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Button joins Extreme E grid driving for own team

Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button will drive in the inaugural Extreme E season, having created his own JBXE team for the fledging all-electric SUV off-road racing series. 

Rivals fear new homologation cycle benefits top FE teams

Changes to the Formula E regulations - designed to offset the impact of COVID-19 - could hand the top two teams in the championship an advantage, according to team bosses.

Santiago E-Prix set to be reinstated on Formula E calendar

Formula E is set to reinstate the Santiago E-Prix for early June, according to a letter sent out by the president of the Chilean motorsport federation.

Sarrazin signed to partner Chadwick at Veloce XE team

Sportscar veteran Stephane Sarrazin has been signed by the Veloce Racing team for the inaugural Extreme E season to partner W Series champion Jamie Chadwick. 

FE cost cap must halt 'ineffective' spending

Formula E boss Jamie Reigle says the championship’s planned cost cap must stop the ‘ineffective’ spending of some teams and that there is “no excuse” for not introducing financial limitations.

Formula E: Audi, BMW exits could lower barrier to entry

Audi and BMW’s decision to quit Formula E has made the championship more appealing to some prospective teams, according to series chief executive Jamie Reigle.

Gen3 Formula E cars won't force existing tracks to redesign

The lighter and more powerful Formula E cars of the incoming Gen3 regulations will not require the pre-existing circuits to be redesigned, according to championship co-founder Alberto Longo.

Alpine evaluating Formula E entry in collaboration with Lotus

Alpine and Lotus are evaluating a collaboration for a Formula E team entry in addition to a FIA World Endurance Championship programme.  

Extreme E delays start of inaugural season

The first round of the inaugural Extreme E season has been delayed by two weeks in response to the global health crisis.

Extreme E secures Sky TV deal for UK and Ireland

Extreme E has secured a one-year deal with Sky Sports to have its races broadcast live on the subscription television service in the UK and Ireland in 2021.

What Formula E must do for McLaren to act on its attraction Prime

What Formula E must do for McLaren to act on its attraction

News that McLaren is formally considering a Formula E move is a much-needed boost for a series that took some punches at the end of 2020. But to allay any doubts that Zak Brown may have, FE must take action on its biggest potential stumbling block

McLaren secures option to join Formula E

McLaren Racing has signed an agreement with Formula E that gives the outfit the option to join the championship for the Gen3 era beginning in 2022.

Formula E launches new Esports series, offers real-life test

Formula E has launched a six-round esports competition for which every full-time entrant will receive a share of a €100,000 prize fund, with the winner earning a real-life car test. 

Saudi Arabia Formula E races to go ahead as planned

Formula E has announced that its Saudi Arabia night races will go ahead as planned in late February and will move to become the opening round of the 2021 season. 

Formula E can supply F1 with drivers, engineers - Mercedes

Formula E is nearing a stage where it can directly supply drivers and engineers ready for Formula 1, according to Mercedes FE team principal Ian James.  

Santiago E-Prix postponed due to COVID-19 crisis

The first round of the 2021 Formula E season in Santiago has been postponed less than a month before it was due to take place.

First full-power Extreme E group test conducted in Spain

The first full-power group test of the Extreme E car has been completed, with new Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr attending the shakedown at Motorland Aragon in Spain.

Da Costa: “Crazy good” new DS FE car is worth waiting for

Antonio Felix da Costa says he will “try and stay alive” in the opening races of the 2021 Formula E season following DS Techeetah’s decision to delay its “crazy good” new car.

HWA replaced by Hispano Suiza in Extreme E

HWA has withdrawn its entry from the inaugural 2021 Extreme E season but has been immediately replaced by a revival of the Hispano Suiza marque of the early 20th century.

How the cocktail for F1's superteams became outdated Prime

How the cocktail for F1's superteams became outdated

Williams and McLaren won all but three Formula 1 constructors' titles between 1980 and 1998. But as two of their designers explain, what made those teams so successful no longer passes muster in modern F1

Dragon confirms Muller for final 2020/21 FE spot

Dragon/Penske Autosport has finally confirmed that Nico Muller will remain at the Formula E team to partner Sergio Sette Camara for the forthcoming 2020-21 season.

