Formula E

Veloce Esports to host “Not the… AUS GP” virtual race

Two-time ABB Formula E champion Jean-Éric Vergne and Veloce Esports will host an eSports event called “Not the… AUS GP” on Sunday.

Following the cancellation of Formula 1’s Australian Grand Prix, that was due to take place on Sunday, Veloce Esports will host an online race featuring professional drivers competing against top gamers on F1 2019.

Already confirmed to compete is McLaren F1 driver Lando Norris.

The race, which begins at 17:45 GMT, will be streamed live on YouTube and Twitch.

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‼️News ‼️ #NotTheAUSGP Following the cancellation of multiple races across a range of championships, I believe it is our duty at @veloce_esports to continue the racing we all love to see over the next few months. With our platform and the fact that everyone can race from home, while we wait for the coronavirus to be brought under control, we see a huge opportunity to assemble all racing drivers and pro esports drivers to compete against each other. This will provide amazing new racing that racers and fans will love to watch! The race will be broadcast LIVE, on both YouTube.com/veloce_esports and twitch.tv/veloce_esports , go follow @veloce_esports and subscribe so you don’t miss it! #VeloceESports #F1

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Formula E temporarily suspends 2019-20 season

The ABB Formula E championship has suspended the 2019-20 season for the next two months following the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this month the championship postponed both the Rome ePrix and Jakarta ePrix.

A number of countries have since imposed travel restrictions to attempt to halt the number of cases of COVID-19.

A joint statement from Formula E and the FIA read: “Formula E and the FIA have announced that the 2019/20 season will be temporarily suspended for a two-month period, considering the challenge the current health crisis poses to the organisation of events in city-centres.

“The decision, made in coordination with the relevant local authorities to temporarily freeze races held in highly-populated cities, was taken as the most responsible course of action, due to the continued spread of coronavirus and the World Health Organisation officially declaring COVID-19 a pandemic.

“With the well-being of staff, spectators and the entire championship workforce being the number one priority, precautionary measures put in place will restrict races from running during a set timeframe.

“The series is implementing a flag system traditionally used in motorsport, to determine different phases and time windows where races could be rearranged or remain unaffected. Red representing no races, yellow keeping the opportunity open and green going ahead as planned.

“Months marked as red flags are March and April, with May currently categorised as a yellow flag and both June and July given the green flag, should the situation improve and stabilise.

“As a consequence of the suspension, it will no longer be possible to race in Paris and Seoul, or Jakarta as previously announced on the originally scheduled dates.

“Working in collaboration with the FIA and local authorities in each event location, Formula E will closely monitor the situation and evaluate options to organise and reschedule races following the temporary suspension.

“Right now is the time to take responsible actions and this is why we have decided to temporarily suspend the season and move forward with introducing measures to freeze races from taking place over the next two months,” said Alejandro Agag, Founder & Chairman of Formula E.

“Motorsport plays a major part in our lives and it is important, but what is more important is the health and safety of our staff, fans and their families, as well as citizens in the cities we race.

“The ABB FIA Formula E Championship will be back in full force, once the ongoing health crisis and spread of COVID- 19 has subsided.”

The Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy has also cancelled its races.

Formula E postpones Jakarta ePrix

The ABB Formula E championship has postponed the Jakarta ePrix, which was due to take place on 6 June, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Last week Formula E postponed April’s Rome ePrix due to the large volume of cases of COVID-19 in Italy.

A statement from Formula E read: “As instructed by the Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan – and in consultation together with Formula E, the FIA, Ikatan Motor Indonesia (IMI) and the Organising Committee of the Jakarta E-Prix (OC) – it will no longer be possible to race in Jakarta on the scheduled date of June 6, 2020.

“Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the escalating number of cases in Indonesia and Jakarta, the decision has been taken as the most responsible course of action, to protect the health and safety of championship participants, staff and spectators.

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely with the relevant authorities and the Organising Committee of the Jakarta E-Prix, in order to assess the possibilities of rescheduling the race at a later date.”

“With the growing number of COVID-19 cases in countries where Formula E currently has events scheduled to be held, we are evaluating contingency plans to lessen the potential impact of coronavirus and maintain the highest possible number of races on the calendar for season six,” said Alberto Longo, Co-Founder of Formula E.

“It is a fluid situation, developing on a daily basis and we remain realistic and flexible in our approach to alternative options, which will be communicated in due course.

“These include adding double-headers to existing events, using permanent facilities and racing behind closed doors if necessary and advised to do so by local authorities in any given location.”

Formula E postpones Rome ePrix

The ABB Formula E championship has postponed the Rome ePrix, which was due to take place on 4 April, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

A statement from Formula E read: “As a consequence of the ongoing health emergency in Italy and according to the provisions set out in the ministerial decree concerning measures to counteract and contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country – which includes sporting events with large crowds and spectators in close proximity – it will no longer be possible to stage the Rome E-Prix on April 4, 2020.

“Formula E, in agreement with the relevant authorities in Rome, EUR S.p.A and together with the FIA and Automobile Club d’Italia (ACI), will work closely with championship partners and stakeholders in order to assess and review alternative options to postpone the Rome E-Prix to a later date once restrictions have been lifted.

“All ticket holders will be contacted through the appropriate channels in the coming days.”

Formula E Rookie Test: Who’s driving in Marrakesh?

The annual Formula E rookie test will take place in Marrakesh on 1 March, following the ePrix on 29 February.

Drivers from a number of categories will take part in the test from Formula 3 championships to endurance racers.

Audi

Mattia Drudi Kelvin van der Linde

BMW

Lucas Auer

Kyle Kirkwood

Dragon

Joel Eriksson

Sérgio Sette Câmara

Jaguar

Jamie Chadwick

Sacha Fenestraz

Mahindra

Sam Dejonghe

Pipo Derani

Mercedes

Jake Hughes

Daniel Juncadella

NIO

Daniel Cao

Antonio Fuoco

Nissan

Jann Mardenborough

Mitsunori Takaboshi

Porsche

Fred Mako

Thomas Preining

Techeetah

Filipe Albuquerque

James Rossiter

Venturi

Arthur Leclerc

Norman Nato

Virgin Nick Cassidy

Alice Powell