But the new Formula E championship is breaking a host of racing taboos: special music to trumpet crashes, female drivers, city centre circuits and, most controversially, a fan vote to give the most popular drivers power boosts to blast them past opponents during races. Nonetheless, racing royalty from Alain Prost to Sir Frank Williams are backing the new series, with Emerson Fittipaldi declaring it a “new era for motor racing”. It has now been approved by world motor sport’s governing body, the FIA, and is funded by stars including Leonardo DiCaprio and major carmakers including Audi, Renault and Indian giant Mahindra. … [Read more...] about Formula E: do the guilt-free thrills of electric car racing herald a new era for motor sport?
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Speaking on BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show, he said: “What we're asking for, for two things: firstly for there to be an urgent investigation by the Cabinet Office, and second for the Prime Minister today to take the press conference, the daily press conference, himself to provide answers, because this is an extraordinarily serious situation.” … [Read more...] about Coronavirus UK LIVE: Tory MPs tell Dominic Cummings to resign over lockdown breaches as death toll hits 822
Alain Merieux, the French billionaire who was instrumental in setting up the Wuhan laboratory in partnership with his Institut Merieux in Lyons, abandoned the project in 2015, saying: ‘I am giving up the co-chairmanship of [the] P4 [laboratory], a Chinese tool. It belongs to them, even if it was developed with technical assistance from France.’ … [Read more...] about Coronavirus is ‘uniquely adapted to infect humans’: Top vaccine scientist says it could only have come from an animal through a ‘freak of nature’ – and the possibility it leaked from Wuhan lab MUST be investigated