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Matt Kew

Matt Kew is Autosport’s Formula E reporter, relying on his experience covering the British Touring Car Championship to analyse the sometimes-rough-and-tumble electric series.

Matt joined Autosport in 2018, working predominantly on the magazine, but his relentless quoting of Alan Partridge meant office colleagues soon thought he would be better suited to increased field work.

Needless to say, Matt had the last laugh when he won the Motorsport UK Young Journalist of the Year Award in 2019. 

His interest in motorsport was sparked by regular trips to watch ASCAR crash around Rockingham’s banked oval. He maintains that from this, he always knew Ben Collins was the Stig.

Matt went on to read politics and philosophy at the University of Sheffield - receiving first-class honours for his dissertation assessing the lack of female participation in top-tier motor racing.

He then covered a wide variety of national race and rally meetings for Autosport as a freelancer before joining full-time. His best efforts to argue the merits of historic racing and touring cars are undone by a questionable taste in music and James Bond actors.

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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.

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.

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”.

The key figure who sells Extreme E's environment dream Plus

The key figure who sells Extreme E's environment dream

Extreme E enjoyed a largely successful start in Saudi Arabia, but questions remain over how the series can achieve its lofty environmental goals. For answers to why and where XE races, an expert voice lends vital credibility

Agag: Extreme E has “almost identical” feeling as first Formula E race

Extreme E co-founder Alejandro Agag says he feels “almost identical” after the first event of the new SUV championship when compared to his feelings after the debut Formula E race.

Loeb wants Extreme E power steering fix that cost victory Saudi Arabia
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Loeb wants Extreme E power steering fix that cost victory

Sebastien Loeb has called on Extreme E car builder Spark Racing Technology to “solve” repeat power steering issues that cost the X44 team its chance in the Saudi Arabia final. 

Munnings will "remember first Extreme E podium forever"

Andretti United racer Catie Munnings says she and team-mate Timmy Hansen took a moment to savour their Extreme E podium in the AlUla desert to “remember forever”.

How Extreme E exceeded expectations to pass its first major test Plus

How Extreme E exceeded expectations to pass its first major test

The racing may have lacked the explosive conclusion to Formula E's first race in 2014 and was not without its hiccups. But Extreme E's leap into the unknown appears to have paid off, delivering a spectacle quite unlike anything else

Underdog status helped Andretti United secure Extreme E pole

Timmy Hansen reckons his Extreme E rivals voted for him and Andretti United team-mate Catie Munnings to start the Saudi Arabia final on pole because they were the “underdogs”.

Agag: Inaugural Extreme E event created "motorsport gold"

Extreme E co-founder Alejandro Agag reckons he could not have devised “a better script” for the maiden event in Saudi Arabia and that the final race had created “motorsport gold”.

Rosberg hails "inspiring" Kristoffersson, Taylor after XE win

Nico Rosberg has hailed Johan Kristoffersson as “inspiring” and thanked Molly Taylor for joining his Extreme E team as the duo scored a dominant win in the maiden desert event. 

Rosberg X Racing team dominates Extreme E's Saudi opener

The Rosberg X Racing team dominated the final to win the inaugural Extreme E event in the desert in Saudi Arabia as Lewis Hamilton’s X44 struggled with a technical failure. 

Abt/Ganassi Extreme E crash "not accident waiting to happen"

The Extreme E crash between Claudia Hurtgen and Kyle LeDuc that red flagged the shootout race was “not an accident waiting to happen” despite weekend-long concerns over dust. 

Rosberg X Racing, Andretti United victorious in Extreme E semi- finals

Rosberg X Racing was victorious in the Extreme E semi-final in Saudi Arabia and will face Lewis Hamilton’s X44 team and the Andretti United concern in the inaugural event finale.

Extreme E pitlane software fault results in penalties for Rosberg X Racing, JBXE

A fault with the pitlane speed limiter software resulted in penalties that denied Rosberg X Racing pole and demoted Jenson Button’s JBXE team in the Extreme E qualifying shootout.

Agag: “A miracle” so few cars broke in Extreme E qualifying

Alejandro Agag says “it’s a miracle so few” cars broke during Extreme E qualifying, adding the finals will not switch to a one-car format despite talks having taken place.

Loeb: "Not a surprise" X44 took first-ever Extreme E pole position

X44 driver Sebastien Loeb reckons “it’s not a surprise” he and Cristina Gutierrez landed the first-ever Extreme E pole position but accepted Rosberg X Racing was “faster than us”.

Lewis Hamilton’s X44 team tops qualifying for Extreme E Desert X Prix

Lewis Hamilton’s X44 team topped combined qualifying for the inaugural Extreme E desert event in Saudi Arabia as a penalty knocked Nico Rosberg’s squad from first down to third.

Veloce Racing withdraws from Extreme E Desert X Prix due to car damage

Veloce Racing has pulled out of the first-ever Extreme E event ahead of the second qualifying session due to irreparable damage sustained to the car’s roll cage.

Hurtgen explains huge Extreme E qualifying crash Saudi Arabia
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Hurtgen explains huge Extreme E qualifying crash

Abt Cupra driver Claudia Hurtgen has explained the nature of her massive crash during the first qualifying shootout for the maiden Extreme E Desert X-Prix round in Saudi Arabia.

Rosberg X Racing tops first-ever Extreme E qualifying shootout

Rosberg X Racing topped the first-ever Extreme E qualifying shootout in the Saudi Arabian desert as Abt Cupra driver Claudia Hurtgen suffered an enormous crash.

The fires Extreme E must fight before the Desert X-Prix opener

The Extreme E series, the first all-electric rally raid championship, gets underway this weekend. As the field had landed in Saudi Arabia for the Desert X-Prix, a few teething problems hit the field as they prepared for their first runs in anger. Can XE resolve its issues before the first race kicks off? MATT KEW investigates.

Extreme E: The team by team guide Plus

Extreme E: The team by team guide

The world’s newest motorsport discipline is set to go racing for the first time this weekend. Extreme E’s innovations and plans have raised some eyebrows, but it also provides an exciting list of competitors and teams for the inaugural campaign

Rosberg explains "weird" transition to Extreme E team management

Formula 1 champion Nico Rosberg has explained his “weird” transition into Extreme E team management and what he learned from team principals Toto Wolff and Frank Williams.

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.

Button competing in Extreme E to improve off-road racing skills

Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button says he is competing in the inaugural Extreme E season because he is “not very good” at off-road racing but “really wants to be”.

Extreme E alters format ahead of opener after dust concerns

Excessive dust in the Saudi Arabian desert has led Extreme E to alter the format of its qualifying heats and finals only two days ahead of the championship’s inaugural round.

Prodrive joins forces with Hamilton's Extreme E team

Prodrive, the three-time World Rally Championship constructors’ title winner, has taken over the race operations of Lewis Hamilton’s X44 team that will compete in Extreme E in 2021.

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. 

Extreme E explains decision to launch in Saudi Arabia

Organisers of the first-ever Extreme E round have explained why Saudi Arabia is a “natural partner” and the “ideal setting” in which to launch the fledgling electric championship.

Button's Extreme E team announces tie-up with Lotus Engineering

The JBXE team entered into Extreme E by Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button has signed a technical partnership with Lotus Engineering, the consultancy arm of the Lotus group. 

Emotional Scheider completes first Extreme E course recce

Two-time DTM champion and official Extreme E reserve driver Timo Scheider has become the first person to drive the Wadi Rum desert course in Saudi Arabia aboard the Odyssey 21 E-SUV.

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