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Rachit Thukral

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Cassidy exceeded own expectations on Formula E debut

Nick Cassidy says he exceeded his own expectations in his maiden Formula E weekend in the Diriyah E-Prix after showing top six pace in both qualifying and race trim.

Muller switches to Team Rosberg for 2021 DTM season

Two-time DTM runner-up Nico Muller will switch to Team Rosberg for the championship's first season featuring GT3 cars in 2021, partnering American youngster Dev Gore.

Haupt commits to DTM with factory Mercedes support

Haupt Racing Team will enter two Mercedes-AMG GT3s in the DTM this season with factory support from the German manufacturer.

Lynn "100% fit" with no injuries after Diriyah FE crash

Mahindra Formula E driver Alex Lynn has provided an update on his condition following a horrific crash in the Diriyah E-Prix, revealing he's "100% fine" and has escaped injuries.

Dennis slams Wehrlein for "driving me into the wall"

BMW Formula E driver Jake Dennis has hit out at Pascal Wehrlein for driving him into the wall in the Diriyah E-Prix, saying he “doesn’t really know what the logic was" behind his move.

Rowe Racing enters DTM with BMW M6 GT3

Renowned sportscar racing outfit Rowe Racing has announced that it will enter the DTM with the BMW M6 GT3 in 2021.

Bird outsmarted Frijns in energy management

Robin Frijns believes his former Formula E team-mate Sam Bird outsmarted him in energy management as they battled for victory in the Diriyah E-Prix.

Diriyah E-Prix: Bird wins, Lynn hospitalised after crash

Jaguar Formula E driver Sam Bird won the second leg of the Diriyah E-Prix that was red-flagged after a massive collision involving Mahindra's Alex Lynn, who is conscious and talking.

Diriyah E-Prix: Frijns leads in-form de Vries in practice

Envision Virgin driver Robin Frijns set the pace in practice for the second leg of the Diriyah E-Prix, beating race one winner Nyck de Vries with a last-gasp effort on Saturday afternoon.

Rowland hopes Mercedes doesn't dominate Formula E like F1

Nissan driver Oliver Rowland hopes Mercedes doesn’t end up being dominant in Formula E like it has been in Formula 1 in recent years following Nyck de Vries's commanding win in Riyadh.

Mercedes: De Vries "lucky" to win in Riyadh after safety car

Mercedes team principal Ian James has heralded first-time Formula E race winner Nyck de Vries as “on fire” in the Diriyah E-Prix but reckoned the manufacturer was “lucky” to win. 

Bird: Lynn left me no room in race-ending FE crash Diriyah ePrix I
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Bird: Lynn left me no room in race-ending FE crash

New Jaguar signing Sam Bird feels Mahindra’s Alex Lynn left him no room in the incident that put both drivers out of Formula E’s season-opening Diriyah E-Prix.

Cassidy: "No point getting upset" over losing superpole lap

Nick Cassidy says there is “no point in getting upset” over losing the lap time that would have placed him in the top six on the grid on his Formula E debut.

Diriyah E-Prix: De Vries takes dominant pole for Mercedes

Mercedes driver Nyck de Vries continued his dominant run in the Diriyah E-Prix weekend, smashing the lap record in Friday's first qualifying to take pole position for the Formula E season opener.

Diriyah E-Prix: De Vries leads Mercedes 1-2 in second practice

Nyck de Vries led a 1-2 finish for the Mercedes Formula E team in a truncated second practice for the Diriyah E-Prix, which was interrupted by two separate red flags.

Dragon expecting to benefit from old FE powertrain

Nico Muller believes having a reliable car could play into the hands of Dragon Penske in the Diriyah E-Prix, with the team having elected to start the 2020/21 Formula E season with the same powertrain as last year.

Vergne "super hungry" after last season's "pain" - Da Costa

Antonio Felix da Costa says his DS Techeetah teammate Jean-Eric Vergne is “super hungry” for success after the “pain” inflicted by last season's Formula E title defeat.

How Nissan plans on dethroning DS Techeetah in Formula E

Techeetah has been Formula E’s dominant squad of late with five titles in the last three years, but if there is one manufacturer that can usurp the Chinese team in 2021 it is Nissan.

Hughes joins Venturi as Formula E reserve

Multiple Formula 3 race winner Jake Hughes has joined the Venturi Formula E team as its reserve driver ahead of the start of the 2020/21 season.

