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

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: 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). 

FIA WRC

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™

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™

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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