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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.

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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.

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FIA FORMULA E (Marrakech): Buemi (Renault-e. dams) extends championship lead

Victory in Morocco has seen Renault-e.dams and its Swiss star Sébastien Buemi open up a handsome early lead in the 2016/2017 FIA Formula E Championship. Saturday’s ePrix in the streets of Marrakech served as an eloquent and spectacular shop window for electric mobility.

The first visible sign we saw that COP22 was in town was the impressive fleet of electric vehicles waiting outside Marrakech’s airport to whisk participants to the United Nations conference. Not far from there, on Jemaa el Fna Square, close to the famous souk, the traditional snake charmers were busy mystifying visitors from around the world.

Thanks to features such as their competitive, versatile, energy-efficient Michelin Pilot Sport EV2 tyres, as well the solar-powered and glycol-fuelled systems they use to charge their batteries, the all-electric Formula E single-seaters are technological laboratories designed to play a part in combatting global warming. That is why the Formula E Championship had such a key role to play at this year’s climate change summit.

The day before the race, 16-year old Moroccan driver Michael Benyahia was invited to drive a Renault SPARK SRT_01E/MICHELIN along avenue Hassan II to the COP22 conference centre.

The championship organisers also took advantage of the event to show the United Nations delegation a documentary about global warming and try to establish a new record with the presence around Moulay El Hassan Circuit of 50,581 postcards from children explaining how they are reducing their carbon footprint.

The track, which also hosts a round of the FIA Word Touring Car Championship, set another record on race day when Swede Félix Rosenqvist (Mahindra) posted the fastest lap, outpacing the best times clocked by the WTCC fraternity.

The race was attended by numerous personalities from the world of politics who saw Switzerland’s Sébastien Buemi take the day’s win to extend his lead in the championship.

Formula E action will resume in the New Year with the Buenos Aires ePrix on February 18, 2017. Last year’s clash in the Argentine capital’s Puerto Madero district was won by Sam Bird.


MotoGP: a flawless weekend for Viñales at Le Mans

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) produced a grand-slam performance at the HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France, round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Spaniard added pole position and fastest race lap to his third win of the season. Second and third were local star Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team). 


Ogier claims fifth Portugal victory

A fifth Rally de Portugal victory for Sébastien Ogier has taken the Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin star’s personal tally to 40 world class wins and level with Markku Alèn as the event’s most successful driver. The Frenchman has also established a new record for the highest number of WRC points scored at this level. He was joined on Sunday’s podium by Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin rivals Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo.


MotoGP: next stop Le Mans, France

Round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, and the second to take place on European soil, is this weekend’s HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France at Le Mans-Bugatti. 


MotoGP: Pedrosa wins milestone 3,000th grand prix at Jerez

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) came first at Round 4 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship at Jerez which had the honour of hosting motorcycle racing’s 3,000th grand prix since 1949. The Honda rider finished clear of team-mate Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), while Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) made it an all-Spanish podium at the Gran Premio Red Bullde España. 

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