FIA Formula E

Vergne scores second straight Formula E crown!

DS Techeetah/Michelin’s Jean-Eric Vergne emerged from the 2019 New York City E-Prix as the first driver in Formula E history to claim the title twice. The Frenchman successfully defended his 2017/2018 crown after the weekend’s doubleheader meeting in New York City, USA, which produced wins for Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams/Michelin) and Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin). DS Techeetah/Michelin is Season 5’s Teams’ champion.

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Formula E success for Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) in Bern

Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) followed up victory in qualifying for the Bern E-Prix with a flag-to-flag win that has extended his lead in the Drivers’ standings ahead of the 2018/2019 FIA Formula E Championship’s two-race finale in New York. The Frenchman was followed over the line in Switzerland by Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing), Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) and André Lotterer (DS Techeetah).

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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.

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MotoGP™ - Motul Grand Prix of Japan - Racecard

Michelin is ready for the busiest 3-weeks of the MotoGP season as the championship begins a trio of races starting with Motul Grand Prix of Japan before heading to Australia and Malaysia. Download our racecard to to find out more about this round!Click on the photo to dowload the racecard.

Michelin’s first Formula 1 world titles

In 1979, Michelin demonstrated the superiority of its radial tyre technology by claiming the first of its titles in the Formula 1 World Championship. Forty years on, the French firm continues to see motorsport as a means to innovate and take its technologies forward, especially in competitions that place the accent on sustainable mobility and lasting performance. 

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Tänak wins in Wales

The 2019 Wales Rally GB – Round 12 of the FIA World Rally Championship – was won by Toyota/Michelin’s Ott Tänak, ahead of Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin). The all-new Michelin Latitude Cross S70 helped Kalle Rovanperä to claim the WRC2 Pro spoils and clinch the class’s title.

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Seventh heaven for Toyota/Michelin at Fuji

Seven is a lucky number in Japan. It is also the number of times Toyota/Michelin has won its home round – the 6 Hours of Fuji – since the FIA World Endurance Championship’s creation in 2012. This year’s victory went to the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley, chased by the N°7 sister car of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez. Michelin came first in all four classes thanks to the N°29 Oreca07-Gibson in LMP2, and the N°95 and N°90 Aston Martins in LMGTE Pro and Am.

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