ABB FIA FORMULA E WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2021. Photo Video Courtesy of Formula E Media and Communications.

Alexander Sims (GBR) BMW I Andretti Motorsports, celebrates in Parc Ferme


Da World Championship per la prima volta in notturna. Di nuovo un inizio a Diriyah poi Roma, otto gare per il momento confermate. Restrizioni e rinunce che non frenano l’interesse per il motorsport elettrico, una copertura televisiva sempre più globale, in Italia a Mediaset si aggiungerà Sky, una capacità di adattamento frenetica, spettacolo tecnologico sostenibile dove la mediazione sportiva può diventare parte di grandi cambiamenti culturali nei paesi in cui viene ospitata. In una pioggia di led elettrici si ripartirà da Da Costa e dalla Ds Techeetah vincente nelle ultime due stagioni, un successo però mai incontrastato in un equilibrio che anche quest’anno resterà caratteristica principale. Da Costa, Vergne, Di Grassi, Buemi, Gunther, Vandoorne, Wehrlein, Rowland, la Jaguar con Evans e Bird, la sorpresa della Dragon con Sette Camara e Muller, gli attesi riscatti di Envision Virgin e Mahindra, Venturi e Porsche. I ritorni ai primi fasti sognati dalla Nio, Mercedes, Audi, Bmw, Nissan, vecchie lezioni da riformulare in una serie elettrica mondiale dove l’armonia tra le esasperazioni tecnologiche ed umane, tra ambizione e realtà sarà primaria. (m.g.)

ABB FIA FORMULA E WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2021. Photo Video Courtesy of Formula E Media and Communications.




Season 7 preview: ABB FIA Formula E World Championship goes green in Diriyah on February 26 & 27

– All you need to know as Season 7 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship sparks into life on February 26 & 27 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia  

– Double-header marks two Formula E milestones, kicking off the inaugural season as an FIA World Championship and hosting the first ever night races  

– Find out where to watch

Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (February 25, 2021) – Formula E is set to return this Friday, February 26 in Diriyah, with the opening two rounds of Season 7 marking the series’ first event as an FIA World Championship.  

Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (February 25, 2021) – Formula E is set to return this Friday, February 26 in Diriyah, with the opening two rounds of Season 7 marking the series’ first event as an FIA World Championship.
Becoming only the second single-seater championship to gain FIA World Championship status is a true honour for the sport and carries enormous significance for the teams, manufacturers and drivers battling it out to be crowned the first official Formula E World Champions.
Season 7 fast facts
The new season brings with it new faces, updates to the regulations and more ways to get involved than ever before.  
Three rookies join the grid for the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship – Jake Dennis (BMW i Andretti Motorsport), Nick Cassidy (Envision Virgin Racing) and Norman Nato (ROKiT Venturi Racing).
After both getting a taste of Formula E in Berlin during the Season 6 finale, Sérgio Sette Câmara (DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT) and reigning DTM Champion, René Rast (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler), start their first full season in Formula E.
Formula E is a truly international affair with nine countries represented on the grid. However one nation has a record number of home-grown talent battling for bragging rights this season. Jake Dennis, Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing), Alex Lynn and Alexander Sims (Mahindra Racing), Oliver Turvey and Tom Blomqvist (NIO 333) and Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams) make up the British magnificent seven.
The battle for top spot is closer than ever. DS TECHEETAH will have their sights set on getting their name into the record books with three consecutive team and driver championship titles. António Félix da Costa won the Season 6 title by the biggest margin in Formula E history, with 71 points separating him and second-placed Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ). However, at pre-season testing in Valencia, it was Maximilian Günther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) who set the early pace, topping the timesheets for a second season in succession.
To support teams during the global health crisis, Formula E and the FIA decided to extend the next homologation period, with manufacturers only able to alter powertrain components once over the next two seasons.
Teams can either introduce a new car in Season 7, for a two-year cycle, or continue to use existing technology before homologating a new car the year after for a single season.
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler and customer team Envision Virgin Racing, BMW i Andretti Motorsport, Jaguar Racing, Mahindra Racing, Mercedes-EQ, alongside customers ROKiT Venturi Racing, NIO 333 and TAG Heuer Porsche all opted for new machines for the season ahead.
DRAGON / PENSKE AUTOSPORT, DS TECHEETAH and Nissan e.dams have chosen to delay their homologation and will be using their Season 6 package for at least the opening rounds.
Also new for this season, the tyre allocation will be reduced by 25 per cent per single-race competition and by up to 50 per cent at double-header events. Based on the Season 5 calendar and comparing to the previous allocation, this could potentially see a saving of 720 tyres with 50 t CO2-eq less emissions produced, which is a 29 per cent reduction in the overall impact of the tyres.
Diriyah E-Prix
The Riyadh Street Circuit will once again provide the spectacular backdrop to the opening events of the season and break new ground as Formula E hosts its first night races.
The fast and flowing 2.49km clockwise circuit flanks the stunning At-Turaif UNESCO World Heritage Site and will remain largely the same this season. Track surface work has led to the reprofiling of Turn 9, 12/13, 14 and 18 for slightly adapted racing lines that promote closer racing.
Last season, it was Sam Bird, who battled up the order from fifth on the grid for Envision Virgin Racing to seal victory in the season opening race. The following day, Alexander Sims (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) won after starting from Julius Baer Pole Position and securing his maiden victory in Formula E.
António Félix da Costa holds the fastest race lap around the circuit, with 1:12.481s set in Round 2 last season. From Season 7, Formula E Founding Partner TAG Heuer will continue to use its expertise as Official Timekeeper of the Championship and bring the partnership to life by awarding the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap in each E-Prix, which rewards the driver who sets it – and finishes within the top 10 – an extra championship point. From Season 7, fans can get involved too as the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap becomes part of the Formula E Predictor game.
Formula E’s Open Talent Call for Presenters winner – 21-year-old Derin Adetosoye – will make history as the first black female presenter for an international motorsport rights holder in Diriyah. On site she will be covering all the behind the scenes action, connecting with a new, younger audience across Formula E’s digital channels.
Lighting Formula E’s first ever night races
Hosting Formula E’s first ever night races have been the culmination of many months of planning, working with the Kingdom’s Ministry of Sport (MOS) to create a sustainable night race.
The track will be lit by the latest low-power LED technology that reduces energy consumption by up to 50 per cent compared to non-LED technology.
A team has been on-site since December installing some 600 LED floodlights around the circuit, each using 1.5kW of energy – half the power used by traditional metal halide units and can be instantly switched on and off.
Where to watch
There are more ways to watch Formula E this season than ever before, meaning there are no excuses for missing out on seeing the action unfold. To find out where to watch the Formula E season opener, visit:
The Formula E app allows fans to go behind the scenes and listen to driver radios, hearing live reactions as the race plays out. To listen in, download the app on iOS and Android.


Formula E announces second set of races for 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship

– 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship announces set of races to follow opening double-header in Diriyah on February 26 & 27.
– Confirmed races from April to June see the all-electric racing series compete in a logistically efficient way across Europe, Africa and South America.
– Strict COVID protocol implemented in partnership with host cities ensures all races prioritise health and safety.
London, England (January 28, 2021) – A month before the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship season opens in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia on February 26 & 27, Formula E and the FIA reveal the set of races to follow the night-time double-header in the desert.
2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship
Saudi Arabia
February 26, 2021
Saudi Arabia
February 27, 2021
April 10, 2021
April 24, 2021
May 8, 2021
May 22, 2021
June 5, 2021
June 6, 2021

