Dillmann uncertain of Formula E future 

With FIA Formula E pre-season testing taking place in Valencia at the start of this month, it was noted that former Venturi driver Tom Dillmann had not been allocated any time for testing with the team, or any other team for that matter. 

He had jumped into the Formula E championship in Paris during season three despite minimal testing of any kind, finished his debut race in the points, continuing to impress in the Venturi until the season finale in Montreal. His performance in a car that had struggled all season must have been fustrating, however he carried on testing for the Monaco-based Formula E team over the summer months. So when it was confirmed that Dillmann would not be present at the pre-season testing, you can see why I was surprised to find him standing outside rival team garage Techeetah in the Valencia sun. 

“We are looking to pull something together,” Dillmann starts, as I question him about his future within Formula E, “but it doesn’t look like I will drive with Venturi.”

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Blomqvist adapts to “lack of sound” in Formula E pre-season test

“I am getting my head around it, slowly but surely,” Tom Blomqvist begins after completing his second day of Formula E testing. “There are a lot of things you have to manage and take on during a run, a lot of things to digest but so far so good.”

Blomqvist, a 23-year-old BMW Works driver, is currently competing in DTM but has been gifted the opportunity to test the MS&AD Andretti car in Valencia for the official Formula E pre-season testing. Despite not having much experience in a Formula E car, an odd lap here and there for a shakedown he completed before Valencia, the British driver said he found the car and the level of management “interesting” and a “big change” from his previous motoracing adventures.

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Bird left unimpressed with chicanes that don’t “live up to expectations”

When Formula E confirmed that it would not be returning to Donington for its pre-season testing the hunt for a new racing venue begun. The difficulty in finding a track that is adequately representative to the city-centre street circuits that Formula E race on in the championship would always prove a challenge but a track was finally chosen; Valencia and the Circuit Ricardo Tormo – a popular testing venue, previously hosting Formula 1 and MotoGP.

However two additions to the race circuit have been making headlines this week during testing, and not for the right reasons.

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Pre-season testing: Meet the new Formula E Contenders

With pre-season testing currently underway for season four of the FIA Formula E championship, many teams have used the opportunity to explore driver options for the season ahead.

The pre-season testing in Valencia is welcoming seven new drivers, and below is a quick “who’s who” guide to the new talent we can expect on track over the next three days.

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The Talk at Testing: Live updates from Formula E pre-season testing

The FIA Formula E championship has returned to the race track, as the ten teams and their drivers all rack up their respective lap counts around the Circuit Ricardo Tormo-Valencia. The three day test allows the teams to trial their season four competitors, and offers an opportunity for any new drivers to the all-electric series to experience the cars behind the wheel.

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Is Formula E the most misunderstood motorsport?

Can we just start off with me holding up my hands and saying ‘I get it’.

The noise isn’t quite soul-shattering, the speed might not be breath-taking and the lack of an actual engine is an unappealing factor for many, however Formula E continues to attract not only devoted fans and well-respected drivers, but major manufactures are flocking to the sport in outstanding numbers. Not bad when you consider that the championship is just about to wrap up its third season at a double-header in Montreal this weekend. Despite it’s success both on and off track, Formula E still hasn’t made it as a ‘fan favourite’ just yet. There is no denying that the sound and the battery have meant fans just can’t engage with the sport in the way they would like to but looking past those subjects, Formula E is one of motorsport’s strongest series. Yes, it is no IndyCar or Formula 1 but it isn’t trying to be.

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“Harsh penalties” should be implemented to those that “cheat” Fanboost, according to Bird

FanBoost has been a controversial part of the Formula E weekend since it was introduced at the first ePrix at Beijing in 2014. The idea was to be able to give your favourite driver a ‘boost’ of energy which would then help them during the all-electric races around global city centres. Unfortunately for FanBoost, bots soon became involved and the chance to win FanBoost became less about your fan engagement and more about how much money you had to pay to get you up the rankings.

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