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Four ways Extreme E is leaving a positive legacy in Greenland

Four ways Extreme E is leaving a positive legacy in Greenland

Ahead of the racing action getting underway in Greenland this weekend (28-29 August), Extreme E has continued its efforts in scientific education and local community Legacy Programmes.

Earlier in the week members of the championship’s Scientific Committee, Professors Peter Wadhams, Carlos Duarte and Richard Washington led an expedition to the retreating ice cap to explain to the series’ world-class drivers the devastation the climate crisis is having on this area and the solutions we can all take to limit further damage. Not only that, the drivers also took samples from the ice cap to support Professor Peter Wadhams’ research.

Sara Price, driver for Chip Ganassi Racing said: “Being on the ice cap was an adventure of a lifetime, to say the least. It was very cold up there and it actually ended up raining while we were there, which is an unfortunate occurrence. Rainfall is only a recent thing on the ice cap, and it’s very abnormal because it should be snowing up there. The fact that it’s raining is a bad sign for the ice cap and has led to increased melting and a lot of running water. We got to witness that firsthand.

“It was wild to say the least to see it right in front of us; the ice breaking off, the pollution, and the glacier itself melting at a fast rate and causing rivers and ravines and an overall crazy environment. Its rivers of glacier water are melting fast and causing powerful consequences. It was something to see, that’s for sure, and definitely made it even more real in our eyes, that global climate change is a real thing.”

In every location Extreme E races in, its goal is to work with local community groups to leave a positive, lasting legacy behind, based on specific local needs.

One of the main Legacy Programmes in Greenland is centred around education and supporting local schools. Extreme E has partnered with UNICEF to develop – with support from Professor Richard Washington – educational resources to further the understanding of both teachers and children on climate related issues and the ways in which they can help to address them. These will be taught to the children of Greenland starting from Climate Week in September 2021.

Maliina Abelsen, Head of Programmes, UNICEF Greenland said: “At UNICEF, we know that climate and environmental shocks are undermining the complete spectrum of children’s rights – from access to clean air, food and safe water; to education, housing, freedom from exploitation, and even their right to survive. Virtually no child’s life will be unaffected.

“Over the years, children and young people have shown us that their incredible knowledge and strength by promoting environmentally sustainable lifestyles and setting an example for their communities. Through education programmes, such as this one, we hope that children and young people can take further leadership in addressing climate-related risks.”

In addition, XITE ENERGY RACING Founder, driver and sustainability pioneer Oliver Bennett, along with eco-smart technology business myenergi, and with the support of Extreme E, has installed a revolutionary solar power set-up. The school is now home to a 5kW ground-mounted solar array with an accompanying 5.2kWh battery storage system, which means the education hub will now run on solar power.  

Headteacher Susanne Andersen said: “XITE ENERGY RACING’s solar system will introduce renewable energy to our school. It is not just important that we fight climate change here in Greenland but also to teach our pupils about it. I am happy that our students can follow the solar panel energy production on a day-to-day basis.”

It’s not just the drivers having all the racing fun though, Extreme E has worked with The Danish Automobile Sports Federation (DASU), the municipality of Qeqqata and Kalaanni Teknikkimik Ilinniarfik (KTI, the vocational School of Greenland) to present an interdisciplinary project to provide electric go-karts, which were presented to the students this week by legendary drivers Sébastien Loeb, Cristina Gutiérrez, Emma Gilmour, Stéphane Sarrazin and Oliver Bennett.

The purpose of the project is to create a fun and exciting interdisciplinary teaching-programme while sparking Greenlandic youth interest in electric vehicles with the wider purpose of getting more students into vocational education and being able to handle the many EVs in Greenland.

The interdisciplinary teaching-programme uses the fun and motivation from motorsport to focus on Sustainable Development Goals, mathematics, science and sports to achieve these ambitions. The programme has had success for three years in Denmark and an adjusted version will tour Greenland for the years to come.  

Torben Nielsen, Chairman of Tech College Greenland said: “We see more and more EVs in Greenland, now also in Kangerlussuaq. Tech College Greenland hopes that with the help of Extreme E and DASU, it can attract young people to become EV mechanics.”

The Arctic X Prix racing action gets underway today with Free Practice, followed by Qualifying on Saturday and Semi-Finals and Final on Sunday. A host of global broadcasters alongside Extreme E’s own channels will be airing all the racing. To find out more click here.


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Nyck de Vries and Mercedes-EQ seal Formula E World Championship titles as Nato wins in Berlin

Nyck de Vries and Mercedes-EQ seal Formula E World Championship titles as Nato wins in Berlin

Nyck de Vries navigated a rollercoaster Season 7 finale in Berlin to become ABB FIA Formula E World Drivers’ Champion, as Norman Nato (ROKiT Venturi Racing) steered to a composed maiden victory ahead of Nissan e.dams’ Oliver Rowland and Stoffel Vandoorne, while Mercedes-EQ sealed the Teams’ World Championship.

With 13 drivers in contention heading into the BMW i Berlin E-Prix presented by CBMM Niobium Round 15, and four in with a real strong shout of the title, the scene was set for a frenetic finale, and what we got was peak Formula E.

Right off the line, there was drama and heartbreak as Mitch Evans (Jaguar Racing) – perhaps the favourite given his strong qualifying performance, and that the rest of the contenders sat outside the top 10 – failed to get away. The pack behind was forced into avoiding action but another championship protagonist in Edo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) couldn’t swerve clear of the stricken Jaguar and a violent crash saw the pair out of the running but thankfully unhurt.

That left Jake Dennis (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) – now seventh – seemingly in prime position with standings leader Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ) down the order. Sensationally, before the field had made the first corner after a spell under the red flag while that start line accident was cleared, we lost another title contender as the Brit locked up into Turn 1 and hit the wall.

The pendulum swung again, with de Vries sitting pretty and Mercedes-EQ looking odds-on to take Teams’ honours with Vandoorne leading the pack away. Through the first round of ATTACK MODE activations, Nato made it count and flew clear having passed Vandoorne on Lap 10 – the Belgian’s late deployment of the 35kW boost leaving him shuffled down the top six.

The scrap for points was fraught, and Mercedes’ haul, with de Vries also in the points and on the way to eighth, was enough to seal the Teams’ title as it stood. A three-wide clash with the Porsches heading into the closing stages almost saw both de Vries and Vandoorne in contact but the pair steered clear and out of real drama.

Nato leapt away and left the rest to it, despite an interruption via a second appearance for the MINI Electric Pacesetter as Antonio Felix da Costa was squeezed by Lucas di Grassi at the hairpin – confirming beyond doubt that the Portuguese would have to relinquish his crown.

The Venturi racer drove on to a composed victory, with Rowland picking his way through to second while Vandoorne came home third. 

Andre Lotterer took the chequered flag fourth ahead of Mahindra Racing’s Alex Sims, Pascal Wehrlein and a resurgent Sam Bird who’d clambered from 22nd to seventh doing his valiant best for Jaguar Racing’s Teams’ World Championship chances – a clear sign that with a bit more luck the Brit could have been right in the title mix this weekend.

De Vries followed battlescarred in eighth, with Rene Rast (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) tallying another TAG Heuer Fastest Lap as he soared from 19th to the points.

All that saw de Vries take home the first Formula E Drivers’ World Championship from Mortara and Dennis. Combined with teammate Vandoorne’s podium, that also meant Mercedes-EQ sealed the Teams’ World Championship ahead of Jaguar Racing and DS TECHEETAH.

The World Champion’s reaction

“I’m lost for words,” said an emotional de Vries. “I’m sorry to get a little bit emotional. It’s been such a tough season with highs and lows. Everything came down to the last race. We’re glad everyone’s okay after the start but we drove an incredible race. I felt like a target at times and I just wanted to bring it home once I knew it was fine.”

Everything you need to know ahead of the BMW i Berlin E-Prix

Everything you need to know ahead of the BMW i Berlin E-Prix

The 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship reaches its climax this weekend (August 14 & 15) with a double-header at Tempelhof, for the BMW i Berlin E-Prix presented by CBMM Niobium – and the prize on offer is maiden FIA World Championship honours.

