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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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Cape Town round dropped from Formula E calendar, Jakarta in

An inaugural Cape Town E-Prix has been officially dropped from the 2022 Formula E calendar, while a maiden race in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta has been locked in.

FIA approves radical Formula E qualifying format shake-up

The FIA has approved the new Formula E qualifying format that will be introduced for the 2022 season and pitch the fastest drivers in head-to-head 'duels' to decide pole position.

Extreme E to conclude inaugural season with UK round in Dorset
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Extreme E to conclude inaugural season with UK round in Dorset

Extreme E will finish its inaugural season in Dorset, UK as the Bovington military base steps in as the final replacement venue for a disrupted 2021 calendar.

Formula E enjoys record-breaking TV figures for 2021 season

Formula E reports record-breaking live audience viewing figures for the recent 2021 season, including a 156 per cent growth in the UK following the much-anticipated return of the London E-Prix.

What could have been: Mahindra's search for a champion substitute

When injury ruled Nick Heidfeld out of the 2015 Punta del Este E-Prix in Uruguay, one week before Christmas, Mahindra boss Dilbagh Gill sought to replace him with a promising up-and-comer who had won a title that year. That gave him with four primary candidates, and an improbable introduction to the team's new 2021-22 signing.

How motorsport's most prominent power couple found joint success Prime

How motorsport's most prominent power couple found joint success

The Wolffs have carved their own paths in motorsport, leading their respective teams to success in Formula 1 and Formula E. But the two came together last month as their drivers finished first and second in the FE drivers' championship - a feat they are hugely proud of. In a rare joint interview, they reflect on a remarkable season

The top 10 Formula E drivers of 2020-21 Prime

The top 10 Formula E drivers of 2020-21

OPINION: The 2021 Formula E campaign was one without a narrative for much of the season, with no single car or driver able to break away from the pack. That makes choosing a top 10 especially difficult, particularly as the qualifying format meant some worthy performers were unable to enjoy their day in the sun.

How Mercedes and de Vries achieved Formula E glory the hard way Prime

How Mercedes and de Vries achieved Formula E glory the hard way

When Nyck de Vries dominated the first race of what would be the most controversial and unpredictable Formula E season to date, it looked as though Mercedes was in for a cakewalk. But as the campaign wore on, the path to a title double became increasingly rocky. Neither driver or team would be assured of the crown until the closing stages of the very final race on a weekend of struggle in Berlin.

The Formula E 'loan' deal that will keep di Grassi winning Prime

The Formula E 'loan' deal that will keep di Grassi winning

OPINION: The departure of Audi from Formula E meant its long-time driver Lucas di Grassi would need to find a new berth to stay on the grid. His deal at Venturi Racing will ensure the championship's first-ever race winner will remain competitive into the final year of the current Gen2 ruleset - although it may not be a long-term fit

Di Grassi joins Venturi for 2022 Formula E season
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Di Grassi joins Venturi for 2022 Formula E season

Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi has been unveiled as a Venturi Racing driver for the 2022 season alongside Edoardo Mortara, in his first move since Audi quit the championship. 

How the Dutch Grand Prix proved itself as a top-line F1 event

OPINION: The Dutch Grand Prix, in terms of on-track action, was nothing out of the ordinary. However, the event itself brought an unmatched level of energy from fans, and the added banking to corners underlined Zandvoort's credibility as an F1 venue.

Dutch Grand Prix driver ratings

After 36 years away, Formula 1's return to Zandvooort brought plenty of challenges as red flags interrupted practice and qualifying, while minimal run-off punished mistakes. Its fast sweeps, combined with the passionate Dutch fans, have made the circuit an instant hit but some took to its quirks better than others

The Mercedes tactics that Verstappen had to overcome to win at home

A rapid start from poleman Max Verstappen in the fastest car of the Dutch GP weekend forced Mercedes into trying something different. The result was a tactical grudge match that bubbled without ever boiling over, with Verstappen's supreme pace enough to withstand Lewis Hamilton and retake the points lead

Verstappen: "Never straightforward" to meet expectations at home GP Dutch GP
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Verstappen: "Never straightforward" to meet expectations at home GP

Max Verstappen says it was "never straightforward" to meet the expectations of the Dutch Formula 1 fans at Zandvoort, but he remained "very focused" to win his home grand prix.

