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JEDDAH: The 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship season will see two German giants — TAG Heuer Porsche and Mercedes-Benz EQ  — complete a full grid of 24 cars for the very first time in Formula E’s history, creating one of the most eagerly anticipated showdowns in motorsport. In total, 12 teams from around the world…

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JEDDAH: The 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship season will see two German giants — TAG Heuer Porsche and Mercedes-Benz EQ  — complete a full grid of 24 cars for the very first time in Formula E’s history, creating one of the most eagerly anticipated showdowns in motorsport.

In total, 12 teams from around the world are now focused on the Diriyah Circuit in Saudi Arabia on Nov. 22 and 23. The track, created in the UNESCO World Heritage site known as the home of kings and heroes, is set for electrifying action, given that season 6 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship kicks off with a doubleheader of back-to-back races. Here we meet the teams that will be fighting for glory. 

 

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler — Germany 

For Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, the 2017/18 season of the Championship saw the team fight back from the brink of defeat to finish first overall, clinching the title by just two points in the final round. With a history in the series dating back to the very first Formula E race in Beijing in 2014, Audi Sport has competed in everything from the World Rally Championship and Pikes Peak, to Super Touring and GT racing. Completing the team’s driver lineup is Brazilian driver Lucas Di Grassi, the winner of the drivers championship in the 16/17 season and his German teammate Daniel Abt. 

Both drivers have been with the team since the first season. With a title to defend, the battle has just begun for the German manufacturer. 

 

BMW i Andretti Motorsport — Germany 

BMW has been a mainstay of Formula E since the championship’s inception. Alongside providing the entire fleet of safety and official cars, the German giant became a full manufacturer works team ahead of the 2018/19 season, when it partnered up with Andretti Autosport. 

The team fielded Antonio Felix da Costa and newcomer Alex Sims behind the wheel of its Gen2 challenger, the BMW iFE.18. Rounding off its first campaign as a works team with a 5th-place finish, the team signed former Dragon driver Max Guenther for the current season while retaining Sims.    

 

DS Techeetah — China 

After clinching the team championship title at the end of a grueling 2018/19 campaign, DS Techeetah is looking to scoop its second title with reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne and Antonio Felix da Costa in this season. 

First entering into the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in the 2016/17 season, after taking over the entry previously held by Team Aguri, reigning champions Techeetah face their third campaign in the competition with Vergne and da Costa driving the DS E-Tense FE20. 

 

Envision Virgin Racing – UK 

Envision Virgin Racing has been competing in the championship since the inaugural season, and is one of two British teams (alongside Panasonic Jaguar Racing) in the series. Partnering with digital energy company Envision Group, Virgin Racing becomes Envision Virgin Racing for the 2018/19 season. Long-time Virgin driver Sam Bird and familiar Formula E face Robin Frijns complete the driver lineup for the season. 

 

Geox Dragon Racing — US 

Geox Dragon has been a mainstay of Formula E, competing in every race to date. Founded by Jay Penske in 2007, the outfit is the only all-American team on the grid, headquartered in Los Angeles, California — the largest single metropolitan electric vehicle market in the world — with additional operations at Silverstone in the UK. 

For Geox Dragon’s sixth season in the series, the team signed former Formula 1 and World Endurance Car Champion Brendon Hartley and former DTM runner-up and Formula E debutant Nico Muller. 

 

Mahindra Racing — India 

Mahindra Racing has competed in the championship since 2014. The team scored its breakthrough maiden win in the 2016/17 season, and in 2017/18 went on to score two more victories. For the 2018/19 season, the team was fronted by long-standing Formula E and former Dragon driver Jerome d’Ambrosio as well as rookie driver Pascal Wehrlein. 

After a strong season together, the pair remain in place for a second consecutive season, getting behind the wheel of the new M6Electro, which sports a powertrain developed in partnership with German engineering giant ZF. 

 

Mercedes-Benz EQ — Germany 

Mercedes-Benz EQ joins the grid for the curent season after transitioning from HWA Racelab. With 125 years of motorsport experience, the entry marks the beginning of a radical new chapter as it works toward an all-electric future. Behind the wheel of its new Gen2 challenger, the Silver Arrow 01, is Dutch reigning Formula 2 Champion Nyck de Vries and former Formula 1 driver, Stoffel Vandoorne. 

With a strong racing pedigree outside of Formula E, such as five constructor’s titles in the hybrid era of Formula 1 and seven driver titles, few names can claim to be more successful on the racing circuit. 

