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May 15

Teams celebrate arrival of Formula E cars at Donington Park

 

Team principals of the ten FIA Formula E teams stand next to the cars in Donington Park on Wednesday, May 14 2014. (Photo courtesy FIAFormulaE.com)

Team principals of the ten FIA Formula E teams stand next to the cars in Donington Park on Wednesday, May 14 2014. (Photo courtesy FIAFormulaE.com)

Ten teams will compete in the inaugural electric-powered FIA Formula E series beginning this Fall, and all ten were on hand at Donington Park, England yesterday for the arrival of the first of the Spark-Renault SRT_01Es.

Being on the leading edge of technology, many of the teams were quick to take to social media to give us a better view of the proceedings and the cars.

May 14

F1: Maldonado puts Lotus fastest in Wednesday test

Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Wednesday 14 May 2014. Pastor Maldonado, Lotus E22 Renault. World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic. ref: Digital Image _SBL0173

Pastor Maldonado has had a rough start to the 2014 season, but was fastest during Wednesday’s test at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic)

Pastor Maldonado and Lotus set the fastest time on the second and final day of the Barcelona test, but the big story of the day was the appearance of the ‘noise trumpet’ on the back of the Mercedes. Unfortunately it’s a case of back to the drawing board as the ungainly looking device failed to have much of an impact.

After his frustrating race weekend Maldonado used Pirelli’s supersoft tires to set his time and, more importantly, he completed 102 laps and finally had a chance to get to grips with the E22.

May 14

F1: Paddock unimpressed with new Mercedes megaphone

Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Wednesday 14 May 2014. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid. World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic. ref: Digital Image _SBL1099.JPG

Nico Rosberg testing the Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid on Tuesday at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic)

The new Mercedes GP ‘megaphone’ system was a talking point heading into the Spanish GP weekend, as the team announced that it would be testing the new device in order to improve the ‘sound’ of Formula 1.

However, many in the paddock and on Twitter seemed unimpressed with the look and sound of the new device, including Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg.

May 14

Quadriplegic ex-racer to drive at Indianapolis using only his head

IndyCar team owner Sam Schmidt at the 2007 Indianapolis 500. (Photo: Dan Streck/LAT Photographic)

Founder of the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation and IndyCar team owner Sam Schmidt at the 2007 Indianapolis 500. (Photo: Dan Streck/LAT Photographic)

From 1996-1999, Sam Schmidt was an IndyCar driver, winning from pole position in his penultimate race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

During the offseason in January 2000, he suffered a major accident at Walt Disney World Speedway, rendering him quadriplegic. Now, he is ready to return to the cockpit, thanks to a modified 2014 Corvette Stingray which he will drive for four laps around Indianapolis Motor Speedway prior to the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500.

May 14

MotoGP: Marquez signs two-year extension with Honda

Marc Marquez of Spain and Repsol Honda Team celebrates with Shuhei Nakamoto of Japan under the podium after taking third place at the MotoGp of France on May 19, 2013 in Le Mans, France.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Marc Marquez of Spain and Repsol Honda Team celebrates with HRC vice-president Shuhei Nakamoto of Japan after the MotoGp of France in 2013. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari/Getty Images)

The “unbelievable” Marc Marquez is the man Honda could not say no to. Simple as that.

Confirmation that Marquez has agreed a two year contract extension, until the end of 2016, with the Honda Racing Corporation comes as no surprise.