With two rounds left to run there are 18 drivers still in mathematical contention for the Drivers’ World Championship, illustrating just how hard fought, unpredictable, and competitive this season has been, even by Formula E’s standards.

Twelve teams, 10 manufacturers and a grid full of world-class racers have traded blows all year. Ten drivers have climbed the top step of the podium, every driver has scored a point and there’s nothing to split the lead group after 13 rounds. 

As it stands

Mercedes-EQ’s Nyck de Vries heads the way with a narrow six-point lead over Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing) after a pair of second-placed finishes in London while the pacesetter heading into his home E-Prix, Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing), sits third, level with fellow Brit Jake Dennis (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) in the points table after a second race win for the rookie last time out at the ExCeL Circuit.

Reigning champion Antonio Felix da Costa (DS TECHEETAH) is primed and ready to pounce in fifth, within 15 points of Dutchman de Vries as he seeks to retain his crown.

One win could change everything in the Teams’ table, too, with Envision Virgin Racing leading the way from the manufacturer might of Mercedes-EQ and Jaguar Racing by seven and nine points, respectively. Teams’ incumbents DS TECHEETAH are waiting in the wings 17 points back from the leaders.

Can de Vries drive home his slender advantage? Will experienced head Sam Bird finally hit the top? What are the odds on rookie Dennis signing off BMW’s spell in Formula E in the best possible fashion? Or, is da Costa set to make it a double having scored 91 points – the equivalent of six third place finishes on the bounce – in that six-race Season 6 finale at Tempelhof

Don’t discount the guys that have been there before just yet, either. 2016/17 champion Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) will be hungier than ever with the aim of seeing Audi leave Formula E on a high and both he and double champ Jean-Eric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH) – two of the most successful drivers in Formula E history – find themselves outside the top 10 but with favourable qualifying groups.

With 29 points available in each of Rounds 14 and 15, there will be plenty of twists and turns before the destination of top honours is decided on Sunday afternoon.

Flying Dutchmen lead the way

It was not all that long ago that Mercedes-EQ’s Team Principal Ian James admitted his team had ‘failed massively’ in keeping their consistency following their early dominance this season.

However, James and his team will be rejuvenated following a double podium in London courtesy of now World Championship leader de Vries. The 26-year old holds a six-point lead heading into the double-header finale in Berlin over his compatriot Frijns, who last week extended his stay at the team for the 2021/22 season.

Return to Tempelhof

The net zero carbon race series returns to the 2.4km Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit on the outskirts of the German capital city. Tempelhof featured a remarkable six races on three different track layouts across in nine days in what was surely the most intense season finale in motorsport history last year to round out Season 6.

Two different configurations will be used over the weekend with Saturday’s race using the traditional anti-clockwise direction and Sunday switching to clockwise – a first for Formula E over a double-header event.

There will be a welcome return for fans, too, as the E-Prix will be open to the public for the first time since the start of the global pandemic, with more than 10,000 General Admission grandstand seats available thanks to a rigorous safety and hygiene protocol established between Formula E organisers and the Berlin authorities.

Berlin’s sustainability drive

Berlin is an exceptionally green city and is a leader in sustainability. Not only is it green in its practices, but some 30% of the city comprises of green space, parks and woodland for an idyllic big city feel.

The city’s senate has invested more than 30 million euro in its cycling infrastructure in 2020 alone, quadrupling its outlay from 2016, making it easier than ever to transit the city on a bike – a contributor to Berlin’s ‘good’ air quality index rating.

The city’s energy consumption per year in its built space has almost halved in the last 20 years, reducing from 150kWh to 80kWh per square metre in 2020. It’s also ranked as the most energy efficient city in Europe in terms of its residential building infrastructure.

Berlin leads the way in recycling initiatives too, with citizens due 0.25 euro for every bottle they recycle, working in addition to Germany’s complete ban on single use plastic in July this year. Grey water is routinely reused after filtration to feed green spaces and rooftop gardens.


Get involved

Formula E blurs the lines between the real and virtual worlds of motorsport and there are even more opportunities to engage with the championship in Season 7, even if you can’t be at an E-Prix in person.

