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### Muller to miss remaining Formula E races to focus on DTM

Nico Muller will sit out the remainder of the 2020/21 Formula E season to prioritise his commitments in the DTM, with Joel Eriksson expected to replace him at Dragon Penske Autosport.

### China set to return to Formula E calendar for 2021-22 season

China will return to the Formula E calendar next season if sports exemption agreements can be arranged, while an inaugural Cape Town E-Prix is poised to gain a February date.

### NIO 333 Formula E team to move to new base in Silverstone

The NIO 333 team will shift to a new base in Silverstone in September as part of owner Lisheng Racing‘s plans to bring its entire UK-based workforce under one roof.

### Why Formula E is plotting a major change of philosophy

Formula E has become famed for its unpredictability, which can yield exciting races - but it can be argued that it robs the all-electric championship of a clear narrative and doesn't adequately reward the best drivers. The series wants to change that, and renew its philosophy ahead of the introduction of its next-generation car

### Porsche withdraws appeal against Puebla FE disqualification

Porsche has withdrawn its appeal against Pascal Wehrlein’s disqualification from the first Puebla race, where the German driver scored the marque’s first on-the-road victory in Formula E.

### Kirkwood’s future is IndyCar, not FE, says Andretti team boss

Roger Griffiths, team boss at the BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team in Formula E, is impressed by Kyle Kirkwood but suspects he’ll pursue an IndyCar career rather than jump to FE.

### Da Costa would only leave FE if "somebody really f***ed up"

Antonio Felix da Costa reckons he would only leave Formula E next season if “somebody really f***ed up” amid the current financial uncertainty at his Techeetah team.

### Advertising banner caused da Costa's Puebla FE crash

A banner collected by several cars caused Antonio Felix da Costa to crash out of the Puebla E-Prix, with drivers now pushing for hoardings to be abandoned on safety grounds.

### How Puebla gave Formula E's new points leader breathing space

With the usual Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez venue unavailable to Formula E, it visited the little Puebla circuit to keep its foot in the door in Mexico. A near-winner two years ago, Pascal Wehrlein looked in swaggering form throughout the weekend - but a breathless final encounter helped put Edoardo Mortara in the driving seat.

### Vergne hopes FE never returns to "decomposing" Puebla circuit

Jean-Eric Vergne has called on Formula E to “never ever” return to the Puebla E-Prix venue amid claims the track was breaking up along with water bubbling through the asphalt.

### Wehrlein loses Puebla podium for fanboost infraction

Pascal Wehrlein has been denied a second Formula E podium in Mexico after the Porsche driver copped a time penalty for improper use of fanboost in the Puebla E-Prix.

### Puebla E-Prix: Mortara holds off Wehrlein to secure Race 2 win

Edoardo Mortara and Venturi Racing pulled off a strategy masterclass to each earn their second Formula E victories in Puebla as the Swiss driver moved top of the points.

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### Porsche appeals Wehrlein's Puebla disqualification

Porsche has appealed Pascal Wehrlein’s disqualification from the Puebla E-Prix, an outcome that Formula E co-founder Alejandro Agag said made him want to “kill somebody”.

### Puebla E-Prix: Rowland edges Wehrlein to take Sunday's pole

Nissan e.dams racer Oliver Rowland reversed the roles with Puebla E-Prix front-row rival Pascal Wehrlein to snare his fourth Formula E pole position as Jake Dennis botched his lap.

### Puebla E-Prix: De Vries tops practice from Vergne

Nyck de Vries claimed the free practice bragging rights ahead of the second Puebla E-Prix, with the Mercedes racer pipping double Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne.

### Di Grassi: Puebla win makes Audi's FE exit "frustrating"

Lucas di Grassi says victory at the head of an Audi 1-2 in Puebla underlines his frustration that the manufacturer will quit Formula E at the end of the season.

### Rowland reveals what led to his disastrous Puebla FE start

Nissan e.dams driver Oliver Rowland has revealed the full extent of his communication and software issues that led to his poor start from the front row for the Puebla E-Prix.

### Porsche explains Wehrlein Puebla Formula E disqualification

Porsche Formula E team boss Amiel Lindesay has explained why Pascal Wehrlein was disqualified from his and the manufacturer’s maiden series win in the Puebla E-Prix.

### Puebla E-Prix: Wehrlein disqualified, di Grassi leads Audi 1-2

Lucas di Grassi won the Puebla E-Prix, leading home Rene Rast in an Audi 1-2, after Porsche's race dominator Pascal Wehrlein was disqualified for a technical infringement just as he crossed the finish line.

