Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy closes after Season 2

Jaguar has chosen to close their I-PACE eTrophy series, at the end of Season 2. The series is based on the I-PACE model, which is an all-electric vehicle, with the plans of 20 cars to compete against each other. The 2018/19 had the prominent name of Rahal Letterman Lanigan as one of the teams, running two cars. Bobby Rahal is a Jaguar dealer in the USA, so it was a natural choice. Despite their huge commitment, various technical difficulties, with added crash damage and disqualifications, resulted in neither Bryan Sellers…

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Formula E also paused in June

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship will have at least another month of no action, before they hopefully can start their season once again. The Berlin e-Prix is the latest to be postponed. It was originally planned to happen in the second half of June, but now it’s status is unknown. That is due to the restrictions that Germany has put in place, with large events not being allowed to happen until 1 September, which presents some issues in other parts of German motorsport as well. The next scheduled race…

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Gen2 EVO pushed back one year

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship and the FIA has announced, that their planned upgrade of the cars for season 2020/21 has been pushed back one year. The reason is of course due to COVID-19, which has put a stop to everything, and because some manufacturers might be able to work weeks or months longer than others, it’s been decided to stop all the development. Instead, the cars will be introduced for the 2021/22 season. The concept drawing was released earlier this year. All of the teams will still have…

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Formula E puts everything on pause

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship has chosen to put the current 2019/20 on pause. They have decided to cancel everything in March, April and May, so the teams won’t go to (originally announced) Sanya, Rome, Paris or Seoul. On top of that we have Jakarta in June, which was cancelled earlier this week by the organizers. Since that is 5 of the originally 14 races, we might see the series replace some of those rounds with a couple in Valencia at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, that was used for…

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Formula E in Jakarta cancelled

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship has cancelled its round in Indonesia. They give the COVID-19 virus as the reason for the cancellation, but there have been issues surrounding the race regarding the exact location of it too. There are no current plans to replace the race with another round, in another location. So far Sanya in China, Rome in Italy and now Jakarta in Indonesia have been cancelled due to the virus outbreak – on top of Hong Kong being cancelled because of all the unrest in the area.…

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Formula E postpones Rome ePrix

ABB FIA Formula E Championship has chosen to postpone the race in Rome. The race was planned to go ahead on the fourth of April on the streets of Rome, but due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy in particular, there has been a dialogue between the series and the local authorities, and they took the decision not to race. The press release from the series states that work for an alternative date is ongoing, but with a compact Formula E calendar in the coming months, it’s unlikely to happen…

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Dominant victory in Marrakesh

ABB FIA Formula E Championship 2019/20 had made its trip to Marrakesh in Morocco, for the fifth round of the season. The drama already started in the qualifying, when championship leader Mitch Evans didn’t post a time. The Panasonic Jaguar Racing team made a mistake, so he crossed the line for his flying lap a fraction too late, and therefore not getting a laptime at all. A huge mistake, in an attempt to start the flying lap at the very last moment. There were troubles at DS Techeetah too, where…

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Test drivers for Marrakesh announced

ABB FIA Formula E Championship is once again hosting a test day on Sunday, the day after Round 5 of the 2019/20 season has been run. The test is the so-called Rookie test, so none of the usual or former Formula E drivers is allowed to participate in the test. But there are names on the list with quite a lot of Formula E miles under their belt. DS Techeetah has opted to call up James Rossiter, who has been a test- and development driver for the team for several…

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Plenty of driving errors and material damages in Mexico

ABB FIA Formula E Championship 2019/20 had come to the fourth round, that was run at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. The track, as always, was the shorter version of the one Formula 1 uses, but the layout was longer this time than the previous years, which hopefully would create more chances for overtaking. Andre Lotterer had taken Pole Position, which was the first for the TAG Heuer Porsche team in their debut season. Mitch Evans in Panasonic Jaguar Racing was P2, Nyck de Vries in Mercedes-Benz EQ was…

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Formula E showcases next season’s car

ABB FIA Formula E Championship has shown the car for the upcoming season, which is an upgrade from the current car. The electric series has raced the Generation 2 car since the 2018/19 season, eliminating the car swaps. That was a big step for the series, where the drivers had to pit and swap cars, with the older version of the car. There closed wheel arches are gone on the new car, just like on every other single-seater. There are changes to the rear wing as well, and a shark…

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Formula E in Sanya cancelled for now

