FIA Formula E

Paris ePrix: Buemi triumphs in French capital

Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) followed up his victory in Monaco last week with another at Saturday’s Paris ePrix, ahead of Lopez and Heidfeld. A mistake by rival Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) helped him to comfort his cushion at the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings.

FIA Formula E

Monaco ePrix: Buemi beats di Grassi in the Principality

Pole-winner Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) led from lights-out to the flag in Monaco to claim his fourth ePrix win of the 2016/2017 season. Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) and Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra Racing) were second and third.

FIA Formula E

Berlin ePrix: Rosenqvist on form in Berlin

Sweden’s Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing) left Berlin with the weekend’s highest points haul thanks to his victory in Saturday’s race. Sunday’s victor was the championship’s provisional leader Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams).

The weekend’s 2016/2017 FIA Formula E Championship gathering at Berlin’s former Tempelhof Airport featured two races which both ran in splendid summery weather.

Saturday’s contest was won by Felix Rosenqvist who earned Mahindra Racing’s maiden success in the all-electric series after passing pole-winner di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) on Lap 21. He was chased over the line by the Brazilian and team-mate Nick Heidfeld who made it two Mahindra cars in the top three!

After a poor qualifying performance, Buemi started from 14th on the grid but succeeded in crossing the line in fifth place before learning of his disqualification for under-pressure Michelin Pilot Sport EV2 tyres (minimum authorised by the regulations: 1.6 bar).

Rosenqvist nearly took his score to two victories in Sunday’s competition but, after dominating qualifying and the race itself, the 2015 European F3 champ took a 10-second penalty for a hazardous pit-lane exit when he came close to colliding with Heidfeld’s identical car.

That handed top spot to Buemi who was joined on the podium by the Swede and di Grassi who secured the silver medal ahead of team-mate Daniel Abt. DS Virgin Racing’s pair tangled early on but José Maria Lopez recovered to steal fifth from Jean-Eric Vergne (TECHEETAH) five laps from home.

Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing) and Maro Engel (Venturi Formula E Team) posted the weekend’s two fastest race laps.

Next round: New York ePrix (USA), July 15-16 (two race).

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Rossi returns to winning ways at Assen

Sunday’s Motul Assen TT, round eight of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, was won by Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Second and third were fellow Italian Danilo Petrucci (Octo Prama Racing) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). 

24H du Mans

Le Mans 2017: Michelin’s 20th Le Mans consecutive victory in numbers

Michelin won the Le Mans 24 Hours for the 20th straight year and for the third year in a row in association with Porsche after posting the fastest ever lap of the French circuit with Toyota. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Assen’s ‘Cathedral of Speed’ for the Dutch GP

Assen is the only circuit to have been visited by the MotoGPTM World Championship every season since 1949. The Motul TT Assen is round eight of the 2017 calendar. 

24H du Mans

Porsche LMP Team hands Michelin its 20th straight Le Mans win!

The 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours saw Michelin extend its uninterrupted winning record in La Sarthe to 20 outright victories since 1998. It was assisted in its quest by the dogged determination of the N°2 Porsche crew (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) who fought back from an early technical issue to scoop the coveted trophy with an hour to go. Along with the N°8 Toyota, which finished back in ninth spot, the German machine was one of only two LMP1-H prototypes to reach the flag after disaster struck the class’s other three factory entries. Michelin’s successful weekend was compounded by a one-two-three finish in LM GTE Am in association with Ferrari, plus a double podium in LM GTE Pro.

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