FIA Formula E

Mexico City ePrix: di Grassi claims surprise win

Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) took an unexpected win at Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez after a chaotic race. The Brazilian was joined on the podium by Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) and Sam Bird (DS Virgin).

FIA Formula E

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

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.

The first visible sign we saw that COP22 was in town was the impressive fleet of electric vehicles waiting outside Marrakech’s airport to whisk participants to the United Nations conference. Not far from there, on Jemaa el Fna Square, close to the famous souk, the traditional snake charmers were busy mystifying visitors from around the world.

Thanks to features such as their competitive, versatile, energy-efficient Michelin Pilot Sport EV2 tyres, as well the solar-powered and glycol-fuelled systems they use to charge their batteries, the all-electric Formula E single-seaters are technological laboratories designed to play a part in combatting global warming. That is why the Formula E Championship had such a key role to play at this year’s climate change summit.

The day before the race, 16-year old Moroccan driver Michael Benyahia was invited to drive a Renault SPARK SRT_01E/MICHELIN along avenue Hassan II to the COP22 conference centre.

The championship organisers also took advantage of the event to show the United Nations delegation a documentary about global warming and try to establish a new record with the presence around Moulay El Hassan Circuit of 50,581 postcards from children explaining how they are reducing their carbon footprint.

The track, which also hosts a round of the FIA Word Touring Car Championship, set another record on race day when Swede Félix Rosenqvist (Mahindra) posted the fastest lap, outpacing the best times clocked by the WTCC fraternity.

The race was attended by numerous personalities from the world of politics who saw Switzerland’s Sébastien Buemi take the day’s win to extend his lead in the championship.

Formula E action will resume in the New Year with the Buenos Aires ePrix on February 18, 2017. Last year’s clash in the Argentine capital’s Puerto Madero district was won by Sam Bird.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: off to Austin!

After visiting Qatar and Argentina, the MotoGPTM World Championship travels to the Circuit of the Americas, near Austin, Texas, USA, for round three of the 2017 season: the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.

FIA WEC

Toyota/Michelin wins Silverstone WEC opener

Toyota Gazoo Racing and Michelin won Great Britain’s 6 Hours of Silverstone for the second time after their maiden victory there together in 2014. First past the flag was the N°8 TS050 Hybrid of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima, which finished clear of the N°2 (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) and N°1 (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy) Porsches. Michelin won all three of the classes in which it was represented. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: a second straight win for Viñales

The winner of the second round of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship at Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina, was Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who also won the season’s recent opener in Qatar. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) were second and third in South America. 

FIA WRC

Neuville claims Corsica win for Hyundai/Michelin

Thierry Neuville earned a handsome victory for Hyundai Motorsport in Corsica to become the fourth different winner of a WRC round from four starts this year. Michelin’s score on the Mediterranean island now stands at 25 outright victories with 11 different makes since the championship’s creation in 1973.

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