Formula E is the only motorsport in the world that lets fans play an active role in influencing the outcome. FANBOOST for Round 14 opens on August 9 until 15 minutes into the encounter, while voting for Round 15 opens shortly after Round 14 has finished. To give your favourite driver an extra boost of power, visit FANBOOST and the Formula E app.

Play Formula E Predictor

Can you predict the unpredictable? The Formula E Predictor puts you in the hot seat to predict each round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. 

It’s free to play, and points are awarded for each correct prediction. Make your picks for five race outcomes – selecting from the 24 Formula E drivers that you think will win the E-Prix, clinch Julius Baer Pole Position, set the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap, be the first to use ATTACK MODE and be the driver to make up the most places in the race.

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Alex Lynn seals emotional maiden Formula E win in frenetic Round 13 on home soil in London

Alex Lynn seals emotional maiden Formula E win in frenetic Round 13 on home soil in London

Alex Lynn sealed an emotional maiden ABB FIA Formula E World Championship race win on home soil in a dramatic Heineken® London E-Prix Round 13 to the absolute delight of the  Mahindra Racing crew.

Alex Lynn sparked wild celebrations down in the Mahindra Racing garage as he steered to an emotional maiden Formula E victory in the Heineken® London E-Prix Round 13, with Mercedes-EQ’s Nyck de Vries and Mitch Evans (Jaguar Racing) rounding out the podium.

The Brit navigated a frenetic encounter that had it all, and the decisive moment of the race took place with the pack released from a spell under the Safety Car on Lap 13. Down at the double hairpin, Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams) made a move for the lead with a surprise lunge on Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ) – who had led away from Julius Baer Pole Position. 

A bump in the braking zone left the Nissan driver a passenger as he speared into the side of the Belgian’s Mercedes. The pair were left all tangled up, allowing de Vries to pick up the pieces and pinch second – and then first when Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) leapt for ATTACK MODE.

Heading into the final quarter hour, di Grassi had made the most of that 35kW boost to slice by de Vries into Turn 1. On the next tour, Lynn followed with what would ultimately be the race-winning move – the Mahindra driver also in ATTACK MODE. De Vries’ early dart for his second activation had not paid dividends, and he’d have to settle for second spot, while Evans picked his way through from fifth on the grid to an eventual third at the chequered flag.

Di Grassi had led on track for more than half of the race, and crossed the line first. The Brazilian was ultimately shown the black flag for failing to serve a drive-through penalty – deemed to have illegally taken the race lead by audaciously driving through the pit-lane, and crucially failing to come to a stop in his pit-box, under Safety Car conditions on Lap 12.

That result leaves de Vries atop the Drivers’ World Championship heading into the final race weekend of Season 7 in Berlin in three weeks’ time, while Robin Frijns’ points haul with fourth – up from eighth on the grid – proved vital and sees him second in the table, just six points shy of the Dutchman. Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing) holds third in the standings.

Envision Virgin Racing still heads the way in the Teams’ running by seven points from Mercedes-EQ, with Jaguar Racing third.

As it happened…

Vandoorne fired off the line and cut across Rowland to defend into Turn 1 as the pack filtered through three wide – the Belgian pulling a gap of almost 1.5 seconds on the rest come the end of the opening lap.

De Vries had the hammer down too, with both Mercedes’ looking really hooked up. The Dutchman got the jump on Lynn with an incisive move down at Turn 10 to take third on Lap 2, with Rowland’s Nissan in his sights.

Further down the field, the standings’ top two came to blows at the same spot on Lap 4, with reigning champion Antonio Felix da Costa shoving the Brit’s Jaguar with an elbows-out pass for 18th as the pair scrapped hard for whatever they could get their hands on.

Out front, Rowland was the first to make the jump for the first of two mandatory doses of ATTACK MODE; the eight-minute 35kW power boost requiring a quick diversion off the racing line to activate. The Mercedes duo followed a lap later to counter.

With 35 minutes plus one lap to run, Rene Rast (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) and Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) came to blows in clumsy contact down at the switchback. The German fared worst, forcing the MINI Electric Pacesetter into making an appearance while his stricken Audi was recovered. Buemi survived to climb to 11th and the cusp of the points.

