FIA Formula E

Berlin ePrix: Rosenqvist on form in Berlin

Sweden’s Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing) left Berlin with the weekend’s highest points haul thanks to his victory in Saturday’s race. Sunday’s victor was the championship’s provisional leader Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams).

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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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FIA Formula E: Buemi and Renault-e.dams win Season 3 opener in Hong Kong

Switzerland’s Sébastien Buemi (Renault-e.dams) kicked off the defence of his FIA Formula E crown with victory at the 2016/2017 championship’s opener. He was joined on the Hong Kong podium by Brazilian Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) and German driver Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra).

The paddock and eVillage of Hong Kong’s first major international motor race was located in Tamar Park, close to one of the city’s busiest districts, known for its giant Ferris wheel, International Finance Centre skyscraper and luxury boutiques.

The day before the race, the teams revealed the new liveries of their all-electric single-seater cars while Michelin Motorsport delivered its latest-generation Michelin Pilot Sport EV2 tyres to their respective garages. Jaguar – back in single-seater racing for the first time in a decade – could be seen practicing car changes.

The new Chinese team Techeetah presented its management and drivers to the Asian media and the circuit was used in anger by the first electric touring car race.

The tension climbed a notch on Sunday when the Formula E drivers got their first taste of the tricky, slippery track. There were several contacts with the perimeter walls and Lucas di Grassi was forced to start the race from last place after an accident in qualifying. Buemi lined up fifth on the grid behind DS Virgin and NEXT EV Nio’s pairs.

The race itself unfolded in front of packed grandstands (estimated attendance: 30,000). Many more spectators watched Buemi collect his seventh Formula E victory from the windows of the neighbouring shopping centre.

The teams’ next appearance will be in Marrakech, Morocco, on November 12.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Rossi returns to winning ways at Assen

Sunday’s Motul Assen TT, round eight of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, was won by Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Second and third were fellow Italian Danilo Petrucci (Octo Prama Racing) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). 

24H du Mans

Le Mans 2017: Michelin’s 20th Le Mans consecutive victory in numbers

Michelin won the Le Mans 24 Hours for the 20th straight year and for the third year in a row in association with Porsche after posting the fastest ever lap of the French circuit with Toyota. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Assen’s ‘Cathedral of Speed’ for the Dutch GP

Assen is the only circuit to have been visited by the MotoGPTM World Championship every season since 1949. The Motul TT Assen is round eight of the 2017 calendar. 

24H du Mans

Porsche LMP Team hands Michelin its 20th straight Le Mans win!

The 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours saw Michelin extend its uninterrupted winning record in La Sarthe to 20 outright victories since 1998. It was assisted in its quest by the dogged determination of the N°2 Porsche crew (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) who fought back from an early technical issue to scoop the coveted trophy with an hour to go. Along with the N°8 Toyota, which finished back in ninth spot, the German machine was one of only two LMP1-H prototypes to reach the flag after disaster struck the class’s other three factory entries. Michelin’s successful weekend was compounded by a one-two-three finish in LM GTE Am in association with Ferrari, plus a double podium in LM GTE Pro.

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