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Cape Town round dropped from Formula E calendar, Jakarta in

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

FIA approves radical Formula E qualifying format shake-up

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

Why electric racing cars should be four-wheel drive Prime

Why electric racing cars should be four-wheel drive

OPINION: Circuit racing has traditionally favoured front- or rear-wheel-drive setups, eschewing the equal distribution of power. But for Formula E and other electric-powered series, our columnist believes it’s a perfect fit.

Formula E to drop unpopular qualifying format, introduce knockouts

Formula E is preparing to change its unpopular qualifying format for the 2021-2022 season, pending approval from the FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting later this week.

Formula E enjoys record-breaking TV figures for 2021 season

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

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

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

DTM would be di Grassi's "first choice" if he exits Formula E
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DTM would be di Grassi's "first choice" if he exits Formula E

Lucas di Grassi says the DTM would be his "first choice" of championship should he be unable to extend his Formula E stay in future.

Ticktum looking to IndyCar, DTM and Formula E for 2022

Dan Ticktum says he has a "couple of options" for next season and would be looking for drives in IndyCar, DTM and Formula E if he moves away from Formula 2 in 2022.

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

How motorsport's most prominent power couple found joint success

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

The top 10 Formula E drivers of 2020-21 Prime

The top 10 Formula E drivers of 2020-21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mahindra: Rowland's form against Buemi key to FE driver choice
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Mahindra: Rowland's form against Buemi key to FE driver choice

Mahindra Racing team principal Dilbagh Gill says Oliver Rowland’s impressive record against 2015/16 Formula E champion Sebastien Buemi was a key factor in signing him for the 2022 season.

Rowland replaces Lynn at Mahindra for 2022 Formula E season
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Rowland replaces Lynn at Mahindra for 2022 Formula E season

Formula E race winner Oliver Rowland will join Mahindra Racing in 2022 following his exit from Nissan e.dams, replacing Alex Lynn at the Indian outfit.

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

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

Mercedes FE race team investigating new manufacturer tie-up

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

Formula E to vote on safety car changes after Valencia farce

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

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

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

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

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

The problems laid bare by Mercedes' impending Formula E departure

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

Mercedes team could stay on in Formula E as privateer entry

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

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

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

The F1 dilemma facing Mercedes' new world champion Prime

The F1 dilemma facing Mercedes' new world champion

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

Da Costa makes gym jibe at FE rivals after Berlin crash

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

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

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

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

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

De Vries hits out at driving standards in Formula E after Berlin

Newly-crowned Formula E champion Nyck de Vries has questioned the driving standards in Formula E, saying some of his rivals didn’t respect championship contenders on track in the Berlin E-Prix.

Mortara suffers fractured vertebra in Berlin E-Prix startline crash

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

Dennis: "Weird sound" preceded Berlin Formula E crash

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

De Vries "grateful fortune chose us" in FE title decider

Mercedes driver Nyck de Vries says he is “grateful that fortune chose us” after becoming Formula E’s first world champion in a dramatic title decider in Berlin.

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

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

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

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

Berlin E-Prix: Formula E finale red-flagged after startline crash

The final round of the 2021 Formula E season at Berlin has been red-flagged following a major startline crash involving title contenders Mitch Evans and Edoardo Mortara.

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

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

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

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

Berlin E-Prix: Rowland pips Gunther in final practice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DS Techeetah to employ team orders after Berlin FE front row lockout Berlin E-Prix I
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DS Techeetah to employ team orders after Berlin FE front row lockout

DS Techeetah will propose a team orders protocol ahead of the first 2021 Berlin E-Prix after Jean-Eric Vergne led reigning champion Antonio Felix da Costa for a 1-2 in qualifying. 

Berlin E-Prix: Vergne leads DS Techeetah 1-2 in qualifying Berlin E-Prix I
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Berlin E-Prix: Vergne leads DS Techeetah 1-2 in qualifying

Jean-Eric Vergne led a remarkable DS Techeetah 1-2 in qualifying for the 2021 Berlin E-Prix Formula E season finale as Mercedes’ points leader Nyck de Vries endured a torrid session. 