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship has chosen to cancel this season’s round in Sanya. The Chinese harbour city was planned to host the race on 21 March 2020, but due to the Corona virus in China, the series has chosen to cancel that date. It’s not yet clear if they can find a replacement date, or if the race will completely drop out of the 2019/20 schedule. But since the schedule is quite condensed in the following month, there might not be huge chances about that. There is a…

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Minor changes to Mexico

There will be a few minor changes, when the ABB FIA Formula E Championship 2019/20 will run in Mexico City in 14 days. The organizers have made some slight tweaks to the circuit, so the lap is a bit longer, and they avoid both chicanes, which caused a lot of issues with collisions and damaged cars over the years. The new layout will hopefully give a few more opportunities for overtakes, since the old version often only had one racing line, resulting in overtaking only being possible if someone messed…

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Plenty of contacts and overtakes in Chile

The third round of the season of ABB FIA Formula E Championship 2019/20 was run in Santiago in Chile. It had been nearly two months since the opening race was run in Saudi Arabia, so it was like a new start for all the drivers. Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Mitch Evans had taken Pole Position, ahead of BMW in Andretti Motorsport driver Maximilian Günther, while Pascal Wehrlein from Mahindra Racing qualified in P3. With ROKiT Venturi Racing driver Felipe Massa, Oliver Turvey in NIO 333, Sebastien Buemi in Nissan e.dams,…

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Lynn re-hired by Jaguar

Alexander Lynn has once again been hired by Panasonic Jaguar Racing in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. The Brit drove 7 races for the team in the 2018/19 season, but he won’t be there for a race seat for now. Instead he has been hired as a reserve- and test driver for the British team. Lynn didn’t really have a good time in the Formula E, and was replaced by James Calado, who also had a tough start to the 2019/20 season, almost two months ago in Saudi Arabia.…

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Porsche retirements and new hires etc

Porsche held their annual season-ending party in Stuttgart, where the 2019 season was closed down, and looking forward to 2020. When you say Porsche – at least for the last twenty years – you often think about Jörg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard. These two will go into retirement now, but will still be present at Porsche, becoming brand ambassadors. Bergmeister will be helping out on new road car development, while Bernhard will continue running his own KÜS Team75 Bernhard team in ADAC GT Masters. 43-year-old Bergmeister and 38-year-old Bernhard have…

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Formula E granted World Championship status

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship has been granted World Championship status from the coming 2020/21 season onwards. The members for the FIA World Motorsport Council have decided to upgrade the series an official championship level, after “just” being run as an FIA series since its inaugural season in 2014/15. The new status does, however, mean that ABB will disappear from the name of the series, since World Championships can’t have a title sponsor as part of the official name, according to FIA rules. The series has had a big…

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Turbulent race in Diriyah – updated

ABB FIA Formula E Championship had their opening race in the 2019/20 season yesterday, and the drivers were on the track again today. There was another round in Saudi Arabia, on the streets of Diriyah. Alexander Sims had secured Pole Position for the second day in a row for BMW in Andretti Motorsport, while Sebastien Buemi was second for Nissan e.dams. Lucas Di Grassi had qualified Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler car to third place, ahead of Jerome D’Ambrosio in Mahindra Racing, Antonio Felix da Costa in DS Techeetah and Mitch…

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Slow start ended with great finish

The first round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship 2019/20 was run today in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Alexander Sims had taken Pole Position for BMW i Andretti Motorsport, ahead of the two Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team drivers, Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries. There was even more Mercedes driver train in P4, with Edoardo Mortara putting the ROKiT Venturi Racing in P4, in front of Envision Virgin Racing with Sam Bird, and Jerome D’Ambrosio in Mahindra Racing. James Calado in the Panasonic Jaguar Racing and Nico Müller in…

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Adjustments to the Formula E schedule

There are some adjustments to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship schedule for Season 6. There has been quite a bit of mixing and matching to the original schedule, that was released 4 months ago. The opening round and season finale has been left unchanged, but plenty of changes mid-season. We got an almost two-month long break from the opening round in Saudi Arabia until Chile, with another month until the next race in Mexico. The next few races are split by two or three weeks, until a one months…

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Calado new driver at Jaguar

Panasonic Jaguar Racing will have a new driver in the car, when the 6th season of ABB FIA Formula E Championship starts in November. 30 year-old James Calado will team up with Mitch Evans, and thereby replace Alexander Lynn, who took over the seat halfway through the previous season, after Nelson Piquet Jr. left the team. This will be the fourth season for Jaguar in the Formula E series, but they are still lacking some major results, other than a single podium in their second season, and a single win…

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