FIA Formula E

Audi/Michelin on top again in Berlin

The 2019 Berlin E-Prix saw three ex-Formula E champions monopolise the podium, with Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin’s Lucas di Grassi finishing on the top step, ahead of Sébastien Buemi (2nd, Nissan e.dams/Michelin) and Jean-Eric Vergne (3rd, DS Techeetah/Michelin). As anticipated, the abrasive track at the former Tempelhof Airport proved a big test for Michelin’s Formula E tyre.

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ABB FIA Formula E - BMW i Berlin E-Prix presented by CBMM Niobium - Racecard

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Mortara wins 50th Formula E race with Michelin

Formula E’s 50th e-prix since the championship’s creation in 2014 was won by Edoardo Mortara (Venturi Formula E Team/Michelin). Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin) was first past the flag in Hong Kong but fell back to sixth after being handed a post-finish, five-second penalty. Second and third were Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin) and Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing).

 

 

Formula E celebrated its 50th e-prix in Hong Kong where Belgium’s Stoffel Vandoorne and HWA Racelab/Michelin claimed their first ever pole position after a particularly wet Super Pole qualifying shootout.

The track was drying for the start of the race but painted road markings made the surface very slippery in places as the varied, shifting track conditions provided further evidence of the versatility of the Michelin Pilot Sport, the championship’s single, all-weather tyre.

Bird got away to a first class start but Alexander Sims (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) and Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah) went straight on at Turn 1, while Mahindra Racing’s Pascal Wehrlein and Jérôme d’Ambrosio both slammed into Felipe Nasr’s stricken car on Lap 2. The incident dropped the Indian outfit from the top of the Drivers’ and Teams’ standings.

It was a sorry weekend, too, for Nissan e.dams who lost Sébastien Buemi and Oliver Rowland, with the Briton retiring with a late crash.

With 33 minutes remaining, Bird relinquished first place with a ‘straight on’. His place was snapped up by André Lotterer (DS Techeetah) and the ensuing scrap between the two drivers saw them pull some seven seconds clear of the rest of the field.

There were three laps to go after the final safety car appearance (to clear the cars of Vandoorne and Rowland) but Lotterer’s rear-right tyre was caught and damaged by Bird’s front wing during a particularly late braking manoeuvre by the latter.

Although the Briton was first over the line, a six-second penalty dished out after the finish relegated the Envision Virgin Racing driver to sixth in the official standings.

Victor Mortara was joined on the podium by di Grassi and Frijns while, Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), Felipe Massa (Venturi Formula E Team) rounded out the day’s top five.

Defending champion Vergne finished 13th.

Teams will stay in China for Round 6 of the 2019 ABB FIA Formula E Championship in Sanya on March 23.

 

Final positions – 2019 Hong Kong E-Prix:

1. Edoardo Mortara (Venturi Formula E Team/Michelin), 36 tours

2. Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin), +0.988s

3. Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin), +1.536s

4. Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin), +1.985s

5. Felipe Massa (Venturi Formula E Team/Michelin), +3.258s

6. Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin), +3.306s

7. Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing/Michelin), +4.017s

8. Gary Paffett (HWA Racelab/Michelin), +4.368s

9. Oliver Turvey (NIO Formula E Team/Michelin), +5.624s

10. Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW I Andretti Motorsport/Michelin), +6.492s

Etc.

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2019 LE MANS 24 HOURS - Long-lasting performance to the line, with Michelin…

This year, as always, Michelin’s mission at Le Mans is to provide the drivers of the 53 cars competing on its tyres with superior grip and long-lasting performance as it bids to extend the unbeaten spell it has enjoyed in the endurance racing classic since 1998. Meanwhile, Michelin is busy working on mobility for the future in association with the fuel cell-powered GreenGT prototype which will perform a parade lap of the French circuit. 

24H du Mans

Michelin’s first test of 2019 at Le Mans

The pre-Le Mans 24 Hours test day is the only opportunity teams get to test at the famous 13.626-kilometre track ahead of race-week itself. Unsurprisingly, Sunday’s order was dominated by the Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™ - Danilo Petrucci earns maiden MotoGPTM victory at Mugello

Danilo Petrucci claimed the first premier-class win of his career at his home race on an Italian bike. The Ducati Team rider earned rapturous applause from the local fans when he was first across the line at Mugello, home of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship’s sixth round. Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Petrucci’s team-mate Andrea Dovizioso were second and third. The performance of Michelin’s latest-generation MotoGPTM tyres contributed to the tumbling of several records.  

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Portugal glory for Toyota/Michelin

Twenty-five years after their last win together on the event as a WRC round*, Toyota and Michelin claimed the top prize at this year’s Rally de Portugal thanks to Ott Tänak. Second and third were Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin). With half of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship completed, Ogier tops the Provisional Drivers’ standings, two and ten points clear of his Estonian and Belgian rivals respectively. The new Skoda Fabia R5 Evo/Michelin got its career of to a flying start with a one-two finish in WRC2 Pro thanks to Kalle Rovanperä and Jan Kopecky.

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