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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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Mortara majestic in Mexico to win Round 9 in Puebla

Mortara majestic in Mexico to win Round 9 in Puebla

After a perfectly played race in Puebla, Edoardo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) stormed to his second ABB FIA Formula E World Championship win, leaping to the top of the Drivers’ standings in the process after a masterful performance in Mexico.

For the second time in his Formula E career, Edoardo Mortara lifted the winner’s trophy for ROKiT Venturi Racing after mastering the strategy with the challenging ATTACK MODE activation zone to control the race from the lead.

Pascal Wehrlein rebounded from Saturday to claim second position. The TAG Heuer Porsche driver pushing Mortara hard until a slight mistake allowed a gap to open up to the leader.

Envision Virgin Racing rookie, Nick Cassidy scored a well fought podium, bouncing back from a crash on Saturday to snatch third place from pole-sitter Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams).

“What a weekend for us – 40 points in two days! This win today is fantastic,”  said Mortara. “Pascal was very strong today, it was hard to keep him behind. We used more energy in the first part of the race to build a gap and in the latter I had to save more energy.

“I am glad to be here, the car was very competitive, the team put on a great strategy. We try to maximise our potential every time we race, and we do our very best all the time. I am happy with our season so far.”

The victory sees Mortara jump to the top of the Drivers’ standings from eighth in the table, the Swiss-Italian now sitting 10 points clear of Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing).

But with another unpredictable double-header, this can all change when all-electric racing returns to the streets of New York City on July 10 & 11.

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As it happened

Oliver Rowland leaped off the line to dive into Turn 1 in the lead. It was all action behind the Nissan, with Edoardo Mortara out-braking Pascal Wehrlein around the outside and Jake Dennis (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) also mugging Jean-Eric Vergne into the first bend.

Punching through the air in front, Rowland gradually started to build out a gap, the Brit unfazed as he kicked up dirt after running slightly wide at the tricky Turn 7.

Climbing up from 14th, Alexander Sims (Mahindra Racing) rounded out an action-packed second lap by running past both Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing) and Tom Blomqvist (NIO 333).

With the ATTACK MODE zone open, Rowland took an early move to claim his extra 35kW of power on lap four and dropping back to fourth. The British driver immediately took advantage of the extra boost of speed to squeeze past Dennis into Turn 1.

As always, ATTACK MODE proved to play an important role in shaking up the lead group. Wehrlein dived to activate the first of his two power boosts and Rowland immediately followed the German. Tactically shadowing the Porsche driver’s moves to take his second and final ATTACK MODE in quick succession.

Further down the field, there was drama on lap eight as early season leader Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ) was left limping back to the pits with a tyre puncture following a collision with Lucas di Grassi. The Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver punting the rear left of the Dutchman’s Silver Arrow after immediately challenging on the exit of the ATTACK MODE activation zone. The Brazilian picked up a drive-through penalty for the incident.

Turn 7 saw a hard scrap between Sebastien Buemi and Bird running side-by-side into the right hander, with Di Grassi behind running out of room ploughing into the back of the Jaguar and forcing it into the side of Buemi’s Nissan.

The battle for second started to get hot under the beating sun, with Wehrlein on a charge and climbing up to the rear diffuser of Rowland. A mistake from the Nissan driver clipping the wall in the middle complex allowed Wehrlein to capitalise and move past Rowland.

Clear of Rowland, Wehrlein set his sights on Mortara in the lead. The German driving with the bit between his teeth, lapping nearly a second quicker than the Swiss-Italian.

Rounding out a difficult weekend in Mexico after a DNF in Round 8, two-time champion and Rome race winner, Jean-Eric Vergne spun out of fifth position, losing two places in the process and then a few corners later Maximilian Guenther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) picked off the Frenchman for seventh.

After a mistake running just slightly wide at Turn 7, Wehrlein handed a strong advantage to Mortara heading into the final laps with the Venturi driver making the most and picking up a gap on the German.

