FIA Formula E

Porsche takes Mexico win with Michelin

Michelin and its longstanding partner Porsche claimed an assertive one-two finish in the 2022 Mexico City E-Prix as Pascal Wehrlein scored his maiden ABB FIA Formula E World Championship success ahead of team-mate André Lotterer.

FIA Formula E

Diriyah E-Prix: Mercedes and Michelin light up the Saudi sky

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV rose to the various challenges it faced in Diriyah, near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to help defending champ Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ FE Team) and last season’s runner-up Edoardo Mortara (RoKit Venturi Racing) to claim the first two rounds of the 2021/2022 FIA ABB Formula E World Championship.

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.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: emotional maiden MotoGPTM success for Bastianini in Qatar

Gresini Racing MotoGP’s Enea Bastianini converted his trust in his MICHELIN Power Slicks into a resounding victory at Round 1 of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship in Qatar. The Italian dedicated his first win at this level to his team’s late founder Fausto Gresini. Brad Brinder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team) made it three different bikemakers on the podium to provide early evidence of the versatility of Michelin’s 2022 range.  

Michelin’s Asian and American travels

Shortly after the opening round of North America’s 2022 endurance racing campaign at Daytona in January, this year’s four-race Asian Le Mans Series took place in the United Arab Emirates. Michelin, a premium partner of the championship, helped Nielsen Racing, CD Sport and Inception Racing to harvest the season’s titles.

Sam Sunderland claims Michelin’s 37th Dakar bike win

The two-wheel category of the 2022 Dakar was won by Sam Sunderland (GasGas Factory Racing) who came out on top after an exceptionally close fight to repeat his victory of 2017. The Briton handed GasGas its maiden success on the event and took Michelin’s score to 37 bike victories.  

Michelin runners monopolize the 2021 ERC podium

The 2021 FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) saw Skoda/Michelin drivers Andreas Mikkelsen, Efren Llanera and Mikolaj Marczyck secure the year’s gold, silver and bronze medals. The series concluded in Spain’s Canary Islands following a fiercely-fought campaign between the different carmakers, drivers and tire firms involved.

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