Prix win executed "perfectly"

Berlin E-Prix winner Edoardo Mortara says he and his Venturi Formula E team overcame "a long and stressful" race, making the most of good pace to execute its strategy "perfectly".

Berlin E-Prix: Mortara holds off Vergne for second victory of 2022

Edoardo Mortara converted his maiden Formula E pole position into a well-controlled victory at the Berlin E-Prix, seeing off a late threat from Jean-Eric Vergne to win by 1.7s.

McLaren Formula E entry a "huge rebound" for championship - Agag

McLaren's entry into Formula E is a "huge rebound" for the championship after losing a number of manufacturer teams last season, according to chairman and founder Alejandro Agag.

Berlin E-Prix: Mortara beats Sims to claim first Formula E pole

Edoardo Mortara clinched his first Formula E pole position for the Berlin E-Prix, the Venturi driver beating an impressive Alexander Sims by just over a tenth of a second.

Berlin E-Prix: Lotterer beats Mortara to top practice times

Andre Lotterer logged the fastest time in Berlin free practice, posting a late 1m05.967s lap to lead the Formula E morning timesheets ahead of qualifying.

McLaren to join Formula E in 2022-23 with purchase of Mercedes team

McLaren will join Formula E for the 2022-23 season, taking over the Mercedes team following the German manufacturer's departure from the championship at the end of the season.

De Vries: IndyCar is an “option” but focus on Europe for now

Reigning Formula E champion Nyck de Vries says he enjoyed testing an IndyCar for Meyer Shank Racing last year, but is maintaining his European ambitions for the time being.

Andretti signs Porsche Formula E powertrain deal for 2022-23

Avalanche Andretti has signed a “long-term” powertrain deal with Porsche, which will take effect from the start of Formula E’s incoming Gen3 regulations next season.

Reversed layout races "should be done more" in racing - Ticktum

NIO 333 driver Dan Ticktum reckons more championships should experiment with reversed circuit races, ahead of the Berlin E-Prix's overnight direction change for its Formula E double header.

Evans: Jaguar underestimated "peloton" tow effect in Monaco Formula E race

Mitch Evans says that his energy management concerns from the Monaco E-Prix were due to an exaggerated slipstream effect, which allowed his rivals to consume less energy over the race.

How Formula E's path to Gen3 and beyond reflects its ambition

The next incarnation of Formula E car that will be racing later this year moves the game on considerably. The Gen3 car is smaller, lighter, faster, more powerful and more sustainable than the current machines and underlines how the championship's machinery has evolved in line with the series' growth in prominence

The key trait needed to win in Formula E

It helps to be smart and strategic, while being fast goes without saying. But the closeness of the field in Formula E means that consistency is the key word cited by those who’ve lifted the crown

Marrakech added to 2021-22 Formula E calendar as Vancouver replacement

Marrakech will host the 10th round of this year's Formula E championship on 2 July as a replacement for the previously postponed Vancouver E-Prix.

How Jake Dennis’ struggles turned him into a Formula E front-runner

Having emerged as one of Formula E’s strongest drivers in his one-and-a-half seasons in the championship, Jake Dennis cemented his place in the series with a breakout maiden season. But it's not always been smooth sailing for the Brit

Abt team to make Formula E return next season

The Abt Sportsline team will make its Formula E return for the 2022-23 season, reuniting with the championship for the start of the Gen3 era.

Mortara: Di Grassi "pride" led to Monaco E-Prix retirement after contact

Edoardo Mortara says Lucas di Grassi had too much "pride" to accept his Venturi team-mate's Monaco E-Prix pass on him, leaving Mortara with a puncture after the two made contact.