FIA Formula E

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

Monaco glory for Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin)

Pole-sitter Jean-Eric Vergne collected his second win of the 2018/2019 FIA Formula E Championship in Monaco to go top of the provisional Drivers’ standings. Oliver Rowland (2nd, Nissan e.dams/Michelin), Felipe Massa (3rd, Venturi Formula E Team/Michelin) and Pascal Wehrlein (4th, Mahindra Racing/Michelin) made it four different teams in the day’s top-four, blanketed by just 1.439 seconds! 

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.

Lucas di Grassi collected the 10th Formula E victory of his career and his second of the 2018/2019 season after appearing in front on Lap 5 and gradually pulling clear of the pack to earn himself handsome safety margin. The Audi e.tron FE05/Michelin driver also posted the day’s fastest lap late in the race (Lap 29 of 37) to provide an eloquent illustration of the long-lasting performance credentials of his Michelin Pilot Sport tyres at what is the campaign’s most abrasive circuit due to its ribbed concrete surface. Track temperatures of almost 30°C added to the difficulty faced by the French brand’s bespoke Formula E tyre.

The result has promoted the Brazilian from fifth to second place in the provisional championship standings, behind Vergne who was third in Germany after a determined fightback during the race’s second half, aided by the resilience of his Michelin tyres.

Pole-sitter Buemi got away to a first class start and led until he was passed by di Grassi. He then managed to defend his footing on the podium and eventually moved up from third to second after passing Antonio Felix da Costa on Lap 23 to harvest his first top-three finish of the season.

Da Costa (BMW I Andretti Motorsport/Michelin) and Stoffel Vandoorne (HWA Racelab/Michelin) rounded out the afternoon’s top five, chased by the 2018 Berlin E-Prix winner Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin) and Alexander Sims (BMW I Andretti Motorsport/Michelin). André Lotterer climbed seven places in the course of the race but failed to finish.

The next round of the 2018/2019 FIA Formula E Championship will take teams to Bern, Switzerland, on Saturday, June 22.

2019 Berlin E-Prix – final positions:

1. Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), 37 laps

2. Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams), +1.856s

3. Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah), +2.522s

4. Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW I Andretti Motorsport), +5.845s

5. Stoffel Vandoorne (HWA Racelab), +6.336s

6. Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), +6.551s

7. Alexander Sims (BMW I Andretti Motorsport), +8.235s

8. Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams), +10.781s

9. Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing), +13.153s

10. Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra Racing), +14.846s

Etc.

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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