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Formula E regs updated to avoid Valencia-like mass retirements

The FIA has updated the Formula E regulations to prevent another incidence of the mass final-lap retirements and disqualifications that drew heavy criticism in the Valencia E-Prix. 

Vancouver City votes in favour of 2022 Formula E race
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Vancouver City votes in favour of 2022 Formula E race

Vancouver City Council has voted in favour of partnering the Canadian promoter of Formula E to host a race in July 2022 to “support recovery of the gutted tourism sector”.

Why Formula E's Valencia fiasco undermines engineering talent

FIA president Jean Todt wanted more Formula E coverage in the media, and got his wish when the opening Valencia E-Prix proved farcical. Despite attempts to spin the race as teams failing to get their sums right, Formula E and its governing body cannot escape blame - especially when trying to get teams to commit long-term.

FE close to mass retirement repeat in second Valencia race

Formula E and the FIA came close to the second Valencia E-Prix also being marred by mass retirements from cars running out of useable energy on the last lap.

Lynn: Nato shunt shows FE "can bite you in the arse"

Alex Lynn says the Valencia E-Prix showed how Formula E "can bite you in the arse” after a hit from Norman Nato prevented him from fighting for a maiden victory.

Dennis: Nobody thought I could hold Valencia FE lead

First-time Formula E winner Jake Dennis reckons he played “guinea pig” in the Valencia E-Prix “game of the poker” and “nobody thought it was possible” he would hold the lead.

Valencia E-Prix: Rookie Dennis scores lights-to-flag win for BMW

Jake Dennis converted his maiden Formula E pole position into a first championship win in the second Valencia E-Prix as a penalty and collision quashed the threat from second place.  

Valencia E-Prix: Dennis puts BMW on pole on drying track

Jake Dennis snared his rookie Formula E pole position by a massive nine tenths ahead of the second Valencia E-Prix as the BMW Andretti racer dominated a drying qualifying session. 

How Valencia E-Prix farce gave Formula E an image problem

Formula E was under the microscope at Valencia, on its first visit to a permanent circuit. But after a mere nine drivers were left classified following Saturday's Valencia E-Prix, the electric championship once more faced criticism after rising energy deductions and miscalculations produced a farcical affair.

Buemi frustrated after first-lap collision with Lotterer

Nissan Formula E Sebastien Buemi says his retirement in the Valencia E-Prix was “tough” to accept after he was taken out by Porsche rival Andre Lotterer on the opening lap.

Da Costa blasts FIA claims after controversial Valencia FE race

Antonio Felix da Costa says Formula E will be “the joke of the week” and has blasted FIA claims he could have changed the outcome of the Valencia E-Prix.

FIA: Valencia race shows "how difficult" it is to win in FE

FIA director Frederic Bertrand hopes the controversial end to the Valencia E-Prix “will never happen again” but reckons it showcases “how difficult” it is to win in Formula E.

FIA: Extra lap 'made life difficult' in Valencia

The FIA has responded to the farcical end to Valencia E-Prix in which only six cars finished without taking drastic energy-saving measures, saying Antonio Felix da Costa ‘made life difficult’.

De Vries defends Formula E after chaotic Valencia finish

Nyck de Vries says Formula E is “not necessarily” to blame for the chaotic finish to the Valencia E-Prix on Saturday, as the majority of cars ran out of energy.

Valencia E-Prix: De Vries wins after farcical race finish

Mercedes driver Nyck de Vries scored victory in a farcical Valencia E-Prix in which half the field ran out of useable energy and were disqualified.  

Mercedes explains error that cost Vandoorne Valencia pole

Mercedes Formula E team principal Ian James has revealed that the input of one wrong number for a barcode is what cost Stoffel Vandoorne pole position in the Valencia E-Prix.

Vandoorne loses Valencia FE pole for tyre rules infringement

Stoffel Vandoorne has lost his pole position for the Valencia E-Prix after his Mercedes was found to be in breach of Formula E and FIA tyre regulations. 

Valencia E-Prix: Vandoorne pips da Costa to pole by 0.28s

Mercedes snared its third Formula E pole of the 2021 season as Stoffel Vandoorne topped qualifying ahead of the first Valencia E-Prix while points leader Jaguar faltered. 

Valencia E-Prix: Gunther sets the pace in practice for BMW

BMW Andretti racer Maximilian Gunther extended his mini run of form at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo by topping the morning practice running ahead of the Valencia E-Prix.

Di Grassi: Modify FE attack mode system to police track limits

Lucas di Grassi says he lobbied the FIA to modify the Formula E attack mode system to reduce car power should a driver break track limits during the Valencia E-Prix.

