FIA Formula E

Paris ePrix: Buemi triumphs in French capital

Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) followed up his victory in Monaco last week with another at Saturday’s Paris ePrix, ahead of Lopez and Heidfeld. A mistake by rival Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) helped him to comfort his cushion at the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings.

FIA Formula E

Monaco ePrix: Buemi beats di Grassi in the Principality

Pole-winner Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) led from lights-out to the flag in Monaco to claim his fourth ePrix win of the 2016/2017 season. Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) and Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra Racing) were second and third.

FIA Formula E

FIA Formula E: Buemi and Renault-e.dams win Season 3 opener in Hong Kong

Switzerland’s Sébastien Buemi (Renault-e.dams) kicked off the defence of his FIA Formula E crown with victory at the 2016/2017 championship’s opener. He was joined on the Hong Kong podium by Brazilian Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) and German driver Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra).

The paddock and eVillage of Hong Kong’s first major international motor race was located in Tamar Park, close to one of the city’s busiest districts, known for its giant Ferris wheel, International Finance Centre skyscraper and luxury boutiques.

The day before the race, the teams revealed the new liveries of their all-electric single-seater cars while Michelin Motorsport delivered its latest-generation Michelin Pilot Sport EV2 tyres to their respective garages. Jaguar – back in single-seater racing for the first time in a decade – could be seen practicing car changes.

The new Chinese team Techeetah presented its management and drivers to the Asian media and the circuit was used in anger by the first electric touring car race.

The tension climbed a notch on Sunday when the Formula E drivers got their first taste of the tricky, slippery track. There were several contacts with the perimeter walls and Lucas di Grassi was forced to start the race from last place after an accident in qualifying. Buemi lined up fifth on the grid behind DS Virgin and NEXT EV Nio’s pairs.

The race itself unfolded in front of packed grandstands (estimated attendance: 30,000). Many more spectators watched Buemi collect his seventh Formula E victory from the windows of the neighbouring shopping centre.

The teams’ next appearance will be in Marrakech, Morocco, on November 12.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: a flawless weekend for Viñales at Le Mans

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) produced a grand-slam performance at the HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France, round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Spaniard added pole position and fastest race lap to his third win of the season. Second and third were local star Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team). 

FIA WRC

Ogier claims fifth Portugal victory

A fifth Rally de Portugal victory for Sébastien Ogier has taken the Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin star’s personal tally to 40 world class wins and level with Markku Alèn as the event’s most successful driver. The Frenchman has also established a new record for the highest number of WRC points scored at this level. He was joined on Sunday’s podium by Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin rivals Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: next stop Le Mans, France

Round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, and the second to take place on European soil, is this weekend’s HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France at Le Mans-Bugatti. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Pedrosa wins milestone 3,000th grand prix at Jerez

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) came first at Round 4 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship at Jerez which had the honour of hosting motorcycle racing’s 3,000th grand prix since 1949. The Honda rider finished clear of team-mate Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), while Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) made it an all-Spanish podium at the Gran Premio Red Bullde España. 

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