FIA Formula E

Monaco glory for Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin)

Pole-sitter Jean-Eric Vergne collected his second win of the 2018/2019 FIA Formula E Championship in Monaco to go top of the provisional Drivers’ standings. Oliver Rowland (2nd, Nissan e.dams/Michelin), Felipe Massa (3rd, Venturi Formula E Team/Michelin) and Pascal Wehrlein (4th, Mahindra Racing/Michelin) made it four different teams in the day’s top-four, blanketed by just 1.439 seconds! 

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ABB FIA Formula E - E-Prix Monaco

All you need to know about the Monaco E-Prix, round 6 of the 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E season.Click on the photo to download our racecard.

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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.

FIA WRC

Tänak earns Michelin’s 333rd WRC victory

The first Rally Chile to count towards the FIA World Rally Championship was won by Estonia’s Ott Tänak (Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin) who notched up Michelin’s 333rd WRC success in the process. French world champions Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin) and Sébastien Loeb (Hyundai/Michelin) were second and third, while WRC2 victor was the young Finnish Michelin runner Kalle Rovanperä (Skoda). 

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FIA WRC - COPEC Rally Chile - Racecard

All you ever wanted to know about the Rally Chile, 6th round of the World Rally Championship (WRC).Click on the photo to download the racecard.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Márquez takes assertive Spanish GP win

Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) led the 25-lap Gran Premio Red Bull de España from start to finish to claim his second win of the campaign after Argentina. The reigning champion was joined on the all-Spanish podium of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship’s fourth round by Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP). The day’s top three featured three different bikemakers. 

FIA WEC

Second Spa success for the N°8 Toyota/Michelin!

The N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin (Buemi/Nakajima/Alonso) overcame atrocious weather to secure its second straight victory at Spa-Francorchamps. The six-hour race was interrupted on several occasions due to hailstones and even snow. The other podium finishers were the N°3 Rebellion/Michelin N°3 (Berthon/Laurent/Menezes) and the N°11 BR1-AER/Michelin (Aleshin/Petrov/Vandoorne). In addition to securing the top prize in LMP2 with Dragonspeed’s N°31 Oreca-Gibson (Maldonado/Gonzalez/Davidson), Michelin also topped the LM GTE Pro and LM GTE Am classes with the N°97 Aston Martin (Martin/Lynn) and N°77 Dempsey-Proton Porsche (Ried/Pera/Campbell). Porsche and the N°92 crew Christensen/Estre are the 2018/2019 FIA WEC GT Manufacturers and Drivers champions with Michelin.

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