FIA Formula E

Di Grassi and Renault e.dams secure 2016/2017 Formula E titles

The last meeting of the 2016/2017 Formula E Championship saw Brazil’s Lucas di Grassi (Abt-Schaeffler Audi Sport) and Renault-e.dams/Michelin clinch the Drivers’ and Teams’ titles in Montreal, Canada.

FIA Formula E

New York glory for DS Virgin!

The weekend’s two Formula E races in New York City were won by DS Virgin Racing/Michelin’s Sam Bird, which means the 2016/2017 Drivers’ and Teams’ titles will now go down to the wire at the season’s finale in Montreal, Canada, in two weeks’ time.

FIA Formula E

FIA Formula E: Buemi and Renault-e.dams win Season 3 opener in Hong Kong

Switzerland’s Sébastien Buemi (Renault-e.dams) kicked off the defence of his FIA Formula E crown with victory at the 2016/2017 championship’s opener. He was joined on the Hong Kong podium by Brazilian Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) and German driver Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra).

The paddock and eVillage of Hong Kong’s first major international motor race was located in Tamar Park, close to one of the city’s busiest districts, known for its giant Ferris wheel, International Finance Centre skyscraper and luxury boutiques.

The day before the race, the teams revealed the new liveries of their all-electric single-seater cars while Michelin Motorsport delivered its latest-generation Michelin Pilot Sport EV2 tyres to their respective garages. Jaguar – back in single-seater racing for the first time in a decade – could be seen practicing car changes.

The new Chinese team Techeetah presented its management and drivers to the Asian media and the circuit was used in anger by the first electric touring car race.

The tension climbed a notch on Sunday when the Formula E drivers got their first taste of the tricky, slippery track. There were several contacts with the perimeter walls and Lucas di Grassi was forced to start the race from last place after an accident in qualifying. Buemi lined up fifth on the grid behind DS Virgin and NEXT EV Nio’s pairs.

The race itself unfolded in front of packed grandstands (estimated attendance: 30,000). Many more spectators watched Buemi collect his seventh Formula E victory from the windows of the neighbouring shopping centre.

The teams’ next appearance will be in Marrakech, Morocco, on November 12.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Onward to Phillip Island for the MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Less than a week after Japan, the MotoGPTM World Championship is off to Phillip Island this weekend for Round 16, the MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) has closed to within 11 points of provisional leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Sunday’s race promises to play another big role in the thrilling scrap between the two men.

FIA WEC

One-two glory for Toyota/Michelin in Fuji downpour

In a repeat scenario of 2013, this year’s 6 Hours of Fuji – round seven of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship – was marked by torrential rain. The appalling weather didn’t prevent the N°8 and N°7 Michelin-equipped TS050 Hybrids from monopolising the top two positions, however, while the N°51 Ferrari/Michelin came up trumps in LM GTE Pro.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Dovizioso triumphs in Motegi rain

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) overcame heavy rain to win Round 15 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship at Motegi, Japan. The Italian clinched the victory last time around to beat Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and close the gap to 11 points in the title chase. Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) was third.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: teams head east to Japan

MotoGPTM kicks off the Pacific-Asian leg of the 2017 world championship this weekend with the Motul Grand Prix of Japan (Round 15), the first of three back-to-back races along with Australia and Malaysia. Provisional leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) stand out as the big favourites for this year’s title. 

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