### Buemi set for grid penalty to solve “fundamental” Nissan woes

Sebastien Buemi says his Nissan e.dams team will make sweeping parts replacements on his car and incur penalties to solve the “fundamental” problem causing his recent poor Formula E form.

### Puebla E-Prix: Wehrlein grabs pole in dramatic qualifying

Pascal Wehrlein bagged his and Porsche’s second Formula E pole for the maiden Puebla E-Prix as the top six in the points dashed their chances in Mexico by tripping over another.

### Puebla E-Prix: Rowland leads incident-filled practice sessions

Oliver Rowland topped the times in both the wet and dry incident-packed Formula E practice sessions for Nissan e.dams ahead of an inaugural Puebla E-Prix in Mexico.

### Formula E was "adamant" Mexico would still be on 2021 calendar

Formula E boss Jamie Reigle says he was “adamant” Mexico would feature in 2021 despite the pandemic and reckons ‘lessons have been learned’ from an ill-fated permanent circuit debut.

### Formula E agrees August 2022 date for first South Korea race

Formula E will finally make its maiden visit to South Korea with a Seoul E-Prix announced for an August race date in 2022.

### Formula E debutant Eriksson hit with 20-place grid penalty

Joel Eriksson’s Formula E debut has been hit by a major setback with his Dragon Penske Autosport team clocking a combined 40-place grid penalty for the inaugural Puebla E-Prix.

### Mahindra says winning Formula E potential masked by errors

Mahindra Racing is confident that it can end its two-year victory drought this Formula E season, believing its potential has been masked by errors in a ‘messy’ campaign for everyone on the grid.

### Sims: Puebla track "extreme by Formula E standards"

Mahindra driver Alexander Sims says the new Puebla track in Mexico is “quite extreme by Formula E standards” and will put extra load on tyres in both qualifying and the race.

### Promoted: Dream of working in motorsport?

Formula E is one of the most innovative and exciting sports in the world, and one ambitious engineer could have the chance to be a part of one of its top teams for a season.

### Formula E reveals oval-based Mexico track layout

Formula E has unveiled the oval-based track layout, featuring a unique attack mode loop, that will be used for the first-ever Puebla E-Prix for which 10,000 spectators will permitted.

### McLaren Formula E and WEC programmes “remain under review”

McLaren Racing is yet to make a final decision on its option to join Formula E but says that and a potential FIA World Endurance Championship programme “remain under review”.

### Formula E pressing on with electric junior championship ladder

Formula E organisers are pressing on with a “very aggressive” plan to introduce a full and electrified junior championship ladder despite the “hard stop” brought by the pandemic.

### Porsche admits Lotterer has been "too hungry" amid crashes

Porsche’s Formula E boss admits that Andre Lotterer has perhaps been “too hungry” for success amid crashes, but is “not worried” by the drawn-out wait for the marque’s maiden series win.

### BMW considering LMDh, Electric GT as post-Formula E options

LMDh and the new FIA Electric GT Championship are among the options for BMW as it plots its future in top-level motorsport beyond the end its Formula E programme.

### Mercedes signs option to begin development for Gen3 FE rules

Mercedes has signed an option with the FIA that allows it to begin development for the upcoming Gen3 Formula E rules although it is yet to confirm its ongoing participation.

### Eriksson to make Formula E debut as Muller misses Puebla

Former BMW factory driver Joel Eriksson will make his Formula E debut in the inaugural Puebla E-Prix in Mexico next month, replacing Dragon Penske Autosport racer Nico Muller.

### Dillmann returns to Formula E in Jaguar sim and reserve role

The Jaguar Racing Formula E team has announced 2016 Formula V8 3.5 champion Tom Dillmann as its simulator and reserve driver for the 2021 season alongside Sacha Fenestraz.

### The half-term report cards of each Formula E team in 2020-21

In an eventful Formula E season, punctuated by rain and energy-conservation controversy, the 12 teams contesting the championship have endured many challenges in the opening seven races. Here's how they've got on across the first half of the season.

### Formula E expects fans at remaining races including London

Formula E chiefs expect fans to be allowed to attend the London E-Prix in July as negotiations are held to ensure public access for the remainder of the 2021 season.

### Di Grassi explains "worst" ever start to a Formula E season

Audi driver Lucas di Grassi rates the first seven races of the 2021 Formula E season as “the worst half of the year I ever had in my whole career”.

### Four new races set to join Formula E calendar in 2021-22

Formula E is expected to reveal four new races for its 2021-22 calendar alongside the return of three cities that were dropped this year owing to the pandemic.

