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formula E gen3 revealed ahead of monaco E-Prix
The future of all-electric high-performance motorsport has been revealed by Formula E and the FIA at the Yacht Club de Monaco where the third-generation Formula E race car was officially unveiled to the public.
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The Gen3 is the world’s first race car designed and optimised specifically for street racing. It will debut in Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, where some of the world’s greatest manufacturers race wheel-to-wheel on the streets of iconic global cities.
Developed by engineers and sustainability experts at the FIA and Formula E, the Gen3 is the pinnacle of high performance, efficiency and sustainability. Designed to show the world that high performance and sustainability can powerfully co-exist without compromise, the Gen3 pioneers cutting-edge technologies that will make the transfer from race to road.
While aerodynamic development programs have been central to driving incremental improvement in motorsport for decades, the launch of the Gen3 propels software engineering forwards as a new battleground for motorsport innovation and competition. Performance upgrades to the Gen3 will be delivered as software updates directly to the advanced operating system built into the car.
Seven of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers have registered with the FIA to race the new Gen3 in Season 9 of the ABB FIA World Championship with pre-season testing this winter. They are: DS Automobiles, France; Jaguar, UK; Mahindra Racing, India; Maserati, Italy; NIO 333, UK and China; Nissan, Japan; Porsche AG, Germany.
Design, engineering and production innovations for the Gen3 race car include:
Fastest Formula E car yet with a top speed over 322 kph / 200 mph.
Most efficient formula racing car ever with more than 40% of the energy used within a race produced by regenerative braking.
Around 95% power efficiency from an electric motor delivering up to 350kW of power (470BHP), compared to approximately 40% for an internal combustion engine.
First-ever formula car with both front and rear powertrains. A new front powertrain adds 250kW to the 350kW at the rear, more than doubling the regenerative capability of the current Gen2 to a total of 600kW.
Ultra-high speed charging capability of 600kW for additional energy during a race, almost double the power of the most advanced commercial chargers in the world.
The first formula car that will not feature rear hydraulic brakes with the addition of the front powertrain and its regenerative capability.
Every aspect of Gen3 production has been rethought, redesigned and rebuilt to ensure the car sets the benchmark for high-performance, sustainable racing without compromise. For example, natural materials have been introduced to tyres, batteries and bodywork construction with life cycle thinking at the core.
Gen3 batteries are among the most advanced, sustainable batteries ever made consisting of sustainably-sourced minerals while battery cells will be reused and recycled at end of life.
Linen and recycled carbon fibre will be used in bodywork construction for the first time in a formula car featuring recycled carbon fibre from retired Gen2 cars and reducing the overall amount of virgin carbon fibre used. This will reduce the carbon footprint of the production of the Gen3 bodywork more than 10%. All waste carbon fibre will be reused for new applications through adoption of an innovative process from the aviation industry.
Natural rubber and recycled fibres will make up 26% of new Gen3 tyres and all tyres will be fully recycled after racing.
The carbon footprint of the Gen3 has been measured from the design phase to inform all reduction measures taken to reduce environmental impact, while all unavoidable emissions will be offset as part of Formula E’s net zero carbon commitment.
All Gen3 suppliers will operate in line with top international standards to reduce environmental impacts of manufacturing (ISO 14001) and be FIA Environmental Accreditation 3-Star rated.
NISSAN HAS ACQUIRED THE E.DAMS FORMULA E TEAM
Nissan has announced the acquisition of the Le Mans-based e.dams race team, with the Japanese manufacturer taking full ownership of its involvement in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
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Nissan’s competition in Formula E supports its long-term commitment to electrification and sustainability laid out in Nissan’s Ambition 2030 plan. The Japanese company outlines the acquisition and taking full control of its Formula E project as the natural next step.
Nissan entered Formula E back in 2018 in partnership with e.dams, with both companies racing together in the all-electric championship as the Nissan e.dams Formula E Team. In March 2021, the Japanese automaker announced its commitment to the Formula E Gen3 era, which runs from Season 9.
In partnership with Renault, e.dams took the first three Formula E Teams’ titles and helped Sebastien Buemi to the 2015/16 Drivers' Championship, with a best of second spot overall since combining forces with Nissan. The change in ownership and new management structure will take place with immediate effect. Tommaso Volpe, General Manager of Nissan Formula E, will also become managing director at e.dams.
“I am delighted that Nissan is taking over e.dams and today we are thinking of Jean-Paul Driot who, together with Nissan, had the vision for the team and helped to develop our partnership," said Volpe. "Since his passing in 2019, Olivier and Gregory Driot took over and made sure the legacy of their father’s success would continue. It has been a pleasure working together and I would like to thank them for their commitment and support."
“This is an important step in our Formula E project. As the pinnacle of all-electric racing, Formula E gives us an engaging global platform from which we can show customers that EVs are not only fun and thrilling, but also that Nissan continues to be at the cutting edge of EV technology. We were happy to enter the sport in 2018 in partnership with e.dams. We have had a strong and successful collaboration, and we have learnt a great deal from their long-term experience in the series. We have a fantastic team in place, and we are looking forward to building on our success and experience together as a team, and to beginning this new chapter in our Formula E involvement.”
VERGNE SEALS POLE FOR ROUND 5 IN THE ETERNAL CITY
DS TECHEETAH's Jean-Eric Vergne heads the way for the 2022 Rome E-Prix Round 5 as he defeated Avalanche Andretti's Jake Dennis in a blistering Qualifying session on the streets of Rome.
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With the sun beating down on the streets of Rome's EUR district, Envision Racing's Robin Frijns topped the Group times with a 1m39.416s lap. The Dutch driver performed well in Qualifying ahead of yesterday's race, starting second on the grid. With both TAG Heuer Porsche's Andre Lotterer and Pascal Werhlein making it through to the Quarters, the pair were joined by yesterday's Poleman Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ) and yesterday's winner Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing) who went up against his teammate Sam Bird.
Notable eliminations in the Groups were standings leader Edoardo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) and also reigning champion Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ). With a three place grid drop for causing a collision in yesterday's race, de Vries will need to fight his way through the pack to make it to the points in Round 5.
After starting second on the grid in yesterday's race, Envision Racing's Robin Frijns lined up against DS TECHEETAH's Jean-Eric Vergne as the pair went head-to-head in the first Duel of the Quarter Final. Vergne led, crossing the line 0.085s ahead of Frijns. TAG Heuer Porsche's Andre Lotterer lined up against yesterday's pole man Mercedes-EQ's Stoffel Vandoorne, who failed to make it past the Quarter Finals. Lotterer's dominant 1m38.422s lap sends him through to the Semis.
Avalanche Andretti's Jake Dennis posted a blistering 1m38.225s lap, which eliminated Porsche's Pascal Wehrlein. Dennis goes through to the Semi Final. After a storming race for Jaguar TCS Racing yesterday, both Jag drivers went up against each other with yesterday's race winner Mitch Evans comfortably leading his teammate Sam Bird. Evans 1m38.127s lap is the quickest lap of the whole weekend and secures his place in the Semi Finals.
In the Semi-Final, Former DS TECHEETAH teammates Andre Lotterer (now TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team) and Jean-Eric Vergne battled it out in a Duel, with Vergne taking the lead after Lotterer clipped the kerb. Vergne crossed the line 0.212s ahead of Lotterer, securing his place in the final. With the two fastest laps of the weekend, Jaguar TCS Racing's Mitch Evans found himself up against Avalanche Andretti's Jake Dennis. Posting a lap that was 0.498s faster than Evans, the British driver found himself in the finals alongside former champion Jean-Eric Vergne.
Vergne claimed his 14th Pole in the Final ahead of Round 5 as the former champion posted a 1m38.268s - 0.221s faster than Dennis, who posted the fastest lap time of the whole weekend - a 1m37.997s - in the Semi Finals. Former Rome race winner Vergne adds a further three points to his championship campaign for claiming the Julius Baer Pole Position ahead of the race. Falling short of the final Duel was TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team's Andre Lotterer who starts in third and Jaguar TCS Racing's Mitch Evans who starts in fourth.
MERCEDES' VANDOORNE PINCHES POLE AHEAD OF FIRST RACE IN ROME
Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ) claimed a convincing Julius Baer Pole Position, fending off Envision's Robin Frijns in the Final Duel around the Circuito Cittadino dell'EUR street circuit, ahead of Round 4 in Rome.
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In the Group phase, Group A saw Avalanche Andretti's Jake Dennis top the timesheets in the Groups with a 1m40.069s lap, followed closely by Envision Racing's Robin Frijns with a 1m40.128s, which was matched by former Rome winner Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ). A nightmare for both Jaguar TCS Racing's Mitch Evans and Sam Bird who failed to make it beyond the Groups, with both drivers blocked by traffic.
As for Championship leader Edoardo Mortara, the ROKiT Venturi driver failed to make it through and dropped out in the Groups. With only a marginal lead early in the Championship, the Swiss driver will be looking to make his way up the order in the race to extend his lead here in Rome. After a morning of trouble for Mahindra Racing's Oliver Rowland, the British driver spun at Turn 10, which brought out the Yellow flag while the other drivers were on their last flying laps.
Making it through to the Duels was reigning champion Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ), who went head to head with Jake Dennis. Porsche's Andre Lotterer lined up against Envision's Robin Frijns, while Mercedes' Stoffel Vandoorne went up against DS TECHEETAH's Jean-Eric Vergne and Porsche's Pascal Wehrlein went head to head with former champion and DS TECHEETAH driver Antonio Felix da Costa.
In the Quarter Finals, Despite two respectable laps from Mercedes' Nyck de Vries and Avalanche Andretti's Jake Dennis, a clinical lap from de Vries saw the Dutchman go 0.308s faster than his Duel rival Jake Dennis, who couldn't match the pace of the Mercedes. De Vries makes it through to the Semis. Next up, Envision's Robin Frijns kept it neat and tidy through the technical Rome circuit to post a lap that was 0.718 faster than Porsche's Andre Lotterer. The Dutchman made it through to the Semis to go up against his countryman Nyck de Vries.
A close-fought race between two former Rome race winners Stoffel Vandoorne and Jean-Eric Vergne saw Vandoorne post a lap that was 0.509 faster than Vergne. Joining his teammate, both Mercedes drivers made it through to the Semis. Fresh from his win in Mexico City, Pascal Wehrlein did his best to catch DS TECHEETAH's Antonio Felix da Costa but the DS driver put 0.325 on the German driver to make it through to the Semis. Despite Porsche's promising performance in Mexico, neither drivers made it beyond the Quarters.
Both Dutch drivers Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ) and Envision's Robin Frijns went head to head in the semifinal, battling it out around the Circuito Cittadino dell'EUR street circuit in Rome. Taking an early lead, Frijns led de Vries and maintained his lead by a narrow 0.113 seconds. Frijns made it through to the final.
In the second semifinal Duel, both Mercedes' Stoffel Vandoorne and DS TECHEETAH's Antonio Felix da Costa went head to head in a close-fought battle for the final. The Dutchman had the edge - only just - and made it through to the final after posting a 1m38.971s lap - just 0.015s faster than da Costa.
Heading down into Turn 3, Dutchman Robin Frijns lost time in the Final, handing the lead to his rival Mercedes-EQ driver Stoffel Vandoorne. Despite his best efforts to catch him, Frijns failed to make up for the lost time as the Mercedes driver claimed his second Pole this season.
maserati and rokit venturi partner for season 9
Maserati and ROKiT Venturi Racing have announced a multi-year partnership ahead of this weekend's Rome E-Prix double-header, which will see the Italian manufacturer and Monegasque Formula E team link up from Season 9
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When it joins the fold from 2022/23 and the Gen3 era, Maserati will become the first Italian brand to compete in Formula E as it ends a 60-year hiatus from single-seater motorsport. The marque will unite with ROKiT Venturi Racing for the series' next generation, with the Gen3 set to be the fastest, lightest and most powerful and most sustainable electric single-seat race car yet.
"Uniting with Maserati marks the start of a new chapter and represents the best possible outcome for the team following our successful partnership with Mercedes-EQ," says Susie Wolff, CEO & Managing Partner, ROKiT Venturi Racing. “Being entrusted with the return of one of motorsport’s most recognisable brands to international single-seater competition underlines our success in recent seasons in which we have firmly established ourselves as a commercially viable, race-winning team that can seriously contend for championships. With this commitment, the team is now in a fantastic position to contest Formula E’s next generation of competition which will commence in 2023.”
ROKiT Venturi Racing heads the way in the Drivers' and Teams' World Championships on the way into Rome, and is looking to consolidate with a strong showing in the Italian capital. Season 7 was the team's best yet in Formula E, with two race wins and five podiums, while Edoardo Mortara finished runner-up in the Drivers' standings.
“Returning to motorsport with Formula E was a natural choice for Maserati," says Davide Grasso, Maserati CEO. "We are driven by our passion and innovation and we’re happy to share this adventure with a partner that abides by the same values as we do and is looking ahead to the future, just like us. We share with the ROKiT Venturi Racing team the same determination and desire to compete and win on circuits all over the world”.
Scott Swid, Chairman & Managing Partner, ROKiT Venturi Racing, said: “Partnering with Maserati for Gen3 is brilliant news. It’s excellent for the team, for Maserati and Formula E, but above all else, it’s fantastic news for the fans who will witness the return of an iconic marque to top-tier motorsport. Not only does this establish strong foundations for our long-term future in Formula E, but it also marks one of the most exciting stories in international sport in which a prestigious brand is returning to its roots by joining the most progressive and fastest-growing form of motorsport.”
