FIA Formula E

The Michelin Pilot Sport EV lights up the Saudi sky

The Michelin Pilot Sport EV helped Nyck de Vries (Mercedes) and Sam Bird (Jaguar) to win the weekend’s two night-time Formula E e-prix in Diriyah, on the outskirts of Riyad. Michelin was a founding partner of the championship in 2014.

FIA Formula E

A Mercedes-Benz EQ/Michelin one-two wraps up 2019/2020 Formula E campaign

Formula E’s Season 6 concluded with a 69th win for the championship’s founding partner Michelin. The last of six races in Berlin saw Stoffel Vandoorne head a Mercedes-Benz EQ/Michelin one-two after Antonio Felix da Costa and DS Techeetah had secured the all-electric series’ Drivers’ and Constructors’ crowns with two rounds remaining.

FIA Formula E

The Michelin Pilot Sport EV revels in Rome’s mixed conditions!

The acclaimed versatility of Michelin’s Formula E tire helped Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah) and Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-Benz EQ) to win the Rome weekend’s two e-prix which were marked by unsettled weather.

Ever since the championship’s first steps in 2014, Formula E has only allowed a single type of tire, so it needed to be capable of performing whatever the weather. This prerequisite saw Michelin – a partner of the series from the outset – develop a truly versatile solution that delivers in dry and wet conditions alike.

Today, the Pilot Sport EV road tires that equip the most powerful full-electric and hybrid production cars benefit directly from the innovative technology employed by their current-generation Formula E counterparts.

Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in Rome, Italy, took place to a backdrop of unsettled weather, with Saturday’s clash starting in drizzle, and free practice for Sunday’s e-prix marked by rain, along with some lingering damp portions during the early part of the race itself.

True to its calling, however, the Michelin Pilot Sport EV provided the necessary grip for the drivers to provide a quality, entertaining show through the Italian capital’s bumpy, technically-demanding streets.

“The conditions turned out to be tricky all weekend,” reports Jérôme Mondain, the manager of Michelin Motorsport’s Formula E program. “That was due not only to the weather but also to the characteristics of the circuit itself which featured a mix of blind corners and bumpy braking zones, many of which included slippery pedestrian crossings. A real street circuit. Thanks to the performance of our Formula E tire, though, we were treated to plenty of action and suspense.”

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Race 1 was won by Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne who notched up his 10th victory in the championship at the wheel of his new DS E-Tense FE21 which had been rebuilt by DS Techeetah’s mechanics following a big crash in practice earlier the same day. Brazil’s Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) was denied top-spot by a late technical issue which allowed Jaguar Racing’s Sam Bird and Mitch Evans to pick up second and third places.

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The resolve of Mercedes-Benz EQ and Belgium’s Stoffel Vandoorne was rewarded on Sunday after their pole-winning qualifying effort for the first e-prix was wasted because of a crash. The Belgian’s Race 2 bid was aided when the Attack-Mode-charge of rival Pascal Wehrlein (TAG Heuer Porsche) was cancelled out by a Full Course Yellow period that helped the Mercedes driver to take command. Wehrlein ultimately had to settle for third, behind Alexander Sims (Mahindra Racing). The championship leader Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing) was caught in a tangle on the afternoon’s final lap.

Teams will travel next to Valencia, Spain, for Round 5 of the 2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship on April 24.

Race 1 – Final standings:

  1. Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah), 24 laps
  2. Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing), +0.461s
  3. Mitch Evans (Jaguar Racing), +0.756s
  4. Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing), +1.034s
  5. Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams), +3.142s

Etc.

Race 2 – Final standings:

  1. Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes EQ FE Team),
  2. Alexander Sims (Mahindra Racing), +0.666s
  3. Pascal Wehrlein (TAG Heuer Porsche FE Team), +2.346s
  4. Edoardo Mortara (Rokit Venturi Racing), +5.018s
  5. Maximilian Günther (Andretti Autosport), +5.305s

Etc.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Quartararo clinches incredible Doha win as Michelin contributes to more new records

The outstanding grip and consistency provided by the MICHELIN Power Slick from the first to the last lap of the 22-lap TISSOT Grand Prix of Doha played an active role in delivering an absolute thriller in Qatar. The second round of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship was won by Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) who produced a spectacular late charge. Fellow Frenchman Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) was second over the line, while rookie Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) was third after starting from pole. Michelin’s tires helped to establish new fastest race-lap and race-duration records for Doha.  

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Qatar glory for Viñales as Michelin plays part in three new records

Sunday’s Barwa Grand Prix of Qatar saw Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) claim the first win of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship, ahead of Johann Zarco (2nd, Pramac Racing) and Francesco Bagnaia (3rd, Ducati Lenovo Team). The grip and consistency provided by the MICHELIN Power Slick made an active contribution to the excitement of the year’s opener which produced new track and race lap records, as well as a new top-speed benchmark.  

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New records for Michelin at Sebring

Michelin scooped the top prize at the 2021 12 Hours of Sebring (Florida, USA) which was won by the JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac-DPi-V.R of Frenchmen Loïc Duval, Tristan Vautier and Sébastien Bourdais. Sebring is one of motor racing’s toughest venues for tires and a great track therefore to prepare for the FIA World Endurance Championship which this year kicks off at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, on May 1.

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Long-lasting performance in Asia too!

The Michelin Pilot Sport range of endurance racing tyres showcased its winning ability in the recent 2021 Asian Le Mans Series which was hosted by the United Arab Emirates. G-Drive Racing claimed the Teams’ and Drivers’ crowns to earn an invitation to contest this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

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