WRC legend Loeb to race Hamilton’s Extreme E entry

Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb will race for the X44 team founded by Lewis Hamilton in the inaugural 2021 season of the Extreme E all-electric championship.

Venturi Formula E team sold to investor group

The Venturi Racing Formula E team has been sold to an investor group led by championship co-founder Alejandro Agag’s brother-in-law, but Susie Wolff will remain as team principal. 

Porsche Supercup team owner Walter Lechner dies aged 71

Walter Lechner, who twice raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours and founded his eponymous team best-known for its dominant success in the Porsche Supercup, has died aged 71.  

Taylor joins Rosberg Extreme E squad

The Rosberg Xtreme Racing team that will contest Extreme E has signed former World Rally driver Molly Taylor as team-mate to triple World Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson.

Why BMW and Audi have pulled the plug on Formula E Prime

Why BMW and Audi have pulled the plug on Formula E

BMW and Audi shocked the Formula E fraternity by announcing their departures at the end of the 2020-21 season. Overnight, the championship has been dealt something of a "wake-up call" - including questions about its relevance to manufacturers.

BMW could continue to supply Andretti after Formula E exit

BMW is in discussions to continue to supply the Andretti team with powertrains after the manufacturer’s exit from Formula E at the end of the 2020-21 season. 

What we learned from Formula E's Valencia test Prime

What we learned from Formula E's Valencia test

There was no shortage of intrigue surrounding Formula E's pre-season test at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, dominated by talk of Audi's impending exit. But it still served to whet appetites for the start of another competitive season in January

Rosberg signs Kristoffersson for Extreme E team

Nico Rosberg’s Extreme E team has signed three-time World Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson as its first driver for the inaugural 2021 season of the SUV off-road racing series.

Volkswagen to cease all motorsport operations

Volkswagen has announced it will end all of its motorsport programmes.

Vandoorne flying to Bahrain, but unsure about Mercedes' plans

Stoffel Vandoorne has not been able to give much thought to a possible Formula 1 comeback with Mercedes, but knows there's a "chance" he'll be racing in Bahrain this weekend.

Gunther quickest on final day of Valencia Formula E test

Maximilian Gunther set the fastest time of Formula E pre-season testing on a final day in Valencia in which the entire 24-car field was separated by less 0.8 seconds.

Di Grassi wants to stay in Formula E after Audi exit

Audi driver Lucas di Grassi has “no hard feelings” about the manufacturer’s decision to exit Formula E at the end of the season but wishes to remain in the championship.

The logic behind Audi’s surprise change of course Prime

The logic behind Audi’s surprise change of course

OPINION: Audi announcing its imminent Formula E departure on the eve of its first season with world championship status might come as something of a shock. But while it doesn't equate to a rejection of VW's electrification push, there is reason to it...

Sainz Sr officially joins Extreme E with Spanish team QEV

Carlos Sainz Sr has been officially unveiled as a driver for the maiden Extreme E season in 2021, with the double World Rally champion signing for Spanish team QEV.  

Mahindra becomes first team to commit to Formula E's Gen3 rules

Mahindra Racing has become the first Formula E team to sign up for the championship’s forthcoming Gen3 regulations, committing to the series for at least the next three years.  

Formula E, Mahindra working to secure a race in India

Formula E and Mahindra Racing are working in conjunction to secure a race in India, although it is not expected to feature on the calendar for at least three years. 

Lynn puts Mahindra on top on Day 2 of Formula E testing

Alex Lynn shot to the top of the times for Mahindra Racing on the second day of Formula E pre-season testing in an afternoon session that featured a simulated race. 

Da Costa tops second morning at Valencia FE test

Defending Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa kicked off the second day of pre-season testing in Valencia by topping the morning session over Maximilian Guenther.

Nissan e.dams delays new Formula E car until April

The Nissan e.dams team has delayed the introduction of its Formula E car for the 2020-21 season until April under the new cost-saving homologation regulations.

Lotterer ends day one of Valencia Formula E test on top

Andre Lotterer beat the cars of reigning teams' champion DS Techeetah to top the first day of Formula E pre-season testing in an afternoon session ended by a red flag.