WEHRLEIN FASTEST IN QUALIFYING DUELS AHEAD OF MEXICO E-PRIX
Pascal Wehrlein (TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team) took Julius Baer Pole Position at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez ahead of Round 3 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in Mexico City.
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The German kept his cool as the temperatures rose in Mexico City to post a 1m07.100s while Edoardo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) crossed the line sideways, losing his early Finals advantage to slip to P2 by 0.273 seconds.
The Drivers’ World Championship leader was on the ragged edge as he looked to keep a rapid-Wehrlein at bay – the Porsches had been hooked up from the green light in Free Practice 1. Mortara made a mistake through the tricky stadium section and danced through the Peraltada to try and make amends, eventually pushing beyond the limit and sliding across the line sideways - opening the door for Wehrlein.
Mortara’s Julius Baer Pole Position hoodoo continues in Formula E; he’s now 50 attempts without one – more than any other driver. Wehrlein, with his clinical lap under intense pressure, needed no second invitation to take his third in Mexico alone.
Championship leader Mortara squared off against another Porsche in the Semi-Finals - that of Andre Lotterer for a place on the front row of the grid. The Swiss-Italian nailed Turn 1 and pulled out some time on the German. As he did earlier in qualifying, Lotterer reeled his man in through the lap and looked to have pipped him at the last, only for Mortara to outdo the Porsche driver through the final turn, and over the line by 0.067 seconds - leaving Lotterer third.
Vergne vs Wehrlein was next. There was near-nothing between them through the first sector – just 0.002 seconds – and come the Foro Sol, it was the same story. Wehrlein tidily threaded his way through the stadium, though, and come the chequered flag, he’d pulled out three tenths of-a-second on the DS driver with the fastest lap of the day to that point – a 1m07.035s. Vergne would settle for fourth and a good platform to build on.
De Vries drew out 0.1 seconds in the first corner alone on Lotterer in the Quarter-Finals. The Porsche driver caught his man through the stadium section as he thread the needle through the Foro Sol to go through to the Semis with a quarter-of-a-second on the Dutchman. Some lap by Lotterer, pushing de Vries into sixth.
Mortara carved his way around the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez to hammer home his authority as championship leader by 0.4 seconds over Robin Frijns (Envision Racing), who wound up seventh. The DS TECHEETAHs squared off against each other next, with da Costa stealing a march through the opening half of the lap but through the stadum, Vergne pulled the deficit back to pip the Portuguese by 0.011 seconds – leaving the Season 6 champion fifth.
It was Mercedes-EQ vs TAG Heuer Porsche once again for the last of the Quarters. Vandoorne almost found the wall, kicking up dirt through Turn 1 and costing himself half-a-second. Wehrlein was neat, and despite Vandoorne monstering the stadium section, the Porsche man had plenty in hand to make it through. Vandoorne would have to settle for eighth.
Lotterer followed up on his strong practice performances in the Group Stage to set the early pace through the first flying runs of the Group A runners. His 1m07.954s was the fastest time of the day to that point, though Mortara was less than a tenth of-a-second back.
The standings leader flew on his second effort to go some quarter of-a-second up on Lotterer’s benchmark through the first half of the lap. Lotterer bit back, though and stole the initiative and top spot – some three tenths up on his opening effort – as the chequered flag fell. Along with the Porsche driver and Mortara, Vergne made it through late alongside Vandoorne.
Wehrlein made it a Porsche clean sweep in the Groups with Robin Frijns (Envision Racing) a tenth-of-a-second back. Da Costa and reigning champion de Vries also made it to the Duels.
ENVISION RACING WILL PARTNER WITH JAGUAR IN GEN3 ERA
Envision Racing and Jaguar TCS Racing have announced a new multi-year customer supply relationship which will start at the launch of the 2022/23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
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The agreement will see the two British-based teams join forces for Formula E’s highly-anticipated Gen3 era and the introduction of the sport’s third-generation all-electric racing car – which will set the benchmark for sustainability in high-performance vehicles.
This announcement comes as the interest in Formula E is at an all-time high with record-breaking global TV audiences in Season 7, increasing its cumulative audience to more than 300 million. Combined with expanding race calendar, new manufacturer in Maserati, the team is also generating record commercial revenues.
Together, the teams have amassed 15 wins and more than 40 podiums between them so collaborating and sharing technical expertise from both camps is set to be a winning formula. As the sport continues to grow its reach, the impact of the technology developed is leading the way for the future of clean mobility from the track to the road.
Jaguar, a global leader in the manufacturing of luxury electric vehicles, will supply Envision Racing with its new high voltage electric motor, inverter, transmission, cooling system, casing and suspension. Envision Racing secured its first choice with Jaguar after identifying the manufacturer as its ideal partner, because of its innovation and a shared ambition to accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles.
“Jaguar and their factory team have been one of our fiercest competitors in Formula E since they joined the Championship in 2016. The team’s advanced powertrain technology and overall commitment to its Formula E programme made them the most attractive option to us. Formula E is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, inspiring and exciting the next generation of motorsport fans in cities across the globe. But more exciting is the fact it is arguably the most collaborative sport in the world because we recognise the role that we can play in solving one of the biggest problems of our time in the race against climate change," said Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director and CTO at Envision Racing.
James Barclay, Managing Director at Jaguar Land Rover Motorsport said: “I am proud to announce that we will supply Envision Racing with our Jaguar powertrain in Gen3. They are one of the most competitive teams in Formula E and it’s an honour that they were set on using our powertrain technology in this new era of FIA Formula E. We look forward to working and achieving further successes together in the future. I have a huge amount of respect for Sylvain and his team - they are the perfect fit for Jaguar. We are both fully committed to Formula E. The Gen3 era of racing is going to push the boundaries of electric vehicle technology in a high-performance racing environment. Envision Racing will be able to optimise their own software for the powertrain so we remain rivals on track. However, we race to innovate together and I’m excited to see four Jaguar powered Formula E racecars line up on the grid alongside each other next season.”
DE VRIES SECURES POLE BY THE SLIMMEST OF MARGINS FOR ROUND 2 IN DIRIYAH
Nyck de Vries sealed Julius Baer Pole Position for the 2022 Diriyah E-Prix Round 2, edging out Edoardo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) by the slimmest of margins – just 0.005s.
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De Vries danced the tightrope of available grip around the tricky Diriyah Street Circuit, slicing his way down the toboggan run through the first third of the lap and immediately to a chunky 0.3-second advantage.
Despite a slight mistake into Turn 1, Mortara didn’t give in. The Swiss left nothing on the table and had clawed much of the deficit back at the half-way point of the lap. Mortara continued to nibble away at the gap but ultimately fell short in a photo finish, by just five thousandths of-a-second in the Final race.
In the semi-finals, Di Grassi’s 1m07.216s looked tidy, but Round 1 winner de Vries produced yet another top-drawer lap to go four tenths quicker and seal a front-row start and a spot in the final duel. Di Grassi will line up fourth. Mortara had stretched his legs to squeeze by Frijns’ benchmark by two tenths of-a-second, leaving the Dutchman to start Round 2 from third spot.
Double champion Vergne faced reigning champ de Vries in the first bout of the quarter-finals, with the Mercedes-EQ driver able to clamber away from the Frenchman over the first half of the lap by more than 0.6 seconds. The DS driver will line up for Round 2 in sixth.
Da Costa then squared up against di Grassi. The Portuguese set di Grassi a 1m08.681s to beat and after a delay, the Venturi driver picked his way around the Diriyah Street Circuit to outdo da Costa. Confusion reigned with da Costa backing off late during his effort, leaving him a net seventh after his time was deleted for missing his Duels slot - leaving him high, dry and inconsolable, and di Grassi fourth.
Frijns made no mistake in dispatching Rowland, with the Mahindra Racing man scrabbling to keep up. The Dutchman went almost six tenths faster and duly made it through to the semis with Yorkshireman Rowland forced into settling for seventh but would drop a further three positions thanks to a penalty for contact with Frijns in Round 1. A slide from Lotterer through the esses cost the Porsche driver dearly with Mortara able to mop up to the tune of 0.271s to make it through. Lotterer would have to make do with fifth.
A late flurry of laps saw then-provisional fastest man in Group A Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti) shuffled out of the top four and the Duels by de Vries, di Grassi, Rowland and Lotterer – the Mercedes man 0.144s up on best of the rest di Grassi.
Mortara had set the pace in Group B, with Frijns’ late flying lap good for second and progress, with DS TECHEETAH pair da Costa and Vergne third and fourth. Stoffel Vandoorne’s lap was loose, pushing the Mercedes-EQ driver to the brink of the top four and out, while neither Jaguar could progress.
Sam Bird hit the wall just as Nick Cassidy (Envision Racing) had done in FP3, bending the suspension on his Jaguar and forcing him to pull out of the Group B fight at the bottom of the timesheets, and ultimately 21st.
VANDOORNE DEFEATS CASSIDY, De VRIES AND DENNIS TO SCORE POLE-POSITION
Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ) showed the coolest head to win the final Duel and come out on top in Formula E's new qualifying format, besting Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti), in spite of the Brit's ruthless showing.
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Dennis flew off to a fine start in the final face-off but his Andretti machine looked looser than Vandoorne's Silver Arrow 02 and by the half-way point of the lap, the Belgian had romped four tenths of-a-second clear. Dennis gave it all he had and nibbled at the deficit but Vandoorne's typically collected - and rapid - effort delivered Julius Baer Pole Position - stringing it together and delivering on four occasions, from Groups right through to the final Duel.
Ultra-calm had Dennis given experienced adversary Andre Lotterer (Porsche) absolutely nothing in the semi-finals with the Andretti driver pulling a storming sixth tenths on the German to make the front row, and ultimately second spot.
The Mercedes' had earlier faced one-another for a spot in the final face-off. Reigning champion Nyck de Vries swept sideways through Turn 5, and again on the way towards the back straight - a proper tank-slapper. That gave Vandoorne a 0.2 second advantage, though the Dutchman will be happy to have kept it out of the wall and settles for a "decent" third.
In the quarter-finals, Lotterer left nothing on the table and pulled out a tenth-of-a-second on Robin Frijns (Envision Racing) at the half-way stage of their duel. Frijns had the benchmark in his sights but the Dutchman couldn't overhaul the deficit - seeing Lotterer progress and Frijns knocked out of the inaugural Formula E qualifying duel and into seventh.
Next up, Dennis faced Sam Bird (Jaguar TCS Racing) with the former leaving it all to do for the latter - too much to do, in fact, with Dennis making it through by a couple of tenths of-a-second to face Lotterer. Bird ultimately wound up fifth.
Vandoorne headed Cassidy out on-track in the third duel, though it was the Kiwi that set the pace around the first sector. Vandoorne began to reel Cassidy in mid-way around the lap and a storming final sector pulled the momentum the Belgian's way and saw him into the semi-finals and Cassidy into sixth.
Oliver Rowland could scarcely have been more sideways on the way down the 'toboggan run' and somehow kept it out of the wall. That left de Vries with the relatively simple task of keeping it clean to make it into the semis to square off against his teammate Vandoorne. Rowland will be disappointed not to capitalise on his practice pace and finds himself eighth.
Two runs on fresh tyres looked to be the way to go in the Groups – though there was scope for a third fast lap if needed, without that tyre turnover.
After a last-gasp scramble in the opening group, Frijns led Bird, Vandoorne and Rowland, with Di Grassi shuffled to fifth, while Jean-Eric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH) couldn't hide his annoyance as his final quick run was compromised in traffic. 2015/16 champion Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) found himself a second adrift of the pace and last in the opening group's running.
Group B's efforts were curtailed by Edo Mortara's trip into the barriers. The ROKiT Venturi Racing man set about his final flying lap but wound up in the wall - meaning de Vries' benchmark remained, with Nick Cassidy (Envision Racing), Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti) and Andre Lotterer (Porsche) the drivers to make it through to the Duels.
Rookies Dan Ticktum (NIO 333) and Antonio Giovinazzi (DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT) had a tougher time of it, finishing 1.3 and 1.4 seconds off the pace, respectively, at the foot of the group, and the classification.
PORSCHE TAYCAN IS THE NEW FORMULA E SAFETY CAR
Porsche’s first all-electric sports car - the Porsche Taycan - is the new ABB FIA Formula E World Championship Safety Car, set for its debut at the opening round of the Formula E season on 28 & 29 January in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
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Thanks to its driveability and safety, as well as its output of up to 560 kW (761 PS), the high performance Taycan Turbo S is the ideal choice for this critical role. With launch control, the flagship model of the Taycan range accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 260 km/h.
The car will helm races in the heart of iconic world cities including London, Mexico City, New York City, Berlin, Monaco and Seoul.
The conversion required the installation of a rollcage and racing bucket seats with six-point seatbelts as well as wire harnesses for the Safety Car lighting and the Marelli Logger System, while flashing lights were integrated into the bumpers. Bruno Correia, the long-standing Formula E Safety Car driver is also equipped with a fire extinguisher and a high-tech communication system in his new office - all set for service, then, in the world's premier electric racing series.
