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Miami added for 2025 as biggest ever Formula E calendar is announced

Formula E have announced the provisional calendar for Season 11 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, with the largest number of races and locations set for a season, following validation of the FIA World Motorsport Council. 

For the first time in the series history, Formula E will complete a 17-race season, spanning across 11 locations worldwide.  

The Season 11 campaign will begin in São Paulo on the 7 December 2024 following pre-season testing on 4-7 November 2024 in Valencia. It will be the first time the all-new GEN3 EVO race car will be put through its paces and tested in public, capable of 0-60mph in just 1.82 seconds – 36% faster than the current GEN3. 

The all-electric world championship will return to Miami for the first time since Season 1, debuting a brand-new location – Homestead Miami Speedway. The venue holds a huge amount of racing heritage, making it the perfect destination for Formula E to introduce a new form of racing to the sports-mad fans in Miami. 

Monaco will, for the first time in the Principality’s history, host separate back-to-back motor races on the full Circuit de Monaco given the competitive and action-packed nature of Formula E races. 

Following a hugely successful inaugural Tokyo E-Prix, the Japanese capital will see a double-header of thrilling electric racing in Season 11. 

The team are delighted to see Shanghai returning to the bumper Season 11 calendar, after a thrilling return to China in Season 10. 

 After a one-year hiatus, Jakarta is back on the calendar for the 2024/2025 season, which will be followed with the finale double-header in the ExCel arena in London. 

Jeff Dodds, CEO of Formula E, said: “For Season 11 we’re taking electric racing to the next level and doings things never been done before in motorsport.

“Our world-leading GEN3 EVO will debut in front of hundreds of millions of fans around the globe, while adding two brand new locations and combinations of double-headers to grow our sport further.” 

2024/25 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship Calendar *

Event Round(s) Location Date(s)
1 1 Brazil, São Paulo 7 December 2024
2 2 Mexico, Mexico City 11 January 2025
3 3&4 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Diriyah 14 &15 February 2025
4 5 TBD 8 March 2025
5 6 United States of America, Miami 12 April 2025
6 7&8 Principality of Monaco, Monaco 3 & 4May 2025
7 9&10 Japan, Tokyo 17 & 18 May 2025
8 11&12 China, Shanghai 31 May & 1June 2025
9 13 Indonesia, Jakarta 21 June 2025
10 14&15 Germany, Berlin 12 & 13 July 2025
11 16&17 United Kingdom, London 26 & 27 July 2025
*Subject to FIA WMSC approval

Envision Racing are the Season 9 Team’s World Champions and have amassed the most podiums in Formula E history, following two podiums secured in Season 10 from Sebastien Buemi and Robin Frijns.  

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Envision Racing announce rookie drivers for Berlin

Envision Racing are pleased to confirm that Alice Powell and Dries Vanthoor will be participating in the Berlin rookie test day on May 13th. 

The rookie test day, which will follow the Berlin E-Prix race weekend, will see Powell and Vanthoor both get their first taste of GEN3 machinery. 

Powell, 31, has played a crucial role for many years with Envision Racing as the Test & Development driver, and previously tested the GEN2 in Marrakesh and Valencia. The British driver has previously completed shakedowns in the GEN3 but will embark on her first full day of running in Berlin in just over a week. 

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to take part in the rookie test day in Berlin,” said Alice Powell. 

“I’ve been working with the team for a long time and have completed a lot of simulator work over the past few seasons, so to get the chance to have a full day in the GEN3 on track is going to be really useful for me, and hopefully also for the team.” 

Dries Vanthoor is currently racing in the World Endurance Championship, and boasts an impressive racing CV, including a win in the LMGTE category at the 24 hours of Le Mans. The test in the German capital will mark his debut in Formula E.  

Vanthoor, 26, said: “I’m really looking forward to my first ever Formula E test. It’s a great championship, and I’m excited to try out the Gen3 car with Envision Racing. 

“It’s a good learning opportunity to try out a different discipline of motorsport, especially the advanced technologies in Formula E.” 

Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director and CTO of Envision Racing said; “We are happy to have two very talented drivers step into our cars for the rookie test day. Dries and Alice have both achieved a lot in their careers, and we’re looking forward to seeing them out on track in Berlin.” 

The weekend at the Tempelhof will be an interesting weekend for the Green Machine, as main drivers Sebastien Buemi and Robin Frijns are unable to take part in either of the races. This has resulted in Paul Aron and Joel Eriksson getting the call up to race in Round 9 & 10.  

Although it has been a difficult first half of the season, the reigning World Champions are heading into the second half of the season fully focused on maximising each race and bringing home crucial points.  

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Jack Aitken to take part in Rookie Session in Misano

Jack Aitken will drive for Envision Racing in the upcoming Misano Rookie Session.

Envision Racing is pleased to announce Jack Aitken will be joining the team for the rookie session in Misano during Round 6 & 7 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

Aitken, 28, had his first experience of Formula E last season, where he took part in the Berlin rookie test day and the rookie practice session in Rome for Envision Racing.

The rookie session in Misano will take place on Friday 12th April, as an FP0 session before the race weekend commences.

“I’m looking forward to another outing with Envision, this time at Misano, a much more traditional circuit than the ones I’ve experienced so far,” said Jack Aitken.

“Apart from this change in scenery I’m glad to join the team at another event, it’s always fascinating to sample the car and then watch and learn from everyone during the weekend.”

The British-South Korean racer has gained a vast amount of single-seater experience in his career to date, including making his Formula 1 debut with Williams Racing at the Sakhir Grand Prix back in 2020.

“We are very pleased to welcome Jack Aitken back to Envision Racing for the rookie session in Misano,” said Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director and Chief Technical Officer at Envision Racing.

“Jack provided lots of useful feedback to the team following his tests last season in Berlin and Rome, so we are excited to have him step into the car again.

“This will be our first ever race in Misano, and we are confident Jack will once again provide the team with great feedback following the rookie session.”

Envision Racing have had a productive start to the season, with both Sébastien Buemi and Robin Frijns scoring podiums in Mexico City and Diriyah respectively. Last time out in Tokyo saw Frijns bring home some points in P9 despite having damage, and Buemi cut through from the back of the grid to eventually finish in P13.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2024

Ahead of International Women’s Day, Envision Racing’s Test & Development Driver, Alice Powell, took us and Official Team Partner, Superdry, for a spin on the simulator to tell us more about her career, and dive deeper into opportunities for females in motorsport.

 

Alice Powell has been an integral part of the team since Season 6, when she first stepped into Formula E machinery during a rookie test in Marrakesh. Since then, she has played a vital role within the team, working on the simulator to aid the team with testing and development work, as well as race preparation.

 

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we invited Superdry to join Alice in the sim for a day, to share what goes into her role with the Team, and to give our Official Clothing Supplier an interview with a twist – an interview as she drives the sim.

Speaking from the Simulator as she virtually navigated around the London E-Prix circuit, Powell tells us how she started racing when she was around nine years old. Since then, the Briton has gone onto win a Formula Renault championship, and score points in a GP3 Series race. To add to this impressive CV, Powell also finished in the top three of the championship standings three seasons in a row in the W Series.

 

As she expertly negotiates the twists and turns of the circuit, she talks about the importance of continuing to inspire young women in motorsport consistently, and not just for one day each year.

 

She explains how throughout her career she has always been categorised as a ‘female driver’, but doesn’t feel her success should be measured against gender; “a lot of people say, ‘what’s it like to be a female driver?’ And I say well actually I’m a driver, I just want to be counted as another driver, racing and performing out on circuit doing the best for the team.”

 

As a new partner of the team, Superdry share our ethos on Sustainability, but this interview gave them a chance to learn more about our efforts to ensure equality in racing too, and inspire young women through Formula E.

When it comes to opportunities for women to feel more included into the motor racing world, Powell tells us how “lots of teams are doing mentorship programmes for young females”. She goes on to talk about Formula E and their Girls on Track initiative. “Formula E has linked up with Girls on Track, to try and inspire young girls to come into the sport, who might just need that little bit of inspiration somewhere, and if I can help with that, then obviously that’s great.”

