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 Formula E

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.

FIA Formula E

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 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 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). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Márquez wraps up 2019 with home success

The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana was won by Spaniard Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team). Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha Petronas SRT) was second, while Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) made it three different bikemakers on the podium. All three riders chose the same tyre combination for the 19th and last round of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship.  

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