FIA Formula E

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.

FIA Formula E

Da Costa strikes twice in Berlin for DS Techeetah/Michelin

Victory for Antonio Felix da Costa in this season’s first two Berlin E-Prix at the wheel of his Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped DS E-TENSE FE20 has taken the Portuguese driver further clear at the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings. Four more races are scheduled to take place at the German capital’s former Tempelhof Airport between now and August 13 to wrap up the 2019/2020 FIA Formula E Championship.

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.

A harvest of two wins and one second place in Berlin so far has allowed Antonio Felix da Costa to pull sufficiently clear at the top of the provisional points able to wrap up Formula E’s 2019/2020 Drivers’ championship with two races remaining, while his team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne won the fourth e-prix in the German capital to clinch the Constructors’ title for DS Techeetah – Michelin’s 12th since the all-electric championship’s inaugural campaign in 2014/2015.

“There are no words to describe how I feel,” declared Da Costa on Sunday evening. “I went through some difficult moments in Formula E, finishing 15th and 16th in the early seasons. A big thank you to Jean-Eric [Vergne] for all the help he has given me and to everyone at DS Techeetah.”

The fourth Berlin race was marked by a brief shower which the Michelin Pilot Sport took in its stride thanks to its versatility.

“The drivers were able to continue at the same pace even when the conditions became damp,” observed Michelin Motorsport’s Formula E programme manager Jérôme Mondain afterwards. “The Michelin Pilot Sport is a truly astonishing tyre.

“After looking at the data collected by the Michelin Track Connect system during the first two e-prix at this notoriously abrasive track which took place in hot weather, we decided to run lower tyre pressures for the third and fourth races in Berlin in order to provide the drivers with an even more comfortable ride, along with superior performance and consistency.”

The third Berlin race, on Saturday, was won by Germany’s Maximilian Gunther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport/Michelin), ahead of Dutchman Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin) and pole-sitter Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) who bounced back after a couple of tough races earlier in the week. On Sunday, the Frenchman pocketed his ninth Formula 1 victory and spearheaded a one-two finish for the DS E-TENSE FE 20, ahead of Sébastien Buemi’s Nissan e.dams/Michelin.

The last two rounds of the 2019/2020 FIA Formula E Championship will feature a different circuit layout at Berlin’s former Tempelhof Airport on August 12-13.

(*) Subject to confirmation of the official results by the FIA.

Berlin E-Prix 3 – Final positions:

1. Maximilian Gunther (BMW i Andretti Motorsport), 35 laps

2. Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing), 0.128s

3. Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah), +2.569s

4. Antonio Felix Da Costa (DS Techeetah), +2.763s

5. André Lotterer (TAG Heuer Porsche FE Team), +3.136s

Etc.

Berlin E-Prix 4 – Final positions:

1. Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah), 37 laps

2. Antonio Felix Da Costa (DS Techeetah), +0.497s

3. Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams), +1.392s

4. Nyck de Vries (Mercedes Benz EQ FE Team), +3.791s

5. Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams), +5.018s

Etc.

FIA WRC

Michelin wins WRC’s 600th round with Tänak and Hyundai

Reigning world champion Ott Tänak steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC to victory on home soil at Rally Estonia on Sunday. Irishman Craig Breen made it a one-two finish for Hyundai, while Sébastien Ogier (Toyota) rounded out the weekend’s all-Michelin top-three.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Oliveira wins bike racing’s 900th GP!

A dramatic last lap at Austria’s Red Bull Ring saw Miguel Oliveira clinch the first MotoGPTM win of his career, plus that of his team Red Bull KTM Tech 3. The Portuguese rider was joined on the podium of the BMW M Grand Prix of Styria (Round 6 of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship) by Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing). Premier class motorcycle racing’s 900th clash produced Michelin’s 438th grand prix victory, while Oliveira is the fourth different rider to have won a race this season and the 53rd to have taken the spoils on Michelin rubber. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Ducati extends unbeaten Red Bull Ring record

The myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich – which was interrupted due to a spectacular crash involving Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Racing) and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) – was won by Andrea Dovizioso. The Ducati Team rider was joined on the podium of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship’s fifth round by Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and Jack Miller (Pramac Racing). The top-three finishers at Austria’s Red Bull Ring all ran different tyre pairings to provide further evidence of the MICHELIN Power Slick’s versatility.  

FIA WEC

Toyota and Michelin finish 1st and 2nd at Spa-Francorchamps

The 2020 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps saw the two Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids come first and second in Belgium in the hands of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez (N°7) and Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley (N°8). Showery weather made getting tyre strategies spot-on particularly vital but also highlighted the quality of the range provided by Michelin for the return of FIA WEC action.

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