FIA Formula E

BMW/Michelin claims maiden Formula E success

Round 1 of the 2018/2019 Formula E Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, was won by Antonio Felix da Costa. The Portuguese BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver was joined on the podium by Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) and Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Mahindra Racing/Michelin).

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Paris glory for Vergne

The provisional 2017/2018 ABB FIA Formula E Championship pacesetter Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah/Michelin) produced a lights-out to chequered flag performance to win his home race. The Parisian was joined on the Paris E-Prix podium by Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) and Sam Bird (DS Virgin).

The Techeetah driver laid the foundations for his success in the French capital by claiming pole position which enabled him to control from in front for all 49 laps, despite pressure from Bird and team-mate André Lotterer.

Indeed, these three men spent the race’s entire first half clear in front and were blanketed by less than a second after 24 laps as the mid-race car swaps began. After the pit stops, the order remained unchanged, although Vergne succeeded in extending his lead.

A particularly quick change allowed last season’s champ di Grassi to edge past Maro Engel (Venturi) who managed to re-join ahead of Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams).

With more energy to play with, and aided by the afternoon’s fastest race lap, di Grassi soon caught the leading trio, while Lotterer pulled off a brave manoeuvre to pass Bird on Lap 35. Next time around, it was di Grassi’s turn to ease past the Briton to move up to third spot.

In a surprising finale, however, and with the chequered flag in sight, Lotterer suddenly slowed and was overtaken by the Brazilian. Bird was unable to avoid colliding with the stricken Techeetah but went on to cross the line in third place… on three wheels.

Lotterer ended up sixth, behind Buemi (5th) and Engel (4th).

Next round: Berlin, Germany (May 19).

FIA World Council decisions

A number of key decisions were taken at the FIA World Council meeting that was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on December 5. Many of them referred to some of the global championships in which Michelin is active, namely the WEC, WRC and Formula E.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team/Michelin) triumphs in Valencia

After claiming the season’s opener in Qatar, Andrea Dovizioso concluded the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship with victory in Valencia. The Italian was unfazed when the race was red flagged due to heavy rain and he went on to finish clear of Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR/Michelin) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing/Michelin).   

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Toyota and Michelin win in rainy Shanghai

The N°7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez and the N°8 sister car of Buemi/Alonso/Nakajima collected another one-two finish for the Japanese make in the FIA WEC as torrential rain greeted teams to Shanghai, China. Michelin scored its 50th LM GTE Pro class victory in the championship with the N°95 Aston Martin (Sorensen/Thiim).

FIA WRC

Sixth WRC title for Ogier and Toyota’s fourth, all with Michelin

The 2018 Rally Australia saw Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia claim their sixth Drivers’ world title and their second with Ford/Michelin. Jari-Matti Latvala earned Toyota Gazoo Racing’s 50th world class victory to make sure of the Manufacturers’ crown with Michelin.  

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