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Formula E changes fastest lap points rule

The FIA Formula E Championship has tweaked the fastest lap bonus point rule for season four of the series.

Formula E won't change roadmap for new manufacturers

Formula E boss Alejandro Agag insists that the all-electric series' technical roadmap will not be altered by the arrival of new manufacturers.

Didier Artzet: The French F1 talent that slipped through the net

Sam Smith recalls the story of Didier Artzet, one of the most naturally gifted drivers to fail to make it to Formula 1 at a time when many of his countrymen ascended the ladder all the way to the summit of the sport.

Formula E teams warn against manufacturer-led "arms race"

Existing Formula E teams have sounded a warning against any deviation away from the FIA’s technical road map for the all-electric series in the wake of new manufacturers arriving.

Underachievers and giant-killers: Formula E team-by-team review

We've rated the drivers, now it's time for the teams to go under the microscope - our Formula E correspondent Sam Smith gives his authoritative verdict on who performed and who flopped in season three.

Formula E could get electric touring car support series

An electric touring car support race could feature on the same bill as the FIA Formula E championship for the 2018/19 season, has learned.

Expect "surprises" on 2018/19 Formula E car, says Todt

FIA President Jean Todt has told that the next generation of Formula E car will include "surprises" when the look of the design is unveiled later this year.'s Top 10 Formula E drivers of 2016/17 - Part 2's countdown of this season's best Formula E drivers continues, as Sam Smith reveals his top five performers of the 2016/17 campaign in part two of our top 10.'s Top 10 Formula E drivers of 2016/17 - Part 1's Formula E correspondent Sam Smith reveals his top 10 performers of a memorable third season in the all-electric series' - starting with places 10 through 6.

Formula E silly season: Who heads where in 2017/18?

Following the conclusion of Formula E's third season last weekend in Montreal, Sam Smith takes a detailed look at the state of play in the all-electric series' driver market.

Vergne: Techeetah's first Formula E win will transform team

The Techeetah Formula E's team first-ever race win in last weekend's Montreal ePrix will transform the Renault customer squad's prospects next season, believes Jean-Eric Vergne.

Di Grassi "never lost faith" in winning Formula E title

New Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi has claimed he never gave up on the season three title, and cited a determined attitude as the key reason why he overturned Sebastien Buemi’s points lead.

Frijns admits Andretti Formula E drive in doubt

Robin Frijns' future with the Andretti Formula E team next season is still uncertain as he sets about looking for an alternative berth for the 2017/18 season.

Buemi says “no regrets” despite Formula E title loss

Outgoing Formula E champion Sebastien Buemi has told that he has no misgivings about his performances this season, despite the disappointment of not retaining his crown.

Buemi's "ridiculous" anger surprises Abt, Frijns

Daniel Abt and Robin Frijns were both left confused and surprised after being confronted by Formula E title protagonist Sebastien Buemi immediately after yesterday’s first Montreal ePrix.

Buemi’s title bid in tatters after Montreal ePrix disqualification

Sebastien Buemi has been thrown out of the results of the first Montreal ePrix after his car was found to be underweight at post race technical checks on Saturday evening.

Montreal ePrix: Prost tops practice, huge shunt for Buemi

Renault e.dams driver Nicolas Prost was fastest after two practice sessions for the inaugural Montreal ePrix, while teammate and points leader Sebastien Buemi suffered a big crash.

Opinion: Why the di Grassi-Buemi rivalry is one to savour

Ahead of this weekend's season three Formula E title decider, Sam Smith says the acrimony between the series' two protagonists, Lucas di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi, is something for fans to embrace.

Renault e.dams recreates Montreal track in private test

The Renault e.dams Formula E team undertook a secret Montreal-specific test last Thursday as part of final preparations for the season finale in the Canadian city this weekend.

Di Grassi hits back: "Buemi has a problem with pressure"

Lucas di Grassi has responded to criticism from Formula E title rival Sebastien Buemi over their clash at last season's Battersea Park finale by suggesting the reigning champion has a problem coping with pressure.