With the track cleared, the Mercedes’ seized the initiative. Vandoorne led Rowland and de Vries away, and the latter was able to jump by the Nissan in the middle of the Silver Arrow sandwich to take second – thanks to that extra lap of ATTACK MODE relative to Rowland.

Another appearance for the Safety Car followed on Lap 11, with da Costa in the wall at Turn 1 after contact with Porsche’s Andre Lotterer. The Mercedes duo at the head of the pack did manage to sneak in their second ATTACK MODE activations just prior, crucially before Rowland this time.

Audaciously, on Lap 12, Lucas di Grassi took a trip through the pit-lane in a bid to take the lead. With the speed limit quicker than the pack was travelling, the 2016/17 champion pinched first.

As the pack went racing once again on Lap 13, drama ensued down at the double hairpin. Rowland made his move with a surprise lunge on Vandoorne for second spot. A bump in the braking zone left the Nissan driver a passenger as he speared into the side of the Belgian’s Mercedes. The pair were all tangled up, allowing de Vries to pick up the pieces and pinch second – and then first when leader di Grassi leapt for ATTACK MODE. Unsurprisingly, Rowland was slapped with a 10-second time penalty.

Heading into the final quarter hour, and di Grassi made the most of that 35kW boost to slice by de Vries into Turn 1 on Lap 16. On the next tour, Lynn followed – the Mahindra driver also still wielding ATTACK MODE. De Vries’ early dart for his second activation had not paid dividends.

Outside the top three, it was Evans who was best of the rest though four seconds back from the trio at the front. Robin Frijns made his way by Guenther for fifth into Turn 1, going all the way around the outside of Guenther’s BMW. The Dutchman wasn’t done there, though, and set about hassling Evans for fourth. With his mirrors full of the purple Envision Virgin Racing machine, the Kiwi jumped for his second ATTACK MODE activation, but missed the loop and had to go again on Lap 22 – allowing Frijns by.

The Kiwi atoned for his error in fine style down at the hairpin half a lap later with a textbook dummy on Frijns that took the Dutchman by surprise.

Bird had clambered his way up from 21st up to 11th and scented valuable points with Nato just ahead. The Brit sold the Frenchman the dummy before diving up the inside of the Venturi. Nato defended hard and the pair both ended up damaged and out of the running.

Di Grassi’s fun and games with that opportunistic trip through the pit-lane wouldn’t stand, with the race leader penalised via a drive-through penalty for a Safety Car procedure infringement – meaning home hero Lynn would inherit top spot and the race victory at the chequered flag, with di Grassi’s failure to serve his penalty.

De Vries followed Lynn home with Evans five seconds back rounding out the podium positions. Frijns came home fourth – having climbed the order from eighth – while Porsche’s Pascal Wehrlein and BMW i Andretti Motorsport’s Maximilian Guenther completed the top six.


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Formula E: Bird brings it home for Jaguar with comeback victory in New York City

Formula E: Bird brings it home for Jaguar with comeback victory in New York City

Jaguar Racing’s Sam Bird makes it a fairytale of New York at the ABB New York City E-Prix Round 11, bouncing back from a difficult Saturday to take a dominant lights-to-flag victory to jump to the top of the Drivers’ standings.

After picking up pole position for Round 11 of the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in New York City, Sam Bird bounced back for a dominant win around the challenging Brooklyn street circuit, repaying Jaguar Racing’s efforts from a difficult Saturday that saw the team rebuild his car.

The win puts Bird atop of the Drivers’ standings with 81 points as the all-electric racing series heads to his home race in London. However, on the other side of the Jaguar garage, the team were left ruing a potential one-two finish after Evans suffered severe damage to his car whilst trying to defend second position.

Evans misfortune lead to second podium for Envision Virgin Racing’s Nick Cassidy, the Kiwi rounding out a solid weekend in New York City after finishing third on Saturday.

On the final step of the podium was DS TECHEETAH’s Antonio Felix da Costa. The reigning champion stealthily making his way up from seventh on the grid to secure vital points for his title defence as the series heads towards the final four races of the season.