“We’re proud that Formula E has entrusted a Porsche with this task – one that is important for the safety of its drivers,” says Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President Porsche Motorsport. “With the Taycan Turbo S as the official safety car, we’re making an important contribution to track safety and also underlining the importance of Formula E for Porsche Motorsport."
"The distinctive design illustrates our commitment to the successful future of this innovative racing series. Although we’re rivals out on the track, we’re spreading this message to the world together. What’s more, we hope that this also enables us to appeal to a younger target audience who are not yet motorsport fans.”
Designed to be more than just the Formula E Safety Car, the Taycan's striking paintwork flies the colours of the championship's eleven teams and those of the FIA and Formula E - symbolising the commitment of everyone involved in Formula E and the common path towards the future of all-electric motor racing.
The livery also gives a visual expression of social values such as diversity and community, while the number 22 acknowledges the performance of the 22 drivers set to contest Drivers' World Championship.
“Formula E is delighted the Porsche Taycan Turbo S will serve as the championship’s Safety Car from Season 8,” says Jamie Reigle, CEO of Formula E. “The Porsche Taycan Turbo S is the pinnacle of high performance electrified vehicles and will light up Formula E city racetracks around the world. In designing the Formula E Safety Car, Porsche reimagined the critical on-track safety function to be a powerful symbol of the championship’s commitment to an electrified future and the unity of the competitors in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.”
NORMAN NATO JOINS JAGUAR AS TEST AND RESERVE DRIVER
Formula E race winner Norman Nato has joined Jaguar TCS Racing as test and reserve driver alongside Tom Dillman for Season 8
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The Frenchman, who impressed in his rookie campaign last season at ROKiT Venturi Racing, could count himself unfortunate to miss out on a race seat for Season 8, with Jaguar quick to ensure it is the beneficiary.
Nato capped his season with a collected race win in the Berlin finale, hitting the front and not looking back from there. His efforts helped deliver Venturi its best points tally in Formula E to-date.
Jaguar TCS Racing heads into Season 8 after its most successful campaign to-date, with the efforts of Mitch Evans and Sam Bird firing the outfit to second in the Teams' World Championship in 2020/21.
A new title partner in Tata Consultancy Services, and some structural changes suggest the team has doubled down on its strong footing for 2021/22 ahead of the season opener in Diriyah - the site of Bird's maiden win for Jaguar, and a strong showing in Season 7.
UPDATED SEASON 8 CALENDAR AND NEW FINANCIAL REGULATIONS
The 2021/22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship calendar and sporting regulations were ratified today by the FIA at the latest World Motorsport Council meeting.
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Berlin and Rome will now feature as double-header races in the Season 8 calendar alongside previously ratified races in new locations Vancouver, Jakarta and Seoul and long-standing host cities Diriyah, Mexico City, Monaco, New York and London.
After a successful pre-season test in Valencia and following consultation by Formula E with the FIA, the WMSC approved updates to the Season 8 sporting regulations, including:
The Group stages of Formula E’s new qualifying format - which also features head-to-head knockout Duels - will be increased from 10 to 12 minutes and each driver’s first timed lap must be completed within the first six minutes
Three points will only be awarded to the pole-winner with the outright fastest lap in all qualifying sessions no longer receiving one point
The new financial regulations come into force from 1 October next year and will align with the championship’s technical and sporting regulations. Two sets of financial regulations will be introduced, one for Formula E teams and another for Formula E manufacturers.
The teams financial regulations are comprehensive with limited exclusions, mainly for costs clearly linked to the commercial growth of the championship
The spending level for Seasons 9 and 10 will be set at €13 million per season with certain transitional exclusions to address existing contractual commitments
From Season 11, the spending level will increase to €15 million per season inclusive of driver costs and other costs associated with the second phase of the Gen3 car, facilitating continued investment in talent and development
A separate set of financial regulations will govern manufacturer investment in research and development related to powertrain development
Manufacturers will operate within a spending level of €25 million over two consecutive seasons starting from Season 9
Includes costs for research & development, manufacturing activities and ongoing mandatory services to support Formula E teams
The regulations will be enforced via the FIA’s Cost Cap Administration, which will monitor compliance, investigate instances of suspected non-compliance and update regulatory documentation.
In October and November 2022, Formula E teams will be able to voluntarily submit Season 8 documentation to acclimatise to the new regulations.
MASERATI RETURNS TO MOTORSPORT IN FORMULA E GEN 3
Maserati has announced today that it will join the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship from Season 9 with the debut of the Gen3, Formula E’s lightest, fastest and most powerful racing car yet.
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The arrival of the legendary Maserati Trident on the grid will mark its return to single seater competition for the first time in more than 60 years. It will make history as the first Italian brand to compete in Formula E.
Motorsport and competition is in Maserati’s DNA. The company was born on the track with the Maserati brothers jumping in-car for their racing debut 96 years ago.
The iconic Maserati Trident badge made its first appearance in the 1926 Targa Florio – an endurance race in the Sicilian mountains – and won its class, with Alfieri Maserati behind the wheel.
One of the sport’s all-time greats, Juan Manuel Fangio, sealed the Formula 1 World Championship for Maserati in 1957, and the last time one of its single seaters was seen on track was in the hands of Maria Teresa de Filippis – the first woman to qualify for an F1 Grand Prix – in 1958. The brand’s MC12 raced in sports cars in the 2000s, taking 14 titles in FIA GT between 2004 and 2010.
Maserati CEO Davide Grasso feels the brand’s racing heritage aligns perfectly with the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, and even given Maserati’s history, the marque is eager to put down new roots and signal its intent at the beginning of a new era for the Trident with competition in the world’s first electric motor racing series.
“We are very proud to be back where we belong as protagonists in the world of racing. We are powered by passion and innovative by nature. We have a long history of world-class excellence in competition and we are ready to drive performance in the future,” said Grasso.
“In the race for more performance, luxury, and innovation, Folgore – our electrified line and it is the purest expression of Maserati. That’s why we decided to go back to racing in the FIA Formula E World Championship, meeting our customers in the city centres of the world, taking the Trident forward into the future.”
Formula E GEn3 racE CAR TEASED
Formula E and the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) tonight shared a first look at the third-generation all-electric racing car that will race in Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.
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The Gen3 was presented to an exclusive group of Formula E manufacturers, teams, drivers and partners in Valencia, Spain, where pre-season testing is underway for Season 8 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, which begins in January.
While Formula E manufacturers are set to take delivery of Gen3 cars in spring 2022 following further intensive development testing on and off the track, the briefing in Valencia disclosed a series of design, performance and sustainability innovations in the Gen3 car:
The world’s most efficient racing car – at least 40% of the energy used within a race will be produced by regenerative braking during the race
The first formula car with both front and rear powertrains: a new front powertrain adds 250kW to the 350kW at the rear, more than doubling the regenerative capability of the current Gen2 to a total of 600kW
The first formula car that will not feature rear hydraulic brakes due to the addition of the front powertrain and its regenerative capability.
An electric motor delivering up to 350kw of power (470BHP), capable of a top speed of 200mph (320 km/h), with a power-to-weight ratio that is twice as efficient as an equivalent 470BHP internal combustion engine (ICE)
Lighter and smaller than the Gen2 to enable faster, more agile wheel-to-wheel racing
The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship creates an environment where high performance and sustainability powerfully co-exist. Leading experts in sustainability at the FIA and Formula E worked closely with engineers throughout the development process to ensure the Gen3 sets the benchmark for sustainability in high performance racing cars.
The Gen3 is the first formula car aligned to Life Cycle Thinking with a clear path towards second life and end of life for all tyres, broken parts and battery cells. In addition:
The Gen3 will be net-zero carbon, maintaining the championship’s status as the first sport to be certified as net-zero carbon since inception.
All carbon fibre broken parts will be recycled by an innovative process from the aviation and aerospace industry into new fibres reusable for other applications
A pioneering process will deliver 26% sustainable materials into the composition of tyres
The Gen3 is powered by electric motors that are substantially more efficient than ICEs as they can convert over 90% of the electrical energy into mechanical energy (motion) compared to approx. 40% in high efficiency ICEs
All suppliers are held to strict sustainability KPIs, notably achieving FIA 3* Environmental Accreditation certification by Season 9
Jean Todt, FIA President, said: “The new Gen3 Formula E single-seater is a car created at the intersection of high performance, efficiency and sustainability. The work accomplished by the FIA’s teams together with Formula E, since the launch of the discipline eight seasons ago, tirelessly seek to drive innovation and further the development of sustainable mobility. I have no doubt that this new single-seater will elevate Formula E to the next level.”
Jamie Reigle, Formula E CEO, said: “In designing the Gen3 car, we set out to demonstrate that high performance, efficiency and sustainability can co-exist without compromise. Together with the FIA, we have built the world’s most efficient and sustainable high performance race car.
“The Gen3 is our fastest, lightest, most powerful and efficient racing car yet. It is a creature designed for its habitat: racing on city streets in wheel-to-wheel combat. We look forward to witnessing it inspire and excite the next generation of motorsport fans in cities around the world from Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.”
NEW FACES IN FORMULA E 2021/22 DRIVER LINE-UPS
Three new racers will be on the grid in Season 8 of Formula E, and they will be in DRAGON / PENSKE, Avalanche Andretti and the NIO 333 Team.
DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT has signed Antonio Giovanizzi to partner the returning Sergio Sette Camara at the team for the 2021/22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. Giovinazzi returns to Formula E proper in Season 8 after a taste of the fully-electric, net carbon zero motor racing championship back in 2018 at the Marrakesh Rookie Test with Virgin alongside Joel Eriksson, where he placed narrowly behind Season 7 champion Nyck de Vries on the timesheets.
Avalanche Andretti has confirmed that Oliver Askew will make his return to the Michael Andretti-led motor racing stable, joining Jake Dennis at the team for the 2021/22 Formula E campaign. Askew becomes the first American to compete full-time in Formula E and the only driver heralding from Stateside on the Season 8 grid. He joined Andretti Autosport’s Indy Lights team in 2019. He claimed seven wins, seven poles and 15 podiums on his way to win the 2019 Indy Lights Championship with Andretti. Askew made his IndyCar debut in 2020 competing in 12 races and scoring one podium. Most recently, the young American recorded starts in both IndyCar and IMSA, sealing a win, five top-five finishes, and six top-10 finishes throughout his time on track in 2021.
British racer Dan Ticktum will race for NIO 333 this season in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship alongside longstanding NIO driver Oliver Turvey. Dan Ticktum joins NIO 333 following two seasons in FIA Formula 2. Ticktum won his home event at Silverstone in his rookie season, securing three further podiums. He has added two race wins to his tally in the 2021 campaign so far, where he sits fourth in the standings. Adam Carroll continues as the team's development and reserve driver, and will make his debut on-track in Formula E at next week's pre-season test.
With these signings, Formula E entry list currently looks like this:
Envision Racing - Robin Frijns, Nick Cassidy
Jaguar Racing - Sam Bird, Mitch Evans
Avalanche Andretti Autosport - Jake Dennis, Oliver Askew
TAG Heuer Porsche FE - Andre Lotterer, Pascal Wehrlein
Mahindra Racing - Oliver Rowland, Alexander Sims
DS Techeetah - Antonio Felix da Costa, Jean-Eric Vergne
Mercedes EQ FE - Nyck de Vries, Stoffel Vandoorne
Nissan e.dams - Sebastien Buemi, Maximilian Guenther
NIO 333 FE - Oliver Turvey, Dan Ticktum
ROKiT Venturi Racing - Lucas di Grassi, Edoardo Mortara
Dragon / Penske Autosport - Sergio Sette Camara, Antonio Giovinazzi
ROKiT Venturi Racing Announces Management Restructure
Susie Wolff appointed as ROKiT Venturi Racing CEO while Jérôme D’Ambrosio will be taking the role of Team Principal
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ROKiT Venturi Racing is pleased to announce the promotion of Susie Wolff to the role of Chief Executive Officer with Jérôme D’Ambrosio taking on the role of Team Principal ahead of Season 8 of the FIA Formula E World Championship.
Since joining the team in July 2018, Susie has transformed the Monegasque marque both culturally and commercially by championing diversity and inclusion. With the addition of new ownership in December 2020 lead by Chairman, Scott Swid, the new management team set about redefining the business to create a financially viable racing team.
During Susie’s time as Team Principal, ROKiT Venturi Racing enjoyed its most successful season to date in Season 7 with two victories, five podiums and one vice-World Championship title alongside commercial milestones including the appointment of its very first Title Partner, ROKiT, in 2019 and the successful powertrain partnership with Mercedes-Benz.
Following a three-season tenure in this role, Susie’s progression to the position of CEO marks a natural evolution. After taking on the role of Deputy Team Principal in 2020 and working closely alongside Susie in Season 7, Jérôme is prepared to take on the task ahead.
As one of only four drivers to contest every Formula E race from Seasons 1-6, and having already made his mark in his first year of team management, Jérôme will draw on his wealth of motorsport experience to lead ROKiT Venturi Racing and continue to build on the success of Season 7.
