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Teams urge Formula E to keep road map when new manufacturers arrive

Existing Formula E teams have urged the championship to avoid deviating from its technical road map in the wake of new manufacturers committing to the series

Formula E close to adding touring car support series for 2018/19

An electric touring car support series that could be staged on the Formula E support bill is close to becoming a reality for the 2018/19 season, Autosport has learned

Robin Frijns fears he could lose Formula E drive with Andretti

Robin Frijns says he fears for his future with the Andretti Formula E team and is looking at alternative options for the 2017/18 season

Buemi: WEC clash and disqualifications cost me Formula E title

Outgoing Formula E champion Sebastien Buemi says the series' calendar clash with the World Endurance Championship and a pair of disqualifications cost him a second title

Formula E rivals Abt and Frijns bemused by Buemi's post-race tirade

Daniel Abt and Robin Frijns were both confused and surprised after being confronted by Formula E title contender Sebastien Buemi immediately after the first Montreal ePrix

Sebastien Buemi disqualified from Formula E Montreal race one

Formula E title contender Sebastien Buemi has been thrown out of the results of the first Montreal ePrix after his car was found to be underweight

Renault e.dams recreates Montreal track in test ahead of FE finale

Renault e.dams recreated the Montreal ePrix circuit in a recent test to trial track-specific updates ahead of the Formula E season finale

Di Grassi: Formula E title rival Buemi has problem with pressure

Lucas di Grassi has responded to criticism from Formula E title rival Sebastien Buemi ahead of next weekend's Montreal season finale, suggesting the reigning champion struggles to cope with pressure

Sebastien Buemi warns Lucas di Grassi over Formula E title decider

Sebastien Buemi says his relationship with Formula E title rival Lucas di Grassi is still tarnished by last year's collision as they prepare for another championship decider next weekend

Renault e.dams confirms Gasly as Buemi replacement for New York FE

Renault e.dams has confirmed Red Bull Formula 1 reserve driver Pierre Gasly as Sebastien Buemi's replacement for next weekend's New York ePrix double-header

Audi completes takeover of Abt Formula E team

Audi has formalised its works status in Formula E by completing its takeover of the Abt squad, which will run under the Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler name from next season

DS confirms Lynn as Lopez's replacement for FE New York races

Alex Lynn has been confirmed as Jose Maria Lopez's replacement at the DS Virgin Racing squad for next month's New York Formula E double-header

Ferrari lets Sam Bird skip Nurburgring WEC for New York Formula E

Sam Bird will skip the Nurburgring round of the World Endurance Championship in order to contest Formula E's New York double-header next month

Red Bull F1 reserve Gasly poised to replace Buemi for New York FE

Red Bull Formula 1 reserve driver Pierre Gasly is set to replace Sebastien Buemi at Renault e.dams for Formula E's New York double-header next month

Formula E increases available power during races for 2017/18 season

Formula E will increase the amount of power available to drivers during races for the 2017/18 season

FE 2017/18 calendar revealed as Rome, Santiago and Sao Paulo added

The FIA has released the calendar for the 2017/18 Formula E season, which will feature Rome, Santiago and Sao Paulo as new host venues

Toyota drivers urge team not to give up on Le Mans victory goal

Toyota's drivers believe the manufacturer must keep returning to race at Le Mans, and has to win it, following its latest heartbreaking near miss in the 2017 race

Toyota 24 Hours of Le Mans strategy could change in hot conditions

Toyota could be forced to modify its race strategy in the Le Mans 24 Hours by a new rule that limits the length of driver stints in hot conditions

Formula E to gives fans chance to present race-winners' trophies

Formula E is set to continue giving fans the chance to present race-winners' trophies after doing so in Berlin last weekend

Injury rules Lucas di Grassi out of Ferrari GTE line-up for Le Mans

Lucas di Grassi has been ruled out of his first Le Mans 24 Hours in the GTE Pro class after suffering an ankle injury while playing football recently

Ferrari's Bird suspects Ford BoP games ahead of Le Mans 24 Hours

Ferrari driver Sam Bird has raised suspicion over Ford's Le Mans 24 Hours test day pace, when the reigning GTE Pro champion marque lapped nearly three seconds slower than rivals

Renault e.dams Formula E team denied Scott Speed as Buemi stand-in

Ex-Formula 1 driver Scott Speed has been denied a surprise Formula E return in New York as a replacement for Sebastien Buemi, according to Renault e.dams chief Jean-Paul Driot

Techeetah Formula E team: Gutierrez IndyCar move breached contract

An alleged breach of contract between Esteban Gutierrez and the Techeetah Formula E team has been referred to the FIA International Tribunal

Formula E set for brake-by-wire system by 2018/19 season

Formula E cars could feature brake-by-wire systems as early as its 2018/19 season

Eric Broadley, Lola founder and F1 designer, dies aged 88

Eric Broadley, founder of Lola and one of the most visionary designers and constructors of racing cars, has died at the age of 88

First test complete for key new McLaren Formula E battery

The new battery that will be the lynchpin technology for the next generation of Formula E cars went through its first full race simulation test earlier this month

No London return but Chile on 2017/18 Formula E calendar

Formula E will not return to London next season as hoped, Autosport has learned, but is set to race in the Chilean capital

Paris Formula E: Buemi pips Vergne to pole, di Grassi in midfield

Sebastien Buemi denied Jean-Eric Vergne Paris Formula E pole by just 0.006 seconds, as Buemi's title rival Lucas di Grassi ended up only 14th

Formula E discussing keeping pitstops even after car swaps end

Formula E is discussing keeping mandatory pitstops in its race format even once the series stops being forced into mid-race car swaps