Wolff: Bottas' fastest lap attempt "cheeky but understandable"

Toto Wolff says Valtteri Bottas' fastest lap attempt in Formula 1's Dutch GP was "cheeky", but an "unaware" Lewis Hamilton reckons it "doesn't matter" which Mercedes driver earned the point.

Dutch GP: Verstappen takes dominant win from Hamilton Dutch GP
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Dutch GP: Verstappen takes dominant win from Hamilton

Max Verstappen serenely controlled the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix to win at home ahead of Lewis Hamilton as the Red Bull driver reclaimed the lead of the Formula 1 championship.

Wind sensitivity not a factor in Russell's Q2 crash

The Williams Formula 1 team reckons George Russell's Dutch Grand Prix qualifying crash was not a result of the car being sensitive to wind gusts at Zandvoort's "sheltered' Turn 13.

Verstappen unaware of DRS failure on Dutch GP pole lap Dutch GP
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Verstappen unaware of DRS failure on Dutch GP pole lap

Max Verstappen did not know his DRS failed on his pole lap ahead of Formula 1's 2021 Dutch Grand Prix, which combined with a "double shift" to cost him 0.25s.

Dutch GP: Verstappen beats Hamilton to pole by 0.038s Dutch GP
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Dutch GP: Verstappen beats Hamilton to pole by 0.038s

Max Verstappen romped to a home pole position over Lewis Hamilton in a disrupted qualifying for Formula 1's 2021 Dutch Grand Prix as crashes for both Williams bore two red flags.

Dutch GP: Verstappen quickest by 0.5s in final practice

Max Verstappen comfortably beat the Mercedes duo of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton to set the pace in the final practice session ahead of Formula 1's 2021 Dutch Grand Prix.

Why Verstappen’s practice times hide a major shot at a home win

Max Verstappen may not have grabbed the headlines during Friday practice on Formula 1’s return to Zandvoort, but there was no hiding the Red Bull driver's pace ahead of the Dutch Grand Prix. The home favourite will now face the test of delivering on a few more critical calls to give the Orange Army a race to remember

Dutch GP: Leclerc fastest in FP2 as Hamilton hits trouble

Charles Leclerc led a Ferrari 1-2 over Esteban Ocon in FP2 at Formula 1's 2021 Dutch Grand Prix while a stoppage for Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton brought out the red flags.

F1 drivers call for fans to minimise flare usage at Dutch GP Dutch GP
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F1 drivers call for fans to minimise flare usage at Dutch GP

Several Formula 1 drivers have asked fans attending the Dutch Grand Prix to keep smoke flares “to a minimum” after their usage at Spa obscured a section of the circuit.

Cars and tyres, not caution, behind F1's inability to race in the wet

Previous world champions Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel say Formula 1’s current high downforce levels and wider tyres are the main cause of wet-weather visibility problems.

Gunther joins Nissan e.dams for 2022 FE season
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Gunther joins Nissan e.dams for 2022 FE season

Formula E driver Maximilian Gunther has ended his stint at BMW and Andretti Autosport to sign for Nissan e.dams for the 2022 season as teammate to champion Sebastien Buemi.

Mercedes FE race team investigating new manufacturer tie-up

The remains of the Mercedes Formula E race team that is expected to continue in the series beyond the 2022 season is “investigating” a return with another “full fat” manufacturer.

How XE's Arctic adventure gave a chilly reminder of the fixes to find

Extreme E’s third round provided the very definition of extreme conditions in the Arctic Circle, and despite settling on a successful format and Andretti United taking a maiden win, there remains plenty of work to do with the spec cars that froze in action

XE drivers call for car updates after reliability issues Arctic X-Prix
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XE drivers call for car updates after reliability issues

Extreme E drivers, led by Carlos Sainz Sr, are calling for updates to improve the standardised Odyssey 21 E-SUV car after the latest catalogue of reliability troubles struck in Greenland.

Extreme E drivers address 'tone-deaf' allegations against series

Extreme E drivers have defended the series against allegations of being ‘tone-deaf’ in its environmental message after X44 driver Sebastien Loeb clipped a lake while racing in Greenland.