 

Girls on Track aims to bring a positive experience of the motorsport world to young women, and it’s not just about becoming a driver. The programme gives young women first-hand experience of a racing environment, and insight into the multitude of careers available on and off track.

 

Alice tells us how times are changing “there’s lots of opportunities in motorsport making it more inclusive for female drivers, and also female mechanics, journalists etc.” So, whether they’re inspired to become a driver, or to explore opportunities in STEM subjects, Girls on Track is empowering young women through racing, to give them confidence in what they can achieve.

Powell is no stranger to getting on board with initiatives to inspire young females across the globe. Last season she joined our all-female panel for RACC Berlin, a Race Against Climate Change Event that shone a spotlight on Females in Motorsport. The panel discussed how women are inspiring positive change in motor racing and how this progress has put them at the forefront of technological development that is critical in the Race Against Climate Change.

 

Alongside her role as the Team’s Test and Development Driver, Alice performs other roles in racing. She is a driver coach for a number of young racers, and is also a commentator and pundit, all roles that give her a platform to inspire young women in motorsport.

 

To view the whole interview and watch Alice Powell driving our simulator click here.

 

Read more here on how Envision Racing and Superdry are driving sustainability in style.

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Electric motorsport fans make over 150,000 sustainability pledges

Envision Racing, the leading British Formula E race team, has revealed that it has successfully reached the milestone of over 150,000 climate positive pledges submitted as part of the Race Against Climate Change™ (RACC) initiative. 

Envision Racing, known as the ‘greenest team on the greenest grid’, launched the consumer-facing part of RACC, called the Sustainable Chain, to empower its fans and their communities to make green pledges and drive climate action in the wake of the UN’s COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. 

A major player in Formula E, Formula One’s electric counterpart, Envision Racing is planting a mangrove tree in Madagascar – through its tree planting partner Earthly and Eden Reforestation Projects – for every pledge made.

To date, there’s been both 150,000 pledges and planted trees. In total, fans’ actions have saved over 38 million kilograms of dangerous carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere.  

 

The Sustainable Chain campaign tasks fans with taking one of ten pledges to help save the planet. Via Envision Racing’s website, fans calculate their carbon footprint and then watch it diminish as they introduce green lifestyle changes. These include:  

  • Swapping to an electric vehicle 
  • Commuting by bike or public transport to work 
  • Sourcing local food 
  • Switching to a renewable energy supplier 
  • Making energy efficiency improvements at home 
  • Flying less 
  • Installing solar panels 
  • Reducing meat consumption 
  • Cutting down on water usage and producing less waste 

With an aim of inspiring one million pledges from individuals across the world, the scheme was launched in partnership with American teen actor Aidan Gallagher – star of Netflix’s Umbrella Academy series and a United Nations Environment Programme ambassador. He worked in tandem with the Envision Racing team to inspire climate action among his 25 million social media fans.  

“We have ambitious plans for the future of the Sustainable Chain campaign, with new celebrity ambassadors and media partners lined up to help us reach our target of one million climate pledges,” says electric racing pioneer Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director of Envision Racing. 

“At Envision Racing, we exist to energise the Race Against Climate Change, by creating experiences that accelerate the transition to clean, secure and affordable renewable energy. On and off the track, we raise awareness of the benefits of electric vehicles, but we also work to connect our fans with environmental issues and provide them with information on tangible actions that can drive real change. 

“While the impact of this campaign is focused on enabling our fans and wider audiences to reduce their environmental footprint, it is closely aligned with our overarching aspiration for Envision Racing to be ‘the greenest team on the greenest grid’ and our efforts to reduce the environmental impact of our operations and maintain our carbon neutral status.” 

Envision Racing was the first team in Formula E to be certified carbon neutral by the Carbon Trust in 2020. It is one of a handful of teams to have achieved three-star sustainability accreditation from motorsport’s global governing body, the FIA – an accreditation that was recently confirmed as having been successfully renewed.