“I’m grateful to the team for entrusting me with this opportunity. As Susie’s successor as Team Principal, I know that I have big shoes to fill and I’m someone who has always relished a new challenge. Over the past 12 months, I have learnt a lot from Susie, and I believe that together, we will continue to make an incredibly strong team. This team dynamic resulted in us achieving our most successful campaign to date which is a fantastic foundation to build upon for the future. With Edo and Lucas in the car next season, and after our form from Season 7, the whole team is feeling positive and very motivated to get back out on track, working together towards another successful Championship.”, said Jérôme D’Ambrosio.
The new CEO had this to say: “After serving as Team Principal for the past three years, the timing feels right for this change. Since taking on this role in 2018, I have experienced a great sense of pride and achievement from how we have gone from strength to strength as an organisation. Since joining the team last year, Jérôme has made a positive impact and I know that I’m leaving the team operations in very capable hands as Formula E advances towards its third generation of competition in Season 9.”
NEW CALENDAR AND A NEW QUALIFYING FORMAT
The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship saw its all-new qualifying format ratified on Friday October 15 at the FIA World Motorsport Council, with Groups and head-to-head knockout Duels incoming for Season 8.
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The new format allows the best teams and drivers to showcase their speed and skill but maintains the possibility of any driver to step up, pull a lap out of the bag and fire themselves up the starting grid.
The Groups stage sees two groups of 11 drivers, ordered based on their Drivers' World Championship position, battling at 220kW to set lap times each in a 10-minute session, with the fastest four from each progressing into the Duels stage. Those eight will then face off in the quarter-finals, competing against one another head to head in a knockout at 250kW over the last eight into the semi-finals and on to the final.
The winning driver of the final duel takes Julius Baer Pole Position, while the runner-up lines up second. The semi-finalists will line up third and fourth, the quarter-finalists between fifth and eighth - according to their lap times.
The fifth to 12th-placed drivers who competed in the polesitter's group will fill the odd positions on the grid. The corresponding drivers from the other group will be classified in the even grid slots. So, if the polesitter comes from Group 1, the fifth placed driver in Group 1 will line up ninth on the starting grid and the fifth placed driver in Group 2 takes 10th and so on.
Formula E races can now have additional race time of up to a maximum of 10 minutes added when incidents result in a Safety Car or Full Course Yellow neutralizations during the standard 45-minute plus one lap race. As ratified at July’s WMSC, Formula E’s all-electric Gen2 cars will be able to use 220kW of power in Season 8, an increase from 200kW in Season 7, during races. Power during ATTACK MODE will also increase to 250kW from 235kW in Season 7.
Round 1 – January 28th – Diriyah (Saudi Arabia)
Round 2 – January 29th – Diriyah (Saudi Arabia)
Round 3 – February 12th – Mexico
Round 4 – March 5th – To Be Confirmed
Round 5 – March 19th – To Be Confirmed (China)
Round 6 – April 9th – Rome
Round 7 – April 30th – Monaco
Round 8 – May 14th – Berlin
Round 9 – June 4th – Jakarta
Round 10 – July 2nd – Vancouver
Round 11 – July 16th – New York
Round 12 – July 17th – New York
Round 13 – July 30th – London
Round 14 – July 31st – London
Round 15 – August 13th – Seoul
Round 16 – August 14th – Seoul
First-ever Vancouver e-prix to headline three-day canadian e-fest
The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will race on the streets of Vancouver for the very first time as part of a spectacular three-day Canadian E-Fest which was officially launched today.
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The Vancouver E-Prix is scheduled for Saturday, July 2, 2022, on a track that will see the only FIA certified all-electric World Championship race in front the Rogers Arena in Vancouver’s False Creek neighbourhood subject to FIA homologation and will be sanctioned by ASN Canada.
More than just a race weekend, the event will see performances from superstar musicians round-off a spectacular three days in Vancouver, British Colombia. Other scheduled events include a conference on climate change and sustainability featuring soon-to-be-announced speakers, a paddock tour for local residents, and a fitness challenge on the False Creek race circuit, which includes the newly-named City Gate Straight.
Alberto Longo, Co-Founder and Chief Championship Officer of Formula E, said: “The Canadian E-Fest will be an exciting, dynamic, innovative sports and entertainment event that drives the promotion of electric mobility and the fight against climate change in Canada and around the world. Working with our local partners, we are excited to bring the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship to the streets of Vancouver in 2022 and showcase the latest innovations in sustainable technology.”
Sarah Kirby-Yung, Vancouver City Councillor, said: “Since it was announced that OSS Group had chosen Vancouver to host this fantastic event, we’ve been looking forward to this official launch. We look forward to OSS working with our teams and the local community in delivering an ‘electric’ event experience for Canada Day 2022. Formula E is a win on so many levels, from being a net-zero carbon event that supports sustainable transportation, to being a huge boost for our hard-hit tourism sector, our residents and our local economy.”
The Canadian E-Fest will take place from June 30 to July 2, bringing awareness to and showcasing environmental leadership with four central pillars: E-Prix, E-Live, E-Volve and E-Sports.
Vandoorne takes Pole Position for Berlin finale
Mercedes-EQ’s Stoffel Vandoorne will start the BMW i Berlin E-Prix from Pole Position while Mitch Evans (Jaguar Racing) qualified ahead of all of his title rivals
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The relaxed air and the “what will be, will be” attitudes around the paddock had well and truly disappeared by the time qualifying for Round 15 got underway at the Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit in Berlin, with Season 7 coming to a head and the pressure piling on in the fight for World Championship honours.
Conditions varied throughout Group Qualifying, making it anybody’s game. Jaguar Racing’s Mitch Evans soared to Super Pole from Group 1, then produced another strong lap despite “rising tensions” as the championship picture became a little clearer.
Jake Dennis (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) was left best of the rest of those right at the sharp end in the battle for the Drivers’ crown but found himself outside of the Super Pole cut-off.
The Brit starts a workable ninth, ahead of current standings leader Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ), who’ll line up 13th and Edo Mortara starts 11th with reigning champion Antonio Felix da Costa (DS TECHEETAH) the next real protagonist down in 15th and Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler), who missed out on Super Pole by only 0.120 seconds, remarkably, starts 17th.
Vandoorne’s lap was clean and clinical, with the Belgian happy to recover from some procedural mistakes in qualifying yesterday. He feels they got the maximum out of the Silver Arrow 02 here.
Rowland joins the Belgian on the front row, just ahead of Evans, while Mahindra Racing’s Alex Sims produced a storming lap, steering his M7Electro to fourth with an ultra-precise lap.
NIO 333’s Tom Blomqvist pulled the rabbit out of the hat in Group Qualifying to go fifth fastest. He doubled down on that impressive Group Qualifying lap with a tidy run to fifth in Super Pole.
Norman Nato (ROKiT Venturi Racing) had done exceptionally in Group Qualifying and had made the top six shootout, but a technical issue put paid to his chances of pole. He’ll start sixth.
Vergne heads DS TECHEETAH one-two in qualifying ahead of Berlin Round 14
Jean-Eric Vergne headed a front-row lockout for DS TECHEETAH with a 13th Formula E Julius Baer Pole Position ahead of the BMW i Berlin E-Prix presented by CBMM Niobium Round 14.
Jean-Eric Vergne’s teammate and reigning champion Antonio Felix da Costa had set the benchmark earlier in Super Pole after he pipped Lucas di Grassi’s initial effort.
The Frenchman delivered under pressure with a 1m06.277s to steal pole by 0.073 seconds from Da Costa and the signs are good for DS TECHEETAH – the team have once again proven they can produce from Group 1 in Group Qualifying in Berlin, having achieved the same feat in Season 6, and via another front-row lockout in Round 9 last year.
Di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) topped Group Qualifying as a Group 3 runner – not a given with the struggles of some of the other later runners in the session with temperatures climbing. The Brazilian was first to run in Super Pole and a 1m6.427s was a solid effort out of the gate.
Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) ran second but went slower than he had in Group Qualifying come his Super Pole lap. The Swiss would have to settle for sixth – 0.6 seconds away from di Grassi’s early benchmark - but he’ll be happy to be in that top six on the grid for Round 14 nonetheless.
Both ROKiT Venturi Racing drivers made it to the six-driver shoot-out for the first time this season, with Edoardo Mortara managing fourth after a lively but tidy effort. Norman Nato followed his teammate but a mistake at the final turn, with his Venturi falling away from the apex, left him fifth. Still, a big opportunity to score well in race one at Tempelhof for the Monegasque outfit.
With track evolution - the way a circuit's conditions improve as drivers lap, clean the track surface and lay down grippy rubber - not quite as much of a factor in Berlin, and polesitters having made it from Group 1 in Group Qualifying in the past, the field would in theory be closer and ever. Tempelhof’s unique, bumpy and abrasive concrete surface and changing temperatures also often prove to be major factors in Berlin.
Da Costa’s 1m06.486s was a strong effort and saw him make Super Pole. The next best from that opening group was BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Jake Dennis, who wound up eighth having topped both Free Practice sessions.
Standings leader Nyck de Vries found himself marooned down the order in 19th with teammate Stoffel Vandoorne 22nd - Mercedes’ Team Principal Ian James citing those changing temperatures as a potential cause of their lack of pace in the session. Robin Frijns, second in the Drivers' table as it stands, also finds himself well down the order, on the back row down in 23rd.
Stoffel Vandoorne seals Julius Baer Pole Position for Round 13 in London
Stoffel Vandoorne secured Julius Baer Pole Position in qualifying ahead of the Heineken® London E-Prix Round 13, with Oliver Rowland second and Round 12 polesitter Alex Lynn lining up third.
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Mercedes-EQ are sitting pretty ahead of the Heineken® London E-Prix Round 13 as Stoffel Vandoorne soared to Julius Baer Pole Position ahead of Nissan e.dams' Oliver Rowland and Alex Lynn with Vandoorne's teammate Nyck de Vries fourth.
The German manufacturer has the opportunity to right the wrongs of the of recent rounds, and build upon its first podium in seven races thanks to de Vries' efforts in Round 12 on Saturday in London. With both cars in the top four Sunday's race and the title protagonaists well down the order, Mercedes will be looking to capitalise and fire into Drivers' and Teams' title contention.
Vandoorne was fourth to run in the six-car Super Pole shootout. The Belgian’s Mercedes looked to be hooked up, with Vandoorne typically neat and tidy. Though he’d lost time through the middle sector, he had enough to fire top on a 1m20.181s with by far the fastest run through Sector 1.
Rowland looked typically lively as the third driver to run, with the back end of his Nissan stepping out at more than one turn over the 22-corner ExCeL Circuit. The Brit hung it all out and managed to go just over a tenth of-a-second clear of de Vries’ early timesheet-topping lap. Second on the grid for the Yorkshireman is the perfect way to bounce back from Saturday's disqualification.
As the fastest driver in Group Qualifying, Lynn was last to run in Super Pole and was looking to double up with a second consecutive Julius Baer Pole Position on home soil. He couldn't do enough though, with Vandoorne 0.067 seconds up the road in the end.
De Vries was first to set a flier, with the aim of putting a lap together that could keep him right in the title hunt after his podium in Round 12 brought him well and truly into the mix. The Dutchman left nothing to spare, clipping a wall through the middle sector on the way to a 1m20.352s – even with spots of rain showing on the camera lense. That effort left him fourth.
Jaguar Racing's Mitch Evans will start fifth, having dived far too deep into Turn 1, compromising his lap while Maximilian Guenther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) looked solid and assured – determined to secure the best possible berth without taking unnecessary risk as he steered to an eventual sixth spot.
Alex Lynn pips fellow Brit Jake Dennis to Pole Position for the London E-Prix
Alex Lynn sealed Julius Baer Pole Position with a storming Super Pole effort to pip Jake Dennis - much to the delight of the Mahindra Racing garage - to make it two Brits on the front-row on home soil in London.
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Mahindra Racing's Alex Lynn took his second Formula E Julius Baer Pole Position with a flier in London ahead of the Heineken® London E-Prix Round 12, pipping BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver Jake Dennis to the post to make it an all-British front-row on the series' return to the UK capital after five years away.
Lynn was the penultimate driver to set his Super Pole time and pulled a real corker of a lap out of the bag – his final sector was mega, and enough to see him some 0.3 seconds up on Dennis’ then-benchmark to fire to Julius Bar Pole Position.
As the fourth driver to in the six-car shootout, Dennis had gone three-tenths up on Sebastien Buemi’s prior best through Sector 1, channelling the British bulldog spirit eluded to on his special crash helmet this weekend. He pieced a similarly-sharp remainder of the lap together to edge the Swiss by 0.083 seconds.
Nissan e.dams’ Buemi left his team wide-eyed with a mighty final sector to seal third - a strong starting berth for the first E-Prix at ExCeL London.
Sergio Sette Camara’s always sharp over a lap and the Brazilian danced to provisional top as the second man to run. That would eventually become fourth for the DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT driver.
Porsche's Andre Lotterer headed the way in Group Qualifying and looked a good bet for pole, but the experience German couldn't quite piece it together, leaving him fifth and six-tenths shy of the ultimate pace.
Nato was first to run in Super Pole after squeaking the ROKiT Venturi Racing into the shootout. His 1m23.912s wasn’t a bad lap, and the Frenchman was on the ragged edge to eek out everything from his Mercedes-powered Venturi but it was ultimately only good enough for sixth spot.
Alice Powell joins Envision Virgin as A simulator and development driver
Envision Virgin Racing has signed W Series race winner Alice Powell as the team's official simulator and development driver.
