FIA Formula E

The Michelin Pilot Sport EV lights up the Saudi sky

The Michelin Pilot Sport EV helped Nyck de Vries (Mercedes) and Sam Bird (Jaguar) to win the weekend’s two night-time Formula E e-prix in Diriyah, on the outskirts of Riyad. Michelin was a founding partner of the championship in 2014.

FIA Formula E

Da Costa and DS Techeetah secure Formula E’s 2019/2020 titles with Michelin*

A one-two finish today for DS E-TENSE FE 20/Michelin’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Antonio Felix Da Costa in the 2019/2020 FIA Formula E Championship’s fourth round in Berlin, Germany, saw DS Techeetah and Da Costa seal the Constructors’ and Drivers’ titles respectively.

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A Mercedes-Benz EQ/Michelin one-two wraps up 2019/2020 Formula E campaign

Formula E’s Season 6 concluded with a 69th win for the championship’s founding partner Michelin. The last of six races in Berlin saw Stoffel Vandoorne head a Mercedes-Benz EQ/Michelin one-two after Antonio Felix da Costa and DS Techeetah had secured the all-electric series’ Drivers’ and Constructors’ crowns with two rounds remaining.

Michelin Motorsport’s technical squad rose successfully to the logistical challenge posed by the organisation of six back-to-back races at Berlin’s former Tempelhof Airport as the Michelin Pilot Sport delivered yet another display of its consistency at Formula E’s most abrasive venue.

“The bill in Berlin featured six Formula E e-prix and seven rounds of the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy,” explains Jérôme Mondain, the manager of Michelin Motorsport’s Formula E programme. “As a result, our six fitters had the task of fitting, balancing and removing some 1,300 tyres, including 864 Michelin Track Connect-equipped Michelin Pilot Sports for the Formula E races alone, a job that involved individually matching each tyre and sensor to the 24 drivers.”

The last two e-prix of the season – which used a different circuit layout to the first four – produced a maiden Formula E win for Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams/Michelin) on Wednesday, August 12, while ex-F1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne headed Mercedes-Benz EQ/Michelin’s first one-two in the series the following day to claim his first victory.

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The Belgian’s result earned him second place behind Da Costa in the final 2019/2020 standings, a point clear of the outgoing champ Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin), while Nissan e.dams cinched runner-up honours in the Constructors’ table, behind DS Techeetah and ahead of Mercedes-Benz EQ.

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The 2019/2020 Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy was won by New Zealander Simon Evans.

“It’s been a very positive sixth year in Formula E for Michelin,” observes Jérôme Mondain. “The Michelin Pilot Sport proved competitive and consistent across a wide variety of conditions at the different circuits visited in the course of the 2019/2020 championship. Its versatility was especially evident in Berlin where the drivers posted the same lap times during a shower as they did in the dry. The Michelin Track Connect – which marks a first in international motor racing – harvested valuable real-time data which, after analysis, allowed us to run lower tyre pressures during the last four races and consequently provide the drivers with both superior performance and even greater consistency.”

ABB FIA Formula E action will resume when Season 7 gets under way next January in Santiago, Chile.

Berlin E-Prix 5 – Final positions:

1. Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams), 36 laps

2. Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing), +1.903s

3. René Rast (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), +7.490s

4. André Lotterer (TAG Heuer Porsche FE Team), +7.863s

5. Alex Lynn (Mahindra Racing), +11.441s

Etc.

Berlin E-Prix 6 – Final positions:

1. Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-Benz EQ FE Team), 36 laps

2. Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-Benz EQ FE Team), +1.340s

3. Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams), +2.841s

4. René Rast (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), +3.580s

5. Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing), +8.710s

Etc.

IMSA

IMSA: The Michelin Pilot Sport’s longevity pays at Daytona

The long-lasting performance credentials of the Michelin Pilot Sport helped the French firm to make a decisive mark at the opening round of the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Notorious as a gruelling test of speed and resilience, last weekend’s Rolex 24 At Daytona on Florida’s east coast was won by the Acura ARX-05 of Taylor/Albuquerque/Rossi/Castroneves who got Michelin’s 2021 endurance racing campaign off to the perfect start. Michelin has been a major partner of the North American series since 2019 and is this year working with no fewer than 18 carmakers.

FIA WEC

Michelin and endurance racing’s hybrid prototype era

The 2020 8 Hours of Bahrain in November brought the age of hybrid LMP1 prototypes to a close. Introduced in 2012, these technologically-sophisticated machines notched up 61 world-class endurance racing wins, all on Michelin Pilot Sport tyres which delivered on their Performance-Made-to-Last promise. From 2021, the hybrid generation will make way for a new breed of Hypercars.

FIA WRC

Sébastien Ogier secures his 7th WRC crown with Michelin

Sébastien Ogier won the 2020 Rally Monza to notch up his 47th world-class victory and the seventh FIA World Rally Championship crown of his career on Michelin tyres. The Italian event was the final outing of the French firm’s current spell in the FIA WRC which has seen it harvest no fewer than 347 victories, 1,037 podium placings and 58 Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ world titles since the competition’s creation in 1973, aided by a long list of technological innovations and close working relationships with its driver and carmaker partners.

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MotoGP™: Miguel Oliveira reigns supreme on home soil

The final clash of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship at Portimão was won in assertive fashion by local star Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3). The Grande Prémio MEO de Portugal’s pole-sitter comfortably outdistanced Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) who made it three different bikemakers and two different MICHELIN Power Slick pairings on the podium.

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