*Subject to circuit homologation

First up will be a return to the Italian capital of Rome and the EUR district for Round 3 on April 10.
Round 4 brings a new race location to the calendar with the debut of the Valencia E-Prix at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, where pre-season testing has taken place for the past three seasons. This first competitive Spanish outing will be on April 24 and will use a new circuit configuration designed especially for Formula E.
The Monaco E-Prix will be Round 5 of the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship on May 8, marking the fourth biennial race in the Principality.
For Round 6, Formula E will return to the backdrop of the Atlas Mountains in Marrakesh on May 22, racing in Africa at the international circuit Moulay El Hassan for a fifth successive season.
The World Championship then moves to the Americas for the Santiago E-Prix double-header on June 5 & 6.
The current health and safety considerations make the specific organisation of the prestigious Paris E-Prix around Les Invalides too complex in Season 7. Therefore, it has been agreed with the City of Paris to plan instead for the Season 8 edition. Formula E’s races in Sanya and Seoul will not take place in March and May respectively as originally envisaged. They have been postponed and a decision on these events will be confirmed with the remainder of the calendar in early spring.
Formula E will continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and is in constant communication with its community of teams, manufacturers, partners, broadcasters and host cities.
All calendar updates depend on travel restrictions, as well as local government protocols and are subject to approval of the FIA World Motor Sport Council.
Chief Executive Officer of Formula E
Jamie Reigle
“We are committed to delivering a global calendar that befits our first season as a World Championship. We are working closely with all our partners across teams, manufacturers, sponsors, broadcasters and host cities to adapt to external circumstances and ensure the health and safety of everyone involved. We will do so while maintaining what fans love most about Formula E: unpredictable racing, iconic locations and the blend of the real and virtual worlds, all underpinned by our race for better futures.”
Co-Founder & Chief Championship Officer of Formula E
Alberto Longo
“Working on the championship calendar in ‘normal’ circumstances is already an extensive task that takes months of planning and preparation, in collaboration with numerous cities and stakeholders. This next set of races demonstrates the agility of Formula E to react to any given situation and still create a compelling and demanding calendar for teams and drivers. We continue to work on the last set of races and ensure our first season as an FIA World Championship lives up to our own expectations and those of our fans.”
Formula E: Accelerate, the World Championship’s new esports competition, goes live today, Thursday, January 28, at 19:00 (GMT). Tune in live on YouTube, Facebook and Twitch. The competition is made up of six episodes culminating in the grand finale on March 25.
Audiences can plug in and follow the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube. @FIAFormulaE #ABBFormulaE


Sky Italia and ABB FIA Formula E World Championship partner for the first time with new multi-year agreement

– New deal means that from Season 7 (2020/21) Sky Italia will show all Formula E races live in Italy for the first time

– Sky Italia will provide comprehensive multi-platform coverage in one of Formula E’s key markets

– The Italian broadcaster will be on site for their home race on the city streets of Rome in April

London, England, (February 22, 2021) – Formula E and Sky Italia have today announced a new, multi-year partnership to show the all-electric racing series live in Italy, San Marino and Vatican City.

Agreeing a new media partnership with Italy’s largest pay television broadcaster will offer Formula E the opportunity to grow the profile of the sport in a key European market.

The new deal extends the World Championship’s presence in Italy, adding further TV coverage which builds on Formula E’s existing partnership with free-to-air broadcaster, Mediaset.

Sky Italia will run comprehensive coverage of each race from the start of Season 7, including live coverage of all qualifying and race sessions, supported by year-round news and editorial coverage across Sky Sports 24 and Sky Sports digital platforms.

Coverage will begin on Sky Sports Uno, with Formula E’s first races as an FIA World Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, on February 26 & 27, 2021. Following the Diriyah E-Prix will be Formula E’s third outing in Rome, staged in April, with the city signing up to host a round of the Championship each year, through Season 11.

Chief Media Officer of Formula E
Aarti Dabas
“This new partnership with Sky Italia will add additional depth and breadth to Formula E’s coverage in Italy, in a nation renowned for its knowledge and passion for both mobility and motorsport. We look forward to working with Italy’s leading pay sports broadcaster from the season opening, inaugural night races in Diriyah this month.”


TAG Heuer extends partnership with ABB FIA Formula E World Championship

– Formula E founding partner TAG Heuer extends long-term partnership  

– The Swiss luxury watchmaker will continue as Official Timekeeper of the Championship, with drivers now competing for the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap

London, England, (February 24, 2021)Ahead of the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship season opener in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, TAG Heuer has extended its Formula E collaboration with a new, multi-year partnership.   Having worked closely with Formula E since the Championship’s inception, TAG Heuer will continue to use its expertise as Official Timekeeper of the Championship and bring the partnership to life by awarding the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap in each E-Prix.   The collaboration between TAG Heuer and Formula E has a true impact on the sport as the driver who claims the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap is awarded one additional point, bringing them one step closer to winning the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. From Season 7, fans can get involved too as TAG Heuer Fastest Lap becomes part of the Formula E Predictor game.   The partnership extension will see TAG Heuer continue its long involvement in motorsport and maintain its strong connection across the Formula E paddock both as title partner of the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team and with double Formula E Champion Jean-Éric Vergne as brand ambassador.
Chief Executive Officer of Formula E Jamie Reigle “We look forward to continuing our successful collaboration with one of Formula E’s founding partners. Extending this partnership allows us to deepen the integration of TAG Heuer into our sport. The TAG Heuer Fastest Lap is a fan favourite, because it influences the possible outcome of the World Championship on the track. Now fans will also be able to back their top pick for single lap speed as Fastest Lap becomes a feature of Formula E Predictor.”
Chief Executive Officer of TAG Heuer Frédéric Arnault “We’re thrilled to renew and deepen our partnership with Formula E, a championship whose values of innovation and high performance are a perfect match for ours. And with the introduction of the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap we look forward to thrilling moments on the track and offering our community of fans even more chances to weigh in on the outcome of the season”.
Audiences can plug in and follow the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube. @FIAFormulaE #ABBFormulaE


SuperSport to show ABB FIA Formula E World Championship live in more than 50 countries across Africa

– Multi-year deal means that from Season 7 (2020/21) all Formula E races will be live across Sub-Saharan Africa including South Africa
– Africa’s leading sports broadcaster will provide comprehensive coverage on SuperSport’s dedicated Motorsport Channel

London, England, (February 18, 2021) – Formula E and SuperSport have today announced a new, multi-year partnership to show the all-electric racing series live in more than 50 African territories.


Formula E will debut on SuperSport’s Motorsport Channel on February 26 & 27 as the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship lights up the streets of Diriyah with a double-header in the dark to kick off the season.

SuperSport will cover all of the races scheduled on the Season 7 calendar. Fans will be able to watch each race and qualifying session live across SuperSport’s channels, app and website.

Each Formula E race broadcast by SuperSport will also be available on demand through the app or website. SuperSport’s Blitz news channel will also offer season-long reporting and editorial content.

Growing Formula E’s fanbase in Africa remains important to the sport, building on the momentum of four consecutive races in Marrakesh since Season 3 (2016/17).

Chief Media Officer of Formula E
Aarti Dabas
“SuperSport’s reach across Africa, allied with the diversity of their rights portfolio, their localised production and their thematic channel approach demonstrates their importance as a leading media network on the continent.
“We are delighted to announce this new partnership and we will work with Africa’s leading sports broadcaster to grow our fanbase in the region, introducing more people to the most unpredictable racing series in the world, its world-class drivers and Formula E’s vision to accelerate sustainable human progress through the power of electric racing.”
Chief Executive of SuperSport
Marc Jury
“We are very happy to have concluded a new deal to broadcast the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. Motorsport has a wide following across the African continent and this will provide more thrilling action for fans on our dedicated Motorsport channel.”


DS Automobiles commits to Gen3 era of ABB FIA Formula E World Championship

– French manufacturer has competed in Formula E since Season 2 and is the only team to win back-to-back team and driver championships   – Formula E race-to-road technology transfer can be experienced first-hand with the DS 3 CROSSBACK, DS 7 CROSSBACK, DS 4 and DS 9 car models   – Gen3 era of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship to emphasise features that advance consumer adoption of EVs including increases in energy efficiency, faster charging and more power

