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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The Nürburgring 24 Hours delivers all-Michelin podium

Michelin runners monopolised the top three places at this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours with three different carmakers. The top prize went to the Phoenix-run N°4 Audi R8 LMS of Kaffer/Stippler/Vervisch/Vanthoor, ahead of the N°911 Porsche 911 GT3-R (Manthey Racing, Bamber/Estre/Christensen/Vanthoor) and N°3 Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Black Falcon, Buhk/Haupt/Jaeger/Stolz).

 

For once, the 25.378km Nordschleife stayed dry throughout the 2019 Nürburgring 24 Hours to provide the Michelin Pilot Sport GT slick with the perfect opportunity to showcase its performance and consistency all the way to the finish line, just one week after the Michelin Pilot Sport Endurance’s triumph at Le Mans.

With the exception of a brief period when the N°1 Porsche/Michelin (Lietz/Makowiecki/Pilet/Tandy) appeared in front, the pole-winning N°2 Mercedes-AMG/Michelin led early on until it was passed on Saturday evening by Kevin Estre (N°911 Porsche/Michelin) who pulled off a brave move that saw him put two wheels on the grass along the long Döttinger Höhe straight. The N°2 Mercedes was then involved in a collision and later left the track.

The N°911 Porsche topped the order throughout the night and was still ahead with two hours remaining, when Race Control handed it a time penalty (5m32s) for excessive speed under yellow flags. The decision handed the lead to the N°4 Audi R8 LMS (Pierre Kaffer/Franck Stippler/Fred Vervisch/Dries Vanthoor) which had never been far behind since the start.

The only Michelin-equipped Phoenix-run Audi went on to shrug off late pressure from the N°911 Porsche to win by a margin of 4m41s.

Despite the woes suffered by the N°2 Mercedes, Black Falcon earned a footing on the podium with its N°3 car, while the N°14 Audi R8 LMS/Michelin (Winkelhock/Haase/Fässler/Ratz) and N°12 Porsche/Michelin (Klohs/Kern/Olsen//Cairoli) rounded out the weekend’s all-Michelin top five.

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 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 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). 

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