FIA Formula E

The Michelin Pilot Sport EV lights up the Saudi sky

The Michelin Pilot Sport EV helped Nyck de Vries (Mercedes) and Sam Bird (Jaguar) to win the weekend’s two night-time Formula E e-prix in Diriyah, on the outskirts of Riyad. Michelin was a founding partner of the championship in 2014.

FIA Formula E

A Mercedes-Benz EQ/Michelin one-two wraps up 2019/2020 Formula E campaign

Formula E’s Season 6 concluded with a 69th win for the championship’s founding partner Michelin. The last of six races in Berlin saw Stoffel Vandoorne head a Mercedes-Benz EQ/Michelin one-two after Antonio Felix da Costa and DS Techeetah had secured the all-electric series’ Drivers’ and Constructors’ crowns with two rounds remaining.

FIA Formula E

Da Costa and DS Techeetah secure Formula E’s 2019/2020 titles with Michelin*

A one-two finish today for DS E-TENSE FE 20/Michelin’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Antonio Felix Da Costa in the 2019/2020 FIA Formula E Championship’s fourth round in Berlin, Germany, saw DS Techeetah and Da Costa seal the Constructors’ and Drivers’ titles respectively.

A harvest of two wins and one second place in Berlin so far has allowed Antonio Felix da Costa to pull sufficiently clear at the top of the provisional points able to wrap up Formula E’s 2019/2020 Drivers’ championship with two races remaining, while his team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne won the fourth e-prix in the German capital to clinch the Constructors’ title for DS Techeetah – Michelin’s 12th since the all-electric championship’s inaugural campaign in 2014/2015.

“There are no words to describe how I feel,” declared Da Costa on Sunday evening. “I went through some difficult moments in Formula E, finishing 15th and 16th in the early seasons. A big thank you to Jean-Eric [Vergne] for all the help he has given me and to everyone at DS Techeetah.”

The fourth Berlin race was marked by a brief shower which the Michelin Pilot Sport took in its stride thanks to its versatility.

“The drivers were able to continue at the same pace even when the conditions became damp,” observed Michelin Motorsport’s Formula E programme manager Jérôme Mondain afterwards. “The Michelin Pilot Sport is a truly astonishing tyre.

“After looking at the data collected by the Michelin Track Connect system during the first two e-prix at this notoriously abrasive track which took place in hot weather, we decided to run lower tyre pressures for the third and fourth races in Berlin in order to provide the drivers with an even more comfortable ride, along with superior performance and consistency.”

The third Berlin race, on Saturday, was won by Germany’s Maximilian Gunther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport/Michelin), ahead of Dutchman Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin) and pole-sitter Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) who bounced back after a couple of tough races earlier in the week. On Sunday, the Frenchman pocketed his ninth Formula 1 victory and spearheaded a one-two finish for the DS E-TENSE FE 20, ahead of Sébastien Buemi’s Nissan e.dams/Michelin.

The last two rounds of the 2019/2020 FIA Formula E Championship will feature a different circuit layout at Berlin’s former Tempelhof Airport on August 12-13.

(*) Subject to confirmation of the official results by the FIA.

Berlin E-Prix 3 – Final positions:

1. Maximilian Gunther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport), 35 laps

2. Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing), 0.128s

3. Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah), +2.569s

4. Antonio Felix Da Costa (DS Techeetah), +2.763s

5. André Lotterer (TAG Heuer Porsche FE Team), +3.136s

Etc.

Berlin E-Prix 4 – Final positions:

1. Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah), 37 laps

2. Antonio Felix Da Costa (DS Techeetah), +0.497s

3. Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams), +1.392s

4. Nyck de Vries (Mercedes Benz EQ FE Team), +3.791s

5. Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams), +5.018s

Etc.

IMSA

IMSA: The Michelin Pilot Sport’s longevity pays at Daytona

The long-lasting performance credentials of the Michelin Pilot Sport helped the French firm to make a decisive mark at the opening round of the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Notorious as a gruelling test of speed and resilience, last weekend’s Rolex 24 At Daytona on Florida’s east coast was won by the Acura ARX-05 of Taylor/Albuquerque/Rossi/Castroneves who got Michelin’s 2021 endurance racing campaign off to the perfect start. Michelin has been a major partner of the North American series since 2019 and is this year working with no fewer than 18 carmakers.

FIA WEC

Michelin and endurance racing’s hybrid prototype era

The 2020 8 Hours of Bahrain in November brought the age of hybrid LMP1 prototypes to a close. Introduced in 2012, these technologically-sophisticated machines notched up 61 world-class endurance racing wins, all on Michelin Pilot Sport tyres which delivered on their Performance-Made-to-Last promise. From 2021, the hybrid generation will make way for a new breed of Hypercars.

FIA WRC

Sébastien Ogier secures his 7th WRC crown with Michelin

Sébastien Ogier won the 2020 Rally Monza to notch up his 47th world-class victory and the seventh FIA World Rally Championship crown of his career on Michelin tyres. The Italian event was the final outing of the French firm’s current spell in the FIA WRC which has seen it harvest no fewer than 347 victories, 1,037 podium placings and 58 Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ world titles since the competition’s creation in 1973, aided by a long list of technological innovations and close working relationships with its driver and carmaker partners.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Miguel Oliveira reigns supreme on home soil

The final clash of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship at Portimão was won in assertive fashion by local star Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3). The Grande Prémio MEO de Portugal’s pole-sitter comfortably outdistanced Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) who made it three different bikemakers and two different MICHELIN Power Slick pairings on the podium.

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