Antonio Felix da Costa made it a tough day at the office for the DS TECHEETAH squad. The reigning champion was another victim of the challenging Turn 7, with the Monaco E-Prix victor slamming into the wall and crawling off the track and out of the race.

Behind the leaders, Cassidy was pushing hard to chase down Rowland for the final spot on the podium. Rowland was unable to hold off the rookie, as the New Zealander snatched third from the Yorkshirman with just over a minute left on the clock.

In a perfectly played 45 minutes plus one lap, Mortara crossed the line to take the second win of his Formula E career. After a strong drive Wehrlein rebounded from Round 8 to end second with rookie Cassidy rounding out the podium with a debut rostrum finish.

PUEBLA PREVIEW: Everything you need to know ahead of the 2021 CBMM Niobium Puebla E-Prix Rounds 8 & 9

PUEBLA PREVIEW: Everything you need to know ahead of the 2021 CBMM Niobium Puebla E-Prix Rounds 8 & 9

The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship turns to Mexico and the vibrancy of Puebla this weekend (June 19 & 20), for Rounds 8 & 9 of Season 7. The championship’s poised on a knife-edge, waiting to erupt, with any one of 10 drivers in with a real say in the battle for the first Formula E World Drivers’ Championship crown. Who’ll steal a march at the Autodromo Miguel E. Abed?

Formula E is set for a sixth trip to Mexico this weekend with a maiden visit to Puebla’s Autodromo Miguel E. Abed – a circuit twisting in the shadows of the Popocatepetl volcano, and uncharted territory for Formula E’s grid of 24 world-class drivers.

As Season 7 heads towards its half-way point, with seven rounds and six different race winners in the books, there’s just 16 points – less than is on offer for a single victory – between Drivers’ standings leader Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing) and double champion Jean-Eric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH) in seventh spot.

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In another septuple, there’s only seven points splitting Mercedes-EQ at the top of the Teams’ table and reigning champions DS TECHEETAH in third. Envision Virgin Racing aren’t far back in fourth, either, and with Frijns’ form, and teammate Cassidy scoring in two of his last three outings, there’s time yet for the British squad to stake their claim among the manufacturers.

As it stands

Any one of the top 10 drivers in the standings are in with a realistic shout of taking the Drivers’ crown in Formula E’s first campaign as an FIA World Championship, and with eight rounds of the season still to come, there’s plenty of time for more to join the party as consistency at the top has so far proven hard to come by.

Frijns has been strong enough to grasp the advantage so far – taking the fight to the manufacturer might around him – but even he has three non-scores to his name and is yet to reach the top step of the podium in 2020/21.

Mercedes-EQ’s Nyck de Vries topped the pile 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. Zero points following a costly qualifying error, as well as a retirement last time out in Monte Carlo for the Dutchman means he now finds himself second, five points shy of his compatriot.

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Mitch Evans (Jaguar Racing), is sitting pretty in third a further three points back. The Kiwi will fancy his chances of a repeat of his 2020 Mexico City E-Prix victory, and has all the tools at his disposal to pull it off. Both Evans and teammate Sam Bird sit inside the top six in the Drivers’ running with plenty of silverware to show for it.

Reigning champion Antonio Felix da Costa (DS TECHEETAH) heads to Puebla fourth in the standings, fresh off the back of victory in one of the most memorable E-Prix of all time in Monaco – the Portuguese stealing the lead from Evans on the final lap to take to the top step of the podium. He’s been a runner-up in the last two outings in Mexico, and has some tricks of the trade to lean on from his manager Tiago Monteiro, who raced at Puebla back in 2009. It was at this point in the 2019/20 campaign where he really ignited his championship charge, too.

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Bird, Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ) and Vergne sit fifth, sixth and seventh in the table and have all won in Season 7, while Rene Rast (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler), Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams) and BMW i Andretti Motorsport‘s Jake Dennis – himself a winner in Valencia – will need to pull something out of the bag this weekend if they’re to fire themselves in-amongst the title favourites.

