THE MICHELIN PILOT SPORT EV2 CONCLUDES THE 2016/2017 FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP IN STYLE IN MONTREAL
- Lucas Di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) claims the 2016/2017 Drivers’ crown
- The Teams’ title goes to Renault e.dams
The last two races of the 2016/2017 FIA Formula E Championship were held in Montreal which was hosting the series for the first time. A big crowd turned out to watch the all-electric action in the Canadian city’s Ville-Marie district, and the majority of the drivers described the 2.75km, 14-turn street circuit – which formed a challenging rectangular loop around the landmark Maison de Radio-Canada building – as one of the best of the season.
To encourage different strategies for the meeting’s two races, Saturday’s clash featured 35 laps, while Sunday’s lasted two laps longer as the teams and drivers battled to settle the outcome in their respective championships once and for all.
The drivers were able to count on their MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV2 tyres which have risen successfully to the different challenges they have faced since their introduction at the start of Formula E’s third campaign. Their exceptional versatility has allowed the teams to cover an exceptionally wide spectrum of conditions and venues around the world without having to make any compromises in terms of either performance or longevity.
“First of all, I would like to congratulate Lucas Di Grassi and his team Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport on their success in the 2016/2017 Drivers’ championship,” said Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon. “I also want to congratulate Renault e.dams on its third Teams’ title in a row. Following the recent announcements that Mercedes and Porsche are planning to join the series, Formula E is poised to become the FIA championship that boasts the highest number of different carmakers. We will work with them at all the circuits we visit around the world to develop tyres for their road cars, too. Indeed, for Michelin, the essence of being involved in motorsport is to be a partner both on the race track and in the world of everyday motoring. I am very positive about our involvement as a core player in the Formula E Championship which is a series that makes sound sense and which is gaining in notoriety all the time.”
“Once again, our Formula E tyre rose to the occasion in Montreal,” added Serge Grisin, the manager of Michelin’s FIA Formula E programme manager. “Despite the high track temperatures and low grip levels we saw at the start of the weekend, due notably to the amount of dust on the roads, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV2 succeeded in combining high performance and safety on the hilly circuit’s bumpy surface, while quickly getting up to its ideal working temperature.”
Saturday and Sunday’s Montreal ePrix were won by Lucas Di Grassi and Jean-Eric Vergne (TECHEETAH) respectively. Vergne ended Race 1 in second place, ahead of team-mate Stéphane Sarrazin. He was then joined on Sunday’s podium by Felix Rosenqvist (2nd, Mahindra Racing) and Jose-Maria Lopez (3rd, DS Virgin Racing).
Season 4 of the FIA Formula E Championship (2017/2018) will kick off with two races in Hong Kong on December 2-3.