FIA Formula E

Vergne scores second straight Formula E crown!

DS Techeetah/Michelin’s Jean-Eric Vergne emerged from the 2019 New York City E-Prix as the first driver in Formula E history to claim the title twice. The Frenchman successfully defended his 2017/2018 crown after the weekend’s doubleheader meeting in New York City, USA, which produced wins for Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams/Michelin) and Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin). DS Techeetah/Michelin is Season 5’s Teams’ champion.

FIA Formula E

Formula E success for Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) in Bern

Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) followed up victory in qualifying for the Bern E-Prix with a flag-to-flag win that has extended his lead in the Drivers’ standings ahead of the 2018/2019 FIA Formula E Championship’s two-race finale in New York. The Frenchman was followed over the line in Switzerland by Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing), Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) and André Lotterer (DS Techeetah).

FIA Formula E

Formula E: Britons rule at 2019/2020 curtain raiser in Saudi Arabia

Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin) and Alexander Sims (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) took the two wins at the opening meeting of the 2019/2020 Formula E Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Michelin has been the official tyre supplier to the FIA’s all-electric racing series since its creation in 2014.

Race 1: Bird kicks off Season 6 in style

Sam Bird was first past the chequered flag to claim the first of the weekend’s two e-prix in Saudi Arabia, ahead of André Lotterer (TAG Heuer Porsche) and Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-Benz EQ). Their Michelin Pilot Sport tyres helped to provide competitive grip despite the brushing of sand that could be seen off the racing line.

The 2019/2020 championship’s opening meeting saw the chief new feature of Michelin’s involvement in Formula E this season – Michelin Track Connect – used for the first time in a competitive situation. The new system is founded on a pressure sensor located inside the drivers’ Michelin Pilot Sport tyres which automatically provides Michelin Motorsport and FIA engineers with encrypted tyre pressure-related data. To verify the solution’s accuracy, pressures were also taken using manual gauges and the results coincided perfectly to confirm Michelin Track Connect’s reliability and accuracy.

In contrast to the race’s first half-hour, which saw the three drivers who started from the front of grid – namely Sims, Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-Benz EQ) – hold position, the closing stages proved extremely spectacular as Bird and Lotterer pulled off some great moves to move up the order.

Having started from Row 2, Bird secured the ninth Formula E win of his career, chased by drivers competing in the colours of the championship’s newcomers, Porsche and Mercedes. Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams) and Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing) rounded out the top five, but the competition’s former champions struggled. Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah) and Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) both failed to finish, while Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) had to settle for 13th spot.

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Race 1 – Final classification:

1. Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing),

2. André Lotterer (TAG Heuer Porsche), +1.319s

3. Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-Ben EQ Formula E Team), +1.672s

4. Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams), +1.944s

5. Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing), +3.983s

Etc.

Race 2: Sims collects maiden Formula E success

After topping both of the weekend’s qualifying sessions, Sims produced a lights-out to chequered flag win in Race 2 to beat di Grassi and Vandoorne.

Compared with the previous day’s clash, there was more grip available and Race 2 turned out to be far more drama-packed, with numerous collisions, two safety car interruptions and a long list of penalties.

Hostilities kicked off in earnest on Lap 9 when Antonio Felix da Costa (DS Techeetah) punted Buemi’s Nissan to move up to second spot, leading to a thrilling scrap for the podium placings between the Portuguese driver, di Grassi and Bird.

The Safety Car was deployed for the first time on Lap 14 after Bird tangled with Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing) and Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra Racing), and again five laps later after Frijns smacked a wall.

Sims’ team-mate was second over the line but was later disqualified, handing third place to Vandoorne who completed both races inside the top three.

Next round: Santiago, Chile (January 18, 2020)

Race 2 – Final classification:

1. Alexander Sims (BMW I Andretti Motorsport), 30 laps

2. Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler),+2.817s

3. Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team), +3.581s

4. Edoardo Mortara (Rokit Venturi Racing), +4.294s

5. Olivier Rowland (Nissan e.dams), +5.475s

Etc.

FIA WEC

Twenty-nine champions for FIA endurance racing Hall of Fame

After creating Halls of Fame for its Formula 1 and Rally World Championships, the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) has now added an endurance racing section at its Paris headquarters. Twenty-nine champions were inducted at a special ceremony on Monday evening (December 2). It was organised in association with Michelin, a long-time major player in the discipline.

FIA WRC

Citroën and Michelin: a winning combination in the WRC

Citroën has announced its intention to curtail its involvement in the FIA World Rally Championship. Together, the French car firm and Michelin have harvested five Manufacturers’ titles, four Drivers’ crowns, 58 world-class wins and 150 podium finishes.

MOTOGP™

MotoE: Ferrari claims inaugural Enel FIM MotoE™ World Cup

Fifth place at the last round of the 2019 Enel FIM MotoE™ World Cup sufficed for Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) to become the new competition’s first champion. The weekend’s two races were won by pole-winner Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Márquez wraps up 2019 with home success

The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana was won by Spaniard Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team). Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha Petronas SRT) was second, while Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) made it three different bikemakers on the podium. All three riders chose the same tyre combination for the 19th and last round of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship.  

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