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.

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

Jean-Eric Vergne returns to winning ways

Defending champion Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) claimed his first win of the 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E Championship at Round 6 in Sanya, China. Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams/Michelin) and Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW I Andretti Motorsport/Michelin) were second and third.

In contrast to rainy Hong Kong, the Sanya E-Prix took place in stifling tropical heat as ground temperatures soared to more than 40°C on China’s southern coast, with humidity standing at 90 percent.

To prevent the track from cutting up in the heat as we saw in Santiago, Chile, the organisers took the precaution of resurfacing certain turns of the new circuit where the all-electric cars exceeded 200kph in two places.

The Michelin Pilot Sport rose to the challenge in style and its acclaimed longevity even helped Vergne to post the fastest race lap on his 36th lap, the last before the chequered flag.

The afternoon’s numerous victims included championship leader Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing) and Stofel Vandoorne (HWA RACELAB) who collided on Lap 2. Only 14 of the 22 starters made it to the finish line.

After qualifying on pole position for the first time, Rowland led until he was passed by Vergne on Lap 20. Meanwhile, da Costa and Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) were locked in a fierce battle for third place when the red flag was brandished two laps later after Alexander Sims (BMW I Andretti Motorsports) crashed into a wall.

Action resumed with 12 minutes remaining and the top five drivers immediately triggered their Attack Modes. Vergne held firm, however, to secure his first Formula E victory since last July’s New York E-Prix.

André Lotterer (DS Techeetah) found a way past Abt (5th) in the dying moments to clinch fourth place, while Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) – who had started from the pit lane – secured sixth place on the last lap after running into Robin Frijns (14th, Envision Virgin Racing), who in turn hit Lucas di Grassi (DNF, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler). Buemi was handed a 10-second penalty for his role in the incident, however, and he ended up eighth. This allowed Mahindra Racing’s Jérôme d’Ambrosio and Pascal Wehrlein to finish in sixth and seventh positions.

The 2018/2019 FIA Formula E Championship will reconvene on April 13 for the season’s first European fixture in Rome, Italy.

Sanya E-Prix – final positions:

1. Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah), 36 laps

2. Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams), +1.762s

3. Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW I Andretti Motorsport), +3.268s

4. André Lotterer (DS Techeetah), +4.631s

5. Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), +5.972s

6. Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams), +9.405s

7. Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Mahindra Racing), +17.340s

8. Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra Racing), +18.367s

9. Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing), +20.646s

10. Edoardo Mortara (Venturi Formula E Team), +22.208s

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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