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Rosenqvist wins second Hong Kong race after Abt disqualification

Spins and disqualifications for second round

Sidepodcast: Rosenqvist wins second Hong Kong race after Abt disqualification

by Christine

Felix Rosenqvist earned himself pole position for the second race in Hong Kong, but the Mahindra driver spun on the first lap and dropped himself down to 11th place. That was after a safety car start, where the cars trawled around for one lap due to a failure of the starting lights. The action got going, but wasn't as frantic as yesterday's race thanks to the extra laps and fuel saving required.

Race highlights - Hong Kong Round 2

Energy saving dominates and two spins dictate the order

Sidepodcast: Race highlights - Hong Kong Round 2

by Christine

The second race of the season was just two laps longer than the first but it made an incredible difference on the type of spectacle witnessed. Rather than all out squabbling for position, it was a lesson in energy management, sensible driving and keeping your head. Some managed this better than others, and a spin on the first lap and on the final lap (by two different drivers) had a huge impact on the results.

Sam Bird takes victory in opening Hong Kong race

Early red flag delays action

Sidepodcast: Sam Bird takes victory in opening Hong Kong race

by Christine

Jean-Éric Vergne had pole position for the first round of the 2017/18 Formula E season, but he lost out to Sam Bird after an early red flag period halted the race. The front runners got through the first few corners cleanly but at the back, Lotterer hit the barriers and caused a four-car traffic jam as the others couldn't get past.

Race highlights - Hong Kong Round 1

Red flags, pit lane incidents, drive through penalties and more

Sidepodcast: Race highlights - Hong Kong Round 1

by Christine

If you're looking for fast-paced racing action, Formula E is the place to go. The first round of the season kicked off with a disappointingly long red flag period caused by the FIA's continuing incompetence, but once the action got going, it was non-stop action. The lead changed hands halfway through, and we even saw a penalty for the race leader to add to the will-he-won't-he tension.

A beginners guide to FanBoost

How to give your favourite driver a competitive edge

Sidepodcast: A beginners guide to FanBoost

by Christine

One of the fun and unique things about Formula E is their FanBoost initiative, which encourages fans to use social media and apps to influence racing action. I’ve seen this in action in a couple of races and on replay, and have actually voted already for this weekend’s first round in Hong Kong, but it occurred to me that I wasn't really confident what I was doing.

Previewing the new Formula E season

Committed to throwing the combustion engine into the recycling bin

Sidepodcast: Previewing the new Formula E season

by Christine

The first round of the 2017/18 Formula E season is mere days away now, and you may have noticed that we're gearing up to go all in on the electric racing series this year. We've got a few posts on Sidepodcast already, and a few podcast episodes too, but there are people far more knowledgable than us out there creating great content. So, if you're knew to Formula E and want a quick start guide, have a perusal through the below links to get fully up to speed for the future of motorsport!

Ricciardo rules the rankings

Daniel takes home his third Christine's Rankings title

Sidepodcast: Ricciardo rules the rankings

by Christine

The Christine's Rankings championship for 2017 has come to a close, and there can only be one winner. Whereas there was only one way the real F1 championship was going to go, this year's rankings could have been anyone's. It was close to start with but gradually it became apparent one driver had the edge on the others, and it is he that has secured the title. So, let us celebrate the 2017 Rankings champion - Daniel Ricciardo!

The power to change your mind

A reversal of thoughts on the future of electric racing

Sidepodcast: The power to change your mind

by Bridget Schuil

I was wrong about electric cars. I was studying ecology at the time, so really should have known better than to slate green tech. I thought jet fuelled cars were going to be the way of the future, not realizing that, if I had paid attention in inorganic chemistry, I would have known that 1) jet fuel is far too volatile for civilian use, and 2) water is a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. I also thought that charge networks were a silly idea when most of the world’s power came from fossil fuels.

I have to remember that one - Christine's Rankings, Week 37

Final points round up of the year as the champion earns his crown

Sidepodcast: I have to remember that one - Christine's Rankings, Week 37

by Christine

It's the final Christine's Rankings update of the season, and with it comes a new championship. Well, no, not a new champion and not a surprise one either - Daniel Ricciardo has absolutely dominated the rankings this year, and we will celebrate his championship defence a little later. For now, enjoy the final wrap up from Abu Dhabi, which includes plenty of quiz questions and fan Q&As, plus some bellydancing and bottle throwing.

Race information - Abu Dhabi 2017

Get up to speed with the final round of the season

Sidepodcast: Race information - Abu Dhabi 2017

by Christine

It's been a long season but we have reached the final race of the 2017 calendar. With the championship sewn up, and Felipe Massa bidding his fond farewells in Brazil last time out, it does certainly feel like this is one race too many. Abu Dhabi hasn't always provided exciting racing in the past either, but no matter, it's the final race of the year and we can bid a fond farewell to the season gone by, and start looking ahead at the one to come.

Formula E's fourth global tour

The 2017/18 calendar in fourteen short, sharp rounds

Sidepodcast: Formula E's fourth global tour

by Christine

The fourth Formula E season is rapidly approaching, with fourteen rounds spanning eleven countries across eight months. Compared to the Formula One calendar, the 2017/18 Formula E season is blissfully short, but it does suffer from an inconsistency that makes it somewhat hard to keep track of. That being the case, I’m putting together this table to help me follow along, and it might be useful for others as well.

Agag warns Formula E could leave UK due to Brexit tax concerns

Political concerns could move headquarters

Sidepodcast: Agag warns Formula E could leave UK due to Brexit tax concerns

by Christine

CEO of Formula E, Alejandro Agag, has warned that he may be forced to take the sport out of the UK overnight if the Brexit deal isn't satisfactory in terms of tax and employment clauses. He said: "We have a lot of expats that work in the company, and a lot of our contracts come from the European Union in terms of sponsorship, so if there is not a deal in terms of tax and employment, we will leave."

Heart of the city

Alex Lynn gives Formula E an introduction on BBC Radio 2

Sidepodcast: Heart of the city

by Christine

This winter, I'm really enthusiastic about getting to know Formula E better and fully engaging with what has been and continues to be an exciting avenue of motorsport. I've previously wanted to get on board but been stopped by time constraints and angst over missing French drivers, but the time has come for me to put all that aside and start paying proper attention.