FIA Formula E

Di Grassi and Renault e.dams secure 2016/2017 Formula E titles

The last meeting of the 2016/2017 Formula E Championship saw Brazil’s Lucas di Grassi (Abt-Schaeffler Audi Sport) and Renault-e.dams/Michelin clinch the Drivers’ and Teams’ titles in Montreal, Canada.

FIA Formula E

New York glory for DS Virgin!

The weekend’s two Formula E races in New York City were won by DS Virgin Racing/Michelin’s Sam Bird, which means the 2016/2017 Drivers’ and Teams’ titles will now go down to the wire at the season’s finale in Montreal, Canada, in two weeks’ time.

FIA Formula E

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.

MOTOGP™

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. 

FIA WRC

Neuville claims the 2017 WRC’s final round

The 2017 FIA World Rally Championship came to an end in Australia where Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) took the final win. The year’s vice-champion was joined on the podium by Ott Tanak (Ford/Michelin) and Hayden Paddon (Hyundai/Michelin).

FIA WEC

Michelin racks up its 50th WEC victory

Victory for the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima at the 6 Hours of Bahrain – final round of the 2017 World Endurance Championship – saw Michelin notch up its 50th FIA WEC success. Porsche concluded its involvement in the series with two cars on the podium, while James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi made sure of the GT Drivers’ title with Ferrari/Michelin.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marquez seals 2017 title as Pedrosa earns Valencia win

The 18th and final round of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship – the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana (30 laps) – was won by Dani Pedrosa. Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and the new world champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) were second and third. 

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