Heidfeld confirms Formula E return for season three

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Nick Heidfeld has confirmed he will return to Formula E for its third season starting in Hong Kong on October 9, but his team is still to be announced.

Heidfeld has raced in Formula E from its inception in 2014, representing Venturi in season one before moving to Mahindra for the second campaign.

With Mahindra, Heidfeld picked up his first Formula E podium in Beijing and finished the season 10th in the drivers’ championship.

In an interview with the official Formula E website, Heidfeld confirmed he’d be returning to the series for its third season, but could not confirm with which team.

“Yes, definitely but I cannot tell you where yet, it hasn’t been confirmed,” Heidfeld said.

“Expect to see my face again.”

Heidfeld is widely expected to return with Mahindra for season three, but the Indian outfit is yet to finalize its line-up. Bruno Senna is set to leave after two seasons, freeing up a seat with the team.

Reflecting on his season, Heidfeld revealed he is still adjusting to life in Formula E and getting used to the capabilities of the teams and technology.

“I’ve had a long career and I try to learn each day, each race, and each team,” Heidfeld said.

“It’s one thing I am still trying to figure out actually after I came out of Formula 1; I tried not to go into any teams with such high expectation as you can be spoiled in F1 as the teams have so much money and resources.

“In Formula E I try to push the team a lot and give a lot of ideas to push the team forward but on the other side I know that if I am being realistic, I can’t expect them to do everything I ask for.

“I am still learning how much and how far to push because it has not only happened once where I thought I will give them the main points to focus on and then you go to the next race and a mistake happens that you knew before could happen and you didn’t mention it because you thought it was too much.”

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.