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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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Formula E: The Michelin Pilot Sport: tried and approved in many different conditions

In the course of the first half of the 12-round 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the new Michelin Pilot Sport had to contend with an exceptional variety of conditions, from cold and rainstorms, to extremely hot weather and even sand. It rose to the occasion in style, however, and some of the new-generation racing tyre’s technological bricks have been incorporated into the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV road tyre that was launched at March’s Geneva Show.

To match the power upgrade boasted by Formula E’s latest ‘Gen2’ single-seaters, Michelin launched a new, even lighter, more durable and more versatile version of the Pilot Sport for the all-electric championship’s fifth season, and the newcomer has had to cope with some pretty extreme conditions over the first six rounds.

For the inaugural race in Saudi Arabia, for example, the circuit’s surface was coated in wet sand in places, making grip one of the day’s biggest challenges. Yet the Pilot Sport allowed the drivers to qualify at average speeds in excess of 120kph!

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In Marrakech, Morocco, the thermometer stood at just 5°C when the cars left the pits for Free Practice 1. “Despite the cold, and the fact that tyre warmers are not allowed in Formula E, the Pilot Sport needed just one to one-and-a-half laps to get up to its ideal working temperature and deliver its full potential,” notes Serge Grisin, the manager of Michelin Motorsport’s Formula E programme.

In contrast, ground temperatures reached as high as 52°C in the streets of Santiago, Chile, scene of the campaign’s third clash. Never before had the series experienced such heat and, this season, it mustn’t be forgotten that drivers have a single set of tyres each per meeting, which equated to a distance of almost 100km that weekend. “Not only was the Pilot Sport competitive all the way to the chequered flag but some teams also reported that its performance improved with every lap,” reports Serge Grisin.

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Next came Hong Kong, Formula E’s 50th e-prix but a very rainy one. “It was the first time since the championship’s creation in 2014 that we saw the Formula E cars lap in such wet weather,” says Serge Grisin. The Pilot Sport had never been tested in these conditions but the drivers were pleasantly surprised by the new tyre’s progressive handling, even though the track didn’t drain very well and despite the numerous slippery painted road markings.

Overall, the first half of the 2018/2019 championship proved particularly positive for the Michelin Pilot Sport which, say the drivers, has more of a ‘racing’ feel to it, not to mention superior grip and even better performance compared with its predecessor.

“In spite of this all this varied punishment, we haven’t come across a single problem,” observes Serge Grisin.

After stopovers in Rome and Paris, the Pilot Sport’s next big challenge is likely to be the Berlin E-Prix (May 25) which takes place on the apron of the former Tempelhof Airport, the most abrasive venue on the Formula E calendar...

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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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