FIA Formula E

FIA FORMULA E (Marrakech): Buemi (Renault-e. dams) extends championship lead

Victory in Morocco has seen Renault-e.dams and its Swiss star Sébastien Buemi open up a handsome early lead in the 2016/2017 FIA Formula E Championship. Saturday’s ePrix in the streets of Marrakech served as an eloquent and spectacular shop window for electric mobility.

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FIA Formula E Championship: a landmark first in Marrakech

Morocco’s Marrakech ePrix on November 12, 2016, will be the first round of the FIA Formula E Championship to be held in Africa. The meeting coincides with the United Nations’ COP22 summit to provide a nice tie-in for Michelin’s sustainable mobility strategy and the spirit behind the world’s first all-electric single-seater motor racing series.

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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: Qatar to kick off 2017 world championship

After a memorable 2016 campaign, which saw nine different riders win races as Michelin returned to the series following a seven-year absence, the first fixture of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship (March 23-26) will take teams to Losail, near Doha, in the middle of the Qatari desert. 

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Rally Mexico produces the 2017 WRC’s third winner!

Following in the slipstream of Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala, who took the spoils in Monte Carlo and Sweden respectively, Kris Meeke clinched the top prize in Mexico on Sunday at the wheel of his Citroën C3 WRC/Michelin. Ogier (Ford/Michelin) and Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) joined the Briton on the podium.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP Off Season Show visits Michelin

Michelin invites the MotoGP Off Season Show to construct its very own tyre and discover the intricacies inside that round piece of rubber.

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Sweden glory for Toyota/Michelin

Toyota followed up its Rallye Monte Carlo podium finish in January with outright victory in Sweden today to celebrate its return to the FIA World Rally Championship. Jari-Matti Latvala topped the final order ahead of Ford M-Sport/Michelin’s Ott Tanak and Sébastien Ogier, while Skoda/Michelin ended up on top again in WRC2.

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