Arctic X-Prix: Andretti United claims maiden win in eventful final Arctic X-Prix
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Arctic X-Prix: Andretti United claims maiden win in eventful final

Andretti United nailed a maiden Extreme E win in the Arctic X-Prix in Greenland when a puncture denied X44 and a car shutdown cost championship-leader Rosberg X Racing.

Arctic X-Prix: X44, Andretti United claim dramatic semi-final wins Arctic X-Prix
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Arctic X-Prix: X44, Andretti United claim dramatic semi-final wins

X44 and Andretti United snared stylish victories in two dramatic Extreme E semi-finals in Greenland to move into the Arctic X-Prix final alongside Rosberg X Racing and Acciona Sainz.

Arctic X-Prix: X44 holds top spot in qualifying, issues hit rivals Arctic X-Prix
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Arctic X-Prix: X44 holds top spot in qualifying, issues hit rivals

X44 hung on to head the combined Extreme E qualifying times in Greenland for the Artic X-Prix despite the session-topping afternoon form of the recovering Rosberg X Racing squad.

Arctic X-Prix: X44 team tops first qualifying as Rosberg car rolls

Lewis Hamilton’s X44 team topped the morning qualifying run for Extreme E’s Artic X-Prix in Greenland as the championship-leading Rosberg X Racing crew dramatically rolled and suffered repeat technical issues.

Formula E to vote on safety car changes after Valencia farce

Formula E will vote in changes to its safety car procedure for the 2022 season in a bid to avoid the energy management woes that underlined the contentious Valencia E-Prix.

Revealed: Greenland's glacier lined Arctic X-Prix course Arctic X-Prix
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Revealed: Greenland's glacier lined Arctic X-Prix course

Extreme E has unveiled its Arctic X-Prix course in Greenland, which sits next to a retreating glacier and will feature the first use of the points-paying super sector format amendment.

Mercedes: Vandoorne's Berlin E-Prix qualifying won FE teams' title

Mercedes Formula E boss Ian James has credited Stoffel Vandoorne for winning the 2021 teams’ title for the manufacturer but reckons “brutal honesty” is needed to evaluate an inconsistent season.

Andretti retains Munnings, Hansen for Extreme E 2022
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Andretti retains Munnings, Hansen for Extreme E 2022

Andretti United has agreed contract extensions with its Extreme E driver pairing of Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen for 2022 after just two rounds of the inaugural championship season.

Rowland 'a different person' after three FE seasons with Buemi
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Rowland 'a different person' after three FE seasons with Buemi

Oliver Rowland reckons he is “a completely different person” after learning from 2015-16 champion teammate Sebastien Buemi after three seasons in Formula E at Nissan e.dams.

Extreme E announces revised race weekend format Arctic X-Prix
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Extreme E announces revised race weekend format

Extreme E has again tinkered with its race format to benefit teams that endure an early crash or reliability issue, while the final will be boosted to a five-car grid.

Extreme E to host rookie invitational test in Sardinia
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Extreme E to host rookie invitational test in Sardinia

Extreme E will stage a rookie invitational test in Sardinia in a bid to fill a gap in talent, focusing on female drivers, according to championship co-founder Alejandro Agag.

The problems laid bare by Mercedes' impending Formula E departure

Mercedes' planned withdrawal from Formula E at the end of the 2022 season will contribute to the big hole left by fellow automotive manufacturers Audi and BMW on their departures. Although the team may stick around under a different guise, the exit of the now-reigning teams' champion underlines FE's current issues...

Mercedes team could stay on in Formula E as privateer entry

Bosses of the Mercedes Formula E team have started evaluating options, including a potential sale, for the outfit to remain in the championship beyond the manufacturer’s exit after 2022.

Mercedes to officially leave Formula E after 2022
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Mercedes to officially leave Formula E after 2022

Mercedes has officially announced it will quit Formula E at the end of the 2022 season to “concentrate” on Formula 1 amid a “refocus of resource for electric vehicle development”.

The F1 dilemma facing Mercedes' new world champion Prime

The F1 dilemma facing Mercedes' new world champion

After clinching the Formula E title at the Berlin finale, Nyck de Vries is a driver in demand. Although Mercedes would love to keep a reigning champion at the team, the allure of a Williams F1 drive may be too much for de Vries to ignore should a potential deal come to pass

Da Costa makes gym jibe at FE rivals after Berlin crash

Antonio Felix da Costa has joked that some of his Formula E rivals need ‘more hours working in the gym’ owing to the nature of his 2021 Berlin E-Prix crash.