Venturi's Mortara tops first morning of Valencia Formula E test

Venturi Racing driver Edoardo Mortara topped the morning session of the first Formula E pre-season test day, which was interrupted by two red-flag stoppages. 

How Formula E's pre-season test venue provides confusion and clarity Prime

How Formula E's pre-season test venue provides confusion and clarity

The Formula E grid heads to Valencia's Circuit Ricardo Tormo for pre-season testing and the track, minus the controversial chicane, leaves the circuit unrepresentative to the series' familiar street layouts but could still be a proving ground for multiple reasons.

Jaguar unveils new Formula E car for 2020/21 season

The Jaguar Racing team has revealed its new Formula E car for the 2020-21 campaign as it aims to bounce back from a late fall down the championship table last season. 

Audi reveals 2021 Formula E car with first in-house powertrain

Audi has unveiled its e-tron FE07 car for the 2020-21 Formula E season, which features an all-new powertrain that was developed by the manufacturer in-house for the first time. 

DS Techeetah to start 2020/21 Formula E season with old package

Reigning Formula E teams’ champion DS Techeetah will carry over its existing car into the upcoming 2020-21 season before introducing a new powertrain package in April. 

Chadwick to race in Extreme E with Veloce Racing

W Series champion Jamie Chadwick is the first driver announced by Veloce Racing for the inaugural Extreme E season, which will mark her competitive off-road racing debut. 

Formula E to hold first night races in Saudi Arabia

Formula E will hold its first-ever night races in Saudi Arabia next season using lighting systems powered by renewable energy. 

Blomqvist beats Abt to second NIO Formula E seat

The NIO 333 Formula E team has signed Tom Blomqvist to partner Oliver Turvey for the 2020/21 season.  

Sainz Sr set to race in first Extreme E season

Two-time World Rally champion Carlos Sainz Sr is expected to race in the inaugural season of the Extreme E all-electric SUV off-road racing championship, understands.

Why a fearsome ‘electric alliance’ will have lasting significance Prime

Why a fearsome ‘electric alliance’ will have lasting significance

OPINION: Formula E has invested in Extreme E to create a formal allegiance between the two most influential electric motorsport series. Allaying fears of financial uncertainty, together they will shape the future of battery-powered motorsport competition…

Formula E has held Adelaide talks

The cancellation of the Adelaide 500 could pave the way for a Formula E event to be held on the city’s street circuit, understands. 

D'Ambrosio retires from racing, takes Venturi role

Ex-Formula 1 driver Jerome d’Ambrosio has joined the Venturi Racing Formula E team as its deputy team principal in addition to announcing his formal retirement from professional driving.  

Mercedes drops all-black livery for 2021 Formula E season

The Mercedes Formula E team has dropped the black car livery brought in for last season's championship finale and switched back to a silver design for the 2020/21 campaign.

Hamilton "jumped" at chance to start own XE team

Lewis Hamilton says he "jumped right at it" when the opportunity to start his X44 Extreme E team arose, but admits it still feels "strange" to be an owner.

Rast joins Audi FE team full time for 2020-21 season

Double DTM champion Rene Rast has been signed full time by the Audi Formula E team to contest the 2020/21 season alongside Lucas di Grassi.

New electric road car-based series announced

A new road car-based all-electric race series featuring 660bhp compact crossovers has been unveiled ahead of its planned eight-round inaugural season in 2022.

Formula E indefinitely postpones Mexico, Sanya races

The Mexico City and Sanya E-Prix have been postponed indefinitely as part of a heavily revised 2020-21 Formula E calendar issued by the championship and the FIA.

Vanwall to build £2m continuation cars of F1 title winner

Six continuations of the Vanwall VW5, in which Stirling Moss and Tony Brooks won the inaugural Formula 1 constructors’ title in 1958, will be built and sold for £2million each.

FE "keen to explore" Portugal race after da Costa showrun

Formula E says it is "keen to explore" holding a race in Portugal after series champion Antonio Felix da Costa demonstrated his DS Techeetah car on the streets of Lisbon.