Formation of Andretti Technologies confirmed ahead of FIA Formula E finale

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LONDON – Ahead of the finale for the inaugural FIA Formula E season in London this weekend, Andretti Autosport has announced the formation of Andretti Technologies, a new company focusing on new innovations and advanced engineering.

The second Formula E season will see eight of the teams design their own powertrains working as manufacturers, with Andretti being granted this status back in January.

In a press conference in London ahead of this weekend’s ePrix, the formation of Andretti Technologies was confirmed in partnership with TE Connectivity. The latter’s colors will don the Andretti Formula E cars this weekend.

Andretti Technologies will be chiefly responsible for the design and production of the powertrains used by the Andretti Formula E Team from season two, which is set to kick off this fall.

“On behalf of Michael Andretti, who regretfully can’t be here today, I am proud and pleased to announce for you the formation of our newest company called Andretti Technologies,” executive vice president J.F. Thormann said on Friday.

“Andretti Technologies will serve as the advanced engineering arm across all of the Andretti companies.”

Director of motorsport development Roger Griffiths echoed Thormann’s thoughts, and explained how Andretti would be working alongside TE Connectivity.

“We are very excited about the new partnership between Andretti Technologies and TE,” Griffiths said. “We believe we have found a company that not only matches our passion for innovation and engineering in the arena of electrified vehicles but also shares our competitive spirit on the track too.

“A relationship that originally started on the racetrack in Indianapolis and has grown ever since, we are very proud to have TE continue to be part of the Andretti family.”

The new partnership will see the Andretti Formula E cars race with TE Connectivity branding this weekend and during pre-season testing in England over the summer.

“The livery on the car we have today is what we’ll have through this weekend and through the testing programme,” Griffiths said.

“As we move to season two, we’re sure we’ll see some updates on that, and that could potentially be the source of more exciting announcements to come.”

Dutch Grand Prix becomes fourth Formula 1 race canceled this season

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ZANDVOORT, Netherlands — The Dutch Grand Prix became the fourth Formula One race canceled this season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, after organizers decided Thursday they didn’t want to play host to an event without spectators.

It was to be the first Dutch GP since 1985, but F1 wants to start the season with no spectators at races.

“We would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands,” race director Jan Lammers said in a statement. “We ask everyone to be patient. I had to look forward to it for 35 years, so I can wait another year.”

The race in Zandvoort was set for May 3 and initially postponed. Fans who bought tickets can use them next year.

The coastal circuit has been redesigned, with some corners banked to facilitate faster racing.

The other races canceled this year were the season-opening Australian GP on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the French GP on June 28.

Another six have been postponed.

F1 organizers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15 to 18 races this season, starting in July with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP.