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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Indonesia new Formula E country

ABB FIA Formula E Championship will add another new country to the schedule, when the series goes to Indonesia in 2020. The race on 6 June will be run on the streets of Jakarta, which is one of the most traffic congested cities in the world. The most common form of transport isn’t cars but motorbikes, but it still adds to poor air quality. So there is a big need of thinking green in this specific country, and the hope is to put focus on that by running an electric…

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Müller new Dragon driver

GEOX Dragon has announced that Nico Müller will be the new driver for the team. The American team with base in Silverstone, England, has grabbed up the Audi Sport works driver, to race the second car of the team next to Brendon Hartley. The team will run their own Penske EV-4 drive train, and will be fighting directly against Audi, which run their own team with Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt. Rumours instantly started rolling regarding Müller – was he dropped by Audi Sport, after he definitely lost out…

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DS Techeetah with a new driver

DS Techeetah has announced a new their second driver, next to the now double ABB FIA Formula E Champion, Jean-Eric Vergne. And that is quite a high profile name. Antonio Felix da Costa has signed a multi-year deal with the Chinese team, with the French drive train, having run 54 Formula E races to date. He didn’t participate in the opening round of the series, but has only missed two rounds ever since. He has been with Amlin Aguri, turning into Andretti, turning into BMW Andretti for all the seasons,…

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Mercedes present colors and drivers

Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team has presented their brand new ABB FIA Formula E Championship car, as well as their two drivers. The team has decided to call the Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01, in their first season as a real works team in Formula E. They dipped their toes in the water during the 2018/19 season, where they raced under the HWA Racelab banner. Stoffel Vandoorne and Gary Paffett were the drivers, but there has been some changes on those positions. Belgium driver Stoffel Vandoorne will be joined by…

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BMW hires new driver for Formula E

BMW i Andretti Motorsport has hired a new driver for their ABB FIA Formula E Championship programme. Maximilian Günther is the new man in the white and blue driving suit. He has one season of experience from the Formula E series, where he did an almost full season for the GEOX Dragon team. Antonio Felix da Costa is no longer part of BMW Motorsport. He has been with the German manufacturer for six years, through DTM, WEC, Formula E and various GT series. He just got hired by JOTA Sport…

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Vestas enters motorsport

You don’t normally think about wind turbines and motorsport in the same sentence, but that will become reality when the ABB FIA Formula E Championship 2019/20 season starts in just over two months’ time. The Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team has announced Vestas as their new principal partner for the new works team in Formula E. The tagline “Powered by Vestas” will feature heavily, but they team won’t, however, carry their own wind turbine to charge the cars – that will still be the power delivered by the Formula E…

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Hartley new Formula E driver

A lot of people had tipped Brendon Hartley for the second seat at Porsche in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, but that won’t happen. Andre Lotterer was announced as a teammate to Neel Jani, but we are still going to see Hartley in the 2019/20 Formula E. The young New Zealander has signed a deal with GEOX Dragon, alongside a still unnamed driver. It’s quite interesting to see Hartley signing with them now, which could indicate that the calender clashes between the FIA World Endurance Championship, where he is…

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Lotterer swaps teams

Andre Lotterer will swap teams ahead of the upcoming ABB FIA Formula E Championship 2019/20 season. The 37 year-old German racing driver made his debut in the electric series in fall 2018 for the Techeetah team, and has raced the previous two seasons there as a teammate to Jean-Eric Vergne. Lotterer is busy with a lot of things. Other than his Formula E programme, he raced for Rebellion Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship – but he actually also gets paid from a third different place. The former Audi…

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The championships got decided in New York

The season finale of ABB FIA Formula E Championship was run on the streets of New York, for the second day in a row for the electric series. Nothing was decided in the championship yet, but Jean-Eric Vergne had a little match point in the 22-point advantage to Lucas Di Grassi on second place. Mitch Evans was third and Sebastien Buemi fourth. None of them were in the first row, however, it was actually Alexander Sims who had taken his first Pole Position, in front of Robin Frijns, yesterday’s winner…

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Unpredictable race in New York

ABB FIA Formula E Championship 2018/19 had come to New York for the twelfth round of the season. At the same time, it was the season’s only double weekend, so the drivers would have two chances on the track. From the championship’s point of view, there were, however, not two chances for the competitors to chase Jean-Eric Vergne, since the defending champion came with a 32-point advantage to Lucas Di Grassi in the second place. But it was Sebastien Buemi, who took Pole Position ahead of Pascal Wehrlein, Alex Lynn,…

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Abt and Di Grassi continue at Audi

Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler continue with no changes to their driver line-up, when Season 6 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship starts later this year. The German team are the first to confirm their drivers for the upcoming season, ahead of the Season 5 finale, which is run this weekend in New York. They are the only team to retain the drivers throughout all 56 Formula E races run so far. Both drivers have won for the team, and Lucas Di Grassi currently sits second in the Championship, 32…

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Seoul Formula E track revealed

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship has revealed the track for their brand new event in Seoul. The track will be used for the first time in the 2019/20 season, where the electric series will visit South Korea for the first time. The race will be held in the area that hosted the Olympic Games in 1988. They will race past the Olympic swimming arena and baseball stadium. And the success from Mexico City will have a bit of a twist here. The cars will race into the Olympic Athletics…

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Close race on narrow Swiss track

Round 11 of ABB FIA Formula E Championship 2018/19 was run in the Swiss town of Bern. It’s the second year a row where the city hosts a Formula E race, but it was a completely different track compared to last year. The track this year was much narrower, so the drivers knew beforehand that the qualifying would be important – even more important than usual in the electric series. Championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne had taken Pole Position, ahead of Mitch Evans, Sebastien Buemi, Pascal Wehrlein, Maximilian Günther, Sam Bird,…

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