London, England (February 11, 2021) – DS Automobiles has today announced that it has committed to the Gen3 era of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship starting in Season 9.   The sole French manufacturer on the Formula E grid, DS Automobiles has been involved since Season 2, partnering with Chinese racing team TECHEETAH since the start of the Gen2 era in Season 5. Together, the duo has become a formidable force, claiming two consecutive driver and teams’ championships, seven race wins and 15 podiums to date.   DS Automobiles is the only competitor to have produced two different driver champions. French driver and DS E-TENSE ambassador Jean-Eric Vergne took the title in Season 4 and 5. His Portuguese team-mate, Antonio Felix da Costa, is reigning champion. The pair will look to make history once again behind the wheel of the DS E-TENSE FE20 in Season 7 this year.   Formula E enables DS Automobiles to promote its electrification strategy, contributing to it becoming the car manufacturer with the lowest CO2 average emissions in Europe in 2020. The race-to-road technology transfer can also be traced in the fully-electric DS 3 CROSSBACK and the DS 7 CROSSBACK, DS 4 and DS 9 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.   The work that Formula E and the FIA have done to shape the Gen3 era focuses on delivering a new generation of progress both as a sport, reaffirming Formula E’s position as the pinnacle of electric racing, and in the future of electric mobility. Gen3 will bring performance and efficiency benefits including more powerful, lighter cars, faster charging and cost controls, all increasing the competitive and unpredictable racing Formula E has become known for.
Chief Executive Officer of Formula E Jamie Reigle “DS Automobiles was one of the first manufacturers to join Formula E when teams began developing the powertrains of their racing cars and it is inspiring to see the extensive fleet of electric vehicles they have introduced to the streets since. I am delighted that Formula E’s only back-to-back double champions have secured a place on the grid for Season 9 as it reaffirms Formula E’s position as a technology proving ground and marketing platform for the world’s leading automotive manufacturers. We look forward to breaking new ground during the next phase of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with DS Automobiles.”
DS Automobiles Director General Béatrice Foucher “Electrification is at the core of DS Automobiles’ global strategy. We have been the first premium car maker to enter Formula E and our brand has significantly benefitted from the work and the successes of DS Performance, both in terms of development and brand awareness. If today DS Automobiles is the multienergy constructor with the lowest average of CO2 emissions in Europe, it is also thanks to the expertise acquired in Formula E. Extending our commitment to 2026 will offer us new opportunities to continue our development work!”
About Formula E and the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship >>
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The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship brings intense and unpredictable all-electric racing to the heart of iconic cities around the world. In its first six seasons Formula E crowned five different champions and celebrated 17 winners in 69 races. With more automotive manufacturers on the grid than any other motorsport, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is not only one of the most compelling racing series on the planet but also an unparalleled proving ground for race-to-road electric vehicle and sustainable mobility technologies.
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22 February 2021 – Versailles, France

The first two rounds of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will take place in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, on 26 and 27 February 2021.

The double-reigning champions, DS TECHEETAH, have been busy at its HQ in Versailles, France, getting ready to defend its back-to-back Drivers’ and Teams’ championship titles.

Given the current world situation, work and preparations have looked different to other years but the team have come together to create new routines to ensure everyone’s safety whilst pressing on with the World Championship preparation work. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DS TECHEETAH have opted to run its DS E-TENSE FE20 package from the previous season, albeit with some updates, and make the change to its Season 7 challenger later in the season.

DS Performance and the two DS TECHEETAH drivers have been busy at various test sessions to ensure that both the DS E-TENSE FE20 package and the coming Season 7 package will be ultimately optimised for the on-track challenges ahead.

Antonio Felix da Costa, Reigning Formula E Champion and DS TECHEETAH Driver:
“I don’t think anyone could have foreseen what the last year would be like and certainly not for how long the pandemic would last. The situation is still severe and the fact that we can go racing is nothing but a testament to success of Formula E’s rigorous protocols to keep everyone safe. It’s the first World Championship season and I am more motivated than ever, because who wouldn’t want to be the first Formula E World Champion?”

Jean-Eric Vergne, Double Formula E Champion and DS TECHEETAH Driver:
“This team never cease to amaze me. Not even during a pandemic they stop pushing forward. It was a good decision to introduce the Season 7 package a bit later in the season as it has given us the opportunity to run the program like we wanted it. We have done some good upgrades to the package we will start the season with and I’m very excited to introduce the new one later on. This season will be a bit special for the obvious reasons, but I am fully confident in Formula E’s ability to run safe events as they proved they could do so in Berlin last year, and I am so ready to get back on track.”

Mark Preston, DS TECHEETAH Team Principal:
“The last year has been a great test on everyone’s tenacity and adaptability and we are no exception. It has been really tough on everyone in the team and I am beyond impressed with how everyone has taken on the challenge of running a racing team under the circumstances. If we thought we were a close-knit team before, it has got nothing compared to what we are now. Challenges strengthens teams and we have definitely felt that come through. We now have Season 7 ahead of us, the first World Championship season for Formula E and we are extremely keen on getting a World Championship title to our roaster.”