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Brit Alice Powell joins Envision Virgin Racing as the team's official simulator and development driver, to aid the team with testing and development work, race preparation and commercial activities.
The 28-year-old tested with the team in 2020 at the official Season 6 Rookie Test. Powell currently competes in the W Series championship, which she joined in its inaugural 2019 season. In that time, Powell has scored four podium finishes and a victory at Brands Hatch on the way to third in the standings. This season, she currently sits at the top of the Drivers' table.
Powell was the first female driver to win a Formula Renault championship in 2010, and the first woman to score points in GP3 Series in 2012.
“I am really happy to be joining the Envision Virgin Racing team”, said Powell. “I have already worked with quite a few of the guys when I did my Rookie Test in 2020 and I am super excited to be part of such a fantastic team. I’ve seen how hard everyone works at the factory and to have this opportunity to help the team, who have a great driver line-up as well in Robin (Frijns) and Nick (Cassidy), is incredible. We have a great car and great drivers, and I am very proud to be able to support the team in the simulator and contribute to the results.”
“I am delighted to welcome Alice to the team; we have already seen her performance and what she can deliver during the Rookie Test she did with us and are very pleased to have her on-board," said Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director and CTO at Envision Virgin Racing.
“She brings with her a lot of skill, determination, and some fantastic experience behind the wheel. I have no doubt that she will constitute a very valuable asset for us, and the team is looking forward to working with her."
Bird and Evans lock out front row for Jaguar Racing in New York City
Sam Bird and Mitch Evans delivered Jaguar Racing's first front-row lockout in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in qualifying for the ABB Formula E New York City E-Prix Round 11.
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Sam Bird and Mitch Evans delivered the goods for Jaguar Racing in qualifying ahead of the second race of Formula E's 2021 trip to New York City, with the duo filling the front-row ahead of Round 10 polesitter Nick Cassidy (Envision Virgin Racing).
Bird's turnaround after Saturday's Free Practice 1 shunt and rapid rebuild hit the next level after impressive pace there saw him recover from 20th to ninth and points in Round 10. Bird had said that he felt the I-TYPE 5 was the quickest machine around Red Hook after his efforts in race one and the Brit's now perfectly poised to capitalise.
Evans was pipped by his teammate's storming 1m8.572s at the last, though by less than a tenth of-a-second. The Kiwi's lap looked like being a scruffy one with a lock-up into Turn 1 and contact with the wall through the first sector but he attacked hard through the middle section of the lap and after flinging the Jaguar out of the final Clinton Wharf turn, had done enough to clamber ahead of Cassidy’s early benchmark time.
Cassidy himself almost made it two from two in Brooklyn after securing his second Formula E pole position yesterday but he'll still be pleased with third, having suffered a little on energy management leading from the front. The top three were split by just 0.091 seconds - half a car length!
Porsche's Pascal Wehrlein also gives himself a strong base to work from with fourth, leaving nothing on the table through an aggressive, kerb-hopping effort.
DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT look well placed to make progress from fifth, with Sergio Sette Camara doing the business and making Super Pole on home soil for Jay Penske's team.
Andre Lotterer rounded out the top six with his first Super Pole appearance since Valencia.
After Group 1 drama in qualifying ahead of Round 10, there was yet more angst this time around with joint standings leader Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing) overshooting Turn 1 and losing a second, a big lock-up for Antonio Felix da Costa and DS TECHEETAH teammate Jean-Eric Vergne losing drive entirely, preventing him setting a time at all.
Frijns, Mercedes-EQ's Nyck de Vries and Vergne proved to be the big losers of those right at the sharp end of the Drivers' points table, and will start 21st, 22nd and 24th respectively, with it all to do.
Nick Cassidy seals pole position for the ABB New York City E-Prix Round 10
Nick Cassidy steered to his second pole position in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with the benchmark in qualifying ahead of the ABB New York City E-Prix Round 10 - pipping Jean-Eric Vergne and Alex Lynn.
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Nick Cassidy laid down a real marker in qualifying ahead of the ABB New York City E-Prix Round 10 as he fired to pole position ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH) by some 0.161 seconds, with Mahindra Racing's Alex Lynn rounding out the top three.
Cassidy blew the doors off the rest in Super Pole with a lap that looked ultra cool and clean but mighty rapid - his 1m09.338s proved the fastest time of the day so far in-fact on an ever-evolving Brooklyn Street Circuit. The Kiwi left the pit-lane with it all on to beat Lynn's then-benchmark but swept the pressure aside with aplomb. Lynn was first to run in the six-driver shootout and, looking neat and tidy, extracted the maximum from his Mahindra to set the early pace.
The Brit would wind up third following Vergne's late flier. The Frenchman left nothing on the table but despite a lively-looking effort, DS TECHEETAH's double Formula E champion couldn't quite steal the initiative and seal a 13th pole position. He will have to settle for second and a good base to attack from in Round 10.
BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Maximilian Guenther fared well in the morning's practice sessions and set off in search of a maiden Formula E pole position. Despite being a tenth of-a-second down through Sector 1, a rapid middle section saw him narrowly shy of the ultimate pace - good enough for fourth come the chequered flag.
Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) loves it around the Red Hook docklands - as the best qualifier in Brooklyn with three pole positions from the six E-Prix to-date in New York City. He topped Group Qualifying by 0.068s from Vergne but a poor first sector left him fifth and more than three-tenths shy of Cassidy.
TAG Heuer Porsche's Pascal Wehrlein will be disappointed with the lap he managed to string together. The German looked busy behind the wheel but slipped some 0.4 seconds down on Cassidy's pole time.
Standings leader Edoardo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) struggled in Group 1 of Group Qualifying, setting the slowest time of those first six runners as he contended with just 200kW of power available to him after problems with a switch in the cockpit.
There was more drama for Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing), too, following his FP1 shunt and the mad dash made by his team to prep the car in time for qualifying - eventually beating the parc ferme clock by just six seconds following a heroic rebuild effort.
Bird found himself in contact with Nissan e.dams' Oliver Rowland with the former on his cooldown lap. Both ended up in the run off and pointing in the wrong direction with Bird managing just 20th to Rowland's eighth.
Wehrlein charges to pole in puebla by just 0.058
In a thrilling Qualifying for Round 8, Pascal Wehrlein rocketed to his second Julius Baer Pole Position of the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship after a super tight Super Pole shootout.
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The first group headed out with Mitch Evans (Jaguar Racing) leading whilst the rest of the pack jostled for position behind the New Zealander, a opening hectic lap with the drivers side-by-side heading on to the start/finish straight.
It was an even more chaotic start to Qualifying as championship leader Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing) locked up into Turn 1, disrupting not only his lap but also those behind him. With Evans and Antonio Felix da Costa (DS TECHEETAH) ahead of the Dutchman they were unimpeded and free to make their fast laps with a clear advantage over their Group 1 rivals.
The drivers left plenty of space in Group 2 and took advantage of the track evolution and the rubber laid down from the previous lappers, as the whole group demoted the first six out of Super Pole contention with Pascal Wehrlein (TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team) taking the hot seat ahead of Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams) and Valencia E-Prix winner Jake Dennis (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) rounding out the top three.
The big mover and shaker from Group 3 was BMW's Maximilian Guenther grabbing fifth and booking his position in the Super Pole six.
Despite missing the whole of Free Practice 2, Mahindra Racing's Alexander Sims slotted himself into seventh. His team-mate Alex Lynn was unable to make an impression after becoming the latest driver to fall victim to Turn 7, riding right out in the dirt on his flying lap.
Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) and Sergio Sette Camara (DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT) put themselves in to some decent positions for the race with the pair finishing eighth and ninth respectively - for Sette Camara this position will be temporary as the Brazilian will face a 20-place grid drop for the race after the team opened up their sealed inverter for an inspection.
There was a big moment for Norman Nato, the ROKiT Venturi Racing driver ending an action-packed lap with a huge slide in the banked oval that closes out the lap. Sebastien Buemi's Season 7 struggles continued in Qualifying for Round 8 in Puebla, with the Nissan e.dams driver languishing down in 21st position.
The big drama was that the main championship protagonists will be starting the race way down the order. Championship leader Frijns down in 22nd, De Vries in 16th and Evans in 13th. Da Costa, who currently sits in fourth in the drivers' standings, was the best of the Group 1 qualifiers is 12th.
With all the Groups completed it was Wehrlein who took the Group Qualifying point with a time of 1:23.505, joining the German in Super Pole was Rowland, Dennis, Jean-Eric Vergne, Guenther and Edoardo Mortara.
Mortara was the first driver out in Super Pole, after overcooking his tyres the Swiss-Italian driver lost the rear for Turn 11 and ran deep into the left-hander.
After Mortara's mistake, Guenther set the first benchmark for Super Pole with a 1:25.095. This was immediately bested by eight tenths with a neat and tidy lap from Vergne around the Mexican circuit.
Next up was Dennis with an absolute flier, the BMW rookie putting in three incredible sectors to register a huge time of 1:23.879. But again it wasn't to last as a flat-out lap from Rowland launched his Nissan to the top of the timesheets.
Wehrlein was the last up and pushed his Porsche 99X Electric to the limit, sliding around the banked final corner to take the third Julius Baer Pole Position of his Formula E career by just 0.058.
Joel Eriksson to step in for DRAGON's Nico Mueller at Puebla E-Prix
Swede Joel Eriksson is in line to make his ABB FIA Formula E World Championship debut at the Puebla E-Prix, as the DRAGON / PENSE AUTOSPORT substitute driver steps in for Nico Mueller.
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Joel Eriksson will fulfill a long-term goal and make his Formula E debut in Mexico next month (June 19-20) in place of Nico Mueller at DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT.
Mueller, who clinched the team's maiden Formula E podium in Valencia, is unavailable for the Puebla double-header as a result of DTM commitments, so Eriksson will make the step up from his newly-agreed role as DRAGON's reserve driver for the rest of Season 7.
“To race in Formula E has always been a dream since the championship started and to be given the chance finally feels kind of unreal,” said the 22-year-old.
"There’s a lot of work in front of us, but I have a great team behind me, so I know they will do all they can to make me as prepared as possible before arriving in Mexico.
“This time, it will be challenging as I only have limited mileage in this car. But, my main goal is to make the best out of it and gain as much experience as possible. I do believe that scoring points in the races is absolutely possible if I execute well. I will give it my all to achieve this goal.”
Eriksson took part in the Season 6 Rookie Test in Marrakesh with the team, and will make his competitive Formula E debut off the back of spells in European Formula 3 - where he was runner up to now-McLaren driver Lando Norris - two seasons in DTM with BMW and a campaign last year in ADAC GT Masters.
“I am pleased to welcome Joel back to the Team,” said team boss Jay Penske. “He is a valuable resource for the organisation and has tremendous potential to apply his racecraft to the unique demands of Formula E and deliver results for the team on track in Puebla and behind the scenes throughout the rest of the season. I look forward to our first race together.”
DA COSTA ON POLE IN MONACO, TOP 4 SEPARATED BY SIX HUNDREDTHS
DS Techeetah racer and reigning champion, Antonio Felix da Costa will start the Monaco E-prix from Pole-Position, ahead of Envision Virgin racer, Robin Frijns and Jaguar of Mitch Evans
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Da Costa followed DS teammate and Season 5 Monaco E-Prix winner Jean-Eric Vergne on-track, and went quicker than the Frenchman's impressive early benchmark by 0.029 seconds - scything his way through Monte Carlo's famous streets and fastest of all in Sectors 1 and 2.
Frijns felt like he left nothing on the table, and a tidy effort wasn't quite enough for pole but at just a hundreth shy of da Costa's time, he's shown he'll mix it with the reigning champion come the E-Prix at 16:00 CEST.
Mitch Evans (Jaguar Racing) came into qualifying off the back of earning FP2’s fastest time. He hung it all out with a mega lap for third, 0.051 seconds shy of pole.
Vergne started on pole on the short circuit here in Season 5 following Oliver Rowland’s penalty, and the Frenchman had set the early pace as the second driver on track in Super Pole. Precision yielded provisional pole, almost 0.2 seconds up on prior provisonal polesitter Rowland.
Maximilian Guenther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) was next up, for his third Super Pole appearance of the season – joint-most of any driver. The German had plenty on his plate, wrestling his BMW iFE.21 to a scrappy-looking fifth.
Nissan e.dams Rowland was first to run and threw a really strong-looking lap together, hustling over the kerbs and using every inch of road to steer to a 1m31.547s. The Brit left the pit-lane under a red light, though, and had his time cancelled – leaving him sixth.
Standings leader Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ) accidentally tripped his car out of 250kW mode at the chicane during his flyer, leaving him 1.4 seconds off Frijns Group Qualifying benchmark and marooned down in 23rd on the grid for Round 7.
“At the chicane, it’s quite bumpy. You do it with one hand, and the other hangs in the cockpit and I accidentally hit the switch. It takes 30 seconds to get it back so I did half the lap without 250kW. It’ll require a software update – a relatively easy fix, but it never happened before."
Teammate Stoffel Vandoorne finds himself 15th and third in the standings Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing) will be disappointed with 16th having set the pace in Free Practice 1.
Sergio Sette Camara (DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT) is always dancing right on the limit and what looked like a quick lap ended with a crunch as he lost the rear of his car into the final turn at Anthony Noghes – the Brazilian visibly frustrated with himself and left wondering where the spin came from.