As it happened

Under grey skies, Bird got the drop on the field and the holeshot into Turn 1, pulling a clean lead out of the tricky first complex of corners. Behind the Brit, his Jaguar teammate Evans had a rough launch off the dirty side of the track, locking up into the first turn whilst defending from his compatriot Cassidy.

After breaking down in qualifying, Vergne’s day went from bad to worse as the Frenchman was unable to get his DS Techeetah off the line and was left stranded on the grid, bringing out the Mini Safety Car.

With the green flag out on Lap 3, Bird wasted no time and immediately jumped to put some air between himself and Evans.

After losing a place following a robust move from TAG Heuer Porsche’s Andre Lotterer for 7th, Alexander Sims (Mahindra Racing) was the first driver to make thhe dive to the outside at the Turn 10 hairpin, taking an additional 35kW from the ATTACK MODE activation. 

After qualifying down in 19th, Jake Dennis made some movements through the field to the just outside of the top 10, but the BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver’s progress was halted after clipping the rear of ROKiT Venturi Racing’s Edoardo Mortara and spinning the championship leader on Lap 7, the Swiss-Italian losing some vital positions in the process.

On Lap 8, the Jaguar duo, line astern, both dived for their ATTACK MODE. Bird was able to retain his lead, but Cassidy moved by Evans into second. With an extra 35kW of power under his feet, Evans quickly pounced on his compatriot with a clean pass. 

With 15 minutes of the race in the bag, Bird looked smooth and control in the lead, pulling a gap of nearly a second on Evans and Cassidy, with the latter closely covering the rear diffuser of the second-placed driver.

A few laps later, Bird and Cassidy both jumped for their ATTACK MODE. In a perfectly choreographed piece of strategy, Evans allowed his teammate back through to keep Cassidy at bay with Evans working as a moving roadblock and allowing Bird to stretch out a gap of nearly two seconds.

With Cassidy having a power advantage, the Envision Virgin Racing rookie made his move on Evans to take second, sweeping round the outside before braking for Turn 6. With that place lost, Evans took his second and final ATTACK MODE to mount a challenge on Cassidy.

With that perfectly timed ATTACK MODE, Evans put in the fastest lap to leap up to the rear diffuser of Cassidy and dived up the inside for second at the Turn 10 hairpin. Behind the pair, after stealthily making his way through the pack, reigning champion Da Costa ominously clawed up to Cassidy for the final rostrum spot.

Rivals from the very beginnings of Formula E, Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) spun Nissan e.dams’ Sebastien Buemi at Turn 6, the Brazilian coming under the watchful eye of the FIA and picking up a 10-second penalty for the offence.

On Lap 25, Bird continued to stretch his legs and run away with a lead over 2.5s on his teammate, whilst a fight brewing build behind the leader.

Da Costa attempted a move on Lap 27, engaging his FANBOOST but getting into the dusty part of the track it allowed Cassidy to hold the position with a daring defence. However, with the New Zealander appearing to be overusing his useable energy, Da Costa’s crew encourage the Portuguese driver with a message over the radio saying “we can get him.”

At the head of a train, Evans was now facing pressure from not only Cassidy and Da Costa but now also the Porsche pairing of Pascal Wehrlein and Lotterer. Trying to fend off the pack the New Zealander clouted the wall on the outside of Turn 4, taking some heavy damage to his left rear suspension – immediately dropping back from second down to fourth after looking relatively in control of the train.

Evans’ mistake left Cassidy in second now facing pressure from Da Costa in third, the experienced Portuguese driver trying to force the rookie to over-consume his useable energy in the final stages.

With too much damage to the rear of his car, Evans was left in trouble losing places left, right and centre on the final lap. Eventually crawling home across the line in 13th position.

But with all that carnage behind, Bird crossed the line with a comfortable four-second lead, jubilantly singing “it’s coming home” and congratulating the team after bouncing back from a difficult race on Saturday.

With his second win for 2020/21, Bird heads to his home race in London in the lead of the Drivers’ standings.

Behind Bird it was another podium in New York City for Cassidy, topping off a competitive weekend for the rookie. On the final step of the podium was Da Costa claiming some vital points for his championship defence, moving up to second in the standings after picking up third and the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap.

