FIA Formula E

Audi/Michelin on top again in Berlin

The 2019 Berlin E-Prix saw three ex-Formula E champions monopolise the podium, with Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin’s Lucas di Grassi finishing on the top step, ahead of Sébastien Buemi (2nd, Nissan e.dams/Michelin) and Jean-Eric Vergne (3rd, DS Techeetah/Michelin). As anticipated, the abrasive track at the former Tempelhof Airport proved a big test for Michelin’s Formula E tyre.

FIA Formula E

ABB FIA Formula E - BMW i Berlin E-Prix presented by CBMM Niobium - Racecard

All you ever wanted to know about the BMW i Berlin E-Prix presented by CBMM Niobium, 10th round of the 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E.Click on the photo to download the racecard.

FIA Formula E

Frijns wins spectacular Paris E-Prix

The Paris E-Prix produced the 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E Championship’s eighth winner in as many races as Dutchman Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin) took the day’s spoils, ahead of André Lotterer (DS Techeetah/Michelin). Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin’s Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi were third and fourth

Round 8 of the 2018/2019 Formula E Championship in Paris provided spectators with plenty of action and drama as changing weather swept over the French capital.

The track was dry for the start but heavy rain began to fall on Lap 13, prompting Race Control to declare a brief Full Course Yellow period. The race was neutralised a second time shortly afterwards when several drivers either tangled or smacked into the barriers.

The green flag was brandished with two minutes remaining, but action was interrupted once more when the championship leader Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Mahindra Racing) found himself in trouble on the track.

As all these incidents unfolded, though, Frijns kept a cool head to claim the first Formula E victory of his career.

The 2019 Paris E-Prix turned out to be a particularly challenging exercise for the Michelin Pilot Sport tyres which were tasked with not only providing grip during the downpour but also coping with the numerous interruptions which saw their temperature fall. Thankfully, the drivers were able to count on Michelin Pilot Sport’s fast warm-up performance each time action resumed.

Second past the chequered flag was Lotterer, chased by Audi Sport team-mates Abt and di Grassi. Max Gunther (Geox Dragon) rounded out the afternoon’s top five, while Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah) recovered from a poor grid position to claim sixth place.

The next round of the 2018/2019 FIA Formula E Championship will take teams to the streets of Monaco on Saturday, May 11.

Paris E-Prix – final positions:

1. Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing), 32 laps

2. André Lotterer (DS Techeetah), +1.373s

3. Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), +3.175s

4. Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), +3.666s

5. Max Gunther (Geox Dragon), +5.456s

6. Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah), +6.694s

7. Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW I Andretti Motorsport), +7.238s

8. Gary Paffett (HWA Racelab), +7.901s

9. Felipe Massa (Venturi Formula E Team), +10.522s

10. Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra Racing), +10.998s

Etc.

24H du Mans

2019 LE MANS 24 HOURS - Long-lasting performance to the line, with Michelin…

This year, as always, Michelin’s mission at Le Mans is to provide the drivers of the 53 cars competing on its tyres with superior grip and long-lasting performance as it bids to extend the unbeaten spell it has enjoyed in the endurance racing classic since 1998. Meanwhile, Michelin is busy working on mobility for the future in association with the fuel cell-powered GreenGT prototype which will perform a parade lap of the French circuit. 

24H du Mans

Michelin’s first test of 2019 at Le Mans

The pre-Le Mans 24 Hours test day is the only opportunity teams get to test at the famous 13.626-kilometre track ahead of race-week itself. Unsurprisingly, Sunday’s order was dominated by the Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™ - Danilo Petrucci earns maiden MotoGPTM victory at Mugello

Danilo Petrucci claimed the first premier-class win of his career at his home race on an Italian bike. The Ducati Team rider earned rapturous applause from the local fans when he was first across the line at Mugello, home of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship’s sixth round. Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Petrucci’s team-mate Andrea Dovizioso were second and third. The performance of Michelin’s latest-generation MotoGPTM tyres contributed to the tumbling of several records.  

FIA WRC

Portugal glory for Toyota/Michelin

Twenty-five years after their last win together on the event as a WRC round*, Toyota and Michelin claimed the top prize at this year’s Rally de Portugal thanks to Ott Tänak. Second and third were Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin). With half of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship completed, Ogier tops the Provisional Drivers’ standings, two and ten points clear of his Estonian and Belgian rivals respectively. The new Skoda Fabia R5 Evo/Michelin got its career of to a flying start with a one-two finish in WRC2 Pro thanks to Kalle Rovanperä and Jan Kopecky.

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