The Monaco E-Prix Round 7 gets underway from 16:00 CEST, for Formula E's first race on the full, historic layout at perhaps the most famous race circuit in the world.
JAKE DENNIS TAKES HIS MAIDEN FORMULA E POLE POSITION
BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Jake Dennis rocketed to his first Julius Baer Pole Position ahead of the DHL Valencia E-Prix Round 6, firing clear of Andre Lotterer (TAG Heuer Porsche) and Alex Lynn (Mahindra Racing).
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Jake Dennis (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) fired 0.8 seconds clear of Andre Lotterer (TAG Heuer Porsche) to take Julius Baer Pole Position for the DHL Valencia E-Prix Round 6 with a drying track rewarding those last on-track in qualifying.
The Brit was joined by four of his compatriots in Super Pole and took full advantage of a drying circuit, firstly as a Group 4 runner in Group Qualifying and secondly as the final driver to complete his lap in the six-driver shootout for pole.
He was precise and measured, and dug out a 1m28.548s as times tumbled towards yesterday's quickest times with the morning sun in Valencia burning off the remaining damp patches around the Circuit Ricardo Tormo. That was well clear of the previous man on-track, Andre Lotterer, who again lines up on the front-row in search of his first race win in Formula E.
"I am so happy, it’s such a relief after a difficult start of the season," said Dennis. "We’ve put it all together and it’s the first race weekend where we’ve had no issues and I’m super happy for everyone who’s put in the hard work overnight."
Alex Lynn was next up in the Mahindra, and the Brit hooked the lap up nicely to fire almost half-a-second clear of those that came before, with NIO 333 duo Tom Blomqvist and Oliver Turvey lining up fourth and fifth, while ROKiT Venturi Racing's Norman Nato rounded out the top six.
Nato was first to run in Super Pole, and went faster than anyone had done previously on the drying track with a neat and tidy lap. At the time, the Frenchman’s 1m30.489s was still more than three seconds shy of yesterday’s pace, though, illustrating how tricky the conditions remained even a few minutes before Dennis' run - despite the sunshine.
DS TECHEETAH's Jean-Eric Vergne takes seventh spot despite running early on in Group 2, with Oliver Rowland and Nissan e.dams teammate Sebastien Buemi eighth and ninth and early pacesetter Sergio Sette Camara (DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT) completed the top 10.
Drivers' standings leaders - Mercedes-EQ duo Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries - find themselves well down the order in 19th and 20th, with third-placed man Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing) just behind in 21st.
VANDOORNE SCORES ANOTHER POLE-POSITION FOR MERCEDES
Stoffel Vandoorne made it three Julius Baer Pole Positions in five attempts for Mercedes-EQ as he hustled his Silver Arrow 02 to top spot ahead of the DHL Valencia E-Prix Round 5.
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Mercedes-EQ's Stoffel Vandoorne sealed Julius Baer Pole Position by just 0.028 seconds from reigning champion Antonio Felix da Costa (DS TECHEETAH) and his Mercedes teammate Nyck de Vries - though the Dutchman will start eighth following a grid penalty.
Vandoorne squeezed everything out of his Silver Arrow 02 to dart to the top of the times in Super Pole - and stayed there. Da Costa's earlier effort looked quick and tidy, and good enough for the benchmark, but ultimately he fell narrowly short. Promising again, though, for the new E-TENSE FE21.
De Vries was first to run in the Super Pole shootout and did manage the quickest time of the day up to that point. It was enough for third, but a five-place grid penalty - his punishment for clashing with Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing) and Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams) in Rome - sees him start eighth.
BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Maximilian Guenther looked to be a good bet for pole prior to qualifying, having set the pace in practice, but the young German would have to settle for a net third - 0.4 seconds off Vandoorne's best.
Alex Lynn (Mahindra Racing) was the quickest driver in Group Qualifying having produced a surgically precise effort, but the Brit couldn't replicate his earlier effort and will line up fourth.
Nissan e.dams' Sebastien Buemi followed in a net fifth with a small lock-up into the tricky final chicane proving costly.
Porsche's Andre Lotterer, Norman Nato (ROKiT Venturi Racing), Rowland, and Pascal Wehrlein (TAG Heuer Porsche) rounded out the top 10.
The standings top two find themselves back in the pack with it all to do; Bird down in 21st and Jaguar teammate Mitch Evans 18th.
333 Racing announce formula e gen3 commitment
333 Racing became the latest manufacturer to commit to the Gen3 era of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, which commences in Season 9.
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The Chinese manufacturer, owned by Shanghai Lisheng Racing, joined Formula E in Season 6 and introduced their bespoke powertrain package ahead of Season 7 this year, resulting in four points finishes already for the NIO 333 FE Team. It is the only Chinese operation on the grid, representing the nation that manufactures and buys more electric vehicles than any other in the world.
Formula E and the FIA are working together to shape the Gen3 era and deliver a new generation of progress both as a sport and for the future of electric mobility. Gen3 will bring performance and efficiency benefits including more powerful, lighter cars, faster charging and cost controls, all increasing the highly competitive, unpredictable racing that fans associate with Formula E.
333 Racing joins DS Automobiles, Porsche, Nissan and Mahindra as outfits committed to Formula E Gen3, which is set to get underway from Season 9 (2022/23).
Jamie Reigle, Chief Executive Officer of Formula E, said: “333 Racing Team confirming their intention to compete in the Gen3 era is fantastic news and further evidence of Formula E’s unique position as a global sport, technology proving ground and marketing platform. The team has made a strategic decision to build their own powertrain and control their competitive destiny. We look forward to working with the NIO 333 Formula E Team to develop the next phase of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. As a Chinese owned and operated team, 333 Racing will further our ambition of accelerating a shift to electric mobility in China and beyond.”
Vincent Wang, CEO of NIO 333 FE Team, said: “We have experienced the development of Formula E since its inception and now, as it blossoms into an FIA World Championship, we welcome the evolution in to its third generation. We joined many meetings with the FIA and Formula E regarding the Gen3 technical roadmap when we joined the Formula E family as 333 Racing last year. We are delighted to join the list of manufacturers that will continue in the series and we expect to see further change as the Formula E develops; metabolism is the objective law of development. Formula E is still the best new-energy racing series featuring sustainable development, worldwide influence and is at the forefront of electric mobility technology innovation - we at NIO 333 Formula E Team are extremely proud to continue to be part of it.”
MAIDEN POLE-POsITION FOR NICK CASSIDY AHEAD OF ROME E-PRIX
Envision Virgin Racing's Nick Cassidy danced his way to a first Julius Baer Pole Position in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship ahead of Round 4 of the Championship.
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Nick Cassidy (Envision Virgin Racing) threaded his way through tricky, slippy conditions at the Circuito Cittadino dell'EUR to take a first Formula E Julius Baer Pole Position, while ROKiT Venturi Racing's Norman Nato made it an all-rookie front row, pipping Porsche's Pascal Wehrlein.
Cassidy had earlier topped FP3, and was second-last to run in Super Pole having made his way into the shootout from Group 4. The Kiwi carried plenty of speed and measured things nicely to outdo provisional polesitter Wehrlein by 0.6 seconds. Nato was the last man to set a time and slotted in-between the Virgin and the Porsche.
Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ) was promoted to Super Pole after Porsche’s Andre Lotterer saw his Group Qualifying time – good enough for second – removed due to power overuse. The Belgian jumped back into his overalls to go hunt for a dry line, and with the rain now stopped he did briefly set the day’s provisional fastest time before Wehrlein fired 1.7 seconds clear.
Alexander Sims (Mahindra Racing) and Maximilian Guenther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) were unable to improve on the prior duo’s efforts but rookie Cassidy would and final runner Nato did likewise to slot into second, despite clouting a barrier.
The rain eased and the track dried as time passed in qualifying, with Group 1 seeing the worst of it, leaving the likes of Round 3 race winner well down the order and almost nine seconds off the Group Qualifying pace.
The standings top three find themselves back in the pack as early runners in Group Qualifying: Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing) will line up 11th, while Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing) 19th and Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ) 18th.
Round 4 follows at 09:00 local time, with the race itself to come at 13:00 CEST
FIRST QUALIFYING IN ROME GOES THE WAY OF STOFFEL VANDOORNE
Third Formula E career pole-position for the Mercedes driver, as he will start the Round 3 of the Formula E 2020/21 Season ahead of Andre Lotterer and Oliver Rowland.
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Stoffel Vandoorne produced the goods and delivered a second Mercedes Julius Baer Pole Position in two race weekend for Mercedes-EQ in a drizzle-hit Super Pole ahead of the Rome E-Prix Round 3, though Oliver Rowland will rue an opportunity missed as the Nissan e.dams man looked to have it in the bag until the final corner.
Vandoorne took provisional pole with typically surgical precision around the newly-amended Circuito Cittadino dell'EUR, brushing the wall at the chicane through Sector 2, before sealing the deal with a flying final sector to post a 1m38.484s - some 0.4 seconds quicker than those that ran before him.
Andre Lotterer (TAG Heuer Porsche) was next to have a go, and the experienced German - who had sealed pole last time out in Rome - looked quick and tidy, using all of the track and a bit more. Fine margins, but silky smooth as he danced through the technical final section to go second.
Yorkshireman Rowland had been rapid in Diriyah and despite being saddled with Group 1 in qualifying ahead of Rounds 1 and 2, he extracted the maximum and made up ground in the races to score good points.
Rowland looked quick here, too - quickest, in fact in Group Qualifying. In Super Pole, he went fastest through Sector 1, fastest through Sector 2 and looked like he'd seal the fourth pole of his Formula E career. All he had to do was thread through the final sector but he "got to greedy" with the kerb and on the power, sliding into the wall on the exit of the last turn which saw him fall to third.
A precise effort from di Grassi was good enough for fourth, while the man with the second-highest number of poles in Formula E - Jean Eric Vergne - wound up fifth. Maximilian Guenther's BMW i Andretti Motorsport machine looked a handful and a couple of missed apexes and some oversteer saw him sixth. Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing), Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ), Porsche's Pascal Wehrlein and Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) completed the top ten.
The Rome E-Prix Round 3 follows at 16:00.
NISSAN ALSO COMMITS TO GE3 ERA
Nissan continues to bring its electrification strategy to life by extending its commitment to the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship into the Gen3 era.
Nissan today announced its long-term commitment to the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship through to the end of Season 12 (2025-2026) of the all-electric racing series. Nissan joined the series in Season 5 as the only Japanese manufacturer. The Gen3 era of the championship begins in Season 9 (2022-23) and will feature even more powerful, faster cars.
Nissan races in Formula E to bring the excitement and fun of zero-emission electric vehicles to a global audience. As part of its goal to achieve carbon neutrality across its operations and the life cycle of its products by 2050, Nissan intends to electrify all-new Nissan vehicle offerings by the early 2030s.
The Japanese manufacturer aims to bring its expertise in transferring knowledge and technology between the race track and road for better electric vehicles for customers.
“Nissan’s vision for cars goes far beyond simply modes of transport,” said Ashwani Gupta, Nissan’s Chief Operating Officer. “We aim to design and build electric vehicles that transform the way communities connect and move, and inspire us all to work towards a sustainable society.
"For Nissan, Formula E helps us bring excitement, energy and the environment to the forefront as we deliver this vision of the future to an ever-growing, new, young and diverse audience.”
“We’ve achieved great results during our first two seasons and renewing our long-term commitment to Formula E is a key step,” said Tommaso Volpe, Nissan’s Global Motorsport Director.
“We entered the sport with a 'road-to-track' technical transfer approach, and by extending our racing program through the Gen3 era, we have the opportunity to close the circle with 'track-to-road' technical transfer. We believe that, as one of the most global manufacturers involved in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, this sport is the perfect platform to promote our expertise in electrification and demonstrate our commitment to more sustainable mobility solutions.”
FIRST POLE-POSITION FOR FRIJNS IN DRAMATIC QUALIFYING
Envision Virgin Racing's Robin Frijns nailed an inch-perfect Super Pole lap to line up on Julius Baer Pole Position for Round 2 in Diriyah - following up on his benchmarks in FP3 and Group Qualifying.
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Robin Frijns flew to his first Julius Baer Pole Position in Formula E with an inch-perfect Super Pole lap to pip Sergio Sette Camara and Jaguar Racing’s Sam Bird.
Sette Camara (DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT) left absolutely nothing on the table on his flyer as the penultimate runner in Super Pole but Frijns was unfazed as he picked his way around the Riyadh Street Circuit to best the Brazilian and top the times by 0.289 seconds.
The Dutchman previously held the unwanted accolade of the most Formula E races without a Julius Baer Pole Position – a 46-race streak – but after topping FP3 and Group Qualifying, he looked well placed to end the hoodoo, and he did in fine style – giving him the perfect run at Round 2 this evening from 20:03 local time.
"It feels really good compared to yesterday after we started dead last," said Frijns. "I really didn't expect it prior to jumping in the car in FP3. We had a long night yesterday and a lot of work's been put in and it's worked out. I'm really happy with the car and what the team did last night. It's the best position. Sam and I will have fun. We know each other really well and hopefully we can play a bit! It's a lot of fun out there, but very tricky. If you put one wheel outside the single racing line, that's it - you're off. There's no room for any mistakes."
