Mitch Evans steered his Michelin Pilot Sport EV-equipped Jaguar I-Type-5 to both wins at the 2022 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship’s double-header in Rome, Italy. Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) emerged from the weekend at the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings ahead of the Monaco E-Prix on April 30.
Circuito Cittadino de l’EUR in Rome’s EUR district to the south of the city is the longest (3.380km) and one of the most challenging venues of the season, and its 19 turns invariably provide plenty of exciting action. This year again, the 22 drivers were able to showcase their skills thanks to the performance and longevity of their Michelin Pilot Sport EV tires which took the 100 or so adrenalin-filled kilometers covered during the weekend in their stride.
“The conditions were dry on both days but we had some big fluctuations in the track temperature,” says Mirko Pirracchio, the manager of Michelin Motorsport’s Formula E program. “The Michelin Pilot Sport EV has a particularly wide operating window, though, and this versatility, combined with its outstanding longevity, enabled the drivers to push hard throughout and entertain us with some great passing maneuvers all the way to the flag.”
Saturday’s race saw Evans take an assertive victory from ninth on the grid, and he was in winning form in the streets of Rome again the next day, unfazed by the numerous collisions and Safety Car interruptions.
Vergne earned sufficient points by qualifying for Sunday’s clash on pole position and securing second place to ease into the provisional lead of the 2022 Drivers’ standings, while Dutchman Robin Frijns (Envision Racing/Michelin) bagged two podium finishes.
Round 6 of the championship will take teams to the streets of Monaco on April 30.