FIA Formula E

Berlin ePrix: Rosenqvist on form in Berlin

Sweden’s Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing) left Berlin with the weekend’s highest points haul thanks to his victory in Saturday’s race. Sunday’s victor was the championship’s provisional leader Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams).

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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.

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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.

Round 6 of the 2016/2017 FIA Formula E Championship took place in front of packed grandstands erected in the French city’s Hôtel des Invalides district, and its outcome may prove decisive in the fight for Season 3’s Divers’ crown.

As in Monaco last Saturday, Switzerland’s Sébastien Buemi started from pole, but fellow title chaser Lucas di Grassi qualified a lowly 14th on the grid before crashing into a wall on the 38th of the race’s 49 laps.

Again as in Monaco, the Renault e.dams star got away to a clean start and led from lights-out to chequered flag to beat Jose-Maria Lopez (DS Virgin Racing) and Mahindra Racing’s Nick Heidfeld and Felix Rosenqvist by 0.707s and more than two seconds respectively.

Jean-Eric Vergne (TECHEETAH), who was beaten to first place in qualifying by just six-thousandths of a second, was running second overall until Lap 33 when he crashed for the second time in two races. Nicolas Prost rounded out the afternoon’s top five to earn additional points for Renault e.dams. Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing) posted the fastest race lap once again.

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In a Roborace held as a curtain-raiser event, a driverless prototype running on Michelin tyres completed a lap for the first time in public.

Next meeting: Berlin, German (June 10 and 11).

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Rossi returns to winning ways at Assen

Sunday’s Motul Assen TT, round eight of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, was won by Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Second and third were fellow Italian Danilo Petrucci (Octo Prama Racing) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). 

24H du Mans

Le Mans 2017: Michelin’s 20th Le Mans consecutive victory in numbers

Michelin won the Le Mans 24 Hours for the 20th straight year and for the third year in a row in association with Porsche after posting the fastest ever lap of the French circuit with Toyota. 

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MotoGP: Assen’s ‘Cathedral of Speed’ for the Dutch GP

Assen is the only circuit to have been visited by the MotoGPTM World Championship every season since 1949. The Motul TT Assen is round eight of the 2017 calendar. 

24H du Mans

Porsche LMP Team hands Michelin its 20th straight Le Mans win!

The 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours saw Michelin extend its uninterrupted winning record in La Sarthe to 20 outright victories since 1998. It was assisted in its quest by the dogged determination of the N°2 Porsche crew (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) who fought back from an early technical issue to scoop the coveted trophy with an hour to go. Along with the N°8 Toyota, which finished back in ninth spot, the German machine was one of only two LMP1-H prototypes to reach the flag after disaster struck the class’s other three factory entries. Michelin’s successful weekend was compounded by a one-two-three finish in LM GTE Am in association with Ferrari, plus a double podium in LM GTE Pro.

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