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.

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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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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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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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