Uncharted territory

As experienced and seasoned as Formula E’s drivers are across motorsport’s top disciplines, none have raced on the 2.98km, 15-turn permanent Autodromo Miguel E. Abed race-track, situated on a plateau in the shadow of the imposing Popocatepetl volcano, some 2,175 metres above sea level.

The track comprises a technical infield section housed within the high-speed oval which is used by the likes of NASCAR. The string of 15 corners that make up that infield has been tweaked by Formula E’s sporting team to throw the teams and drivers an added curveball – most notably in the shape of an extended Turn 8 ATTACK MODE activation zone.

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With a three to four second penalty over rounding Turn 8’s usual apex, the activation loop will give drivers, engineers and strategists a headache as to when the best time to jump for that 35kW jolt – taken twice during races by each driver – will be.

There’ll be banking to deal with, too, as the circuit rounds the outer oval through the long, sweeping final Turn 15. The slingshot down the pit straight will be crucial with the tight right hander at Turn 1 likely to prove a hotspot for overtaking. It’s bumpy and there are walls for drivers to think about. It’s not a street circuit, though this is a track that more closely resembles one, with a bumpy, uneven surface and amends in the shape of imposing walls for drivers to navigate.

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“We’ve made the circuit much more like Berlin than Valencia, and we’ve really managed to instill Formula E’s spirit into the layout,” said Formula E Sporting Director Fred Espinos. “It’ll be very interesting to see how teams and drivers deal with the ATTACK MODE loop which makes for a longer lap, as when we looked at Puebla’s infield with saw we’d have the opportunity to do something different given the layouts available.”

“Special” fans, heat and a tricky track surface, say the drivers

What are the drivers expecting? Heat, energy management challenges, a tough track surface to get to grips with and the mental challenge of another double-header race weekend. There’s been plenty of time in the simulator during the summer break following the Monaco E-Prix to get themselves up to speed.

AUTODROMO HERMANOS RODRIGUEZ, MEXICO – FEBRUARY 15: Fans gather for the podium ceremony during the Mexico City E-prix at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on February 15, 2020 in Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico. (Photo by Sam Bloxham / LAT Images)

Most of all, though, the drivers are looking forward to welcoming thousands of fans back into the grandstands. We know from five visits to Mexico City just how passionate and knowledgable Mexican fans are. They’re “special”, says double champion Vergne (DS TECHEETAH)

“I love Mexico and I hope we have as much fun as we have had in previous years,” says the Frenchman, who sits seventh in the Drivers’ standings. “The Mexican crowd make it special. So far, we’ve races in cold conditions and has not really been good to us. So hopefully, the car will perform better in the warm.”

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“We honestly missed the fans,” adds de Vries. “I think we really need them for the ambience and the atmosphere; they give the punch to the event. Any sport in the end is about showing fans the action and we really hope to share it with them again.”

“Formula E has achieved a really interesting compromise in Season 7, with nice tracks, double headers and the best race weekends we can have,” says 2016/17 champion Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler).

“We’ve only raced in cooler climates so far. So, it’s a different setup than when we race in a very hot environment. We have to manage energy, and we have to manage the temperature of the battery – you have another constraint that you have to take into account, increasing the complexity of the whole event.”

Mexican memories

History tells us that Mexico is a place that has always flaunted  exactlywhat Formula E is all about since the series’ first visit back in 2015/16. In five previous trips, the country’s ultra-passionate fans have been treated to peak Formula E; last gasp drama, the ultimate pace vs usable energy tightrope, super-competitive racing and complete unpredictability.

The climax of the 2019 Mexico City E-Prix encapsulated this perfectly, with di Grassi slicing by Pascal Wehrlein’s Mahindra as the German ran out of usable energy heading toward the finishing line – the Brazilian capitalising at the very last; right at the chequered flag.

Mexico’s sustainability drive

Mexico’s climate legislation has targeted emissions cuts of 50 per cent by 2050 and 35 per cent renewables by 2024, with the country’s vulnerability to the effects of climate change like extreme weather driving its action to cut emissions alongside strong public opinion – some 89 per cent of respondents said in 2020 they expect the government to make environmental protection a priority in the COVID-19 recovery.