Xavier Mestelan Pinon, DS Performance Director:
“Following the great two double titles, the goals for 2021 are clear: to fight again for the top step on the podium! Still, we need to stay realistic, as the competition from the other nine constructors in the field will be fiercer than ever! Contrarily to our rivals, we will start the season with last year’s car, which is a guarantee of performance and reliability and allows us to start the season in full confidence. Later, we will have the new power unit, much awaited by our drivers. The Diriyah track has a superb layout, combining fast and twisty sectors, and is very challenging in terms of set-up and driving. To have a good kick-off in Saudi Arabia would certainly be very helpful in our campaign to retain the titles!” 



24 February 2021 – Versailles, France

DS TECHEETAH has today launched its eMobility arm, DSTMOTION.

DSTMOTION will produce a range of mobility solutions which will be made available through a variety of sales points including direct to consumer via the DSTMOTION.COM platform, a wide range of retail partners and the broader DS TECHEETAH ecosystem.

Taking our learnings from the track and applying them to the world of eMobility, DSTMOTION will operate in eBikes, eScooters and more. 

DSTMOTION is the eMobility extension of the championship winning team that is investing in innovative micro-mobility solutions that will deliver greener, more efficient forms of last-mile transport that will assist cities work towards their carbon-neutral goals.

DSTMOTION is proud to build on the green ambitions of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, which is the first global sport to be certified with a net zero carbon footprint from inception.

The initial launch will include an  eBike and an eScooter which will take its design language, cues and the look and feel from the DS TECHEETAH Formula E Team.

DSTMOTION is a long-term commitment from the team to address and embrace the future of mobility. A natural evolution for the team to extend our on-track success to a rapidly growing space.



ROKiT Venturi Racing looks ahead to the 2021 Diriyah E-Prix

Riyadh Street Circuit
Length // 2/495-kilometers
Corners // 21
Best Finish // P4 [Edoardo Mortara, 2019]
Lap Record // 1:12.481 [Antonio Felix da Costa, 2019]


The Diriyah E-Prix has been a regular feature on the Formula E calendar since 2018, however, the history of this former Saudi capital stretches back much further than the past three years.

Located North-West of Riyadh, Diriyah was founded in the 15th century and with a distinctive palace-decorated landscape, it is one of the most iconic locations in Formula E.

In 2010, the town’s Turaif district was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and this global recognition for its cultural value makes Diriyah one of the most unique temporary racing circuits in the world.

With the countdown to Season 7 continuing, Diriyah will again act as the backdrop for a historic moment for Formula E as the series races at night and as a World Championship for the very first time.


Since Season 5, the Riyadh Street Circuit has earned a reputation as being one of the most technical circuits in Formula E, and with 21 challenging corners, it’s easy to understand why this is the case.

Spanning 2.495-kilometers, the track takes drivers on an undulating journey that features high-speed corners and a continual downhill descent from Turns 5-13 – a sequence that demands complete precision and focus.

597 low-consumption LED lights will illuminate the path ahead on Friday and Saturday where ROKiT Venturi Racing will contest the opening two races of the 2020/21 season.


Susie Wolff, ROKiT Venturi Racing Team Principal
“It’s great to finally be back at a race track and we’re looking forward to getting Season 7 under way. The Formula E management team and the organising entities in Saudi Arabia have done a fantastic job preparing for the opening races and I know we’re all very keen to get back out on track and hopefully deliver some exciting racing. 

“With regards to our hopes for this season, really, there’s only so much that we can learn from three days of pre-season testing in Valencia. The real test will come when we’re getting down to business under the lights of the Diriyah street circuit – only then will we see what we can expect in terms of performance this season. Whilst last season wasn’t what we had hoped for in terms of results, we have proven as a team that we can win so with a new driver pairing and our strong powertrain partnership with Mercedes-Benz, we have every reason to feel optimistic.

“We’ve prepared well for the season ahead, in Formula E there are so many small details that need to be perfect before you can extract the performance needed to be at the front but we know what it takes to be on the podium. Focus and attention to the smallest of details is critical. We are coming into the first race weekend strong and, as with every race, the focus is on clean races with minimal mistakes with both cars finishing in the points. We’ll soon see what we’re capable of delivering this year.”