 

Nio 333 — UK/China 

The team is the racing arm of Chinese car maker NIO — makers of the record breaking EP9 hypercar, which set a new lap record of the Nurburgring in 2017. Nelson Piquet Jr. remained with the team for three seasons, partnered by Oliver Turvey. For the 2017/18 season, Italian IndyCar driver Luca Filippi replaced Piquet Jr. to partner Turvey. For the upcoming season, Turvey remains, and Ma Qing Hua has taken over from Filippi — the first Asian to participate at Diriyah. They pilot NIOs striking green and white Gen2 challenger. 

 

Nissan e.dams — Japan 

After announcing its arrival into Formula E in 2017, Nissan partnered with seasoned outfit e.dams (formally racing partner of French manufacturer Renault) to become Nissan e.dams. After finishing runner-up in the teams’ championship in its debut season, it will challenge for the title in the 2019/20 season. Nissan is the first Japanese manufacturer to enter the series and is a world leader in the design and manufacture of all-electric cars. 

Racing for the team is Formula E veteran and former champion Sebastien Buemi alongside British driver Oliver Rowland. 

 

Panasonic Jaguar Racing – UK 

The team heads into its third season with its new Gen2 Jaguar I-Type III. With one of the richest histories in motorsport of any manufacturer, dating back to 1948, the British car guant revived its motorsport program to showcase its range of electric cars with its entry into Formula E in 2016. The team calls on Mitch Evans and James Calado as the stars of their show.  

 

Tag Heuer Porsche — Germany 

After more than 30 years, Porsche returns to single-seater racing, making its debut in the 2019/20 season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. They are represented by Andre Loterrer and Neel Jani, and going up against fellow German car giants Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, the series will see them race head-to-head for the first time in history. 

With one of the longest-standing track records in motorsport dating back to the 1950s, Porsche’s entry into Formula E is the latest step in the German manufacturer’s history. After its most recent success in endurance racing, including multiple victories in both LMP1 and GT categories, the brand turns to the all-electric racing series to ready the next generation of electric Porsche road cars. 

 

The 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship season will see two German giants — TAG Heuer Porsche and Mercedes-Benz EQ  — complete a full grid of 24 cars for the very first time in Formula E’s history, creating one of the most eagerly anticipated showdowns in motorsport.

 

In total, 12 teams from around the world are now focused on the Diriyah Circuit in Saudi Arabia on Nov. 22 and 23. The track, created in the UNESCO World Heritage site known as the home of kings and heroes, is set for electrifying action, given that season 6 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship kicks off with a doubleheader of back-to-back races. Here we meet the teams that will be fighting for glory. 

 

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler — Germany 

For Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, the 2017/18 season of the Championship saw the team fight back from the brink of defeat to finish first overall, clinching the title by just two points in the final round. With a history in the series dating back to the very first Formula E race in Beijing in 2014, Audi Sport has competed in everything from the World Rally Championship and Pikes Peak, to Super Touring and GT racing. Completing the team’s driver lineup is Brazilian driver Lucas Di Grassi, the winner of the drivers championship in the 16/17 season and his German teammate Daniel Abt. 

Both drivers have been with the team since the first season. With a title to defend, the battle has just begun for the German manufacturer. 

BMW i Andretti Motorsport — Germany 

BMW has been a mainstay of Formula E since the championship’s inception. Alongside providing the entire fleet of safety and official cars, the German giant became a full manufacturer works team ahead of the 2018/19 season, when it partnered up with Andretti Autosport. 

The team fielded Antonio Felix da Costa and newcomer Alex Sims behind the wheel of its Gen2 challenger, the BMW iFE.18. Rounding off its first campaign as a works team with a 5th-place finish, the team signed former Dragon driver Max Guenther for the current season while retaining Sims.    

 

DS Techeetah — China 

After clinching the team championship title at the end of a grueling 2018/19 campaign, DS Techeetah is looking to scoop its second title with reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne and Antonio Felix da Costa in this season. 

First entering into the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in the 2016/17 season, after taking over the entry previously held by Team Aguri, reigning champions Techeetah face their third campaign in the competition with Vergne and da Costa driving the DS E-Tense FE20. 

 

Envision VirginRacing – UK 

Envision Virgin Racing has been competing in the championship since the inaugural season, and is one of two British teams (alongside Panasonic Jaguar Racing) in the series. Partnering with digital energy company Envision Group, Virgin Racing becomes Envision Virgin Racing for the 2018/19 season. Long-time Virgin driver Sam Bird and familiar Formula E face Robin Frijns complete the driver lineup for the season. 