The status recognises that the team retains the highest level of commitment to the environmental and sustainability goals set out by the governing body.

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“I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT 100!” – FORMULA E CENTURY FOR BUEMI

 

ENVISION RACING’S SÉBASTIEN BUEMI CELEBRATED 100 FORMULA E STARTS AT THE DIRIYAH E-PRIX AND LOOKS BACK AT A GLITTERING CAREER SO FAR

“Well, it means I’ve been there for quite a long time!”

These are the words of Envision Racing’s Sébastien Buemi when asked what it means to have competed in 100 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship races. However, there is way more to this impressive motorsport century than simple longevity.

Buemi’s motorsport career is the story of one of the most versatile racing drivers in recent decades. Whether it be in single-seaters or closed-cockpit LMP1 machines in the World Endurance Championship (WEC), the Swiss driver has done it all.

This has included a 55-race tenure in Formula One with Toro Rosso, plus a stint as a Red Bull Racing test driver. Since 2012, Buemi has won the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans four times and claimed the WEC crown three times, and is the reigning series champion.

At the Diriyah E-Prix, Buemi celebrated his 100th Formula E race with a sensational pole position in just his second qualifying session with Envision Racing, and scored more big points to end the weekend third in the championship standings.

“I’m still enjoying competing in Formula E,” affirmed Buemi. “Obviously, it’s nicer when you can start at the front and fight at the front, and so far this season we have done that. I’m very confident that Envision Racing have the right tools, and can give me the right environment to do well, and that is the most important thing to me.


“It was emotional to win the pole position for the first race in Saudi Arabia this year, but winning races is the main goal this season, but being currently third in a championship is a nice thing. Hopefully I can build up on that and still be strong later in the season. That would be mega.”

 

 

Buemi’s recent pace and form with Envision Racing is no surprise. He started the very first Formula E race ever held in Beijing, back in September 2014, and went on to win three times that season, finishing second in the championship standings.

In season two of Formula E, Buemi went one better, claiming the championship in the season finale on the streets of London in dramatic fashion, where he overcame rival Lucas di Grassi by just two points. Unsurprisingly, this title triumph ranks as one of Buemi’s fondest memories from a century of Formula E races.

“My first win in season one at the Punta del Este E-Prix in Uruguay was an incredible achievement for me personally and a definite career highligh” recalled Buemi. “Obviously beyond that, when I claimed the championship title in London 2016, and maybe my last win so far in New York, which was back in 2019 – that was a very nice moment.”

Despite being one of the most successful drivers in Formula E history with a championship title and 13 victories, it hasn’t all been plain sailing. Buemi last stepped on the podium at the final race of the Covid-19 impacted season six in Berlin, and following that has endured a chastening couple of years

“The last two seasons for me have been hard,” admitted Buemi. “We were uncompetitive and it’s mentally been very difficult to deal with. On  top of that, I guess losing the championship in season one and season three was hard to take. Losing out in season three was  especially hard as  I had to miss two races because of WEC commitments, and that made it hard to fight back.”

 

Judging by the race and qualifying performances so far in 2023, it looks as if behind the wheel of Envision Racing’s Jaguar I-Type 6 the good times are back for Buemi. As the new faster and more efficient world of GEN3 gathers momentum, Formula E continues to push boundaries. For Buemi, it was a pleasure to have been involved in it all from the very beginning.

Reflecting on the early days of the series, Buemi stated: “I had no real expectation when I got into the car in Beijing as to what the future would be like for Formula E, so I was happily surprised by how professional and how big the whole thing was straight from the beginning. I hoped that the championship would grow quickly and that more manufacturers would join.

“I definitely did not expect it to grow as quick and as fast as it did, especially because attracting manufacturers and big teams to a new form of motorsport  is not something simple. Overall, Formula E has done well, and I’m obviously delighted that I was there for the first race, and I’m still there. and I’ve now done more than a hundred races. I’m looking forward to the next 100!”