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Faraday Future becomes Long Beach ePrix title sponsor

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Electric vehicle company Faraday Future has been named as the title sponsor for the upcoming Formula E race in Long Beach, California.

Faraday Future works to develop electric vehicle solutions, and is planning to lunch its first EV in 2017. The FFZERO1 concept car is set to travel to Long Beach and be on display in the fan e-village.

“Beyond offering thrilling competition and breakneck entertainment, Formula E also acts as an open invitation test bed for the latest sustainable technology,” a release from Faraday Future reads.

“This championship race will be the sixth stop on ePrix’s 2015/2016 tour and the only American race this season. We are honored to be involved with this visionary FIA championship series.”

Nick Sampson, SVP of R&D and engineering at Faraday Future was delighted to announce the title sponsorship and to become involved with Formula E.

“I’m excited to experience this new frontier of automotive competition. Some have this misconception that electric vehicles are somehow “boring” – I think Formula E does a great deal to dispel that theory,” Sampson said.

“These vehicles not only rival their traditional counterparts; they will soon surpass them. Electric vehicles like FFZERO1 operate more dynamically – for example, we have a motor for each wheel, each controlled individually, optimizing power outputs for more deliberate handling and greater performance.

“This allows drivers to customize the way their platform operates to truly unleash its potential under their individual driving techniques.

“These vehicles are far from boring – on the contrary, they harness far more possibilities than anything we’ve seen before.”

The Faraday Future Long Beach ePrix takes place on April 2.

Valtteri Bottas wins chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix

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SPIELBERG, Austria — Valtteri Bottas won a chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix while six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after getting a late time penalty Sunday.

The Formula One race was interrupted three times by a safety car, and nine of 20 drivers abandoned, including both Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon – who tried to overtake Hamilton on the outside with 10 laps left, touched wheels and flew off track.

Hamilton was given a 5-second time penalty for causing the collision, having earlier been hit with a three-place grid penalty after an incident in Saturday’s qualifying was reviewed by stewards.

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Bottas led all 71 laps in the eighth victory of his career. It was the second consecutive victory in the season opener for the Finn, though he won four months earlier in 2019 after this season’s start was delayed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Lando Norris of McLaren F1 celebrates after his first podium finish (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).

Bottas started from pole position and Hamilton from fifth, but it looked like a straight fight between the two Mercedes drivers as has been the case so often in recent years.

But late drama in Spielberg ensured otherwise and Hamilton’s time penalty meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari, and Lando Norris sent McLaren’s garage into raptures – and threw all social distancing rules out of the window amid the euphoria – with third place.

It was the 20-year-old British driver’s first career podium, and his superb final lap was the fastest of a dramatic season opener.

Norris became the youngest British driver to secure a podium finish and the third-youngest ever in Formula One.

Valtteri Bottas leads Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).