FIA Formula E

BMW/Michelin claims maiden Formula E success

Round 1 of the 2018/2019 Formula E Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, was won by Antonio Felix da Costa. The Portuguese BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver was joined on the podium by Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) and Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Mahindra Racing/Michelin).

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More Morocco glory for Mahindra Racing/Michelin

After winning last season’s visit to Marrakech, Mahindra Racing finished on top again this time around thanks to Jérôme d’Ambrosio who was joined on the podium by Envision Virgin Racing’s Robin Frijns and Sam Bird. Antonio Felix da Costa tangled late in the race with his BMW I Andretti Motorsport/Michelin team-mate while leading, and defending champion Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah/Michelin) span at the race’s first turn.

After qualifying second on the grid around the championship’s longest track (2.971km), Vergne fell to 19th place on Lap 1 following a failed move to pass pole-winner Sam Bird through the opening corner. Meanwhile, a collision involving Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) and Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra Racing) produced a premature end to the latter’s first taste of Formula E.

Bird led for the first 10 laps but was then passed in quick succession by da Costa and Alexander Sims. The BMW I Andretti Motorsport pair were still running at the front of the field when they tangled with 10 minutes remaining. In addition to side-lining da Costa, the incident played into the hands of d’Ambrosio who managed to claim the lead shortly before a Safety Car interruption.

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Action resumed with just one lap to go and the Mahindra driver stayed ahead to secure the afternoon’s victory, almost three years after his last Formula E success in Mexico City in 2016. The Belgian was joined on the podium by Frijns and Bird, while Sims saved BMW’s day with fourth place at the flag.

Vergne fought back to a top-five finish, chased by DS Techeetah team-mate Andre Lotterer who recovered from a lowly start position to clinch sixth spot.

The top 10 was rounded out by the 2016/2017 and 2015/2016 champions di Grassi and Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams/Michelin), Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing/Michelin) and Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin).

The next round of the 2018/2019 FIA Formula E Championship will take teams to Chile for the Santiago E-Prix on Saturday, January 26.

Final positions – Marrakech E-Prix

1, Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Mahindra Racing), 31 laps

2, Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing), +0.143s

3, Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing), +0.461s

4, Alexander Sims (BMW I Andretti Motorsport), +0.740s

5, Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah), +1.232s

6, André Lotterer (DS Techeetah), +1.457s

7, Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), +1.633s

8, Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams), +2.455s

9, Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing), +2.980s

10, Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), +4.014s

Etc.

FIA World Council decisions

A number of key decisions were taken at the FIA World Council meeting that was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on December 5. Many of them referred to some of the global championships in which Michelin is active, namely the WEC, WRC and Formula E.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team/Michelin) triumphs in Valencia

After claiming the season’s opener in Qatar, Andrea Dovizioso concluded the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship with victory in Valencia. The Italian was unfazed when the race was red flagged due to heavy rain and he went on to finish clear of Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR/Michelin) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing/Michelin).   

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Toyota and Michelin win in rainy Shanghai

The N°7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez and the N°8 sister car of Buemi/Alonso/Nakajima collected another one-two finish for the Japanese make in the FIA WEC as torrential rain greeted teams to Shanghai, China. Michelin scored its 50th LM GTE Pro class victory in the championship with the N°95 Aston Martin (Sorensen/Thiim).

FIA WRC

Sixth WRC title for Ogier and Toyota’s fourth, all with Michelin

The 2018 Rally Australia saw Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia claim their sixth Drivers’ world title and their second with Ford/Michelin. Jari-Matti Latvala earned Toyota Gazoo Racing’s 50th world class victory to make sure of the Manufacturers’ crown with Michelin.  

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