Berlin E-Prix: BMW's Dennis remains on top in second practice

Jake Dennis was again quickest in Formula E practice ahead of the 2021 Berlin E-Prix season finale as the rookie headed Lucas di Grassi and points leader Nyck de Vries.  

Berlin E-Prix: Dennis pips Mortara in tightly-bunched FP1

Jake Dennis topped an opening Formula E free practice session for the double-header 2021 Berlin E-Prix title decider in which the top seven were covered by under a tenth.

Promoted: How Formula E is taking electric to the next level
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Promoted: How Formula E is taking electric to the next level

Formula E already feeds electric technology from race to road but with teams now working on next generation concepts, the series – and its influence in the electric road car revolution – is moving into overdrive.

FIA moves to close FE safety car loophole used by di Grassi

The FIA has moved to close the Formula E safety car rules loophole to prevent a repeat of Lucas di Grassi’s controversial move for the lead of the London E-Prix.

Dennis to remain with Andretti in Formula E after BMW's exit Berlin E-Prix I
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Dennis to remain with Andretti in Formula E after BMW's exit

Breakout Formula E rookie star Jake Dennis has been signed by the newly independent Andretti Autosport race team to contest the 2022 season following its split from BMW. 

Promoted: Why efficiency is key to winning in Formula E
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Promoted: Why efficiency is key to winning in Formula E

The secret to success in Formula E is not just about racing hard, it’s about managing energy to have the power available when it counts.

Da Costa confirms he won’t race in IndyCar with RLL in ’22

Antonio Felix da Costa has confirmed he’s “90 percent sure” he won’t race an IndyCar in 2022, and Rahal Letterman Lanigan co-owner Bobby Rahal has expressed his regret that the Portuguese ace couldn’t be won over.

Porsche FE team keeps Lotterer, Wehrlein for 2022
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Porsche FE team keeps Lotterer, Wehrlein for 2022

Porsche will field an unchanged driver line-up for the 2022 Formula E season with Andre Lotterer and Pascal Wehrlein staying put for the last year of the Gen2 car.

Di Grassi linked to replacing Nato at Venturi Formula E team
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Di Grassi linked to replacing Nato at Venturi Formula E team

Formula E rookie Norman Nato is facing increased pressure to hold onto his seat at Venturi Racing and partner race winner Edoardo Mortara for the 2022 season, Motorsport.com understands. 

Formula E to run Berlin circuit in reverse for season finale Berlin E-Prix I
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Formula E to run Berlin circuit in reverse for season finale

Formula E will reverse the direction of its Tempelhof Airport circuit overnight for the last race of the Berlin E-Prix double-header that will conclude the 2021 season this weekend.

Di Grassi proposes qualifying drag races to show "FE is faster than F1"
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Di Grassi proposes qualifying drag races to show "FE is faster than F1"

Lucas di Grassi has pitched a radical Formula E pre-qualifying concept to the FIA, headlined by drag races at landmarks like Buckingham Palace, to showcase cars “faster than Formula 1”. 

Rast has no interest in DTM return as LMDh stopgap

Rene Rast says he is not interested in returning to the DTM for a single season next year ahead of a potential LMDh campaign with Audi in 2023.

Evans was "curious" to switch FE teams before committing to Jaguar Berlin E-Prix I
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Evans was "curious" to switch FE teams before committing to Jaguar

Mitch Evans says he experienced “completely natural” curiosity to change Formula E teams before deciding to remain at Jaguar Racing after discussing “loyalty” with manager Mark Webber.

Evans ends Porsche speculation with new Jaguar Formula E deal Berlin E-Prix I
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Evans ends Porsche speculation with new Jaguar Formula E deal

Two-time Formula E race winner Mitch Evans has signed a multi-year contract extension to remain an ever-present at Jaguar Racing and end speculation of a 2022 switch to Porsche.

Frijns signs new Envision Virgin Formula E deal for 2021/22
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Frijns signs new Envision Virgin Formula E deal for 2021/22

Robin Frijns has re-signed with Envision Virgin Racing to contest a fourth-straight Formula E season for the Audi powertrain customer squad in 2022.