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

Formula E success for Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) in Bern

Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) followed up victory in qualifying for the Bern E-Prix with a flag-to-flag win that has extended his lead in the Drivers’ standings ahead of the 2018/2019 FIA Formula E Championship’s two-race finale in New York. The Frenchman was followed over the line in Switzerland by Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing), Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) and André Lotterer (DS Techeetah).

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.

By winning Saturday’s race from pole position, Buemi made a late bid for the 2018/2019 title. To keep his chances alive, however, he needed to qualify on pole again for Sunday’s clash but he was beaten to first place on the grid for Race 2 by Alexander Sims (BMW i Andretti Motorsports).

There were consequently only three drivers still in contention for the crown as the cars lined up for Season 5’s thirteenth and ultimate round, namely the outgoing champ Vergne, Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) and Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing) who trailed the Frenchman by 22 and 25 points respectively.

With the track temperature standing at almost 40°C on the harbourfront in Brooklyn, Vergne basically only had to stay out of trouble to win the title for a second time. He ultimately took the flag in seventh place, but that was of little importance since Evans and di Grassi collided and crashed on the final lap.

Vergne’s team DS Techeetah/Michelin had double reason to celebrate because the afternoon’s result saw it clinch the 2018/2019 FIA Formula E Championship’s Teams’ title.

“It’s an emotional moment for me,” said Vergne after the finish. “Given my start position in the middle of the pack, I had to tread very carefully. It was very complicated. I am so proud of my team and all the good work we achieved together in the course of the season.”

Season 5’s last race was won by Frijns who passed Sims (2nd) in spectacular style to take control on Lap 16. Former champion Buemi ended up third to pocket the championship’s bronze medal.

The 2018/2019 calendar’s 13 races produced nine different winners, while the new Michelin Pilot Sport earned praise during its maiden campaign for its performance on the championship’s more powerful ‘Gen2’ cars in conditions ranging from searing heat in Santiago, Chile, to heavy rain in Hong Kong, not to mention the notoriously abrasive circuit in Berlin, Germany, and the phenomenon of sand on the track in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, where Season 6 will kick off in November.

New York City E-Prix – final positions:

Race 1

1, Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams), 36 laps

2, Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing), +0.932s

3, Antonio Felix da Costa (BMW I Andretti Motorsport), +1.216s

4, Alexander Sims (BMW I Andretti Motorsport), +2.971s

5, Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), +3.537s

Etc.

Race 2

1, Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing), 36 laps

2, Alexander Sims (BMW I Andretti Motorsport),+3.200s

3, Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams),+3.912s

4, Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing), +4.270s

5, Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), +4.757s

Etc.

2018/2019 Drivers’ championship – final positions: 1, Vergne (136 points). 2, Buemi (119). 3, di Grassi (108). Etc.

2018/2019 Teams’ championship – final positions: 1, DS Techeetah (222 points). 2, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler (203). 3, Envision Virgin Racing (191). Etc.

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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