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).

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

Mexico City ePrix: di Grassi claims surprise win

Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) took an unexpected win at Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez after a chaotic race. The Brazilian was joined on the podium by Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) and Sam Bird (DS Virgin).

Round 4 of the 2016/2017 FIA Formula E Championship produced plenty of drama, beginning a penalty for qualifying winner Daniel Abt (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) for incorrect tyre pressures. The infringement handed pole position to birthday boy Oliver Turvey (NexTEV).

The Briton went on to dominate the race’s first quarter before he was forced to park up his car on the track to hand command to WTCC star Jose-Maria Lopez (DS Virgin).

The safety car was despatched to clear Turvey’s stricken machine and di Grassi, who had been lying last after pitting for a rear wing replacement on Lap 32, made his car swap with 28 laps remaining. The Brazilian re-joined on the same lap as his comrades who waited until the green light to perform their changes.

That left di Grassi at the front of the field, ahead of Jérôme D’Ambrosio (Faraday Future Dragon Racing) who was also running an offset strategy.

A second safety car period was needed to clear the car of Loïc Duval (Faraday Future Dragon Racing) and this led to a bunching up of positions. Lopez’s over eagerness resulted in a mistake at Turn 1 with 10 laps to go. He was later imitated by Buemi, and then by d’Ambrosio who lost out in his scrap with Vergne three laps from the flag.

Di Grassi’s race plan and energy management earned him his first victory of the season and put an end to the recent supremacy of Buemi (14th, fastest race lap) whose championship lead over the Brazilian is now down to just five points.

The top five was rounded out by Vergne, Bird, Nicolas Prost (e-dams Renault) and Mitch Evans (Jaguar). Esteban Gutierrez (Techeetah) was 10th on home turf.

The next round will visit the streets of Monaco on May 13.

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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