 

Geox Dragon Racing — US 

Geox Dragon has been a mainstay of Formula E, competing in every race to date. Founded by Jay Penske in 2007, the outfit is the only all-American team on the grid, headquartered in Los Angeles, California — the largest single metropolitan electric vehicle market in the world — with additional operations at Silverstone in the UK. 

For Geox Dragon’s sixth season in the series, the team signed former Formula 1 and World Endurance Car Champion Brendon Hartley and former DTM runner-up and Formula E debutant Nico Muller. 

Mahindra Racing — India 

Mahindra Racing has competed in the championship since 2014. The team scored its breakthrough maiden win in the 2016/17 season, and in 2017/18 went on to score two more victories. For the 2018/19 season, the team was fronted by long-standing Formula E and former Dragon driver Jerome d’Ambrosio as well as rookie driver Pascal Wehrlein. 

After a strong season together, the pair remain in place for a second consecutive season, getting behind the wheel of the new M6Electro, which sports a powertrain developed in partnership with German engineering giant ZF. 

 

Mercedes-Benz EQ — Germany 

Mercedes-Benz EQ joins the grid for the curent season after transitioning from HWA Racelab. With 125 years of motorsport experience, the entry marks the beginning of a radical new chapter as it works toward an all-electric future. Behind the wheel of its new Gen2 challenger, the Silver Arrow 01, is Dutch reigning Formula 2 Champion Nyck de Vries and former Formula 1 driver, Stoffel Vandoorne. 

With a strong racing pedigree outside of Formula E, such as five constructor’s titles in the hybrid era of Formula 1 and seven driver titles, few names can claim to be more successful on the racing circuit. 

 

Nio 333 — UK/China 

The team is the racing arm of Chinese car maker NIO — makers of the record breaking EP9 hypercar, which set a new lap record of the Nurburgring in 2017. Nelson Piquet Jr. remained with the team for three seasons, partnered by Oliver Turvey. For the 2017/18 season, Italian IndyCar driver Luca Filippi replaced Piquet Jr. to partner Turvey. For the upcoming season, Turvey remains, and Ma Qing Hua has taken over from Filippi — the first Asian to participate at Diriyah. They pilot NIOs striking green and white Gen2 challenger. 

 

Nissan e.dams — Japan 

After announcing its arrival into Formula E in 2017, Nissan partnered with seasoned outfit e.dams (formally racing partner of French manufacturer Renault) to become Nissan e.dams. After finishing runner-up in the teams’ championship in its debut season, it will challenge for the title in the 2019/20 season. Nissan is the first Japanese manufacturer to enter the series and is a world leader in the design and manufacture of all-electric cars. 

Racing for the team is Formula E veteran and former champion Sebastien Buemi alongside British driver Oliver Rowland. 

 

Panasonic JaguarRacing – UK 

The team heads into its third season with its new Gen2 Jaguar I-Type III. With one of the richest histories in motorsport of any manufacturer, dating back to 1948, the British car guant revived its motorsport program to showcase its range of electric cars with its entry into Formula E in 2016. The team calls on Mitch Evans and James Calado as the stars of their show.  

 

Tag Heuer Porsche — Germany 

After more than 30 years, Porsche returns to single-seater racing, making its debut in the 2019/20 season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. They are represented by Andre Loterrer and Neel Jani, and going up against fellow German car giants Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, the series will see them race head-to-head for the first time in history. 

With one of the longest-standing track records in motorsport dating back to the 1950s, Porsche’s entry into Formula E is the latest step in the German manufacturer’s history. After its most recent success in endurance racing, including multiple victories in both LMP1 and GT categories, the brand turns to the all-electric racing series to ready the next generation of electric Porsche road cars. 

 

Venturi Racing — Monaco 

With a history in Formula E dating back to the very first race, the Monaco-based team clinched its first win in the 2019 Hong Kong E-Prix. The electric car maker also holds the electric land-speed record, set with the VBB-3 “bullet car” in 2016. 

Ahead of the 2018/19 season, the team drafted in former racing driver Susie Wolff as team principal and ex-Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa. 

The Brazilian joined Formula E veteran Edoardo Mortara to complete the team’s line up which remains unchanged ahead of the 2019/20 campaign. Now embarking on its 6th season in the all-electric racing series, Venturi revealed it would be partnering with Mercedes-Benz EQ to adopt its powertrain — the Silver Arrow 01 — alongside its cooling system, rear frame, rear suspension, dampers, software, onboard electronics and wiring looms. 

With a history in Formula E dating back to the very first race, the Monaco-based team clinched its first win in the 2019 Hong Kong E-Prix. The electric car maker also holds the electric land-speed record, set with the VBB-3 “bullet car” in 2016. 

