FIA Formula E

Buenos Aires ePrix: Buemi’s hat-trick

Saturday’s Buenos Aires ePrix saw Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) follow up his recent successes in Hong Kong and Marrakech with his third win on the trot, ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) and Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport).

FIA Formula E

FIA FORMULA E (Marrakech): Buemi (Renault-e. dams) extends championship lead

Victory in Morocco has seen Renault-e.dams and its Swiss star Sébastien Buemi open up a handsome early lead in the 2016/2017 FIA Formula E Championship. Saturday’s ePrix in the streets of Marrakech served as an eloquent and spectacular shop window for electric mobility.

FIA Formula E

Mexico City ePrix: di Grassi claims surprise win

Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) took an unexpected win at Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez after a chaotic race. The Brazilian was joined on the podium by Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) and Sam Bird (DS Virgin).

Round 4 of the 2016/2017 FIA Formula E Championship produced plenty of drama, beginning a penalty for qualifying winner Daniel Abt (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) for incorrect tyre pressures. The infringement handed pole position to birthday boy Oliver Turvey (NexTEV).

The Briton went on to dominate the race’s first quarter before he was forced to park up his car on the track to hand command to WTCC star Jose-Maria Lopez (DS Virgin).

The safety car was despatched to clear Turvey’s stricken machine and di Grassi, who had been lying last after pitting for a rear wing replacement on Lap 32, made his car swap with 28 laps remaining. The Brazilian re-joined on the same lap as his comrades who waited until the green light to perform their changes.

That left di Grassi at the front of the field, ahead of Jérôme D’Ambrosio (Faraday Future Dragon Racing) who was also running an offset strategy.

A second safety car period was needed to clear the car of Loïc Duval (Faraday Future Dragon Racing) and this led to a bunching up of positions. Lopez’s over eagerness resulted in a mistake at Turn 1 with 10 laps to go. He was later imitated by Buemi, and then by d’Ambrosio who lost out in his scrap with Vergne three laps from the flag.

Di Grassi’s race plan and energy management earned him his first victory of the season and put an end to the recent supremacy of Buemi (14th, fastest race lap) whose championship lead over the Brazilian is now down to just five points.

The top five was rounded out by Vergne, Bird, Nicolas Prost (e-dams Renault) and Mitch Evans (Jaguar). Esteban Gutierrez (Techeetah) was 10th on home turf.

The next round will visit the streets of Monaco on May 13.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: off to Austin!

After visiting Qatar and Argentina, the MotoGPTM World Championship travels to the Circuit of the Americas, near Austin, Texas, USA, for round three of the 2017 season: the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.

FIA WEC

Toyota/Michelin wins Silverstone WEC opener

Toyota Gazoo Racing and Michelin won Great Britain’s 6 Hours of Silverstone for the second time after their maiden victory there together in 2014. First past the flag was the N°8 TS050 Hybrid of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima, which finished clear of the N°2 (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) and N°1 (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy) Porsches. Michelin won all three of the classes in which it was represented. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: a second straight win for Viñales

The winner of the second round of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship at Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina, was Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who also won the season’s recent opener in Qatar. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) were second and third in South America. 

FIA WRC

Neuville claims Corsica win for Hyundai/Michelin

Thierry Neuville earned a handsome victory for Hyundai Motorsport in Corsica to become the fourth different winner of a WRC round from four starts this year. Michelin’s score on the Mediterranean island now stands at 25 outright victories with 11 different makes since the championship’s creation in 1973.

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