FIA Formula E

A Mercedes-Benz EQ/Michelin one-two wraps up 2019/2020 Formula E campaign

Formula E’s Season 6 concluded with a 69th win for the championship’s founding partner Michelin. The last of six races in Berlin saw Stoffel Vandoorne head a Mercedes-Benz EQ/Michelin one-two after Antonio Felix da Costa and DS Techeetah had secured the all-electric series’ Drivers’ and Constructors’ crowns with two rounds remaining.

FIA Formula E

Da Costa and DS Techeetah secure Formula E’s 2019/2020 titles with Michelin*

A one-two finish today for DS E-TENSE FE 20/Michelin’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Antonio Felix Da Costa in the 2019/2020 FIA Formula E Championship’s fourth round in Berlin, Germany, saw DS Techeetah and Da Costa seal the Constructors’ and Drivers’ titles respectively.

FIA Formula E

Formula E: Santiago glory for Max Günther

The 2020 Santiago E-Prix in Chile saw Maximilian Gunther score his maiden Formula E victory at the wheel of his Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped BMW iFE.20.

Round 3 of the 2019/2020 ABB FIA Formula E Championship was always going to be one of the season’s most challenging for Michelin Motorsport because of the extremely hot southern-hemisphere weather and the Chilean street circuit’s aggressive surface.

The Michelin Pilot Sport took the punishing conditions in its stride, however, to provide yet another illustration of its performance and durability and pave the way for what turned out to be a highly entertaining race that concluded with a photo finish.

After being deprived of pole position at December’s e-prix in Saudi Arabia due to an infraction, Günther (BMW I Andretti Motorsport/Michelin) bounced back to become the championship’s youngest ever winner at the age of 22.

The German emerged in front at the race’s midpoint thanks to a decisive move on pole-sitter Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing/Michelin) while his Attack Mode was activated.

Meanwhile, Antonio Felix da Costa (DS Techeetah/Michelin) got the better of Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin), Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-Benz EQ/Michelin) and Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra Racing/Michelin) to go third. He then went on to pass Evans to appear in second spot.

Günther and Da Costa then produced a superb scrap all the way to the finish, with the German taking the lead for good on the final lap.

Sixth-placed Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-Benz EQ/Michelin) has gone to the top of the provisional championship standings, ahead of Alexander Sims (BMW I Andretti Motorsport/Michelin) who was one of the six drivers who failed to finish in Santiago. The day’s fastest race lap was the work of Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams/Michelin).

Next round: Mexico City E-Prix (February 15)

Santiago E-Prix – final positions:

1. Max Günther (BMW I Andretti Motorsports), 40 laps

2. Antonio Felix da Costa (DS Techeetah), +2.067s

3. Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing), +5.119s

4. Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra Racing), +7.050s

5. Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-Benz EQ), +9.883s

6. Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-Benz EQ), +11.237s

7. Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), +14.437s

8. James Calado (Panasonic Jaguar Racing), +18.255s

9. Felipe Massa (Rokit Venturi Racing), +20.430s

10. Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing), +21.780s

Etc.

FIA WRC

Michelin wins WRC’s 600th round with Tänak and Hyundai

Reigning world champion Ott Tänak steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC to victory on home soil at Rally Estonia on Sunday. Irishman Craig Breen made it a one-two finish for Hyundai, while Sébastien Ogier (Toyota) rounded out the weekend’s all-Michelin top-three.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Oliveira wins bike racing’s 900th GP!

A dramatic last lap at Austria’s Red Bull Ring saw Miguel Oliveira clinch the first MotoGPTM win of his career, plus that of his team Red Bull KTM Tech 3. The Portuguese rider was joined on the podium of the BMW M Grand Prix of Styria (Round 6 of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship) by Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing). Premier class motorcycle racing’s 900th clash produced Michelin’s 438th grand prix victory, while Oliveira is the fourth different rider to have won a race this season and the 53rd to have taken the spoils on Michelin rubber. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Ducati extends unbeaten Red Bull Ring record

The myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich – which was interrupted due to a spectacular crash involving Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Racing) and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) – was won by Andrea Dovizioso. The Ducati Team rider was joined on the podium of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship’s fifth round by Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and Jack Miller (Pramac Racing). The top-three finishers at Austria’s Red Bull Ring all ran different tyre pairings to provide further evidence of the MICHELIN Power Slick’s versatility.  

FIA WEC

Toyota and Michelin finish 1st and 2nd at Spa-Francorchamps

The 2020 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps saw the two Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids come first and second in Belgium in the hands of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez (N°7) and Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley (N°8). Showery weather made getting tyre strategies spot-on particularly vital but also highlighted the quality of the range provided by Michelin for the return of FIA WEC action.

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