Valencia E-Prix tipped to be Formula E's toughest ever race

Formula E drivers are expecting the Valencia E-Prix double-header to be the most difficult round in the history of the championship and to resemble a peloton in a cycling race.

Vergne wants Formula E to “never come back” to Valencia

Two-time Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne has called for the series to “never come back” to the Valencia circuit ahead of the double-header event at the venue this weekend. 

The master manager who juggled Prost and Senna simultaneously

One of the most influential – and yet low profile – people in the Formula 1 world turns 70 today [April 23rd], and yet he remains relatively unknown outside the confines of the paddock.

NIO 333 Formula E team fined for COVID-19 rules breach

The NIO 333 Formula E team has been hit with a €25,000 fine for failing to immediately report a positive COVID-19 case ahead of the Valencia E-Prix double-header event.

Formula E finalises calendar including London double-header
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Formula E finalises calendar including London double-header

Formula E and the FIA have finally signed off the remainder of the 2021 season calendar, which features a long-awaited return to London plus the addition of Puebla in Mexico.

NIO 333 latest team to sign up for Formula E's Gen3 era

The NIO 333 team has signed up for Formula E’s Gen3 era, confirming its participation in the series until the end of the 2025-26 season.

Todt: Formula E deserves more media attention
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Todt: Formula E deserves more media attention

FIA president Jean Todt has called on the media to give more coverage to Formula E, saying the sport "deserves much more".

How Sims is adjusting to post-BMW life at Mahindra

Alexander Sims was rapid but somewhat inconsistent during his first two seasons in Formula E with BMW Andretti. A cosier environment at Mahindra Racing could be just what he needs to smoothen the rough edges and become one of the championship’s leading contenders.

Mexico Formula E back-up race boosted by fan attendance go-ahead

The viability of Formula E’s backup plan to host a Mexican race near the city of Puebla has been boosted by limited fan attendance being permitted for local sporting events.

Formula E to create F1-style Concorde Agreement

Formula E is creating its own version of the Concorde Agreement as used in Formula 1 to boost the championship’s audience by better defining rights deals between teams and broadcasters.

Formula E to race on adapted version of Monaco F1 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.

Da Costa: Rome TV cameras missed "best overtakes of my life"

Defending Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa reckons he completed “the best overtakes of my life” during the Rome E-Prix but 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 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 hit with grid penalty for last-lap Bird collision

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 calls out Buemi for “incredibly stupid” 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 win "redemption" after Race 1 misery

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 wins wild Race 2 for Mercedes

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. 

Cassidy glad to "get the monkey off my back" with Rome pole

Formula E rookie Nick Cassidy says he is glad to “get the monkey off my back” after scoring his first points with pole position for the second Rome E-Prix.

Rome E-Prix: Cassidy storms to maiden 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 Gunther

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.

Porsche's Lotterer defends Rome collision with Vandoorne

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 Audi to fail in Rome

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.

Vandoorne's Rome E-Prix crash cause revealed

Mercedes driver Stoffel Vandoorne revealed that a manhole cover caused the shunt that eliminated both he and teammate Nyck de Vries from the Rome E-Prix and effectively ended the race early.

Vergne, Bird call on FIA to move Rome start line after crashes

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 wins race, heartbreak for di Grassi

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 takes pole after Rowland hits the wall

Mercedes racer Stoffel Vandoorne scored his third Formula E pole ahead of the Rome E-Prix after a brief wall tap denied Oliver Rowland in the dying moments of his run. 

Rome E-Prix: Second practice cancelled after kerb breakage

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 lack of yellow flags for Rome practice pile-up

BMW Andretti driver Jake Dennis has blamed an absence of yellow and red flags for contributing to the three-car Rome E-Prix practice pile-up caused by Oliver Turvey.

Rome E-Prix: Di Grassi fastest as FP1 ends with major crash Rome E-Prix I
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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 teams to review braking systems after Mortara crash

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 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 commits 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 Gen3 rules "in the 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”.

NIO 333 "surprised a few people" with Formula E turnaround

Tom Blomqvist says the NIO 333 Formula E team “surprised a few people” in the paddock with the massive step in performance it made coming into the 2020/21 season.

NIO indicates commitment to Formula E Gen3 rules

NIO 333 has given the clearest indication to date that it is ready to commit to the Formula E Gen3 rules package after revealing a “long-term” technical partnership.

Mercedes awaiting "clarification" before committing to Gen3

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.

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 unveils 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.