Di Grassi "can’t risk his reputation" in Montreal, says Buemi

Sebastien Buemi has opened up to about his intense rivalry with Formula E title adversary Lucas di Grassi ahead of the season three decider in Montreal next weekend.

HWA poised for season five Formula E entry

HWA, the customisation specialist of Mercedes, is in pole position to enter the all-electric championship in 2018/19, can reveal.

Gasly confirmed as Buemi's New York ePrix replacement

Pierre Gasly has been confirmed by Renault e.dams as Sebastien Buemi's replacement for the New York ePrix, as last-ditch efforts to free the Swiss driver from his Toyota LMP1 commitments came to nought.

Audi completes works takeover of Abt Formula E team

Audi has formalised its works status in the FIA Formula E championship by completing its takeover of the Abt squad, and will run under the Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler banner from next season.

Opinion: Gauging the changing perceptions of Formula E

Formula E is nearly three seasons old, and in that time the all-electric series has gone from being seen as a quirky oddity in the motorsport world to a serious, well-respected championship, writes Sam Smith.

DS Virgin confirms Lynn for New York Formula E debut

Alex Lynn has been confirmed as Jose Maria Lopez's replacement at the DS Virgin Racing for the New York Formula E double-header next month.

Bird skips Nurburgring WEC to race in New York

Sam Bird will skip the Nurburgring round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in order to contest Formula E's New York double-header next month.

Gasly favourite to replace Buemi for New York ePrix

Reigning GP2 champion Pierre Gasly is in pole position to replace Sebastien Buemi at Renault e.dams for next month's New York ePrix, can reveal.

Jota boss "didn’t dare to dream" of overall Le Mans victory

The boss of LMP2 team Jota Sport, which runs Jackie Chan DC Racing, has told how the outfit came close to making Le Mans history last weekend.

Di Grassi insists he'll be fit for New York ePrix

Lucas di Grassi will be fully recovered and fit for the crucial New York ePrix next month, the Formula E championship contender says.

Formula E race power increase "extremely positive"

Venturi driver Maro Engel says the power increase confirmed for season four of the Formula E series is "extremely positive" for the championship.

Final lap of Le Mans GTE battle "like a movie" - Tincknell

Ford driver Harry Tincknell has described the dramatic final lap of the raging GTE Pro battle in the Le Mans 24 Hours, when he snatched second in class from Jordan Taylor's Corvette.

FIA releases season four Formula E calendar

The FIA has issued the definitive season four Formula E calendar, which confirms Rome, Santiago and Sao Paulo as new venues for the 2017/18 campaign.

Toyota pledges not to give up on elusive Le Mans win

Toyota has pledged that it will not give up on winning the Le Mans 24 Hours, despite suffering fresh disappointment in last weekend’s 85th running.

Toyota Le Mans defeat "hurts even more" than 2016

Toyota driver Kamui Kobayashi has expressed his bitter disappointment at not winning the Le Mans 24 Hours despite having the most competitive package throughout this year’s endurance classic.

Le Mans 24h: Porsche extends huge lead, GT fight intensifies

Porsche continues to hold a massive advantage in the 85th Le Mans 24 Hours with seven hours of the race remaining, as daybreak arrived at La Sarthe.

Le Mans 24h: Toyota leads, Porsche hits trouble after four hours

Toyota held the upper hand after four hours of racing in the 85th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours, as Porsche hit serious trouble with its #2 car.

Explained: The secret to Porsche's swift Le Mans pitwork

Porsche race engineer Kyle Wilson-Clarke says the team's use of a special type of wheelnut could be critical it in gaining an edge over rival Toyota in the pits for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Analysis: How a hot race could compromise Toyota at Le Mans

A little-known regulation dictating a maximum cockpit time for drivers in hot ambient conditions could force Toyota into modifying its planned driver stints in the Le Mans 24 Hours this year.

Vergne: "Selfish" F1 years behind me now

Le Mans debutant Jean-Eric Vergne says that he has changed as a driver and eschewed an in-built selfish streak, which he admits took time to shake off after his Formula 1 career stalled at Toro Rosso.