Rating the prospects of Formula E's bumper rookie crop

While four past champions and a slew of race winners headline the 2020/21 Formula E grid, there is no shortage of fresh blood either, with six drivers making their full-season debuts.

Fenestraz joins Jaguar Formula E team as reserve driver

Ex-Renault Formula 1 junior Sacha Fenestraz will serve as Jaguar’s reserve driver and will be on-site for Formula E’s season-opening Riyadh races.

Alesi joins Super GT test as Sakaguchi replaces Fenestraz

Giuliano Alesi will make his first SUPER GT appearance at the Okayama pre-season test next month, while Sena Sakaguchi will replace the absent Sacha Fenestraz at TOM’S.

Mahindra bullish for 2021 with "one of its biggest" upgrades

Mahindra Racing is targeting a return to winning ways in the 2020/21 Formula E season, buoyed by “one of the biggest upgrades” it has made to the powertrain since the inception of the series.

Lotterer: Second-year Porsche success tough to repeat in FE

Andre Lotterer says the limited scope of development in Formula E means it won’t be as straightforward for Porsche to replicate the success it achieved in its sophomore campaign in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Cassidy braced for "tough times" in rookie Formula E season

Nick Cassidy admits he is braced for some “tough times” in 2021 as he embarks on his maiden Formula E campaign with Envision Virgin Racing this year.

Vergne rubbishes FE homologation "advantage" suggestions

Jean-Eric Vergne has rubbished suggestions that DS Techeetah has gained an advantage by delaying the introduction of its new Formula E powertrain until April.

Le Mans invites awarded as G-Drive wins Asian Le Mans title
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Le Mans invites awarded as G-Drive wins Asian Le Mans title

G-Drive has secured an automatic invite for the Le Mans 24 Hours by clinching the 2021 Asian Le Mans Series title, as JOTA swept the Abu Dhabi double header.

FE's future "bright" despite Audi, BMW exits - Gunther

Maximilian Gunther believes Formula E has a “very, very bright future” and is “untouchable” despite the loss of two big-ticket manufacturers in Audi and BMW.

Facebook ban hits Supercars team

Facebook's controversial ban of news coverage in Australia has seen the official page of Supercars team Matt Stone Racing taken down.

Wehrlein keen to avenge Mahindra near-misses with Porsche

New Porsche recruit Pascal Wehrlein says he is keen on scoring a maiden Formula E victory for himself and the German manufacturer in the upcoming 2020/21 season.

Supercars engineer Little diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

Supercars’ Technical Manager Campbell Little has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and will step away from work to undergo treatment.

Rast confirms he won't return to the DTM in 2021

Rene Rast has announced that he won’t return to the DTM in the first year of its GT3 era to defend his title.

Vergne: Gains from new DS FE powertrain "barely seeable"

Jean-Eric Vergne insists DS Techeetah’s new Formula E powertrain won’t bring a massive step in performance, despite the extra development time afforded by the new homologation cycle. 

Formula E makes last-minute Diriyah track layout changes

Formula E and the FIA have made several changes to the track layout of the Riyadh Street Circuit two weeks before the season opener in Saudi Arabia.

Walkenhorst Motorsport enters DTM with BMW M6 GT3

Walkenhorst Motorsport has announced that it will enter the DTM this season with the venerable BMW M6 GT3, making BMW the fifth different manufacturer to be represented in the series. 

BMW can win title on Formula E swansong, say drivers

BMW Andretti duo Maximilian Gunther and Jake Dennis are confident that the German manufacturer can mount a sustained title challenge in its final season in Formula E this year.

Tough LMP2 debut for Vandoorne as G-Drive dominates Dubai
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Tough LMP2 debut for Vandoorne as G-Drive dominates

Ex-Formula 1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne made a fraught LMP2 debut in the opening two races of the Asian Le Mans Series last weekend, as G-Drive completed a clean sweep at the Dubai Autodrome. 

Lynn splits with Aston Martin after marque's GTE Pro exit

Alex Lynn will not be a part of Aston Martin’s factory roster following the British manufacturer’s exit from the GTE Pro class of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

World Superbike publishes entry list for 2021 season

The World Superbike Championship has issued a provisional entry list for the 2021 season, with 24 riders representing 16 teams and five different manufacturers.

