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

Lucas di Grassi snatches late Mexico win

Saturday’s Mexico City E-Prix saw Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) claim a last-gasp victory over Pascal Wehrlein. The Mahindra Racing driver was later relegated to sixth in the order, which allowed Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW Andretti i Motorsports) and Edoardo Mortara (Venturi Formula E Team) to take part in the podium festivities.

Pole-winner Wehrlein (Mahindra Racing) shook off pressure at lights-out from di Grassi and Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams) to lead out of Turn 1 with the track temperature standing at 45°C.

The red flag was brandished on Lap 2, however, after a big smash involving Nelson Piquet Jr (Panasonic Jaguar Racing/Michelin), Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) and Alexander Sims (BMW Andretti i Motorsport).

Action resumed 25 minutes later, with Wehrlein still in front, chased by Rowland and di Grassi.

At the race’s halfway point, the top five were blanketed by less than three seconds, but the intense fighting proved costly in terms of energy consumption and the Nissan IM01s of Sébastien Buemi and Rowland were side-lined from third and fourth places with flat batteries.

On the final lap, Wehrlein was very low on energy and di Grassi succeeded in passing moments before the chequered flag, allowing the 2016/2017 champion to claim his ninth Formula E success and Audi/Michelin’s eleventh in the series.

Wehrlein was later given a five-lap penalty for missing the chicane on the final lap, which promoted da Costa and Mortara onto the podium. Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Mahindra Racing) and André Lotterer (DS Techeetah) rounded out the afternoon’s top five.

Round 5 of the 2018/2019 championship will take teams to Hong Kong on March 10.

 

Final positions – Mexico City E-Prix

1, Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), 45 laps

2, Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW Andretti I Motorsports), +0.436s

3, Edoardo Mortara (Venturi Formula E Team), +0.745s

4, Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Mahindra Racing), +1.159s

5, André Lotterer (DS Techeetah), +1.785s

6, Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra Racing), +5.210s

7, Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing), +5.800s

8, Felipe Massa (Venturi Formula E Team), +8.084s

9, Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing), +8.356s

10, Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), +8.438s

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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