Ahead of the 2018/19 season, the team drafted in former racing driver Susie Wolff as team principal and ex-Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa. 

The Brazilian joined Formula E veteran Edoardo Mortara to complete the team’s line up which remains unchanged ahead of the 2019/20 campaign. Now embarking on its 6th season in the all-electric racing series, Venturi revealed it would be partnering with Mercedes-Benz EQ to adopt its powertrain — the Silver Arrow 01 — alongside its cooling system, rear frame, rear suspension, dampers, software, onboard electronics and wiring looms. 

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Saudi bowlers off to QubicaAMF World Cup

LUXEMBOURG: Cristiano Ronaldo took his career tally to 99 international goals on Sunday as Portugal qualified for the 2020 European Championship with a 2-0 win against Luxembourg. The Juventus star tapped in a shot by teammate Diogo Jota that was just inches from going over the goal line in the 86th minute, leaving Ronaldo one…

Saudi bowlers off to QubicaAMF World Cup

LUXEMBOURG: Cristiano Ronaldo took his career tally to 99 international goals on Sunday as Portugal qualified for the 2020 European Championship with a 2-0 win against Luxembourg.

The Juventus star tapped in a shot by teammate Diogo Jota that was just inches from going over the goal line in the 86th minute, leaving Ronaldo one strike from the 100-goal mark.

Bruno Fernandes got Portugal’s first goal against the flow of play in the 39th when he scored from a long pass by Bruno Silva.

Luxembourg had outplayed Portugal until that point, dealing with the poor field conditions better than the defending European champions.

Portugal advanced to Euro 2020 in second place in Group B. Ukraine had already gone through as the group winner.

Separately, World Cup runners-up Croatia rounded off a rebuilding mission by booking their place at the tournament with a 3-1 win over Slovakia but they are unlikely to sneak under the radar again at next year’s finals.

Croatia secured top spot in Group E, a section also including Hungary, Wales and Azerbaijan, with five wins and two draws from their eight qualifiers.

Coach Zlatko Dalic, who masterminded the run to last year’s World Cup final, has gradually reconstructed a squad that lost Mario Mandzukic, Danijel Subasic and Vedran Corluka to retirement in the wake of the 4-2 loss to France in Russia.

The “Vatreni” — Croatian for “Fiery Ones” — needed only a point in Rijeka on Saturday to ensure a spot at the 24-team event, which kicks off in Rome on June 12.

After a shocking start for home fans when Robert Bozenik scored in the 32th minute, Croatia’s qualification was never in doubt once Nikola Vlasic drilled home the leveller in the second half.

Bruno Petkovic headed the hosts in front and Ivan Perisic sealed the three points with a thumping finish with 16 minutes left.

“I’m relieved … proud and happy,” Dalic said after the match.

“These boys deserved the European Championship. This is the crowning moment for all that we have done in this year and a half since the World Cup.”

But the path through qualifying, preceded by a poor showing in the Nations League, where Croatia finished last in their group behind Spain and England, was far from plain sailing.

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Ronaldo scores 99th goal as Portugal qualifies for Euro 2020

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is sending its first woman to compete in the 55th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup that begins in Indonesia. Mashael Alabdulwahid will join her male teammate Abdulrahman Al-Khilaiwi, under the supervision of coach, Mario Joseph, to take part in the contest in Palembang. Both players underwent training at a camp in Riyadh to…

Ronaldo scores 99th goal as Portugal qualifies for Euro 2020

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is sending its first woman to compete in the 55th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup that begins in Indonesia.

Mashael Alabdulwahid will join her male teammate Abdulrahman Al-Khilaiwi, under the supervision of coach, Mario Joseph, to take part in the contest in Palembang.

Both players underwent training at a camp in Riyadh to prepare for the event. The training program included participating in the Asian Championship in Kuwait for Abdulrahman, and participating in the GCC 6th women’s bowling tournament for Mashael.

The men’s competition started Sunday at 9 p.m.

The women’s competition will begin at 3 p.m. today, where Mashael will take part in six rounds. The competition will run until Nov. 24.

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Mashael Alabdulwahid will join her male teammate Abdulrahman Al-Khilaiwi, under the supervision of coach, Mario Joseph, to take part in the contest in Palembang.

Both players underwent training at a camp in Riyadh to prepare for the event. The training program included participating at the Asian Championship in Kuwait for Abdulrahman, and participating at the GCC 6th women’s bowling tournament for Mashael.

The competition continues on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and after completing 24 rounds, the top 24 players will be selected to compete for the top eight positions by playing eight runs on Friday. On Saturday, the best four female players and four male players will be chosen to compete in the finals.