Jerome D’Ambrosio, ROKiT Venturi Racing Deputy Team Principal
“Since Formula E’s inception, we have talked about how close the championship is and in the third year of the same generation of cars, I don’t think Season 7 will be any different. If anything, you can expect it to be closer than ever before. There were some good points for the team last season but obviously, we had a difficult Berlin. We’ve worked very hard since then and our goal is to be in the top six in the championship in Season 7.

“We have a good car, we have a good driver lineup, and we had a promising test in Valencia but despite that, there are still a lot of unknowns surrounding the first race. We want to be fighting at the front and challenging for podiums and I can’t see any reason why we wouldn’t be able to do that. We have a passion for the sport, we love the competition and we want to do the very best that we can. It’s our mission to succeed and we want to fight at the front. That’s always the goal and we want to try and make it happen in Diriyah.”

Edoardo Mortara
“I’m looking forward to getting Season 7 underway and it’s great to be back at a race track. I think we have a better car this season and we have been working very hard to resolve the issues we faced last year. Early indications show that our pace is better, but it’s always difficult to know how the other teams will perform, especially in a tight and challenging championship like Formula E. There are a lot of unknowns at this stage.

“Having a good start to the season will be crucial and I think a good set of results in Diriyah will act as a nice boost for us as a team. I want to do much better than we have in previous years and my target is to be fighting for the higher positions on the grid. Last season, we were fighting for the lower places in the championship but I would like us to be one of the top six teams this season. On a personal level though, I want to improve my results as a whole.

“The past two seasons have been very consistent but this year, I would like to regularly challenge for podiums and wins if possible. I want to finish inside the top 10 in the Drivers’ Championship at the very least. At this early stage, we know that the competition will be fierce and it’s really up to us as a team to make the best of what we have. We need to go for it this season – it’s as simple as that.”

Norman Nato
“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a very long time and this coming week in Diriyah is very special for me. I can’t wait to contest my first-ever race in Formula E. We have worked very hard over the winter and we feel ready for the first race of the season. The opening round is always important – it’s our first chance to show what we can deliver in terms of performance and that’s very important for confidence. This is a historic moment in what is a new era for Formula E and we can’t wait to go racing again. We feel ready and we will push hard and do our very best as always.”



Oxford/Shanghai, 23 February 2021: The NIO 333 FE Team will mark the welcome return of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship when it hosts its first ever night races (following strict COVID protocols) on 26 and 27 February from the historic location of Ad-Diriyah to the west of the city of Riyadh.
Following a transitional year for the team and its 333 Racing brand owners, efforts behind the scenes have been firmly focused on a review of all areas to ensure a greatly enhanced operation would be in place for its latest Formula E campaign, and with its most competitive entry to date.

The team has undergone several improvements over the winter months, including changes to its operational and technical staff. Season 7 of the all-electric racing series will be the first full season for 333 Racing since the introduction of the Formula E Gen 2 car and its second running the current control system. Steady progress is expected to be made across all performance areas as the 2021 Championship season unfolds.

The greatest investment made by the team, further proof of its commitment to success, has been the introduction of a bespoke powertrain package. The NIO 333 FE 001 race cars showed reliability promise during pre-season testing in Valencia at the end of 2020, recording the most mileage of any team by the end of the three-day event – 535 laps or 1,679 kilometres.

Team colleagues in Shanghai will also continue a close collaboration with ENOVA Holdings, exclusive FEO regional partner in Greater China – providing NIO 333 FE content for the live broadcasts and exclusive fan experiences.

With motorsport fans across the globe now tuning in to watch the inaugural races of the 2021 ABB FIA Formula E Championship later this week, the NIO 333 FE Team’s attention is drawn to the fast and flowing 2.49 kms circuit that flanks the At-Turaif UNESCO World Heritage Site in Saudi Arabia. The 24 Formula E cars and their Halos, as well as low-power LED technology powered by sustainably sourced biofuel generators, will illuminate the on-track action, pitlane and Team garages.

Oliver Turvey, NIO 333 FE 001 #8
“I’m really excited for the start of the new Formula E season in Diriyah, especially as it will be the first ever night race and as the series becomes an official FIA World Championship. It’s one of my favourite tracks, with a series of high-speed corners and undulations making it a real challenge that will look even more spectacular this year under the lights.
After a positive final day at the Valencia test, I have been training hard and preparing with the team in the simulator. The whole NIO 333 team has put in a huge amount of effort to develop the new powertrain for this season, so I can’t wait to get out on track and go racing again!”