Dennis knows he has to earn post-BMW FE stay

New BMW Andretti recruit Jake Dennis says he is aware he needs to make a quick impact in Formula E to extend his stay in the series beyond the German manufacturer’s exit at the end of the 2020/21 season.

Mahindra becomes Formula E's first net carbon neutral team

Mahindra Racing has become the first Formula E team - and the first in any FIA world championship - to be certified Net Carbon Neutral since inception.

Mercedes to support customer teams in DTM

Mercedes-AMG has announced that it will support its customer teams in the DTM this year, marking a return to the series for the first time since its factory exit in 2018.

Former MotoGP rider Baz makes MotoAmerica switch

Former MotoGP rider Loris Baz will switch to the MotoAmerica series with HSBK Racing Ducati in 2021, it has been announced.

King joins Mahindra as simulator and development driver

Ex-IndyCar and Formula 2 racer Jordan King has joined Mahindra as its simulator and development driver ahead of the start of the 2020/21 Formula E season.

Red Bull reveals DTM plans for Albon as Cassidy joins line-up

Red Bull has announced that AF Corse will run two Ferrari 488 GT3 Evos for Alex Albon, Liam Lawson and Nick Cassidy in the 2021 DTM season.

Auer and BMW announce split after just one season

Lucas Auer and BMW have mutually agreed to part ways after just a single year competing together in the DTM.

DTM announces two pre-season tests for 2021

The DTM will hold pre-season tests at Hockenheim and Lausitzring ahead of the start of its new GT3 era at Monza.

Rea wants dropped scores in WSBK during pandemic

Jonathan Rea wants the World Superbike Championship to introduce a dropped scores system as a temporary measure to cover off the risk of riders missing races due to contracting coronavirus.

Hanson loses TCR podium for collision with Mostert
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Hanson loses TCR podium for collision with Mostert

Jay Hanson has lost his podium finish in the opening race of the 2021 TCR Australia season at Symmons Plains after being hit with a 10-second penalty for causing a collision with Chaz Mostert.

Sauber protege Pourchaire moves up to F2 with ART

Sauber Academy driver Theo Pourchaire will move up to Formula 2 in 2021, becoming ART Grand Prix’s first signing for the new season.

Phoenix rules out competing with Audi in DTM 2021

Phoenix Racing has ruled out continuing its relationship with Audi in the new privateer era of the DTM, but is exploring other options to stay in the series.

Van Gisbergen wins the New Zealand Grand Prix from pitlane
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Van Gisbergen wins the New Zealand Grand Prix from pitlane

Supercars star Shane van Gisbergen delivered a masterful drive from the pitlane to win the 66th running of the New Zealand Grand Prix at Hampton Downs.

Camier: Racing had "lost meaning" after recurring injuries

World Superbike veteran-turned team manager Leon Camier has admitted that he lost the motivation to continue racing at the top level after a series of injuries in the last three years.

Van Gisbergen wins TRS season opener on single-seater return
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Van Gisbergen wins TRS season opener on single-seater return

Supercars star Shane van Gisbergen claimed an emphatic victory in the opening race of the Toyota Racing Series at Hampton Downs on his return to single-seaters.

Nannini to complete dual F2, F3 campaign, joins Deledda at HWA

Matteo Nannini will complete a dual campaign in Formula 2 and Formula 3 this season with HWA, joining Alessio Deledda in the senior of the two championships.

Richard Mille team joins WEC with all-female crew

The Richard Mille Racing team will graduate to the FIA World Endurance Championship this year with an all-female crew comprising Tatiana Calderon, Sophia Floersch and Beitske Visser.

Keating moves to TF Sport Aston Martin for 2021 WEC season

Ben Keating has joined the TF Sport Aston Martin team for his second full season in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2021.

Realteam steps up to WEC, signs Duval and Nato

European Le Mans Series outfit Realteam Racing will step up to the LMP2 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2021 and has signed ex-LMP1 stars Loic Duval and Norman Nato.

Camier named Honda World Superbike team manager

Veteran World Superbike rider Leon Camier has been announced as Honda’s new team manager ahead of the first pre-season test of the 2021 season at Jerez.

Al-Attiyah not interested in Dakar return if rules don’t change

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah says he is "not interested" in returning to the Dakar Rally if the rules aren't changed to make the fight fair between buggies and 4x4s.