Sims on standby to stand in for Frijns in Monaco Formula E race

BMW factory driver Alexander Sims will be on standby to make his Formula E debut for the Andretti team in place of Robin Frijns at Monaco this weekend

Robert Kubica tests Formula E car at Donington Park

Ex-Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica tested a Formula E car at Donington Park on Tuesday as he continues to evaluate whether he could make a return to international single-seater racing

Tom Dillmann to make Formula E debut with Venturi in Paris

Reigning Formula V8 3.5 champion Tom Dillmann will make his Formula E race debut in Paris next month

Mike Conway gets Paris Formula E return with Faraday Future Dragon

Mike Conway will replace Loic Duval in the Faraday Future Dragon team for the Paris Formula E race next month

New Formula E car for 2018/19 to start track testing in October

The first track test for the 2018/19 Formula E car is set to take place in October, but teams will have to wait longer than expected for their first runs

Audi's Lucas di Grassi had Toyota LMP1 offer for 2017 Le Mans

Toyota approached Lucas di Grassi about a seat in its third LMP1 car before the Brazilian sealed his World Endurance Championship deal with AF Corse Ferrari

Techeetah could switch from Renault to DS powertrain in Formula E

The Techeetah Formula E team is evaluating a move to a DS Performance powertrain from the 2018/19 season in place of its current Renault deal, Autosport has learned

How ex-F1 driver Esteban Gutierrez fared on his Formula E debut

Ex-Formula 1 driver Esteban Gutierrez described his first Formula E event as "intense" after scoring a point on his debut in Mexico City

Vergne slams d'Ambrosio for 'stupid' defending in Mexico City ePrix

Mexico City ePrix runner-up Jean-Eric Vergne slammed Jerome d'Ambrosio's "totally stupid" defensive driving for costing him a shot at a first Formula E victory

FE Mexico City: Abt loses pole for incorrect tyre pressures

Daniel Abt has lost his Mexico City ePrix pole position after he was handed a grid penalty for a tyre pressure-related infraction

FE Mexico City: Daniel Abt takes pole from NextEV's Oliver Turvey

Daniel Abt secured his second Formula E pole position after a surprising qualifying session ahead of the Mexico City ePrix

FE Mexico City: Renault e.dams driver Buemi fastest across practice

Renault e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi led the way in the two Formula E practice sessions ahead of Saturday's Mexico City ePrix

Ferrari CEO Marchionne says team needs Formula E presence in future

Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne says the brand needs to get involved in Formula E in the future

Mexico City Formula E: Dillmann to complete shakedown for Venturi

Formula V8 3.5 champion Tom Dillmann will deputise for Toyota World Endurance Championship driver Stephane Sarrazin in Formula E's Mexico City shakedown

Ex-F1 driver Vitaly Petrov in line for final Manor WEC LMP2 seat

Ex-Formula 1 driver Vitaly Petrov has emerged as favourite for the final seat in the Manor team's World Endurance Championship squad

Formula E reveals revised Berlin Tempelhof track layout

Formula E has revealed details of the revised track layout that will be used when its Berlin round returns to the former Tempelhof airport in June

BMW among nine manufacturers accepted for Formula E from 2018-21

BMW is among the manufacturers that has been accepted by the FIA to become powertrain providers from 2018

Virgin Racing partner DS to become solo Formula E manufacturer

DS Performance has registered to become a Formula E powertrain manufacturer in its own right from the 2018/19 season

Extra Formula E race in Berlin replaces Brussels event

This season's Formula E schedule will feature an extra double header in Berlin after the race in Brussels was officially called off

Ex-Haas F1 driver Gutierrez to join Techeetah for Formula E debut

Former Haas Formula 1 driver Esteban Gutierrez will make his Formula E debut with the Techeetah team

Renault starts testing Formula E 2017/18 powertrain developments

Reigning Formula E champion team Renault e.dams has already started its 2017/18 powertrain track testing

Lucas di Grassi 'highly likely' to land Le Mans seat after Audi pullout

Lucas di Grassi says he is "highly likely" to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours this year despite losing his regular seat due to Audi's withdrawal from prototype racing

Vergne to focus on Formula E after Ferrari F1 role ends

Formula E driver Jean-Eric Vergne will not continue in his role with the Ferrari Formula 1 team this season

Abt driver di Grassi takes first Formula E pole in Buenos Aires

Lucas di Grassi put aside an earlier practice crash to take his first ever Formula E pole position in Buenos Aires

Carroll has dropped WEC drive to focus on his Jaguar Formula E role

Jaguar driver Adam Carroll will prioritise Formula E this year and will not partake in a dual campaign in the World Endurance Championship

New manufacturers register for 2018/19 Formula E places

Several new manufacturers have submitted a registration to be a powertrain constructor for the 2018/19 Formula E season

Formula E's concept for new 2018/19 cars unveiled

Spark Racing Technologies has released the first concept images of the next generation of Formula E machinery, set to deliver single-car races from the 2018/19 season

Andretti boss Griffiths takes control of Formula E teams' group

Andretti Formula E team boss Roger Griffiths has taken over the role of leading the Formula E Teams body

Toyota drivers Lopez amd Sarrazin to join Buemi in Mexico FE dash

Toyota's new LMP1 signing Jose Maria Lopez and Stephane Sarrazin are set to join Sebastien Buemi in an overnight flight to the Mexico City Formula E race

Mercedes wanted to give Felix Rosenqvist 2017 DTM drive

Mercedes decided with Felix Rosenqvist that his Formula E commitments should take priority this year even though it wanted him to remain in its DTM line-up

ByKolles LMP1 team switches to Nissan engines for 2017 WEC

Privateer World Endurance Championship LMP1 team ByKolles Racing has switched to Nissan power for the 2017 season