Something old and something new at Audi

There will be something old and something new at Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, when the second round of this season’s ABB FIA Formula E Championship will be run in Marrakesh this weekend. There is nothing new amongst the racing drivers, where 2016/17 Champion Lucas di Grassi and the double 2017/18 race winner Daniel Abt will pilot the cars.  But there will be a Rookie test this Sunday, where all current and previous Formula E drivers aren’t allowed to participate. So Audi needs to find two new guys for that test.…

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Action until the very last meter in Formula E

The first race of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship season was run in the capital city of Saudi Arabia, in the Ad Diriyah area. 22 cars were lined up, on a starting grid that looked very different compared to when the qualifying ended earlier in the day. Antonio Felix da Costa had taken Pole Position for BMW in Andretti Motorsport ahead of Jose Maria Lopez in the GEOX Dragon and Sebastien Buemi in the Nissan e.dams plus Stoffel Vandoorne in the HWA Racelab. A whole bunch of drivers…

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Close opening round in Riyadh

It was a slightly messy, but close first round of the Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy in Ad Diriyah in Saudi Arabia. Due to rain, the qualifying session was cancelled, and instead we had the times from the practice deciding the starting positions. Unfortunately there were only 12 cars entered, but still enough to give some good racing. Simon Evans started on Pole Position ahead of Bryan Sellers and Sergio Jimenez. Katherine Legge was starting all the way back from P9. She had an incident during the practice session, so that was…

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Chaotic Formula E Qualifying

It was a chaotic start to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship Qualifying, at the opening round of Season 2018/19 in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. It had been raining throughout the morning, which made the track very slippery, when it got mixed up with all the desert dust, blowing onto the circuit. FP1 was just cancelled straight away, and FP2 only gave them limited running. Edoardo Mortara had a crash, which cut even more off the time. Race Control decided to change the qualifying format, so it was two groups…

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Porsche announces first Formula E driver

Porsche has announced their first driver for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. The German car manufacturer will enter the series from Season 6, i.e. the one starting fall/winter 2019. That leaves the team with about eight months to test and develop, before the homologation will be locked for the season. A well-known face in the team, Neel Jani, will do the first testing of the car, and then go on to race in the 2019/20 season. The second driver in the team hasn’t been announced just yet – but…

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Two more females in Saudi Arabia

There will be two more female drivers taking part in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship 2018/19 test day in Riyadh. As we wrote two weeks ago, there was already 7 drivers announced for the 11 Formula E teams, and now we have a further two. GEOX Dragon has invited Pippa Mann into their car. Mann has previous driving Indycar in the USA, and has participated at the Indy 500, as the only female at several editions. The Brit has lately raced sportscars in the USA. HWA Racelab will bring…

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Rowland new Nissan driver

Oliver Rowland will be the new Nissan e.dams Formula E team driver in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship 2018/19. The Brit replaces Alexander Albon, who was originally announced earlier this year, but when Scuderia Toro Rosso called him, the Thai driver chose to jump on the Formula 1 wagon instead of Formula E. Oliver Rowland was already testing the car in Valencia back in October, but has just been officially confirmed now. Rowland has raced in Formula Renault 3,5 and GP2. He was part of the CEFC TRSM Racing…

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Albon changes direction

Alexander Albon has chosen to change direction, so he won’t be doing ABB FIA Formula E Championship after all. The 22 year-old British/Thai racing driver appeared to be in a bit of a blind alley in the single seater route. So he chose to sign a contract with e.dams for the upcoming Formula E season. Red Bull started to show interest for him shortly after, plus he had been a part of their junior programme some years ago. That collaboration however was set on pause – until Scuderia Toro Rosso…

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Female invasion in Formula E

There will be plenty of female drives on the entry list for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship test day. Marrakesh has hosted the test day for the last few years, but that test has been moved forward, so the drivers will be in the cars on the day after the opening round in Ad Diriyah in Saudi Arabia. There will be a minimum 7 females in action, and there are still a few available seats open, so there might be even more. Several of the teams also put one…

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