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: London ePrix weekend crowns Buemi and Renault-e.dams

The London round of the 2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship turned out to be a weekend to remember for Renault-e.dams which not only won the title for the second year running but also saw Sébastien Buemi clinch the Drivers’ crown. Team-mate Nico Prost won both races in Battersea Park on the southern bank of the River Thames.

The final meeting of the 2015/2016 FIA Formula E Championship saw teams convene in Battersea Park (83 hectares), London, just three kilometres from Buckingham Palace.

On Friday, the day before the weekend’s opening race, the championship’s promoter Alexandro Agag revealed the calendar for the competition’s third season which will feature 14 ePrix, with visits to Hong Kong (which will kick off proceedings on October 9), Montreal, New York, Paris, Marrakesh, Brussels and Monaco. Two venues have yet to be named.

The same day, Dragon Racing announced that it will have a new partner and that Duval and d’Ambrosio will continue to be its drivers, while Aguri will be known next season as Techeetah.

The weekend’s action attracted a large number of families who picnicked on the lawns and prepared to watch qualifying for Saturday’s race from the comfort of deckchairs while watching an open-air musical concert.

There was tension in the pits, however, as the teams studied the clouds which brought rain during the session. At the end of the day, pole-winner Nico Prost celebrated victory in the arms of his four-time F1 world champion dad, watched by Bruno Senna (2nd, Mahindra, second), 23 years after the last podium finish to feature the names Senna and Prost!

The second day was much sunnier as Buemi powered to pole position for Race 2 and close the points gap to di Grassi, meaning the 2015/2016 Drivers’ title would be settled by Sunday’s clash in front of an estimated crowd of 40,000.

A bold passing attempt shortly after the start saw di Grassi run into the back of Buemi and only the bonus points for the day’s fastest race lap could now split the two men. The Swiss driver eased to the top of the standings when he eked every last ounce out of the performance potential of his Michelin Pilot Sport EV-equipped single-seater to secure the best time on Lap 16 and take over from Nelson Piquet Jr. as the 2015/2016 FIA Formula E champion.

Renault-e.dams’ perfect weekend concluded with a second win for Prost and victory in the Teams’ championship for the second year running.

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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