Exclusive: Wehrlein set to balance Mahindra FE drive with another series

Exclusive: Wehrlein set to balance Mahindra FE drive with another series

His name has been linked with the F1 Toro Rosso seat, as well as various Formula E drives, however ex-F1 driver and former DTM Champion Pascal Wehrlein was confirmed to be joining the Mahindra Racing line up for season five of Formula E yesterday.

His partnership with Formula E veteran Jérôme D’Ambrosio has impressed many and it’s hoped that the new duo can continue the impressive form the team has managed over the past four seasons with three wins to their name.

However, speaking to katyfairman.com, the Formula E debutant revealed that part of the influence of singing with Mahindra was because he could participate in another motorsport series in addition to his Formula E drive.

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Vandoorne talks about his swap from F1 to Formula E

Vandoorne talks about his swap from F1 to Formula E

After the announcement last week that current McLaren Formula 1 driver, Stoffel Vandoorne, was to swap the world of F1 for the all-electric circus of Formula E, many motorsport fans were left in shock. However, the decision made to embrace electric has lead to him being part of one of the strongest team-mate pairings the sport has seen, with current DTM Champion Gary Paffett concluding the HWA Formula E Team line-up.

With his fresh commitment to Formula E, in addition to his existing racing contract with McLaren, Vandoorne only has two days of testing available to him in Valencia. A fact made even more unfortunate when his car suffered battery issues on the first day of testing, resulting in only a handful of laps being set all day.

“No, I don’t know what’s going on,” Vandoorne started when asked about his reliability woes on Tuesday evening to katyfairman.com. “It’s not been an easy day for us. I think it was always going to be a bit difficult for us. The whole team is new to this series, myself and Gary [Paffett] as well. We are all new. We knew that we would run through a few issues and I think it’s a shame not to be out there and be running but you have got to give us and HWA a little time. All the people working here are extremely competitive and extremely competent and I’m sure in the future, once we get up and running, everything will go well.”

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“It’s black or it’s white – there is no grey”: Allan McNish talks the ‘challenging’ transition from Driver to Team Principal

“It’s black or it’s white – there is no grey”: Allan McNish talks the ‘challenging’ transition from Driver to Team Principal

Allan McNish is someone who knows motorsport like the back of his hand. An ex-Formula One driver, 2013 FIA World Endurance Champion, and three-time 24hs Le Mans winner, McNish is not only one of the most talented individuals in motorsport, he is also one of the most-liked and respected.

These days he can be found offering expert opinions and analysis for the WEC ‘Super Season’ as a broadcaster or in his newly-appointed role of Team Principal for the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Formula E Team. Having been linked with Audi Sport since 1999 and proving his worth as a truly fantastic ambassador for the German car manufacturer, it was no surprise that since announcing his retirement in 2013 he has stayed within the motorsport community in a more managerial role.

“I had a lot of success on the circuit but we [myself and Audi] also had success off it and so when I stopped racing, I knew I wanted to continue in the sport because it is my life and also because I knew that I wanted to continue with the people I had built my life with,” McNish states when I ask him about life after professional racing.

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Massa hints at future Formula E drive whilst at Rome ePrix

Massa hints at future Formula E drive whilst at Rome ePrix

Since his retirement from F1 at the end of last year, it has been no secret that Felipe Massa has had a keen interest into Formula E. He tested the Jaguar Formula E car in February last year and all but confirmed that he would be moving to the all-electric championship after his F1 career was over.

Making a guest appearance at the Rome ePrix this weekend, Massa spoke to katyfairman.com about the big rumour that he would be joining the ABB FIA Formula E Championship from the 2018/19 season.

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Exclusive Interview with YouTube Star Tiametmarduk

Exclusive Interview with YouTube Star Tiametmarduk

Benjamin Daly, better known to fans as Tiametmarduk, “makes videos sometimes” according to his Instagram biography. The statement is true to an extent, but what he doesn’t delve into is that he has an audience of over 200,000 subscribers all loyally watching his Formula 1 gameplay or vlogs which now have a total 77.7 million YouTube hits on his channel. Seriously impressive stuff seeing as Daly started making videos only a few years ago. I caught up with the Aussie to talk about his journey into YouTube, the opportunities he has received through his videos and what the future of simulation racing could look like.

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Gasly: single seaters should remain ‘open cockpit’

Gasly: single seaters should remain ‘open cockpit’

Current GP2 Champion Pierre Gasly explains why is not a fan of the halo device, after trialling it with Red Bull Racing late last year.

It’s one of the hottest topics in Formula 1 right now: should the halo protection device be introduced into the sport? A small percentage think it is a necessary step forward for the safety of the sport, others argue that it will ruin the dangerous aspect that both the drivers and fans love. One driver who have voiced his opinion against the idea of the halo device is 2016 GP2 Champion Pierre Gasly, with the GP2 Championship recently being rebranded as the FIA Formula 2 Championship.

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In Detail: Meet Motorsport Jewellery Designer Alyssa Smith

In Detail: Meet Motorsport Jewellery Designer Alyssa Smith

Most of you will know about Alyssa Smith. Her marvellous motorsport jewellery has caught the imagination of thousands and are adored by both fans and those in the media. Taking time from her crazy schedule, I managed to catch up with Alyssa to find out where the idea of a motorsport collection came about and what life as a jewellery designer is really like.

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