READ MORE: Formula E’s race to reduce air pollution and fight climate change

Mexican scientists in Puebla have devised an innovative solution to urban pollution by using specially developed micro-algae to clean atmospheric contaminants.

BiomiTech’s BioUrban 2.0 is as a match for 368 real ones, and was installed in the city with local government sponsorship.

Coverage of Rounds 8 & 9 of the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the CBMM Niobium Puebla E-Prix, gets underway with Free Practice 1 from 15:00 CEST on Saturday June 19. Find out where to watch and sync your calendar for all the latest updates and session times.

Da Costa pounces at the last to pinch masterful Monaco E-Prix victory

Da Costa pounces at the last to pinch masterful Monaco E-Prix victory

DS TECHEETAH’s Antonio Felix da Costa poached the race lead right at the last on his way to conquering the legendary streets of Monaco in an unreal Round 7 of the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

Reigning champion Antonio Felix da Costa (DS TECHEETAH) produced a masterful drive around the historic streets of Monaco in a frenetic Round 7 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship – the Portuguese making the move for the race win half way around the last lap in the last of any number of lead changes.

Mitch Evans (Jaguar Racing) headed the way for a good chunk of the race but as the clock ticked down, energy became a pressing concern for the Kiwi. Da Costa, along with Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing) – himself a leader at points – spied their opportunity to pounce. 

The DS driver made “one of the riskiest moves of his Formula E career” stick at the New Nouvelle Chicane on the ultimate tour, locking up but launching by Evans. Frijns followed, though only just – snatching second from Evans right at the chequered flag.

“I knew that race was going to be so hard with the energy management and we played a perfect startegy,” said da Costa. “How many lead changes? That doesn’t happen in any other racing series! It was the riskiest overtake of my Formula E career. I didn’t think I’d make it but I love racing these guys; so hard and so fair.”

Evans came home home third, having piloted the widest Jaguar in motor racing history for the final two laps of the legendary motor racing circuit as he sought to conserve usable energy whilst the rabid pack behind hounded him incessantly.

Jean-Eric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH) will be disappointed to have taken the chequered flag fourth, having fouled up his second ATTACK MODE activation. The Frenchman, a winner here in Season 5, was racy and recovered four spots over the final three tours to atone for his mistake, taking the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap point in the process.

That result sent Frijns to the top of the Drivers’ table ahead of previous leader Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ). Da Costa’s victory fired the DS racer to within 10 points of the standings summit at the half-way stage of the season. Mercedes-EQ hold fast at the top of the Teams’ running.

Full race report at the official Formula E site

Formula E: What the drivers said ahead of the Monaco E-Prix

Formula E: What the drivers said ahead of the Monaco E-Prix

Formula E’s taking to the full, historic Monaco circuit this weekend (May 8) for the 2021 Monaco E-Prix, and there’s a grid full of drivers that can’t wait to get out onto ‘the most famous race track – maybe the most famous sporting venue – in the world’.

Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ): “The atmosphere you get around the place is really incredible and it’s a special race-track. Monaco is always a special event, and this year we are using a new track layout, as we will be driving on the full circuit. This should make the energy management more balanced and the racing more exciting because there are better overtaking opportunities. I’m really looking forward to that. The longer track simply suits Formula E better.”

Jean-Eric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH): “It’s going to be extremely exciting racing the full circuit and I can’t wait – it should be a lot of fun. I’m very excited. Monaco is Monaco, you know. It’s just magic.”

Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler): “Monaco is my home race and the circuit is just a few hundred metres away from my house so it’s going to be pretty cool. The circuit is well suited to Formula E. We’re going to see an amazing race with a lot of overtakes and I’m really looking forward to driving it. With the long version of the circuit, we now drive past all of the iconic places. It will be a great experience for us as racing drivers and the scenes will also be fantastic for all of the spectators watching on TV. To race near my home, where I go jogging or shopping every day, is very special.”

Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams): “Every driver dreams of racing in Monaco at some point in their career. We have a pretty good history so far there. I won in Season 1 and Season 3 and had two pole positions. The short track was getting a bit to small for the 24 Formula E cars and I can’t wait to get the opportunity to try the new layout.”

Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing): “The history, the glitz and the glamour of the place make it, and it’s a fun circuit to drive flat-out. The full circuit is something I’ve been excited about for a long time. I’ve had some great results there in the past, winning there in the World Series by Renault and in GP2 so maybe I can do it again here! The track is something as a racing driver you never tire of. I can’t wait to return to the Monte Carlo streets and to be racing for the first time in Formula E history on the full layout is a big moment for the sport.”

Edo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing): “It’s very iconic and very glamourous. It’s the home racing track for our team and this will motivate us even more to try and get a good result here – it’s going to feel even better and even more important. It’s fantastic to have the chance to go racing there.

Oliver Turvey (NIO 333): “It’s always special to race in Monaco, this year I can’t wait to be able to race NIO 333 Formula E car on the full circuit! Having won on the traditional layout previously, I have very fond memories of these iconic streets. After an encouraging weekend in Valencia with two strong races, I am aiming to continue this momentum into Monaco to fight for Super Pole again and more points for the team.”

Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing): “I’ve been there a couple of times in other series and I have a record of never seeing the chequered flag in Monaco so far. Hopefully I’ll be able to see it this time! Driving through the tunnel will be an experience for everybody and you have the overtaking opportunity down into the chicane. For the racing, this traditional layout is definitely better.”

Pascal Wehrlein (TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team): “It’s the first time we’re running the whole track and that’ll be really thrilling and exciting. We don’t have a lot of grip in these cars so, we’ll see a lot of sliding and it will be a spectacle. I can’t wait to go there and feel the atmosphere. I feel lucky that I have the opportunity to race in a place like Monaco and it’s kind of a home race for me because I live there. I’ve raced before in GP2 and Formula 1 and I’ve won there in the past. Let’s see what we can do in Formula E.

Tom Blomqvist (NIO 333): “Monaco itself doesn’t need any introduction! It’s pretty awesome that Formula E is racing on the full circuit. I have never raced there myself so that’s going to be really exciting. The team had a good result in Valencia with Oliver; I had a troubled weekend in terms of the races, so hopefully we’ve learned what went on there and we can have a solid weekend in Monte Carlo. That’s the main goal. It’s going to be a cool weekend, a cool experience racing on the full track – it’s going to be fun!”

Rene Rast (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler): “The atmosphere in Monaco is incomparable. I drove in the Porsche Supercup there five times during Formula 1 weekends and won twice. Even as a child in front of the TV, Monaco was the highlight of the year for me. Now, it’s one of my favorite race tracks.”

Jake Dennis (BMW i Andretti Motorsport): “I have been watching races in Monaco since I was a kid. To now be able to go racing there myself is something very special. I am really looking forward to it. Hopefully, we will be able to get a similar result there to my victory at Valencia last time out.”

Maximilian Guenther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport): “The anticipation ahead of my home race is huge. Monaco is of very special significance to every racing driver. Being able to sleep in my own bed this time makes it all the more special. The circuit has a lot of challenging and iconic corners, but we feel well prepared for them. It is definitely going to be a great show.”

Alexander Sims (Mahindra Racing): “Next up is the iconic race track of Monaco, and this time we will be racing the full track which is quite a statement for Formula E. As drivers in Formula E we know that this championship has extremely tough levels of competition, brilliant teams, top level drivers and manufacturers – but competing on the full Monaco track really does add to the credibility of Formula E as a championship. There are a lot of unique challenges for the Monaco track but perhaps the biggest challenge will be the elevation and the sequence of tight and twisty turns – 5, 6, 7, 8, the hairpin – is pretty mad.”

Alex Lynn (Mahindra Racing): “Monaco is a real challenge because it’s very technical, even as a street circuit. I really like the circuit and have got some good results there in the past; it’s that race that you want to win but, in the same token, it’s worth exactly the same amount of points as every other race, so you need to drive the race and not the occasion.”