FIA Formula E

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.

FIA Formula E

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.

FIA Formula E

Maiden Formula E wins for Jaguar and Evans

The 2019 Rome E-Prix saw Mitch Evans earn his and Panasonic Jaguar Racing/Michelin’s first ever victory in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. The New Zealander was joined on the podium by pole-winner André Lotterer (DS Techeetah/Michelin) and Stoffel Vandoorne (HWA Racelab/Michelin).

The fast warm-up performance and versatility of the Michelin Pilot Sport were vividly showcased in the Italian capital when heavy rain fell during qualifying for Season 5’s seventh round.

The conditions were still extremely damp for the start of the race and, given that tyre warmers are not authorised in the all-electric series, the drivers’ Michelin tyres only had the slow-speed formation lap to get up to their working temperature ahead of the green light.

The opening lap was marked by the antics of Jose-Maria Lopez (GEOX Dragon/Michelin) who got away to a poor start before colliding with Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing) and, finally, hitting a wall which caused the race to be red flagged.

Action resumed an hour later, by which time the cars’ Michelin Pilot Sport tyres had had ample time to cool down. Even so, just four laps after the re-start, they helped Alexander Sims (BMW i Andretti Motorsport/Michelin) to post the fastest race lap up to that point. The fact that his time remained benchmark practically all the way to the chequered flag speaks volumes for the warm-up ability of Michelin’s bespoke Formula E tyre.

Lotterer spent much of the race’s second half keeping Evans and Vandoorne at bay. With 15 minutes remaining, however, the Jaguar driver succeeded in finding a way past thanks to a daring manoeuvre. His DS rival responded by piling on the pressure until the closing stages when both men eased off to save energy and take the flag in first and second places.

Not only did the New Zealander collect his first Formula E win by becoming the seventh different driver to win this season (after da Costa, D’Ambrosio, Bird, Di Grassi, Mortara and Vergne), but he also notched up Panasonic Jaguar Racing/Michelin’s maiden victory in the series.

Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin) and Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams/Michelin) rounded out the top five, while outgoing champ Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) ended up out of the points in 14th place after a tough afternoon. The provisional table-topper Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW I Andretti Motorsport/Michelin) was forced to settle for ninth spot.

The next round of the 2018/2019 FIA Formula E Championship will take teams to Paris, France, on Saturday, April 27.

Rome E-Prix – final positions:

1. Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing),

2. André Lotterer (DS Techeetah), +0.979s

3. Stoffel Vandoorne (HWA Racelab), +6.399s

4. Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing), +9.181s

5. Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams), +9.778s

6. Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams), +11.262s

7. Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), +24.340s

8. Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Mahindra Racing), +28.633s

9. Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW I Andretti Motorsport), +30.651s

10. Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra Racing), +30.735s

Etc.

24H du Mans

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. 

24H du Mans

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.

MOTOGP™

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.  

FIA WRC

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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