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ABB FIA Formula E: Michelin reveals the new MICHELIN Pilot Sport

The 2018 Geneva Motor Show has seen Michelin reveal the new MICHELIN Pilot Sport that will equip the latest-generation FIA ABB Formula E Championship all-electric cars when Season 5 (2018/2019) gets going at the end of the year. 

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Daniel Abt claims maiden Formula E success

Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin) notched up the first Formula E victory of his career at Saturday’s Mexico City E-Prix. The German was joined on the podium by Oliver Turvey (2nd, NextEv NIO Sport/Michelin) and Sébastien Buemi (3rd, Renault e.dams/Michelin). 

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Formula E: successful Season 4 starts for Bird and Rosenqvist

Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing/Michelin) and Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing/Michelin) chalked up the 2017/2018 FIA Formula E Championship’s first two wins in the streets of Hong Kong.

The fourth Formula E campaign kicked off at the weekend with two races around a short and narrow circuit (1.86km) in central Hong Kong to the backdrop of towering skyscrapers.

Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) earned the first pole position of the season despite spinning over the finish line at the end of his qualifying lap. It was the first of many incidents that marked the Hong Kong clash.

Indeed, Race 1 was red flagged moments after the start when André Lotterer (Techeetah) crashed. Action resumed behind the safety car half-an-hour later when spectators were treated to an enthralling scrap between Sam Bird and Jean-Eric Vergne. The Briton succeeded in easing ahead on Lap 20 and, despite taking a drive-through penalty because of a pit-stop infraction, went on to claim the day’s victory, ahead of Vergne and Germany’s Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra Racing).

Sunday’s race started behind the safety car, too, following a lights ramp failure. Bizarrely, the procedure didn’t prevent pole-winner Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing) from spinning at Turn 1 and gifting the lead to Formula E newcomer Edoardo Mortara (Venturi Racing).

A six-time winner in the streets of nearby Macau, Mortara seemed to be heading for success in another autonomous Chinese territory when a spin two laps from home deprived Venturi of its maiden victory in the all-electric series.

Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) was first past the chequered flag but was later disqualified for a technical infringement. Audi has decided to appeal the decision but, for the moment, the win has been attributed to Rosenqvist after a dogged fightback saw him finish clear of the hapless Mortara and Mitch Evans who collected Jaguar Racing’s first top-three finish.

Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing) tops the provisional Drivers’ standings after Hong Kong, ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah).

Not one of the three Formula E champions to date – namely Nelson Piquet Jr (Jaguar Racing), Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) and Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) – made it into the top five due to a variety of woes, while André Lotterer crashed at the final turn to bookend his weekend.

The FIA Formula E Championship will reconvene in Marrakech, Morocco, on January 12-13.


Michelin named official MotoGP tyre supplier until 2023

Dorna Sports has confirmed that Michelin will continue to be the official supplier of tyres to the MotoGPTM World Championship for five additional seasons over and above the existing arrangement. The contract’s extension until 2023 was announced today at this weekend’s MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in the presence of Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon and Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. 


Sweden revenge for ice-cool Neuville

After cruelly missing out on last year’s Rally Sweden win, Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin) bounced back this week to win the 66th running of the winter classic, ahead of Craig Breen (Citroën C3 WRC/Michelin) and team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen. World champion Sébastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin) was penalised by his running order and could manage no better than 10th at the flag.


MotoGP: Michelin® to partner the 2018 Australian Grand Prix

For the third year running, Michelin will be the title sponsor of the Australian Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island (October 26-28) promises to be one of the most spectacular races of the season.

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Michelin targeting a 21st Le Mans victory

The ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has published the list of the 60 competitors it has invited to contest this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Michelin, which is unbeaten in the French endurance classic since 1998, is targeting a 21st consecutive victory this time around, and its 27th in total since the race was first organised in 1923.

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