FIA Formula E

Paris ePrix: Buemi triumphs in French capital

Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) followed up his victory in Monaco last week with another at Saturday’s Paris ePrix, ahead of Lopez and Heidfeld. A mistake by rival Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) helped him to comfort his cushion at the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings.

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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.

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Buenos Aires ePrix: Buemi’s hat-trick

Saturday’s Buenos Aires ePrix saw Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) follow up his recent successes in Hong Kong and Marrakech with his third win on the trot, ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) and Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport).

FIA Formula E Championship action resumed this weekend with a visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina, which hosted the all-electric series for the third time.

With the track temperature standing at 35°C, pole-winner di Grassi got away to a strong start before being overhauled first by Jean-Eric Vergne on Lap 3, then by Sébastien Buemi moments later.

The reigning champion gradually extended his lead up to the mid-race car swaps, before stabilising the gap to take the chequered flag in first place and extend his lead in the provisional 2016/2017 Drivers’ standings.

Vergne secured his best result of the season by claiming second spot, ahead of di Grassi. The Brazilian fought back during the second half of the race after relinquishing his podium footing during the car changes. He found a way back past Nicolas Prost (Renault e.dams) on Lap 24.

Nelson Piquet Jr (NextEV NIO) rounded out the top five, chased by Loïc Duval (Faraday Future Dragon Racing) who started from 14th on the grid. The day’s fastest race lap (1m9.467s) was the work of Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing) in the closing stages, while Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing) crashed into a wall.

The Michelin Pilot Sport EV2 provided further evidence of its potential and durability around what stands out as one of the fastest circuits of the campaign (average speed: 120.3kph). Both the pole-winning lap and fastest race lap were faster compared with 2016.

Next round: Mexico City (Mexico), April 1.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: a flawless weekend for Viñales at Le Mans

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) produced a grand-slam performance at the HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France, round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Spaniard added pole position and fastest race lap to his third win of the season. Second and third were local star Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team). 

FIA WRC

Ogier claims fifth Portugal victory

A fifth Rally de Portugal victory for Sébastien Ogier has taken the Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin star’s personal tally to 40 world class wins and level with Markku Alèn as the event’s most successful driver. The Frenchman has also established a new record for the highest number of WRC points scored at this level. He was joined on Sunday’s podium by Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin rivals Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: next stop Le Mans, France

Round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, and the second to take place on European soil, is this weekend’s HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France at Le Mans-Bugatti. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Pedrosa wins milestone 3,000th grand prix at Jerez

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) came first at Round 4 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship at Jerez which had the honour of hosting motorcycle racing’s 3,000th grand prix since 1949. The Honda rider finished clear of team-mate Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), while Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) made it an all-Spanish podium at the Gran Premio Red Bullde España. 

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