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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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Vergne and Audi Sport secure 2017/2018 titles with Michelin

The New York City E-Prix saw Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin claim the 2017/2018 FIA ABB Formula E Drivers’ and Teams’ titles. Season 5 will kick off in Riyad, Saudi Arabia, on December 15 when the championship’s new-generation all-electric single-seaters will race for the first time on equally new Michelin tyres.

With a score of three wins to his name ahead of the trip across the Atlantic, fifth place in the first race in New York sufficed for Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah/Michelin) to wrap up the 2017/2018 Formula E Drivers’ title and follow in the footsteps of the competition’s first three champions Nelson Piquet Jr, Sébastien Buemi and Lucas di Grassi.

This is the 28-year old Frenchman’s first international title since his debut in karting at the age of 10. Over the years, ‘JEV’ worked his way up through Formula Campus, F2, F3 and Formula Renault 3.5 to Formula 1 which saw him contest 58 grands prix from 2012 to 2014 before a switch to Formula E in 2015. His record in the latter now stands at five race wins and eight pole positions.

The 2017/2018 campaign concluded in the streets of Brooklyn, New York City, where the weekend’s two races took place in sweltering weather. But even track temperatures in excess of 45°C failed to faze the Michelin Pilot Sport EV2 which provided another display of its exceptional durability and consistency.

Saturday’s race was won by last season’s champ di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin), ahead of team-mate Daniel Abt and Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams). Despite starting from the back of the grid, Vergne ended up fifth which was sufficient to put the lid on his scrap for the title with DS Virgin/Michelin’s Sam Bird who was ninth.

Sunday’s result saw Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler sew up the Teams’ crown thanks to di Grassi and Abt who were second and third behind that day’s victor, Jean-Eric Vergne. The German outfit ended up two points clear of the latter’s employer, Techeetah.

The 2018/2019 FIA ABB Formula E Championship is due to kick off on December 15 in Riyad, Saudi Arabia, where the more powerful, Michelin-equipped Gen2 cars will make their first competitive appearance. The French tyre firm was a founding partner of the series in 2014.

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).

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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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