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Audi/Michelin on top again in Berlin

The 2019 Berlin E-Prix saw three ex-Formula E champions monopolise the podium, with Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin’s Lucas di Grassi finishing on the top step, ahead of Sébastien Buemi (2nd, Nissan e.dams/Michelin) and Jean-Eric Vergne (3rd, DS Techeetah/Michelin). As anticipated, the abrasive track at the former Tempelhof Airport proved a big test for Michelin’s Formula E tyre.

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ABB FIA Formula E - BMW i Berlin E-Prix presented by CBMM Niobium - Racecard

All you ever wanted to know about the BMW i Berlin E-Prix presented by CBMM Niobium, 10th round of the 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E.Click on the photo to download the racecard.

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BMW/Michelin claims maiden Formula E success

Round 1 of the 2018/2019 Formula E Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, was won by Antonio Felix da Costa. The Portuguese BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver was joined on the podium by Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) and Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Mahindra Racing/Michelin).

Formula E’s fifth campaign, which stars a new generation of more powerful single-seater electric cars boasting extended range, kicked off in the streets of Diriyah on Saturday December 15 in wet weather!

Heavy showers forced the organisers to modify the morning’s free practice and qualifying timetable, but da Costa kept his head to score his first pole position in the BMW iFE 18 which, like all the cars, was equipped with the brand new Michelin Pilot Sport.

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For its debut, Michelin’s latest-generation Formula E tyre faced an exceptionally broad spectrum of conditions which ranged from extremely wet in qualifying to a drying and dusty track for the race itself.

The Michelin Pilot Sport rose to the challenge in style, though, to showcase its exceptional versatility, performance and longevity from start to finish of the championship’s very first 45-minute race, a new format which no longer includes mid-race car swaps.

Da Costa held his advantage until Lap 14 when he was passed by defending champion Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin). Soon afterwards, he was relegated to third spot by André Lotterer (DS Techeetah/Michelin).

The two DS Techeetah drivers were then handed a drive-through penalty, however, allowing da Costa to recover the lead which he defended to the flag, unfazed by a late safety-car interruption prompted by a suspension problem on the Penske EV-3/Michelin of podium challenger José-Maria Lopez.

Da Costa went on to pocket his second E-Prix win and BMW i Andretti Motorsport/Michelin’s first in the all-electric championship, while Vergne passed d’Ambrosio (Mahindra Racing) in the dying moments to grab second spot.

A superb late move saw Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing/Michelin) finish in fourth place, ahead of Lotterer (who posted the fastest race lap: 1m12.591s) and Nissan e.dams/Michelin pair Sébastien Buemi (6th) and Oliver Rowland (7th).

After starting 12th and 18th on the grid, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin’s Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi ended up eighth and ninth, with the first ever Formula E champ Nelson Piquet Jr (Panasonic Jaguar Racing/Michelin) rounding out the afternoon’s top 10.

The second round of Formula E’s Season 5 will take teams to Marrakech, Morocco, on January 12.

Ad Diriyah E-Prix – Final positions:

1, Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW I Andretti Motorsport), 33 laps

2, Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah), +0.462s

3, Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Mahindra Racing), +4.033s

4, Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing), +5.383s

5, André Lotterer (DS Techeetah), +5.579s

6, Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams), +6.625s

7, Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams), +9.105s

8, Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), +9.819s

9, Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), +10.936s

10, Nelson Piquet Jr (Panasonic Jaguar Racing), +11.564s

Etc.

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2019 LE MANS 24 HOURS - Long-lasting performance to the line, with Michelin…

This year, as always, Michelin’s mission at Le Mans is to provide the drivers of the 53 cars competing on its tyres with superior grip and long-lasting performance as it bids to extend the unbeaten spell it has enjoyed in the endurance racing classic since 1998. Meanwhile, Michelin is busy working on mobility for the future in association with the fuel cell-powered GreenGT prototype which will perform a parade lap of the French circuit. 

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Michelin’s first test of 2019 at Le Mans

The pre-Le Mans 24 Hours test day is the only opportunity teams get to test at the famous 13.626-kilometre track ahead of race-week itself. Unsurprisingly, Sunday’s order was dominated by the Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids.

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MotoGP™ - Danilo Petrucci earns maiden MotoGPTM victory at Mugello

Danilo Petrucci claimed the first premier-class win of his career at his home race on an Italian bike. The Ducati Team rider earned rapturous applause from the local fans when he was first across the line at Mugello, home of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship’s sixth round. Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Petrucci’s team-mate Andrea Dovizioso were second and third. The performance of Michelin’s latest-generation MotoGPTM tyres contributed to the tumbling of several records.  

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Portugal glory for Toyota/Michelin

Twenty-five years after their last win together on the event as a WRC round*, Toyota and Michelin claimed the top prize at this year’s Rally de Portugal thanks to Ott Tänak. Second and third were Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin). With half of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship completed, Ogier tops the Provisional Drivers’ standings, two and ten points clear of his Estonian and Belgian rivals respectively. The new Skoda Fabia R5 Evo/Michelin got its career of to a flying start with a one-two finish in WRC2 Pro thanks to Kalle Rovanperä and Jan Kopecky.

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