Next up it is London’s calling for the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with the Heineken London E-Prix Rounds 12 and 13 in two weeks on July 24 and 25.

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2021 ABB New York City E-Prix

2021 ABB New York City E-Prix

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship returns to New York City for another round of close combat, wheel-to-wheel all-electric racing. Watch 24 cars and drivers rip around the raw streets of Brooklyn in the shadow of Manhattan’s majestic skyline.

Formula E is set for a fourth trip to Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighbourhood and a fourth double-header in New York City on July 10 & 11, with the championship heading back to North America after a dramatic event in Puebla, Mexico last time out.

Edoardo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) flung himself to the top of the standings after following up a podium in the Puebla E-Prix Round 8 with a long-awaited return to the top step in Round 9 to take the Drivers’ World Championship lead with a huge 40-point haul.

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Nick Cassidy (Envision Virgin Racing) steered to his first Formula E podium in the second race in Puebla and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler‘s long wait for its first silverware of the year came to an end via a Lucas di GrassiRene Rast one-two in Round 8.

That all meant the championship table saw a shuffle with a number drivers joining the title battle, rather than any breakaways at the top.

As it stands

In the race for FIA World Championship honours, 12 drivers now sit within 24 points – one race win – of Mortara at the head of the pack, where eight found themselves in the same bounds after Round 7 in Monaco. As the Puebla weekend showed, everything’s liable to change, and fast, in Formula E.

SÈbastien Buemi (CHE), Nissan e.Dams, Nissan IMO1

Mortara’s huge points haul means he’s the man with the target on his back in New York City. The Swiss-Italian went to Mexico 13th in the running and 30 points behind then-leader Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing).

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A torrid weekend and a non-score for the Dutchman in Puebla left the door open for those in the chasing pack to capitalise and it was the Venturi racer who did just that and holds a 10-point margin over Frijns who sits second. He’ll be hoping for better in New York and he’s every reason to be encouraged following his 2019 win in the city – his most recent in Formula E.

Reigning champion Antonio Felix da Costa (DS TECHEETAH) may have struggled to secure the results they’d have hoped for in Mexico, but both he and double title-winning teammate Jean-Eric Vergne left relatively unscathed, in pretty much the same situation as they’d arrived.

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It was a net gain for the champion despite his struggles, with the Portuguese sitting third. Vergne finds himself 10th, after he was unceremoniously removed from the running in contact with Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ) in Round 8 and lost control of his own accord, tumbling down the order before recovering to eighth, in race two.

Audi’s one-two saw Rast fire himself into fourth in the standings, Jaguar Racing‘s Mitch Evans is fifth after a double points-score last time out, while de Vries currently places sixth having led the Drivers’ running heading into Round 7 in Monaco after a measured victory in the DHL Valencia E-Prix Round 5 and that storming opening-round drive in Diriyah.

Return to Red Hook

It’s a favourite of the drivers, teams and fans alike, and the 2.320km, 14-turn Red Hook race track remains largely unchanged from Formula E’s last visit in 2019.

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The circuit winds its way around the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal site in the heart of the Red Hook neighbourhood of Brooklyn. It’s a real test; lined with miles of unforgiving concrete, with views across the Buttermilk Channel and over towards Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.Drivers will have to get their head around the revised ATTACK MODE activation zone to negotiate, though, with the loop moved from the exit of Turn 5 to the outside of Turn 10 this year.

New York City’s sustainability drive

The city has set a net-zero carbon emissions target for 2050, with an 85 per cent reduction on greenhouse gas emissions by the same date on 1990 levels enshrined into law.

To get there, New York is building upon $3.9 billion in investments across 67 large-scale renewable projects across the state which are set to create more than 150,000 jobs. The aim is 70 per cent reliance on renewable sources for the state’s energy by 2030, with 1,800 megawatts of wind by 2024 and 1,700 per cent growth in solar since 2012.

Governor Andrew Cuomo also announced the ‘EV Make Ready’ programme in 2020 to drive New York to its goal. This will see 850,000 zero emissions vehicles and 50,000 charging stations in the state by 2025.

New Yorkers consume less total energy per person than the residents of any other state in the US, except for Rhode Island.

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