Nato reflects on maiden FE win after early season 'frustrations'

Venturi’s Norman Nato was in jubilant mood after capping off his rookie Formula E season with a victory in Berlin, having been “frustrated” by missed podium chances in Rome and Valencia.

How de Vries claimed Formula E title glory as Mercedes exit bombshell looms

As Formula E lined up to complete its seventh season at Berlin's Tempelhof Airport, all eyes were on who would be its first official FIA world champion. Despite Nyck de Vries' title lead heading into the weekend looking all but secure, the Dutchman held on - and enjoyed a good dollop of fortune - to secure a championship double for Mercedes

Mortara suffers fractured vertebra in Berlin E-Prix startline crash

Venturi Racing Formula E driver Edoardo Mortara sustained a fractured vertebra as a result of his Berlin E-Prix startline collision with Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans.

Dennis: "Weird sound" preceded Berlin Formula E crash

Jake Dennis says a “weird sound” preceded the rear-axle lock-up that caused the rookie to crash out of the 2021 Berlin E-Prix while he was fighting for the championship title.

Evans "hurts in every aspect emotionally" after Berlin Formula E crash

Mitch Evans “hurts in every aspect emotionally” after his 2021 Berlin E-Prix startline glitch sparked a heavy shunt and eliminated him from the Formula E title race.

Berlin E-Prix: Nato wins race, de Vries takes title for Mercedes

Venturi’s Norman Nato won the final round of the 2020-21 Formula E World Championship at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport, as Mercedes’ Nyck de Vries was crowned champion after the majority of his title rivals crashed out.

Berlin E-Prix: Vandoorne on pole, Evans top championship runner

Stoffel Vandoorne grabbed pole for the 2021 Berlin E-Prix Formula E title decider as Mitch Evans claimed third place to massively bolster his and Jaguar Racing’s championship hopes. 

Mercedes set to quit Formula E ahead of Gen3 era
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Mercedes set to quit Formula E ahead of Gen3 era

Mercedes appears set to quit Formula E and is expected to officially communicate its exit decision in the coming days, Motorsport.com understands.

Berlin E-Prix: Rowland pips Gunther in final practice

Oliver Rowland snared the fastest lap over Maximilian Gunther in the final Formula E practice session ahead of the 2021 Berlin E-Prix 14-way title decider at Tempelhof Airport. 

Berlin E-Prix: De Vries tops opening practice for Mercedes

Formula E points leader Nyck de Vries beat defending champion Antonio Felix da Costa to lead the first Sunday practice session ahead of the 2021 Berlin E-Prix title decider.

Di Grassi emotional after winning on Audi's farewell FE weekend Berlin E-Prix I
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Di Grassi emotional after winning on Audi's farewell FE weekend

Lucas di Grassi says he is feeling a mixture of emotions after claiming victory on Audi’s final Formula E weekend as a full-blown manufacturer in Berlin.

De Vries: Top 10 finish in Berlin possible before puncture Berlin E-Prix I
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De Vries: Top 10 finish in Berlin possible before puncture

Formula E championship leader Nyck de Vries believes he had a chance of finishing in the top 10 in the Berlin E-Prix before a puncture dropped him a lap down.

Vergne: DS Techeetah team orders cost Berlin victory shot Berlin E-Prix I
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Vergne: DS Techeetah team orders cost Berlin victory shot

Jean-Eric Vergne reckons the DS Techeetah team orders that called on him to swap position with teammate Antonio Felix da Costa caused him to lose the victory in the Berlin E-Prix.

Berlin E-Prix: Di Grassi wins penultimate round for Audi Berlin E-Prix I
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Berlin E-Prix: Di Grassi wins penultimate round for Audi

Audi’s Lucas di Grassi won the penultimate round of the 2020-21 FIA Formula E World Championship at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport track on Saturday, setting up a title-deciding final round tomorrow.

Mercedes explains Berlin Formula E qualifying struggles Berlin E-Prix I
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Mercedes explains Berlin Formula E qualifying struggles

Mercedes team boss Ian James has explained why its Formula E championship-leading driver Nyck de Vries could only qualify 19th ahead of the 2021 Berlin E-Prix title decider.