Jose Maria Lopez

Jose Maria Lopez

1983-04-26 (age 38)

Paris ePrix: Buemi denies Vergne pole by 0.006s

Sebastien Buemi produced a best lap of 1m02.319s in a thrilling Super Pole session to take pole for the Paris ePrix.

Paris ePrix: Di Grassi tops FP2 with last-gasp lap

Last year’s Paris ePrix winner Lucas di Grassi topped second practice for Formula E’s return to the French capital.

Paris ePrix: Buemi tops FP1 by 0.7s

Formula E points leader Sebastien Buemi was fastest in the first session for this afternoon's Paris ePrix at the Les Invalides street circuit.

Toyota moves Lopez to third car for Le Mans

Three-time World Touring Car Champion Jose Maria Lopez has been moved to Toyota's third car for the Le Mans 24 Hours next month.

Lopez waiting on post-practice Monaco clearance

Jose Maria Lopez will take part in first practice for Formula E’s Monaco ePrix, then be assessed to see if he can continue for the remainder of the event.

Injured Lopez in doubt for Monaco Formula E race

Jose Maria Lopez may skip the upcoming Formula E race in Monaco, after being forced to sit out last weekend's WEC 6 Hours of Spa.

DS Virgin Racing striving for success in Monaco

DS Virgin Racing head to the Monaco ePrix with high expectations following a podium finish in Mexico City

Lopez forced to sit out Spa WEC race

Toyota driver Jose Maria Lopez will not take part in this weekend’s WEC 6 Hours of Spa, as he recovers from his crash during last month’s Silverstone opener.

Lopez released from hospital after Silverstone WEC crash

Toyota driver Jose Maria Lopez has been given the all-clear after his accident in Sunday's FIA World Endurance Championship opener at Silverstone. 

Lopez taken to hospital after Silverstone WEC crash

New Toyota driver Jose Maria Lopez has been taken to hospital after an accident in Sunday's FIA World Endurance Championship opener at Silverstone. 

Silverstone WEC: Toyota stays ahead in third practice

Toyota kept ahead of LMP1 rival Porsche in the third practice session for the FIA World Endurance Championship season opener on Saturday morning.

Rowland, Lynn set for Mexico Formula E duties

Oliver Rowland and Alex Lynn are set to be on standby for Sebastien Buemi and Jose Maria Lopez respectively for Formula E’s Mexico City ePrix.

Buenos Aires ePrix: Local hero Lopez leads FP1

DS Virgin Racing's Jose Maria Lopez led Jean-Eric Vergne in the first official track action of the Buenos Aires ePrix on Saturday morning.

DS Virgin Racing feeling bullish ahead of Buenos Aires

One champion, one national hero: Sam Bird returning champion, having won the Buenos Aires race last year, and local fan favorite Jose Maria Lopez is sole Argentinian Formula E driver

Lopez, Sarrazin to join Buemi on Monza-to-Mexico travel dash

Toyota’s new signing Jose Maria Lopez is set to join Sebastien Buemi and Stephane Sarrazin in travelling overnight from the Monza WEC prologue test to the Mexico Formula E race.

Toyota confirms Lopez signing, third car for Le Mans

Toyota has confirmed Jose Maria Lopez will join its line-up for the 2017 WEC season, and that it will field three cars in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Ekstrom: More series, including F1, should consider joker laps

World Rallycross champion Mattias Ekstrom has welcomed WTCC's plans to introduce joker laps in 2017 - and said more motorsport categories, including F1, should look into the concept.

Audi's absence will make WEC title battle tougher - Jani

Porsche driver Neel Jani says the fact there will only be two teams capable of taking race victories in the FIA WEC next season will make winning the championship harder.

Verstappen scoops two awards at FIA Gala prize-giving

Max Verstappen won two FIA awards on Friday evening for his performances in the 2016 Formula 1 season, along with champions from various categories across motorsport in the FIA Gala at Vienna.

Qatar WTCC: Lopez starts final weekend on top in FP1

Citroen's Jose Maria Lopez was fastest in first practice of his final weekend in the WTCC, leading the way by the best part of a second ahead of Lada’s Hugo Valente.

Analysis: The state of play in the LMP1 driver market

Audi's exit from the FIA World Endurance Championship has left many highly qualified drivers unemployed, meaning a major shake-up in the 2017 driver market is likely. Jamie Klein examines the state of play.

Formula E joins forces with COP22 for Marrakesh ePrix

All-electric racing series announced as official partner of COP22

Formula E season three predictions: Can Buemi be beaten?

As the third season of the FIA Formula E championship kicks off this weekend in Hong Kong, Sam Smith surveys the field - and, with the help of an informed source, predicts who will come out on top.

DS Virgin Racing kicks off Formula E’s season 3 in Hong Kong

For his third Formula E campaign, Sam Bird will be joined at DS Virgin Racing by the three-time World Touring Car Champion José María López.

Catsburg hits out at Lopez for Motegi driving standards

Lada WTCC driver Nicky Catsburg has hit out at the driving standards of some of his rivals after the WTCC round in Motegi, in particular provisional champion Jose Maria Lopez.

Muller thanks Lopez for Motegi WTCC win "gesture"

Yvan Muller has thanked Citroen teammate Jose Maria Lopez for his "gesture" of handing him the lead of the second race at Motegi, as the Frenchman claimed his first WTCC of the season.

DS Virgin confirms single-motor set-up for season three

DS Virgin has confirmed its season-three Formula E challenger utilises only a single motor, marking a radical departure from the team’s previous concept.

Citroën and José María López go in search of more world titles

A successful weekend in the land of the rising sun could enable Citroën and Pechito López to secure world titles for the third year running.

