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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.

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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).

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Monaco glory for Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin)

Pole-sitter Jean-Eric Vergne collected his second win of the 2018/2019 FIA Formula E Championship in Monaco to go top of the provisional Drivers’ standings. Oliver Rowland (2nd, Nissan e.dams/Michelin), Felipe Massa (3rd, Venturi Formula E Team/Michelin) and Pascal Wehrlein (4th, Mahindra Racing/Michelin) made it four different teams in the day’s top-four, blanketed by just 1.439 seconds!

 

Overtaking is notoriously hard in Monaco and grid positions have a habit of playing a predominant role in the final outcome there. And this was the case again today when Vergne inherited pole after Rowland was handed a three-position penalty (carried over from Paris due to a collision) following his domination of qualifying.

Building on his recent success in China, Vergne shrugged off pressure from his chasers to lead from lights-out to the chequered flag in his Michelin-equipped DS E-Tense F19.

Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra Racing/Michelin) was deprived of second place by a straight-on on Lap 9 which handed podium footings to Rowland and Massa who ultimate bagged second and third. The Brazilian celebrated the home race of Monaco-based Venturi with his first top-three result in Formula E.

The afternoon’s fastest race lap was the work of Wehrlein who showcased the consistency of his Michelin Pilot Sport tyres by posting a time of 52.385s on the 46th of the race’s 51 laps.

Michelin’s latest generation Formula E tyre also demonstrated the big step forward it has taken in terms of outright performance, too, since the Mahindra driver’s effort was a second-and-a-half quicker than the best lap around the calendar’s shortest circuit (1.785km) in 2017. It was also an improvement of three seconds over four years ago!

Two-time Monaco E-Prix victor Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams/Michelin) ended up fifth, ahead of Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW I Andretti Motorsport/Michelin), Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing/Michelin) and Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin).

Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin’s Sam Bird was poorly rewarded for an assertive fightback when he clouted a wall on the final lap. Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin) and Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin) were also non-finishers.

The next race at Berlin’s former Tempelhof Airport in Germany on May 25 will be the last European round of the 2018/2019 campaign.

Monaco E-Prix – final positions:

1. Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah), 51 laps

2. Oliver Rowland (Nissan e.dams), +0.201s

3. Felipe Massa (Venturi Formula E Team), +1.261s

4. Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra Racing), +1.439s

5. Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams), +6.215s

6. Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW I Andretti Motorsport), +15.956s

7. Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing), +16.213s

8. Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), +16.400s

9. André Lotterer (DS Techeetah), +16.848s

10. Alex Lynn (Panasonic Jaguar Racing), +18.112s

Etc.

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Michelin’s first Formula 1 world titles

In 1979, Michelin demonstrated the superiority of its radial tyre technology by claiming the first of its titles in the Formula 1 World Championship. Forty years on, the French firm continues to see motorsport as a means to innovate and take its technologies forward, especially in competitions that place the accent on sustainable mobility and lasting performance. 

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Tänak wins in Wales

The 2019 Wales Rally GB – Round 12 of the FIA World Rally Championship – was won by Toyota/Michelin’s Ott Tänak, ahead of Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin). The all-new Michelin Latitude Cross S70 helped Kalle Rovanperä to claim the WRC2 Pro spoils and clinch the class’s title.

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Seventh heaven for Toyota/Michelin at Fuji

Seven is a lucky number in Japan. It is also the number of times Toyota/Michelin has won its home round – the 6 Hours of Fuji – since the FIA World Endurance Championship’s creation in 2012. This year’s victory went to the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley, chased by the N°7 sister car of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez. Michelin came first in all four classes thanks to the N°29 Oreca07-Gibson in LMP2, and the N°95 and N°90 Aston Martins in LMGTE Pro and Am.

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