FIA Formula E

Porsche takes Mexico win with Michelin

Michelin and its longstanding partner Porsche claimed an assertive one-two finish in the 2022 Mexico City E-Prix as Pascal Wehrlein scored his maiden ABB FIA Formula E World Championship success ahead of team-mate André Lotterer.

FIA Formula E

Diriyah E-Prix: Mercedes and Michelin light up the Saudi sky

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV rose to the various challenges it faced in Diriyah, near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to help defending champ Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ FE Team) and last season’s runner-up Edoardo Mortara (RoKit Venturi Racing) to claim the first two rounds of the 2021/2022 FIA ABB Formula E World Championship.

FIA Formula E

Michelin joins Formula E action in Spain

The official pre-season test ahead of the 2021/2022 FIA ABB Formula E World Championship took place on November 29-December 2 at Circuito Ricardo Tormo de Valence, Valencia, Spain, where Michelin once again joined the teams as the competition’s exclusive tire supplier. Season 8 will kick off in Saudi Arabia on January 28-29.

Michelin – a premium partner of the all-electric single-seater race series since its launch in 2014 – will supply the latest Formula E cars with MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV tires that have repeatedly demonstrated their potential and versatility in the course of the seven seasons organized to date.

“Our Formula E tire has evolved as the cars themselves have become increasingly sophisticated over the years,” notes Mirko Pirracchio, the new manager of Michelin Motorsport’s Formula E program. “The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV is a connected, lightweight tire that performs equally in dry and wet conditions. It is the most efficient 18-inch tire in motor racing and, since last year, is also available in a form conceived for road-going electric sports cars and SUVs.”

The 11 teams and 22 drivers entered for Formula E’s Season 8 gathered recently in Valencia for a week of intensive testing at the city’s permanent 3.37-kilometer track. Their numbers included ex-F1 racer Antonio Giovinazzi who got his first taste of the sport which boasts the involvement of numerous prestige automobile brands.

Together, the field completed some 4,000 laps (practically 14,000km), with 17 of the drivers bettering the Superpole time set for April’s Valencia E-Prix where the same 17 qualified within a second of the pole-winner! The fastest lap in testing was posted by Edoardo Mortara (RoKit Venturi Racing, 1m25.763s), while Sam Bird (Jaguar TCS Racing), Robin Frijns (Envision Racing), Antonio Felix da Costa (DS Techeetah) and Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ FE Team) also took turns to top the different sessions.

For the 2021/2022 championship, the power of the cars has been upped by 20kW to 220 kW in Race Mode, and from 235kW to 250kW in Attack Mode. The qualifying process has changed, too, and time was set aside in Valencia for qualifying simulations.

“The new qualifying format will feature exciting head-to-head runs to decide the order at the front of the grid and this will have an impact on tire strategy,” says Mirko Pirracchio. “In 2022, drivers will be allocated two sets of new MICHELIN Pilot Sport EVs for free practice, qualifying and the race and will be free to use them as they wish, including the mixing of fresh and part-worn rubber. This will allow for plenty of strategy options to further underscore the efficiency and performance of our tires.”

Following the opening races of the 2021/2022 FIA ABB Formula E World Championship in January in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, the 16-round series will go on to visit Mexico City (Mexico), New York (USA), Vancouver (Canada), London (United Kingdom) and Seoul (Korea).

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: emotional maiden MotoGPTM success for Bastianini in Qatar

Gresini Racing MotoGP’s Enea Bastianini converted his trust in his MICHELIN Power Slicks into a resounding victory at Round 1 of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship in Qatar. The Italian dedicated his first win at this level to his team’s late founder Fausto Gresini. Brad Brinder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team) made it three different bikemakers on the podium to provide early evidence of the versatility of Michelin’s 2022 range.  

Michelin’s Asian and American travels

Shortly after the opening round of North America’s 2022 endurance racing campaign at Daytona in January, this year’s four-race Asian Le Mans Series took place in the United Arab Emirates. Michelin, a premium partner of the championship, helped Nielsen Racing, CD Sport and Inception Racing to harvest the season’s titles.

Sam Sunderland claims Michelin’s 37th Dakar bike win

The two-wheel category of the 2022 Dakar was won by Sam Sunderland (GasGas Factory Racing) who came out on top after an exceptionally close fight to repeat his victory of 2017. The Briton handed GasGas its maiden success on the event and took Michelin’s score to 37 bike victories.  

Michelin runners monopolize the 2021 ERC podium

The 2021 FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) saw Skoda/Michelin drivers Andreas Mikkelsen, Efren Llanera and Mikolaj Marczyck secure the year’s gold, silver and bronze medals. The series concluded in Spain’s Canary Islands following a fiercely-fought campaign between the different carmakers, drivers and tire firms involved.

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