"I'm very happy with that," added Sette Camara. "Yesterday I felt like we had the potential to be in Super Pole. It's hard for everyone to believe after Berlin and I really wanted to prove to everyone that DRAGON can be up there. We proved to be quick with both cars making Super Pole and we both showed rhythm despite a group advantage. We don't have the new powertrain yet, and we decided to go with that in Rome, so that'll be a disadvantage in the race along with my experience. It's not my strongest point but I'm trying to improve and anything can happen!"
Oliver Turvey had looked super quick through the final sector on his hot-lap and made up for a small error through the opening third of the lap to stick his NIO 333 on provisional pole by 0.6 seconds over Nico Mueller’s early benchmark. The pair wound up fourth and sixth respectively, split by Turvey’s teammate Tom Blomqvist to make it two NIOs in the top six.
Before the session, Race Control passed down the ruling that Mercedes-EQ and ROKiT Venturi Racing would not be allowed to enter the track during the qualifying session with the FIA mandating a thorough investigation into the incident involving Edo Mortara during FP3.
In Group 1, minus the Mercedes powered cars, Mitch Evans (Jaguar Racing) and Rene Rast (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) missed their chance at a lap in dramatic fashion - leaving Team Principals James Barclay and Allan McNish furious in their respective garages.
The earlier runners once again suffered, in general, with track evolution in Diriyah always a powerful factor. Reigning champion Antonio Felix da Costa (DS TECHEETAH) had briefly topped Group 2 before Turvey’s effort and wound-up 10th with teammate Jean-Eric Vergne improving on the Portuguese’ lap to go seventh.
FIRST POLE-POSITION OF THE YEAR GOES TO NYCK DE VRIES
Mercedes-EQ's Nyck de Vries produced a faultless lap in Super Pole to seal Julius Baer Pole Position for Round 1 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship at Diriyah.
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Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ) came up with a searingly-quick effort in Super Pole to seal Julius Baer Pole Position for Round 1 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in Diriyah, following up on three sessions spent atop the timing screens in style.
The Dutchman headed home Porsche's Pascal Wehrlein by a mighty 0.6 second margin with a 1:08.157 lap time, while Rene Rast (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler), Edo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing), Alex Lynn (Mahindra Racing) and Mitch Evans (Jaguar Racing) rounded out the top six spots.
De Vries and Mercedes-EQ had looked the most sorted driver/car combination through Free Practice, and come qualifying, the Dutchman proved that to be the case - making it three benchmark laps on the spin to top the tree and take his first point of the season with him into Super Pole.
What made the 26-year-old's lap even more impressive was that he was one of only two drivers to make it into the shootout from Group 2 - the other being Jaguar's Evans, after Nico Mueller (DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT, Nick Cassidy (Envision Virgin Racing) and Tom Blomqvist (NIO 333) had their efforts removed having improved their lap times under yellow flag conditions.
Track conditions steadily came to the drivers with each passing qualifying group as Season 6’s top six - comprising Group 1 - were left looking increasingly marooned, with reigning champion Antonio Felix da Costa and DS TECHEETAH teammate Jean-Eric Vergne down in 18th and 19th respectively.
De Vries was last to run in Super Pole and assembled a monster lap; leaving nothing on the table on the way to gaining 0.2 seconds on Wehrlein's benchmark through each sector - shunting the Porsche man, on his debut with the outfit, into second.
Rast (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) matched his best Formula E grid slot of third, and whilst Mortara notched the fastest final sector of anyone, a poor opening section by his own admission ultimately cost him a real shot at pole, leaving him fourth.
Lynn will line up for Round 1 fifth after a solid Super Pole effort, and Evans looked to have laid down a marker through Sectors 1 and 2 before getting all crossed up and hitting the wall - breaking the left rear of his Jaguar and costing him his chance at Julius Baer Pole Position.
"It was a good start yesterday and we carried that momentum through today even though the conditions were very different in FP2," said de Vries. "I want to thank the team for all the hard work since Season 6 and Berlin. We’ve worked on our weaknesses and I’m glad I could give this qualifying to them today. We are aware this is only the beginning, but we are pleased with this performance and hopefully we can finish it off this afternoon."
DS AUTOMOBILES COMMITS TO GEN3 ERA OF FORMULA E
DS Automobiles has today announced that it has committed to the Gen3 era of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, starting in Season 9.
French manufacturer DS Automobiles has been a competitor in Formula E since Season 2, partnering with Chinese racing team TECHEETAH since the start of the Gen2 era in Season 5. Together, the duo has become a formidable force on the grid, claiming two consecutive Drivers' and Teams’ Championships, seven race wins and 15 podiums to-date.
DS Automobiles is the only outfit in Formula E history to have produced two different title winners. Frenchman and DS E-TENSE ambassador Jean-Eric Vergne took the title in Seasons 4 and 5, whilst his Portuguese teammate Antonio Felix da Costa is the reigning Drivers' Champion. The pair will look to make history once again behind the wheel of the DS E-TENSE FE20 in 2020/21 - Formula E's first campaign as an FIA World Championship.
Formula E provides the perfect platform for DS Automobiles to promote its electrification strategy, and contributes to the marque becoming the car manufacturer with the lowest average CO2 emissions in Europe in 2020. The technology transfer from race track to road can also be traced in the fully-electric DS 3 CROSSBACK and the DS 7 CROSSBACK, DS 4 and DS 9 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
The work that Formula E and the FIA have done to shape the Gen3 era focuses on delivering a new generation of progress both as a sport - reaffirming Formula E’s position as the pinnacle of electric racing - and in driving the future of electric mobility.
Gen3 will bring performance and efficiency benefits including more powerful, lighter cars as well as faster charging and cost controls, all adding to the competitive and unpredictable racing Formula E has become known for.
Jamie Reigle, Chief Executive Officer of Formula E, said:
“DS Automobiles was one of the first manufacturers to join Formula E when teams began developing the powertrains of their racing cars and it is inspiring to see the extensive fleet of electric vehicles they have introduced to the streets since. I am delighted that Formula E's only back-to-back double champions have secured a place on the grid for Season 9 as it reaffirms Formula E’s position as a technological proving ground and marketing platform for the world’s leading automotive manufacturers. We look forward to breaking new ground during the next phase of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with DS Automobiles.”
Beatrice Foucher, DS Automobiles Director General, said:
“Electrification is at the core of DS Automobiles’ global strategy. We have been the first premium car maker to enter Formula E and our brand has significantly benefitted from the work and the successes of DS Performance, both in terms of development and brand awareness. If today DS Automobiles is the multienergy constructor with the lowest average of CO2 emissions in Europe, it is also thanks to the expertise acquired in Formula E. Extending our commitment to 2026 will offer us new opportunities to continue our development work!”
Second set of 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship races announced
A month before the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship season opens in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia on February 26 & 27, Formula E and the FIA reveal the set of races to follow the night-time double-header in the desert.
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First up will be a return to the Italian capital of Rome and the EUR district for Round 3 on April 10.
Round 4 set for a new race location, the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, where pre-season testing has taken place for the past three seasons. This first competitive Spanish outing will be on April 24 and will use a new circuit configuration designed especially for Formula E.
The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will then head to Monte Carlo for Round 5 and the Monaco E-Prix on May 8, marking the fourth biennial race in the principality.
For Round 6, Formula E returns to the backdrop of the Atlas Mountains in Marrakesh on May 22, racing in Africa at the international circuit Moulay El Hassan for a fifth successive season. The Americas will then play host to a double header, with the Santiago E-Prix providing Rounds 7 and 8 on June 5 and 6.
The current health and safety considerations make the specific organisation of the prestigious Paris E-Prix around Les Invalides too complex in Season 7. Therefore, it has been agreed with the City of Paris to plan instead for the Season 8 edition.
Formula E’s races in Sanya and Seoul will not take place in March and May respectively as originally envisaged. They have been postponed and a decision on these events will be confirmed with the remainder of the calendar in early spring.
2020/21 updated CALENDAR:
ROUND 1: DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA - February 26
ROUND 2: DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA - February 27
ROUND 3: ROME, ITALY - April 10
ROUND 4: VALENCIA, SPAIN - April 24
ROUND 5: MONACO, MONACO - May 8
ROUND 6: MARRAKESH, MOROCCO - May 22
ROUND 7: SANTIAGO, CHILE - June 5
ROUND 8: SANTIAGO, CHILE - June 6
The 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will kick off with a Diriyah double-header under the lights on February 26 & 27, with Saudi Arabia playing host to the first all-electric night races. The Diriyah E-Prix will run at 17:00 GMT (20:00 local time), with the next set of races to be confirmed in early 2021.
Formula E will continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and is in constant communication with its community of teams, manufacturers, partners, broadcasters and host cities.
All calendar updates depend on travel restrictions, as well as local government protocols and are subject to approval of the FIA World Motor Sport Council.
McLAREN TAKES OPTION TO PARTICIPATE IN FORMULA E WITH GEN3 RULES
McLaren Racing and Formula E announced they have signed an agreement granting McLaren Racing an option to enter the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship when Formula E’s Gen3 kicks off in Season 9
Part of McLaren Racing’s ongoing evaluation of potential new motorsport platforms, the agreement provides McLaren the option to enter the championship as one of a maximum 12 entries for the 2022/23 season.
McLaren Racing has formalised its interest in joining Formula E’s team and manufacturer line-up from the new Gen3 era. Gen3 will take to the track from the 2022/23 season, bringing performance and efficiency advances including more powerful, lighter cars and faster charging as well as a set of technical and financial controls aimed at reinforcing the business case for Formula E’s ecosystem of teams and manufacturers.
McLaren Racing’s interest in Formula E is a validation of the series as the pinnacle of electric racing, both as a proving ground for the top racing teams in the world and as a test bed for the next generation of electric vehicles.
McLaren Racing is one of the most successful operations in motorsport, enjoying a rich history of success in Formula 1 as well as IndyCar and Le Mans. McLaren Applied is Formula E’s exclusive Gen2 battery supplier under a four-season contract which concludes at the end of the 2021/22 season, after which McLaren Racing will evaluate the potential to deepen its involvement as a competitor in the electric championship.
Alejandro Agag, Founder and Chairman of Formula E, said: “McLaren Racing securing an option to join the Formula E grid from Gen3 is testament to the ongoing impact of our sport. With some of the most famous names in motorsport already competing in Formula E, we are thrilled that McLaren Racing has decided to examine a potential entry to Formula E.”
Zak Brown, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Racing, said: “We’ve been closely observing Formula E for some time and monitoring the series’ progress and future direction. The opportunity to take an option on an entry and the completion of the McLaren Applied supplier contract with the FIA at the end of Gen2, gives us the necessary time to decide if Formula E is right for McLaren as a future competition platform.”
Jamie Reigle, Chief Executive Officer of Formula E, said: “We are delighted that McLaren Racing, one of the most iconic names in motorsport, has secured an option to join Formula E. McLaren has contributed immensely to Formula E’s success as suppliers of our Gen2 battery systems. We now look forward to working with McLaren Racing to demonstrate the sporting and commercial potential of Formula E and devise ways to elevate the series to a new level, as part of their evaluation.”
MAHINDRA FIRST TO COMMIT TO GEN3 ERA OF FORMULA E
Gen3 is a proving ground for future race-to-road electric vehicle and sustainable mobility technologies
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Mahindra Racing today announced its commitment to the Gen3 era of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, becoming the first automotive manufacturer and racing team to sign up for the generation that commences with the 2022/23 season.
As Formula E begins its first season as an FIA World Championship, Mahindra has reaffirmed its strong, long-term relationship by committing to the Formula E Gen3 era, starting in 2022. As a team that has so far claimed four E-Prix victories, 18 podiums, and 690 championship points, Mahindra Racing is one of the most consistent and respected outfits on the grid and it has now sealed its long-term future in the series.
Mahindra Racing is committed to pushing the limits of technology and innovation in the electric vehicle space and addressing the impact of climate change. The team recently became the first Formula E team to be awarded the FIA Environmental Accreditation Three-Star rating, demonstrating excellence in sustainability practices. The Mahindra Group aims to put half a million electric vehicles on Indian roads by 2025 and believes in Formula E’s ongoing role as an essential proving ground for future race-to-road electric vehicle and sustainable mobility technologies.
Gen3 marks a new era of performance and efficiency benefits including more powerful, lighter cars, faster charging and cost controls, all with the aim of increasing the intense and unpredictable racing Formula E has become known for.
The car will have a four-year cycle and several key components have already been confirmed by the FIA. After a tender process, Spark Racing Technology will continue to produce a spec chassis for all teams, including the front powertrain kit, Williams Advanced Engineering will create the battery system, which will allow for faster charging, and Hankook Tire and Technology will provide all-weather tyres for the series.
The Gen3 Formula E car, which will come in from Season 9, is due to take another step up in power, while being nimble for street racing, all while keeping within agreed operating budgets. The power increase will go up to 350kW in qualifying and 300kW in the races (currently 250kW and 220kW respectively for Gen2), with maximum regenerative braking power between front and rear to 600kW, compared with current max rear regen of 250kW. These significant upgrades will help to deliver even more exciting and unpredictable racing.
