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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.

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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.

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Monaco ePrix: Buemi beats di Grassi in the Principality

Pole-winner Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) led from lights-out to the flag in Monaco to claim his fourth ePrix win of the 2016/2017 season. Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) and Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra Racing) were second and third.

It is well-known that overtaking is hard at Monaco, so Buemi was well inspired to secure his first Formula E pole position since last summer’s visit to London. The Renault e.dams driver took advantage of his starting order to lead the 2017 Monaco ePrix from start to finish.

It was the Swiss star’s fourth victory from his last five starts and reinforces his position at the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings, ahead of di Grassi, who finished just 0.320s short of Buemi today after 51 laps (90km).

Heidfeld, the only Formula E driver to have finished on the podium in Monaco in Formula 1, pitted for his car-swap during a safety car period to re-join in third spot before pocketing his second top-three finish of the season after Hong Kong.

Nelson Piquet Jr (NEXTEV NIO) ended up fourth after a tangle that eliminated Jean-Eric Vergne (TECHEETAH) on Lap 21. It was this incident that prompted the despatch of the safety car.

Maro Engel (Venturi Formula E Team) came out on top in his duel with Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing) to clinch fifth spot, while Sam Bird saved DS Virgin Racing’s weekend by twice posting the fastest race lap (53.822s) after an early incident.

His team-mate also had to make an unscheduled early stop for a wing change. The Monaco ePrix was something of a disaster for Faraday Future Dragon Racing’s Loïc Duval and Jérôme d’Ambrosio.

Next round: Paris, France (May 20).


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 14), 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. 


Meeke bounces back in Spain for Citroën/Michelin

Citroën Racing’s Kris Meeke stemmed a recent barren spell with an emphatic victory on the 2017 RallyRACC Catalunya-Rally de España in his Michelin-equipped Citroën C3 WRC. The Ulsterman was followed over the line by M-Sport team-mates Sébastien Ogier and Ott Tanak (Ford Fiesta WRC/Michelin) whose efforts took the British outfit a step closer to its first Manufacturers’ crown since 2007. 


MotoGP: Honda’s Aragon one-two

The Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón – Round 14 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), ahead of team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team). 


MotoGP: off to Aragon

The Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón, Round 14 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, takes teams to Spain this weekend. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) are provisionally level at the top of the Riders’ standings.  

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