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.

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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

Vergne claims second Formula E victory

The 2017/2018 ABB FIA Formula E Championship’s Latin American fixtures clearly suited Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) who followed up his success in Santiago, Chile, with another in Uruguay. The Frenchman was joined on the Punta del Este E-Prix podium by defending champion Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport) and Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing).

After qualifying on pole following the disqualification of the four drivers who beat him in the Super Pole shootout, Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) led the Uruguayan round from lights-out to the chequered flag to collect his second victory of the season and pull out a 30-point cushion over Felix Rosenqvist in the Drivers’ standings at the championship’s midpoint.

After establishing the record for the Punte Del Este track (1m13.672s) in free practice, then topping the qualifying order, di Grassi was penalised for having cut the chicane during the Super Pole shootout. Alex Lynn (DS Virgin), Oliver Turvey (NIO) and Mitch Evans (Jaguar) were handed the same punishment for the same offence.

Di Grassi, who appears to have recovered from his catastrophic start to the 2017/2018 series, spent the entire race in Vergne’s slipstream but had to settle for second spot (+0.447s) despite piling on the pressure to the bitter end.

Bird (DS Virgin) produced a strong run after the mid-race car swaps to collect third, while Mitch Evans (Jaguar Racing) took advantage of his Fanboost to finish just shy of the podium. Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing) was fifth, ahead of Lynn and Turvey. José-Maria Lopez (8th, DS Virgin) clocked the fastest race lap (1m16.811s) at an average speed of 130.5kph.

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Sébastien Buemi (Renault-e.dams), a two-time previous winner in Punta Del Este, parked up on Lap 29 after being forced to change his accident-damaged first car after 11 laps. Nick Heidfeld bowed out early on and Mexico City victor Daniel Abt (14th, Audi Sport) had to make an unscheduled stop to tighten his harness belt.

The next round of the 2017/2018 Formula E Championship will take teams to Rome, Italy, on April 14.

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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