Tom Blomqvist, NIO 333 FE 001 #88
“It’s been a long break since the last Formula E race, and even the test in Valencia, so anticipation for the new season has really built up over the past few weeks. Everyone in the team is really looking forward to getting stuck in. They’ve been working extremely hard on all the developments we’ve had since last season, so we’re excited to get back on track and see where we stand.
Diriyah is not an easy place to start the season, in my opinion. The track is pretty challenging, especially for a rookie; it’s not very forgiving and there’s not a lot of practice in Formula E. This weekend I ultimately just want to be proud of what I achieve by the end of it. I’m not going to put too much expectation on myself; what’s important for me is to get the best out of the weekend. Everything’s a work in progress for us, so if we can extract the potential out of our package, I believe we should come away with some decent results. Let’s see.”

Christian Silk, NIO 333 FE Team Principal
“I have spent all my career in motorsport, and have seen the start of many seasons, but I don’t think it would be an over exaggeration when I say this is one of the most keenly anticipated season openers I have ever experienced.
The engineers are still working hard preparing for the coming races whilst in their hotel rooms and back at base, and the mechanics have plenty of work to complete making final changes to the cars when they get to the circuit. But there is an underlaying feeling of great excitement amongst us all – we are extremely eager to get back to racing. At NIO 333 we know there is still plenty we can do to improve our performance, but this coming weekend will be our first chance to see the results of all our hard work so far and we really can’t wait.”



  • The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship to get underway next weekend in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
  • Diriyah opener to see the first ever Formula E night races held in a thrilling double-header
  • Alexander Sims and Alex Lynn form line up as Mahindra Racing takes on the first ever World Championship season in the brand new M7Electro, powered by ZF and Shell

19 FEBRUARY 2021, BANBURY, UK – The 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship kicks off next week with a double-header race in Saudi Arabia. The momentous event sees Formula E take on official FIA World Championship status for the first time (the only other single-seater championship than Formula 1) and will also be the series’ first ever night race.

Mahindra Racing’s new Season 7 driver line-up consists of Alexander Sims and Alex Lynn. Sims, last year’s Diriyah E-Prix winner, will drive the #29 Mahindra Racing M7Electro, ‘Simsulator’, with Lynn taking the reins of the #94 ‘Shakti’. The M7Electro has an all new powertrain from team partners ZF, and also purpose developed e-fluids and e-greases from Shell.

This year will mark the third year that Formula E has raced the Diriyah track, which weaves its way through the historic buildings and desert that form part of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Racing in the dark is a first for the series and Formula E has ensured that the most sustainable energy processes will be used to light up the track. The latest low-power LED technology will reduce energy consumption by up to 50 per cent.

Rounds 1 and 2 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will take place on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 February, with both Diriyah E-Prix beginning at 8pm local time.


“Diriyah is going to be very competitive, as it always is in Formula E. I’ve been putting a huge amount of preparation time, both in terms of working with the team and on myself. I’ve been spending a lot of time learning the track and ensuring I know the little nuances of it, to know what it takes to go fast around there. I’m excited to get the season started and expect to be fighting for some good points.”


I have fond memories of Diriyah; two pole positions and a win last year was an awesome way to start the season. The track there is really exciting as the first half is just corner after corner after corner and getting a good flow is really important. There are some decent overtaking opportunities as well so I’m looking forward to going back there! One of the unique challenges about Diriyah is that the track has historically been very dusty to start with, and so there has been quite a big track evolution. Trying to predict how the track is going to be by qualifying and then the race is difficult to get exactly right so that keeps things exciting.”


“We’re very happy to get going racing in Diriyah to start the new season. There is no luxury of building up into a season; in Formula E the competition is so fierce and tight that we must hit the ground running. It’s going to be interesting as they’ve resurfaced the track and it will be our first ever night races. Diriyah always knows how to throw a curveball so that, combined with the fact that we always get good racing, sets us in good stead for a thriller of a season opener. Alexander Sims was a star there last year with two pole positions and a win and Alex Lynn has been a very consistent performer in qualifying. With a strong driver pairing and a positive group test in Valencia, we will be targeting podium finishes from round one. Let’s go racing.”

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