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Lopez thanks Muller for help in overtaking Michelisz

Jose Maria Lopez has thanked his Citroen WTCC teammate Yvan Muller for his help in clearing the Honda of Norbert Michelisz, which allowed the Argentine to take victory in the main race at Termas de Rio Hondo.

Lopez: Guerrieri's pace shows how good Argentine drivers are

Reigning WTCC champion Jose Maria Lopez says he was not surprised by countryman Esteban Guerrieri's superb pace in the opening day of the Argentina weekend.

Season resumes in Pechito’s homeland!

At the Termas de Río Hondo circuit, José María López will clearly be the crowd favourite.

Lopez makes switch to Formula E with DS Virgin

Two-time WTCC champion Jose Maria Lopez will drive for the DS Virgin Racing team alongside Sam Bird in season three of the FIA Formula E Championship.

Bird set to stay at DS Virgin

Sam Bird has reiterated his commitment to the DS Virgin Formula E squad despite significant overtures from the new Jaguar team.

WTCC boss proud to have revived Lopez's international career

WTCC promoter Francois Ribeiro says he is "really glad" that his championship allowed Jose Maria Lopez to get back in the limelight of international motorsport.

Monteiro “won’t give up” on title fight with Lopez

Tiago Monteiro has vowed not to give up on chasing down WTCC runaway points leader Jose Maria Lopez following his victory in the second race at Vila Real.

Citroën widens the gap

After two fifth-place finishes, José María López remains 101 points ahead of the rest in the Drivers’ standings.

Lopez: I don't care if I win another race in 2016

Citroen driver Jose Maria Lopez has said he won't mind going winless for the rest of the 2016 WTCC season as long as he is crowned champion at the end.

Yvan Muller makes the front row, Citroën win MAC3

A great team effort from Muller, Chilton and López also gave Citroën victory in MAC3.

Lopez wants to remain "linked" to Citroen after 2016

Reigning WTCC champion Jose Maria Lopez says he "would love" to remain connected with Citroen after it exits WTCC at the end of the season.

Citroën out for revenge!

José María López and Yvan Muller will want to preserve the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC’s unbeaten record on the Vila Real street circuit.

Jose Maria Lopez: A "debacle" of a weekend in Moscow

Reigning WTCC champion Jose Maria Lopez looks back at a tough weekend in Moscow, which left him podium-less for the first time in his career in the series.

Yvan Muller picks up podium place in rainy Russia

Yvan Muller was the best-performing Citroën C-Elysée WTCC, finishing third in the opening race.

Lopez like the Senna or Schumacher of WTCC - Chilton

WTCC driver Tom Chilton says Jose Maria Lopez's current performances in the category are akin to the past eras of Formula 1 dominance by grand prix legends Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher.

A day of firsts in Moscow

José María López and Yvan Muller were not able to challenge for pole position

Michelisz hopes Lopez and Muller stay in WTCC after Citroen exit

Honda driver Norbert Michelisz says he is hopeful that Citroen factory duo Jose Maria Lopez and Yvan Muller remain in the WTCC even after the impending conclusion of the French marque's works programme.

Season reaches halfway mark in Russia!

The sixth meeting of the 2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship, to be contested at Moscow Raceway, takes the season to its halfway point.

Twin wins for Pechito López at the Nürburgring!

This dual success at the Nürburgring puts the Argentine driver well clear at the top of the World Championship, while Citroën has also extended its lead in the Manufacturers’ standings.

José María López and Yvan Muller earn first All-Citroën front row at the Nürburgring

On the most demanding circuit in the world, the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC and its drivers confirmed their status as the standard-setters in the discipline.

Lopez rules out Hamilton/Rosberg-style crash with Muller

Jose Maria Lopez has put faith in his Citroen teammate Yvan Muller ahead of tomorrow’s race, indicating an inter-team collision at the start as seen in Formula 1's Spanish GP between Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton is unlikely.

Citroën C-Elysée WTCC takes on the Nürburgring and the Nordschleife

The Citroën Total drivers will be looking to repeat their triumphant 2015 exploits on the Nordschleife

Podium spots for López and Muller in Marrakech

With podium finishes in the first race, José María López and Yvan Muller will leave Morocco feeling they have done their job.

Citroën stays ahead in Marrakech

Thanks to the combined efforts of Yvan Muller, Mehdi Bennani and José María López, Citroën maintained their lead in the World Championship by winning MAC3.

Lopez, Muller concerned with slower Marrakech layout

Citroen WTCC drivers Jose Maria Lopez and Yvan Muller have expressed their concerns over the new layout of the Marrakech circuit that will be used this weekend.

López and Muller head for Bennani’s home turf!

The Citroën Total drivers will be joined by Mehdi Bennani, who will enjoy unstinting support from his home crowd.

Jose Maria Lopez: "It was one of my toughest ever races"

Reigning WTCC champion Jose Maria Lopez might have reclaimed the points lead at the Hungaroring, but, as he writes in his column, it was one of the most arduous weekends of his tenure in the series.

Maximum points for Citroën in Hungary!

Mehdi Bennani and José María López are the WTCC rain masters

José MarÍa López extends Citroën’s pole-winning streak

José María López: “I won this sixteenth pole position because I had the best car out there. "

Hungary WTCC: Lopez sees off Coronel in qualifying

Jose Maria Lopez claimed pole position for the third round of the World Touring Car Championship at the Hungaroring, and retook the standings lead by two points ahead of Honda’s Tiago Monteiro,

Lopez says Slovakia win was "a miracle"

Two-time WTCC champion Jose Maria Lopez said it was "a miracle" that his Citroen C-Elysee that took him to victory in Race 2 in Slovakia even made it to the chequered flag.