Lynn, Vaxiviere bracing for LMP2 pole shootout

LMP2 stars Alex Lynn and Matthieu Vaxiviere have played up their chances of fighting for class pole for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours in what they expect to be a tight qualifying shootout.

Super-sub Rugolo relishing "dream" Ferrari Le Mans chance

Michele Rugolo says getting the late call to replace the injured Lucas di Grassi in the AF Corse Ferrari Le Mans 24 Hours line-up "felt like a dream".

Le Mans 24h: 10 things to watch in 2017

With the first track action for the 85th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours about to begin, Sam Smith and Jamie Klein pick out 10 themes to be on the lookout for this weekend.

Le Mans rookie Rosenqvist not out to "prove some point"

Le Mans 24 Hours debutant Felix Rosenqvist is taking a pragmatic approach to his first-ever appearance at La Sarthe with the DragonSpeed LMP2 team.

Berlin stardom for Formula E Super Fan

A Formula E super fan handed out the winners’ trophy to Berlin ePrix victor Sebastien Buemi last Sunday in a move to include direct additional fan experience in the all-electric championship.

Bird suspicious of Ford's "unusual" Le Mans test pace

Ferrari driver Sam Bird has raised suspicion over Ford’s pace in the Le Mans 24 Hours test day, in which the reigning GTE Pro champion marque lapped nearly three seconds slower than its rivals.

Renault denied Speed as Buemi's New York replacement

Scott Speed has been denied a surprise Formula E return in New York as a replacement for Sebastien Buemi, according to Renault e.dams chief Jean-Paul Driot.

Mahindra boss hails Berlin victory as "massive breakthrough"

Mahindra team principal Dilbagh Gill has lauded the Indian outfit’s first-ever Formula E victory in Saturday's Berlin race as a "massive breakthrough."

Gutierrez accused of breaching Techeetah contract

An alleged breach of contract between Esteban Gutierrez and the Techeetah Formula E team has been referred to the FIA International Tribunal.

D'Ambrosio to stay at Dragon for fourth season

Faraday Future Dragon Racing will keep at least one of its drivers for season four of Formula E in 2018-19, as Jerome d’Ambrosio is set to continue with the outfit.

Formula E set for brake-by-wire in season five

Formula E cars could feature brake-by-wire systems as early as the 2018/19 season.

Obituary: Eric Broadley, 1928-2017

Eric Broadley, founder of Lola and one of the UK’s most visionary designers and constructors of racing cars, has died at the age of 88.

Season five Formula E battery completes first race simulation

The new battery that will be the lynchpin of the next generation of Formula E cars went through its first full race simulation test earlier this month.

Sao Paulo, Santiago set to join season four Formula E calendar

A working draft for the season four Formula E calendar indicates plans for new races in Sao Paulo, Santiago and Rome, can reveal.

Paris ePrix: Buemi denies Vergne pole by 0.006s

Sebastien Buemi produced a best lap of 1m02.319s in a thrilling Super Pole session to take pole for the Paris ePrix.

Paris ePrix: Buemi tops FP1 by 0.7s

Formula E points leader Sebastien Buemi was fastest in the first session for this afternoon's Paris ePrix at the Les Invalides street circuit.

Electromagnetic attraction: Faraday Future and Formula E

Faraday Future, the start-up EV technology specialist designing and building ‘intelligent electric vehicles’ for the next decade, arrived in Formula E last summer in a somewhat stealthy manner.

Formula E set to keep pitstops in season five

Formula E is likely to keep mandatory pitstops within its race formats for season five and beyond, even after the need for mid-race car swaps is eliminated.

Sims on standby for Frijns at Monaco

BMW factory driver Alexander Sims will be in Monaco this weekend as a standby driver for the injured Robin Frijns at the Andretti Formula E team.

Kubica tests Formula E car at Donington Park

Robert Kubica has tested a Formula E car at Donington Park as he continues to evaluate whether he could make a return to international single-seater racing.