FIA Formula E

Vergne scores second straight Formula E crown!

DS Techeetah/Michelin’s Jean-Eric Vergne emerged from the 2019 New York City E-Prix as the first driver in Formula E history to claim the title twice. The Frenchman successfully defended his 2017/2018 crown after the weekend’s doubleheader meeting in New York City, USA, which produced wins for Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams/Michelin) and Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin). DS Techeetah/Michelin is Season 5’s Teams’ champion.

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Formula E success for Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) in Bern

Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) followed up victory in qualifying for the Bern E-Prix with a flag-to-flag win that has extended his lead in the Drivers’ standings ahead of the 2018/2019 FIA Formula E Championship’s two-race finale in New York. The Frenchman was followed over the line in Switzerland by Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing), Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) and André Lotterer (DS Techeetah).

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Di Grassi takes the money in Zurich

The Zurich E-Prix – the first race to be held on Swiss soil since 1955 – was won by Formula E’s defending champion Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin). Despite having to settle for 10th spot, the 2017/2018 championship’s pacesetter Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) still tops the provisional points table ahead of the campaign’s last two races next month in New York.

The 2017/2018 campaign’s final European fixture lived up every bit to its promise, as did the drivers’ Michelin Pilot Sport EV2s which also made their maiden appearance at the narrow street circuit on the shores of Lake Zurich. Although the track surface was relatively low-wearing, the bumpy straights and repeated heavy braking effectively put tyres to a tough test.

Formula E’s latest new venue didn’t seem to suit Vergne who could manage no higher than 17th in qualifying. The Frenchman then squandered 15 seconds during his mid-race car-swap before being handed a drive-through penalty shortly before the finish. He ended up a lowly tenth and his lead over Sam Bird in the Driver’s classification has been halved as a consequence.

The day began well for New Zealander Mitch Evans (Jaguar Racing) who claimed his first ever Formula E pole position. He went on to top the order during the race’s first half but was eventually passed by di Grassi who had previously picked off Sam Bird and André Lotterer.

The Audi Sport driver eventually crossed the line 7.542s clear of Bird who did his title chances a world of good by coming second in Switzerland to capitalise on Vergne’s woes. The late drive-through penalty handed to five drivers (Lotterer, Evans, Buemi, Lopez and Vergne) helped Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Dragon Racing) to finish on the podium.

Lotterer (fastest race lap) and Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) rounded out the day’s top five, ahead of Nick Heidfeld whose Mahindra Racing team-mate Felix Rosenqvist lost ground with an early crash.

The last two rounds of the 2017/2018 FIA ABB Forma E Championship will take teams to New York City, USA, on July 15-16.

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MotoGP: Marquez in control at the Sachsenring

Since the start of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) has failed to go two consecutive races without winning. This weekend, true to form, the Spaniard bounced back from his Netherlands defeat to score an assertive victory at Germany’s Sachsenring where he was joined on the podium by Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol).

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MotoGP™: Viñales and Yamaha hit top form at Assen

The Motul TT Assen –round eight of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales, ahead of Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT). Every one of the six Michelin tyre specifications available for the race was used, with three different specs making it onto the podium to provide a further illustration of the French products’ performance and versatility.

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