Da Costa and the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV co-reign in Monaco
Defending champion Antonio Felix da Costa (DS Techeetah) steered his MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV-equipped all-electric single-seater to glory in the Principality...
The traction performance delivered by the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV Formula E tire helped Germany’s Maximilian Günther (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) and Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing) to claim the weekend’s two New York E-Prix at Brooklyn’s riverside circuit.
The twisty, narrow, soiled circuit that hosted the USA’s round of the 2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship called for flawless traction performance from the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV to efficiently transmit the torque and power generated by the Spark STR-05e all-electric single-seaters to the ground, especially when they strayed into the dust off the racing line to overtake and when their Attack Mode was activated.
Saturday afternoon’s action saw Günther benefit from a brief tangle involving Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah) and Nick Cassidy (Envision Virgin Racing) to take the lead and win Race 1. The Frenchman survived to clinch second place, ahead of Brazil’s Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) who claimed his 34
Vergne was eliminated from the second e-prix battle by a mechanical problem on the grid, leaving Jaguar Racing’s Bird and Mitch Evans to dominate Race 2, under constant pressure from Cassidy and Antonio Felix da Costa (DS Techeetah). Bird survived to clinch the win and move to the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings. The Briton was joined on the rostrum by Cassidy and da Costa.
After the two North American clashes in Mexico and the USA, the 2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship will now travel back to Europe for the season’s closing races in London, Great Britain, on July 24-25, and Berlin, Germany, on August 14-15.
Race 1 – Final positions:
Maximilian Günther (BMW I Andretti Motorsport), 38 laps
Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah), +2.072s
Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), +2.832s
Nick Cassidy (Envision Virgin Racing), +4.623s
Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing), +5.239s
Race 2 – Final positions:
Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing), 37 laps
Nick Cassidy (Envision Virgin Racing), +4.167s
Antonio Felix da Costa (DS Techeetah), +4.840s
Pascal Wehrlein (TAG Heuer Porsche FE Team), +7.154s
André Lotterer (TAG Heuer Porsche FE Team), +7.762s