FORMULA E SEASON 7 PRESEASON TESTING
Prior to the season opener in Santiago, Chile on January 16/17, the championship will make its fourth visit to Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, between November 28 and December 1.
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Testing will take place every day with the exception of Monday, November 30, with all 12 teams and 24 cars and drivers together for the first, and last time before the trip to Chile that marks the start of the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship proper.
The first two days’ running will be broken into a morning session between 09:00 and 12:00, with an afternoon session taking place between 14:00 and 17:00. Session 5 on Tuesday December 1 will run between 09:00 and 15:00.
The most competitive line-up in Formula E history
Teams are signing off their driver line-ups for the forthcoming campaign and it’s shaping up to be the championship’s most competitive grid yet, comprising 12 teams, including 10 manufacturer outfits, and 24 of the best drivers in world motorsport.
With five different champions and 17 different race winners in six seasons of Formula E to-date, the only thing that will be predictable in 2020/21 is unpredictability.
Take a look at how things stand up and down the pit-lane at the moment ahead of the new campaign as silly season draws to a close.
Audi Sport ABT Shaeffler - Lucas di Grassi, Rene Rast
BMW i Andretti Motorsport - Max Guenther, Jake Dennis
Dragon/Penske Autosport - Sergio Sette Camara, Nico Mueller
DS Techeetah - Antonio Felix da Costa, Jean-Eric Vergne
Envision Virgin Racing - Robin Frijns, Nick Cassidy
Mahindra Racing - Alexander Sims, Alexander Lynn
Mercedes-Benz EQ - Stoffel Vandoorne, Nyck de Vries
NIO 333 Racing - Oliver Turvey, Tom Blomqvist
Nissan e.dams - Sebastien Buemi, Oliver Rowland
Jaguar Racing - Mitch Evans, Sam Bird
TAG Heuer Porsche - Andre Lotterer, Pascal Wehrlein
ROKiT Venturi Racing - Edoardo Mortara, Norman Nato
Each of the three visits the championship has made to Circuit Ricardo Tormo so far have seen a chicane added to its layout.
This season, a decision was made in close collaboration with teams that the chicane would not be used this time around, instead being replaced by track limits sensors.
“With a short turnaround time between the test and Round 1 in Santiago, it was decided that this would be the best way to go, as the risk of damage to cars and the potential need for replacement parts and repairs is reduced,” explains Fred Espinos, Formula E Sporting Director.
“For the first time, we’ll be using a track limits system as there are several corners at Valencia where the limits weren’t traditionally respected. It’s important for the batteries’ operating temperatures that limits are adhered to and this system will ensure that.
“It also means that because we head straight to Santiago for Round 1 in January, that we can lessen the risk of damage to the cars by removing the chicane.”
ABB formula e to race virtually IN FUNDRAISING EVENTS
As part of Formula E's fundraising partnership with UNICEF, the all-electric street racing series will enter the virtual world with the ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge
It will be consisted of nine week esports competition featuring all the teams and drivers from the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, as well as a selection of top gamers.
The world of gaming will allow the entire Formula E community of teams, manufacturers, partners, drivers and fans to be a part of live online races while raising funds for UNICEF to keep children around the world healthy, safe and learning during the coronavirus crisis.
The partnership will focus on keeping children around the world healthy and learning in the face of coronavirus, with funds being directed to projects such as those contributing to remote learning programmes and the supply of essential protective equipment for hospital staff and care workers on the frontline.
Like UNICEF, Formula E has a vision of a brighter future for children and young people, growing up on a cleaner and safer planet. As a global sport with a purpose to counteract climate change by accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles, Formula E is naturally placed to use its platforms to raise awareness of UNICEF’s work to protect children against the effects of coronavirus.
Working in partnership with UNICEF, Formula E will launch initiatives to raise funds in support of the global coronavirus appeal. These efforts will build upon an initial donation to UNICEF from Formula E, to make an immediate impact on the charity’s work.
UNICEF’s comprehensive response to the coronavirus pandemic includes tackling both the primary health and wellbeing of children and young people across the world, and a secondary impact of lost educational opportunities, as well as the discrimination and stigma which come from widespread misinformation.
Formula E’s donations, fundraising and support in raising awareness of UNICEF’s mission aims to change the lives of children across the world for the better.
Donations from the competition will be directed by UNICEF to comprehensive emergency projects around the world, such as those contributing to the supply of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers and setting up home learning schemes for children currently out of school.
The ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge will feature two separate grids running in parallel, one comprised of drivers from the ABB FIA Formula E Championship and the other one filled by some of the fastest gamers and influencers. The winning gamer will make the transition from the gaming world to secure real-life track time on a Formula E circuit during a race weekend.
Drivers and gamers will compete using rFactor 2 simulator software in a number of online events taking place over a nine-week period from the safety of their own homes. Races will be staged each Saturday beginning with a pre-season test event on April 18, before point scoring commences the following weekend. Points are then accumulated over consecutive race weekends contributing to the overall standings in the build-up to the Grand Final on June 13.
HOW IT WORKS
The ABB Formula E Race at Home Challenge will take place every Saturday for nine consecutive weekends, starting with a non-point scoring pre-season test event on April 18.
The remaining eight events will follow the traditional Formula E scoring system with extra points for Julius Baer pole position and fastest lap. Double points will also be on offer at the final race.
Gamers will need to qualify ahead of each round and set a time using highly reputable rFactor 2 simulation software, which includes the latest generation Formula E car, up-to-date liveries of all the teams and iconic streets tracks such as Hong Kong and Monaco.
The quickest 18 drivers over the course of the set qualifying window, which runs from Monday to Thursday every week, will automatically progress to the main event and be joined by a selection of influencers and familiar faces from the world of motorsport.
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship drivers will also race against one another remotely using the same software, in a simulator provided by Playseat®, wheels and pedals from Fanatec and the latest gaming PCs, monitors, headphones and other peripherals by Asus.
Each driver and gamer will be under extreme pressure to deliver when it counts with a one-lap qualifying system to determine the order of the grid. The online events will use a Race Royale format that is specific to gaming, where the last-placed driver at the end of each lap is eliminated.
The process of elimination will continue until only 10 drivers remain, leaving a single lap sprint to the finish line to decide the points-scoring positions. Both drivers and gamers will carry over their points to the following weekend, with the top-three sim racers automatically qualifying for the next event.
Season 6 is temporarily suspended because of covid-19 outbreak
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship and the FIA have announced that the 2019/20 season will be temporarily suspended for a two-month period
The decision, made in coordination with the relevant local authorities to temporarily freeze races held in highly-populated cities, was taken as the most responsible course of action, due to the continued spread of coronavirus and the World Health Organisation officially declaring COVID-19 a pandemic.
With the well-being of staff, spectators and the entire championship workforce being the number one priority, precautionary measures put in place will restrict races from running during a set timeframe.
The series is implementing a flag system traditionally used in motorsport, to determine different phases and time windows where races could be rearranged or remain unaffected. Red representing no races, yellow keeping the opportunity open and green going ahead as planned.
Months marked as red flags are March and April, with May currently categorised as a yellow flag and both June and July given the green flag, should the situation improve and stabilise.
As a consequence of the suspension, it will no longer be possible to race in Paris and Seoul, or Jakarta as previously announced on the originally scheduled dates.
Working in collaboration with the FIA and local authorities in each event location, Formula E will closely monitor the situation and evaluate options to organise and reschedule races following the temporary suspension.
“Right now is the time to take responsible actions and this is why we have decided to temporarily suspend the season and move forward with introducing measures to freeze races from taking place over the next two months," said Alejandro Agag, Founder & Chairman of Formula E.
"Motorsport plays a major part in our lives and it is important, but what is more important is the health and safety of our staff, fans and their families, as well as citizens in the cities we race. The ABB FIA Formula E Championship will be back in full force, once the ongoing health crisis and spread of COVID- 19 has subsided,” Agag added.
As a consequence of the ongoing health emergency in Italy and according to the provisions set out in the ministerial decree concerning measures to counteract and contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country - which includes sporting events with large crowds and spectators in close proximity - it will not be possible to stage the Rome E-Prix on April 4, 2020.
Formula E, in agreement with the relevant authorities in Rome, EUR S.p.A and together with the FIA and Automobile Club d'Italia (ACI), will work closely with championship partners and stakeholders in order to assess and review alternative options to postpone the Rome E-Prix to a later date once restrictions have been lifted.
New track layout for the 2020 CBMM Niobium Mexico City E-Prix
ABB FIA Formula E Championship returns to Mexico City on February 15, with a new layout at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit
Boasting one of the most competitive line ups in motorsport – with new additions TAG Heuer Porsche and Mercedes-Benz EQ joining the Mexico grid for the first time – all 24 cars and drivers will make their way around the longer 2.606km circuit in the capital city.
Heading off the same start/finish line, the first two corners remain the same as previous years, before the pack makes its way around a new Turn 3, which turns left into a new, four turn sequence.
Looping back around a hairpin (Turn 5), Turn 6 and 7 lead back onto the familiar layout, with a straight and sharp right-hand bend (Turn 8) leading into the legendary Foro Sol stadium section (Turns 9-13).
Once around this, its back through Turn 14 and then into the fully profiled Peraltada curve (Turn 15), which no longer features the chicane, before the pack crosses the start/finish line to complete the lap.
After Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi snatched the win from Mahindra Racing’s Pascal Wehrlein just meters from the finish, expect even more energy management chaos on the new Mexico circuit on February 15.
FORMULA E TO BECOME A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR 2020/2021 SEASON
Season seven will bring much more prestige to the first all-electric racing championship
After six years and six seasons of racing on the streets of the world's most progressive cities, Formula E gains world championship status, a move granted by the FIA - motorsport's governing body. The moment will see the series recognised as the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship from the start of the 2020/21 season, as all teams and manufacturers continue to battle on the streets to advance the adoption of more sustainable mobility.
What started as nothing more than a dream shared by Alejandro Agag and FIA President Jean Todt has grown into the most competitive motorsport championship, boasting a current line up of 12 teams and 24 cars and drivers.
The decision to certify the series was taken by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile and sitting members of the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC), who recently voted upon and agreed to move forward with certifying Formula E as a world championship.
Founder & Chairman of Formula E Alejandro Agag - alongside FIA President Jean Todt - finalised the agreement together at FIA headquarters at Place de la Concorde in Paris, to officially confirm world championship status for season seven.
“It was always our ambition to one day become an FIA world championship. Everything we have done and delivered to this point has been working towards this particular moment in time," said Agag. "Achieving the feat and being granted with world championship status adds more credibility to what is already a fully-fledged formula of racing and a spectacular sporting product."
This agreement and announcement truly puts Formula E in the top tier of international single-seater racing. It has been a tremendous effort from many people involved and none of it would have been possible without the support of FIA President Jean Todt and the federation, as well as the dedication and commitment shown by our teams and partners.
"Now we can say we have done it. But it is only the beginning of a new chapter under the banner of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.”
Transitioning to the highest level in the FIA sanctioned single-seater hierarchy, means the most competitive line-up of teams and drivers in motorsport will be competing for the newly named ABB FIA Formula E World Championship title next season.
“The creation and development of Formula E has been a great adventure. I am proud that today we confirm its FIA world championship status," said Todt. "Since we started this journey, Formula E has undoubtedly gone from strength to strength. Within a short timeframe, the series has proven itself relevant for the automotive industry with two more major car manufacturers having joined the championship at the start of the current season, bringing the total number to 10."
The commitment and professionalism of those manufacturers and their respective teams is mirrored in the quality of the driver roster, which has improved with every season.
"Since its first race in Beijing in 2014 and with every E-Prix thereafter, Formula E has proven that the concept of cutting-edge electric racing works. I wholeheartedly welcome Formula E as the latest FIA world championship.”
The announcement follows Formula E’s most successful season to date - with nine different race winners and growing audience figures - and shortly after the opening two rounds of season six and the much-anticipated arrival of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche at the SAUDIA Diriyah E-Prix.
NEW FORMULA E SAFETY CAR LIVERY
Ahead of the 2019 Mexico City E-Prix, BMW i pulled the covers off its new Safety Car livery
Penned by Micheal Scully, Head of Design at BMW Motorsport, the BMW i8 Coupe Safety Car pays tribute to the BMW i Andretti Motorsport team's iFE.18 racers, piloted by Antonio Felix da Costa and Alex Sims. The design was developed in close collaboration between Formula E and the BMW Motorsport design team.
“As with the BMW iFE.18, the first priority when designing the Safety Car was the top view of the car,” explained Scully. “We have translated the themes found in the design of the BMW iFE.18 to the very different proportions of the BMW i8 Coupe. This livery gives the Safety Car a new dynamism and a bold level of expression appropriate to racing in the streets,” added the design boss.
With roots in Formula E dating back to the first season, when the German powerhouse joined the series as the Official Vehicle Partner, BMW has since supplied the entire fleet of safety and support vehicles, based on its hybrid i8 Coupe and all-electric i3 city car.
Tuned for the track, the new-look Safety Car is modified using BMW M components, such as a roll bar, rear wing and rear hatch made of carbon fibre and a front splitter on the outside. In the cockpit, sports seats taken from the BMW M4 GTS and a four-point harness keep Safety Car driver Bruno Correia, a roof-mounted signal light system, BMW M carbon ceramic brakes and a sports chassis.