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The defending FIA Formula E Championship Teams’ title winners Renault e.dams, unveiled its new livery for the Renault Z.E.17 at the L'Atelier Renault Cafe on the Champs Elysees in Paris today, to kick-start their season four championship campaign.

The new livery keeps the same vivid blue and electric yellow from last season, the Renault Z.E.17 will make its track debut at Formula E’s official pre-season test in Valencia next week, before making its way to Hong Kong for the 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship opener on December 2 & 3.

Sebastien Buemi, said: "I am delighted about the destinations for this year but even more so to be able to finally welcome an E-Prix in my home country, Switzerland. It is a dream come true. Zurich is the biggest city in the country and it will be incredible to race there. I am very impatient to discover the circuit and race for my country.”

Nico Prost, said: "It is always a pleasure to discover new cities. I am happy to return to certain tracks like Hong Kong, Paris, New York and Montreal. I look forward to discovering the new destinations in South America. We have always been warmly welcomed!’’

Alain Prost, co-founder and team principal of Renault e.dams, said:  “I am delighted to finally lift the veil on the colors we will use to defend our title in this new season. Our goal remains the same as it has been for the past three years: win the Team’s and Driver’s championships. We have seen that the competition will be tougher with some major car manufacturers joining us in the championship but we have a very good team and a very solid technical partner with Renault. We also have two excellent drivers, who have worked very well together since the beginning of our adventure, they are very complementary. We have a genuine cohesion at all levels, which is our strength. This year, our motivation is stronger even though we know that the challenge will be harder to meet.”

Jean-Paul Driot, co-founder and team principal of Renault e.dams, said: "The new livery for season 4 gives a new impetus to our Renault e.dams to run more and more at the sharp end of the grid. However, it is necessary as always in motor racing to remain humble. The competition with the biggest manufacturers is going to be tough, but adversity is the driving force behind our great motivation."

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The FIA Formula E Championship will once again make history in the upcoming season - bringing circuit racing back to Switzerland for the first time in over 60 years, with the inaugural Zurich E-Prix set to take place on June 10.

The updated calendar was published following the FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris today, with Zurich adding to the exciting list of new destinations on the 2017/18 schedule - joining Santiago, Sao Paulo and Rome who are also hosting Formula E for the very first time.

Racing had previously been forbidden in Switzerland for decades, with the last event taking place at Bremgarten circuit in 1954. However, a law change in 2015 lifted restrictions on fully-electric racing and paved the way for Formula E to bring electrifying wheel-to-wheel action to the streets of Zurich.

After the success of the previous three seasons, Formula E will also return to Berlin as the German round is confirmed at Tempelhof Airport on May 19.

The dates for the New York City E-Prix have also moved one week later - now taking place over the course of two days on July 14 & 15.

R1  Hong Kong - December 2, 2017        

R2  Hong Kong -  December 3, 2017

R3  Marrakesh - January 13, 2018

R4  Santiago - February 3, 2018

R5  Mexico City - March 3, 2018

R6  Sao Paulo - March 17, 2018 

R7  Rome - April 14, 2018

R8  Paris - April 28, 2018

R9  Berlin - May 19, 2018

R10  Zurich - June 10, 2018**

R11  New York City - July 14, 2018

R12  New York City - July 15, 2018  

R13  Montreal - July 28, 2018

R14  Montreal - July 29, 2018

*All events remain subject to FIA track homologation
**New event pending ASN approval

FIA President Jean Todt, said: “I am very pleased that circuit racing is returning to Switzerland next year with the FIA Formula E Championship event in Zurich.

To be able to reintroduce this discipline to a country where it has been absent since it was banned in 1955 is an exciting prospect and the achievement of an important goal for the FIA.

I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making it a reality, as it is important for us to continue to bring motor sport to new audiences around the world. Together with the other new events on the calendar in Santiago, Sao Paulo and Rome, I believe we have a very strong season of Formula E ahead of us.”

Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E, said: “The calendar for next season is shaping up to be one of the most exciting yet with four new venues - including Zurich. I’m thrilled that Formula E is bringing racing back to Switzerland for the first time in over 60 years. This wouldn’t have been possible without the core fundamentals of Formula E - driving the electric revolution and sustainable mobility. Following the recent law changes this race was also made possible with the instrumental support of our Swiss partner, Julius Baer."

"I would like to express our gratitude to their CEO, Boris Collardi, and his entire team for their continued belief in Formula E – we’ve again been able to break new grounds in the world of motorsport. In addition to Zurich, I’m delighted to return to Berlin, a city which has featured on the calendar since the beginning and has seen many passionate racing fans attend our event every year. Germany is a key market for Formula E with the influx of manufacturers joining the series, including Audi this year. I just can’t wait to get started!”

