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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FIA Formula E: Michelin and the Gen2 cars in action at Valencia

Formula E’s latest-generation, all-electric, Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped ‘Gen2’ single-seaters were in action this week at Valencia, Spain, where an official test was organised to allow teams to prepare for the 2018/2019 championship’s opening clash in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on December 15.

After their unveiling at March’s Geneva Motor Show, the FIA Formula E Championship’s Gen2 cars took to the track this week at Circuit Ricardo Tormo (3.094km) near Valencia, Spain, where a three-day collective test was attended by the 11 teams and the majority of the drivers registered for the 2018/2019 series.

The more powerful (250kW/335hp) and faster cars (top speed: 280kph), which benefit from additional range, were equipped with Michelin’s new Pilot Sport tyre and teams faced a variety of conditions ranging from dry to wet.

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“The work on our new tyre focused essentially on energy efficiency and saving weight,” says Serge Grisin, the manager of Michelin Motorsport’s Formula E programme. “It is worth noting that four latest-generation Pilot Sports weigh the same as three Season 1 tyres, and this unsprung-weight advantage makes a real contribution to the new cars’ enhanced performance. The feedback we got from our partner teams and drivers was very positive and backs up the results of our own private testing when we saw that the new Pilot Sport delivers improved grip and stability.”

As a circuit, Valencia marks a big contrast to the street venues that will host the 2018/2019 championship’s 13 races but the Gen2 cars proved faster than their predecessors at last October’s pre-Season 4 test at the same track.

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The timesheets were dominated by Alexander Sims and Antonio Felix da Costa, the two drivers recruited by the newly-formed BMW i Andretti Motorsport team, with the latter clocking the week’s fastest lap (1m16.977s). That said, no fewer than 11 drivers completed the final session blanketed by less than a second.

A 45-minute race simulation was also staged, since the new Gen2 cars and their Michelin Pilot Sport tyres are designed to eliminate the need for mid-race car swaps.

Season 5 action will begin in earnest in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on December 15.

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. 

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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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