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

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: 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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