Abdulrahman said that he is looking forward to the world cup. “This year there is a new advantage and that is having teammate Mashael joining me for the first time. I’m proud of her! It’s a big thing for Saudi women and for us in the team because this world exposure will help them to learn and give them an incentive to develop their skills,” he said.

The 20-year-old player has been bowling for the past 10 years. Despite his young age, thanks to his perseverance and sense of discipline he managed to win many victories, but the most distinguished were those in 2018. He delivered the bronze medal at the World Cup in Detroit, and two bronzes at the Asian Bowling Championship in the Philippines in the same year, and a gold medal for the trio event at the Arab Bowling Championship in Oman.

Mashael, 32, was only able to play officially last year in February 2018 when the Saudi Bowling Federation (SBF) received the decree to allow women to play in sports. However, she has been playing for fun since early childhood when she used to travel to Egypt with her family and where she managed to learn from the professionals and get hooked on the game. Mashael was chosen to take part in the Egypt Arab Championship and World Bowling Women’s Championship in Las Vegas in August 2018.

Mashael said: “Playing for fun is definitely enjoyable but when you wear your country’s flag that’s a huge responsibility put on your shoulder. You become an ambassador and a role model and when I’m put in that situation, I definitely want to give my all to be fit for that honor, and give the best image worthy of our beloved country.”

The bowlers expressed their gratitude to the Saudi Bowling Federation and its president Bader bin Abdullah Al-Alsheikh for his support and for creating opportunities for them so that they can progress, enrich their experiences and win awards and achievements.

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Southgate to bring Sterling back from England exile

PRISTINA:  Gareth Southgate is set to bring Raheem Sterling back from his brief England exile in Sunday’s qualifier against Kosovo as he seeks to end the controversy over the Manchester City star’s row with Joe Gomez. Sterling was dropped for Thursday’s 7-0 rout of Montenegro after clashing with England team-mate Gomez in the Three Lions’…

Southgate to bring Sterling  back from England exile

PRISTINA:  Gareth Southgate is set to bring Raheem Sterling back from his brief England exile in Sunday’s qualifier against Kosovo as he seeks to end the controversy over the Manchester City star’s row with Joe Gomez.

Sterling was dropped for Thursday’s 7-0 rout of Montenegro after clashing with England team-mate Gomez in the Three Lions’ training base canteen.

It is believed Sterling was unhappy with Gomez following an altercation with the Liverpool defender during City’s Premier League defeat at Anfield last weekend.

Although Sterling was left out of the Montenegro game as punishment for his attack on Gomez, Southgate has confirmed the winger will return for England’s final Group A fixture.

Sterling and Gomez, left with a scratch under his eye after the incident, are said to have patched up their relationship, but the center-back was jeered by England fans at Wembley when he came on as a substitute against Montenegro.

Both Southgate and Sterling expressed their support for Gomez and criticized the booing supporters, with the England manager reportedly comforting the shocked 22-year-old and his family after the match.

Now Southgate could include Gomez against Kosovo in a show of support for the Liverpool player.

With England already guaranteed to qualify for Euro 2020 in first place in their group, Southgate already planned to make changes, although he is keen to ensure England finish with a win as they eye a top-six seeding in next year’s tournament.

“We will make some changes, for sure, but the seeding in the group could be critical and we know it’s a big night for the Kosovans,” Southgate said.

“It’s a shame for them that they’re now out of this part of the qualification, although they’ve still got the playoffs in which I think they’ll be a huge threat in that format. “So, it will be a good test for us because it will still be a lively environment.

“The enthusiasm for the game is high and we want to finish the group with as many points as we can.”

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson could return following a one-match ban, while Southgate has to decide whether to keep faith with Ben Chilwell ahead of Danny Rose at left-back.

Harry Kane may have scored a hat-trick against Montenegro but it was Leicester’s Chilwell who was named England’s man of the match following a fine display in which he provided three assists in the opening 24 minutes.

“Ben, I liked the hunger in his game, the enthusiasm to get forward,” Southgate said.

“The whole team pressed well but he also pressed well from that full-back position, got into overlaps, his quality of delivery was excellent.”

Although England have cruised through their qualifying group, Southgate believes the 2018 World Cup semifinalists still have room for improvement as they chase a first major title since 1966.

“There were a couple of chances we conceded that just shouldn’t happen, so that’s still part of our game that we’ve got to improve upon,” he said.

“If we are to be a team that are going to challenge seriously, although we’re young, we’ve got to manage games well.

“We’ve got to make sure that, although we’re such a fantastic attacking threat, the rest of the team is right as well. There are things we’ve got to be better at.”

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