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.

FIA Formula E

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

All you ever wanted to know about the BMW i Berlin E-Prix presented by CBMM Niobium, 10th round of the 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E.Click on the photo to download the racecard.

FIA Formula E

Vergne and Audi Sport secure 2017/2018 titles with Michelin

The New York City E-Prix saw Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin claim the 2017/2018 FIA ABB Formula E Drivers’ and Teams’ titles. Season 5 will kick off in Riyad, Saudi Arabia, on December 15 when the championship’s new-generation all-electric single-seaters will race for the first time on equally new Michelin tyres.

With a score of three wins to his name ahead of the trip across the Atlantic, fifth place in the first race in New York sufficed for Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah/Michelin) to wrap up the 2017/2018 Formula E Drivers’ title and follow in the footsteps of the competition’s first three champions Nelson Piquet Jr, Sébastien Buemi and Lucas di Grassi.

This is the 28-year old Frenchman’s first international title since his debut in karting at the age of 10. Over the years, ‘JEV’ worked his way up through Formula Campus, F2, F3 and Formula Renault 3.5 to Formula 1 which saw him contest 58 grands prix from 2012 to 2014 before a switch to Formula E in 2015. His record in the latter now stands at five race wins and eight pole positions.

The 2017/2018 campaign concluded in the streets of Brooklyn, New York City, where the weekend’s two races took place in sweltering weather. But even track temperatures in excess of 45°C failed to faze the Michelin Pilot Sport EV2 which provided another display of its exceptional durability and consistency.

Saturday’s race was won by last season’s champ di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin), ahead of team-mate Daniel Abt and Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams). Despite starting from the back of the grid, Vergne ended up fifth which was sufficient to put the lid on his scrap for the title with DS Virgin/Michelin’s Sam Bird who was ninth.

Sunday’s result saw Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler sew up the Teams’ crown thanks to di Grassi and Abt who were second and third behind that day’s victor, Jean-Eric Vergne. The German outfit ended up two points clear of the latter’s employer, Techeetah.

The 2018/2019 FIA ABB Formula E Championship is due to kick off on December 15 in Riyad, Saudi Arabia, where the more powerful, Michelin-equipped Gen2 cars will make their first competitive appearance. The French tyre firm was a founding partner of the series in 2014.

24H du Mans

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.  

FIA WRC

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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