Sebastien Buemi, Renault e.dams driver and Formula E champion, said: “Having a race in Switzerland is truly a dream come true, I am delighted about this news and still can’t believe it. Only a few years ago it seemed impossible because of the local legislation, but thanks to Formula E we have managed to bring racing back to my country."

"Zurich is the biggest city and racing there will be incredible, I hear the track will look amazing and can’t wait to give it a go. In the past years together with Renault I considered Paris to be the race of the year but I can finally say that in addition to France I will have my home race to look forward to next year.”

Boris Collardi, Chief Executive Officer of Julius Baer, said: “As one of the founders and the exclusive Global Partner of Formula E, we are proud to have a race in our Swiss home market. We have supported Formula E from day one, even before the first race took place in 2014. It is a trailblazer for the future of mobility, for technologies that enable a more sustainable world."

"Zurich has the ideal community to embrace this vision, with its dynamic cosmopolitan life and deep respect for the environment. We are convinced that the Zurich E-Prix will be an unforgettable event and look forward to it.”

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Panasonic Jaguar Racing has today announced that the inaugural FIA Formula E champion - Nelson Piquet Jr. - will join Mitch Evans for their second season in the FIA Formula E Championship, with Ho-Pin Tung remaining as the official reserve driver.

Following on from a difficult couple of seasons since being crowned champion, Piquet has left the NIO Formula E Team to drive for one of Formula E’s newest manufacturers.

Evans has been retained by the team for a second season after an impressive debut in the electric street racing series, in which he secured the team’s best points-scoring finish at the Julius Baer Mexico City E-Prix, finishing just outside of the podium in fourth.

The team will hit the track in their season two challenger, the Jaguar I-TYPE 2, along with the nine other Formula E teams at the official pre-season test in Valencia this October, before season four gets underway in Hong Kong on December 2 & 3.

Piquet, said: “It’s a great honour to join Panasonic Jaguar Racing. Jaguar has such a strong history in motorsport and it’s an exciting time to become part of the team. Their commitment to electric motorsport is inspiring and I’m looking forward to working with the team.”

Evans, added: “After such a great season it's fantastic to be continuing with Panasonic Jaguar Racing in season four. As a team, we are moving in the right direction, and I can't wait for the kick-off in Hong Kong.”

James Barclay, Team Director of Panasonic Jaguar Racing, said: “We are hugely excited to have Nelson on board for season four. Mitch was one of the outstanding rookies of the season with some great qualifying and race performances."

"With our new driver line-up we are aiming to be a strong challenger on the grid, regularly competing for points"

"We have taken a lot of learnings from season three and the team have been working extremely hard throughout the off-season, focusing on the design and development of the new Jaguar I-TYPE 2."

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British racer Alex Lynn has been signed on a multi-year deal alongside Sam Bird to contest the forthcoming fourth Formula E season for DS Virgin Racing, marking the series’ first ever all-British driver line-up.

The 23-year-old was appointed the team’s official reserve driver earlier this year but will step up to a full-time race seat when the burgeoning all-electric single-seater championship gets underway on December 2 on the streets of Hong Kong.

Despite his age, Lynn brings with him an impressive track record having previously been crowned the Formula Renault UK Champion, GP3 World Champion and victor in the coveted Macau F3 Grand Prix.

Additionally, he has multiple wins in GP2 (now known as FIA Formula 2) to his credit and has also been a Formula 1 test driver. In June this year, he made his Formula E debut for the team in New York, securing pole position on his first attempt and becoming only the second driver since Beijing 2014 to have ever done so.

Meanwhile, Bird, who has contested every one of the team’s 33 race starts, will continue his long-standing association with DS Virgin Racing, which has seen him secure five wins and nine podiums to make him the third all-time Formula E points scorer.

Lynn will replace Argentinian Jose Maria Lopez who made his Formula E debut with the team last season.

“I am over the moon at being promoted to a full-time drive with the DS Virgin Racing Formula E Team,” said Lynn.

“Having worked very closely with them since January this year, it has been a genuine pleasure to learn from such a fantastic group of high quality engineers and to integrate myself into their set-up."

"Indeed, I have been made to feel very welcome throughout their organisation and I would specifically like to thank Alex Tai for not only giving me the chance to make my series debut in New York, but for subsequently promoting me to this full-time race seat. I am currently enjoying helping the team to further develop the car and intend to fully repay everyone’s faith in me on track next season.”

Bird said: “It’s great to be remaining with the DS Virgin Racing family which I’ve been a part of since we completed the first ever test lap at Donington Park in 2014. Last season saw us take some big steps forward in terms of pace and energy management – as our double victory in New York showed – and I know the team has been working hard on maintaining this competitive edge."

"I’m looking forward to further success in season four and to be partnering with Alex who will no doubt prove to be a real asset to the team."