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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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.

It is well-known that overtaking is hard at Monaco, so Buemi was well inspired to secure his first Formula E pole position since last summer’s visit to London. The Renault e.dams driver took advantage of his starting order to lead the 2017 Monaco ePrix from start to finish.

It was the Swiss star’s fourth victory from his last five starts and reinforces his position at the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings, ahead of di Grassi, who finished just 0.320s short of Buemi today after 51 laps (90km).

Heidfeld, the only Formula E driver to have finished on the podium in Monaco in Formula 1, pitted for his car-swap during a safety car period to re-join in third spot before pocketing his second top-three finish of the season after Hong Kong.

Nelson Piquet Jr (NEXTEV NIO) ended up fourth after a tangle that eliminated Jean-Eric Vergne (TECHEETAH) on Lap 21. It was this incident that prompted the despatch of the safety car.

Maro Engel (Venturi Formula E Team) came out on top in his duel with Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing) to clinch fifth spot, while Sam Bird saved DS Virgin Racing’s weekend by twice posting the fastest race lap (53.822s) after an early incident.

His team-mate also had to make an unscheduled early stop for a wing change. The Monaco ePrix was something of a disaster for Faraday Future Dragon Racing’s Loïc Duval and Jérôme d’Ambrosio.

Next round: Paris, France (May 20).

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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