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.
This year’s more powerful cars, the city’s initially sandy, resurfaced track, contrasting temperatures and the more stringent tire allocations introduced for 2022 put the Michelin Pilot Sport EV to a tough test as Formula E’s Season 8 kicked off with two night-time races.
“Our partners were once again happy with the versatility and consistency of our Formula E tire,” reports Mirko Pirracchio, the new manager of Michelin Motorsport’s Formula E program. “All the drivers had an allowance of three sets of new tires to cover the weekend’s familiarization laps, three free practice sessions, two qualifying sessions and both races. We consequently saw some interesting strategies and everyone was able to push to the limit in complete confidence thanks to the Michelin Pilot Sport EV’s famed longevity.”
The first pole position of the campaign was pocketed by Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ FE Team) who topped the order after Friday’s exciting new qualifying format, while the opening e-prix produced a one-two finish for the Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 02/Michelin in the hands of de Vries and Vandoorne.
The second Diriyah E-Prix was won by RoKit Venturi Racing’s Edoardo Mortrara whose team-mate Lucas di Grassi (3
2022 Diriyah E-Prix – Final Positions:
Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ FE Team), 41 laps
Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ FE Team), +0.636s
Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti Formula E), +8.802s
Edoardo Mortara (RoKit Venturi Racing), 35 laps
Robin Frijns (Envision Racing), +0.451s
Lucas di Grassi (RoKit Venturi Racing), +0.912s