### How Formula E stood up to F1 comparisons in Monaco

OPINION: It was no surprise to anybody that the laptimes achieved by Formula E cars on the full Monaco circuit were much slower than Formula 1. But perhaps the more relevant comparison was in the racing spectacle, where FE delivered in spades.

### How Monaco dealt Formula E a winning hand to cure its hangover

Formula E faced much criticism in the wake of its maligned Valencia event. In need of a turnaround, the series' first use of Monaco's iconic Formula 1 layout provided it with the injection of thrills required to clear the fog that had enveloped the paddock.

### Evans "gutted" after last-lap Monaco Formula E defeat

Mitch Evans says he is "gutted" to lose the Monaco E-Prix win on the final lap after 'paying the price' for overconsuming energy to gain track position.

### Di Grassi: Formula E is “just made” for Monaco

Lucas di Grassi says Formula E is “just made” for Monaco and the principality should feature every year after it showed the series “isn’t comparable” against ‘processional’ Formula 1.

### Da Costa: Monaco FE win a relief after pressure build-up

Antonio Felix da Costa says it "feels amazing to pull the bad feeling out of my gut" after scoring a first win of his Formula E title defence in Monaco.

### Monaco E-Prix: Da Costa passes Evans on last lap to win thriller

Antonio Felix da Costa landed a superb first victory of his Formula E title defence in a thrilling Monaco E-Prix courtesy of a last-lap overtake on Mitch Evans.

### Polesitter Da Costa: Monaco time to turn things around

Antonio Felix da Costa says Monaco marks the time to “either throw our towel on the floor” or “pick ourselves up” in his bid to defend the Formula E title.

### Rowland brands Monaco FE lap deletion "a complete joke"

Oliver Rowland has branded the deletion of his Monaco Formula E qualifying time “another mess” and “a complete joke” after the Nissan e.dams driver failed to leave the pitlane in time.

### Monaco E-Prix: Da Costa on pole, top four separated by 0.059s

Reigning Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa landed pole in Monaco in an ultra-competitive qualifying shootout in which just sixth hundredths split the top four drivers.

### Monaco E-Prix: Evans leads Jaguar 1-2 in practice

Jaguar Racing completed a Formula E free practice rout on the full Monaco Grand Prix circuit as Sam Bird and Mitch Evans traded places at the top of the times.

### Formula E makes more changes to Monaco track layout

Formula E has made several late changes to the Monaco layout ahead of its first race at the full circuit on Saturday, but drivers insist it hasn't affected their sim preparations.

### Susie Wolff got "weird texts" about controversial Valencia race

Venturi Racing team principal Susie Wolff says she received “a lot of weird texts” that she “didn’t even know” how to reply to after the controversial opening Valencia E-Prix race.

### Formula E regs updated to avoid Valencia-like mass retirements

The FIA has updated the Formula E regulations to prevent another incidence of the mass final-lap retirements and disqualifications that drew heavy criticism in the Valencia E-Prix.

### Vancouver City votes in favour of 2022 Formula E race

Vancouver City Council has voted in favour of partnering the Canadian promoter of Formula E to host a race in July 2022 to “support recovery of the gutted tourism sector”.

### Why Formula E's Valencia fiasco undermines engineering talent

FIA president Jean Todt wanted more Formula E coverage in the media, and got his wish when the opening Valencia E-Prix proved farcical. Despite attempts to spin the race as teams failing to get their sums right, Formula E and its governing body cannot escape blame - especially when trying to get teams to commit long-term.

### FE close to mass retirement repeat in second Valencia race

Formula E and the FIA came close to the second Valencia E-Prix also being marred by mass retirements from cars running out of useable energy on the last lap.

### Lynn: Nato shunt shows FE "can bite you in the arse"

Alex Lynn says the Valencia E-Prix showed how Formula E "can bite you in the arse” after a hit from Norman Nato prevented him from fighting for a maiden victory.

### Dennis: Nobody thought I could hold Valencia FE lead

First-time Formula E winner Jake Dennis reckons he played “guinea pig” in the Valencia E-Prix “game of the poker” and “nobody thought it was possible” he would hold the lead.

### Valencia E-Prix: Rookie Dennis scores lights-to-flag win for BMW

Jake Dennis converted his maiden Formula E pole position into a first championship win in the second Valencia E-Prix as a penalty and collision quashed the threat from second place.

### Valencia E-Prix: Dennis puts BMW on pole on drying track

Jake Dennis snared his rookie Formula E pole position by a massive nine tenths ahead of the second Valencia E-Prix as the BMW Andretti racer dominated a drying qualifying session.