2016/2017 Formulae E - The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV2 tire in its element in the streets of Buenos Aires
Ahead of Round 3 of the 2016/2017 FIA Formula E Championship, most of the talk amongst the drivers, teams and organisers was about the weather. Indeed, for the first time in the competition’s history, there was a serious threat of rain. The only previous case of precipitation had been in London at the end of the inaugural series (2014/2015) when a few sparse drops fell during qualifying for the meeting’s second race. In the end, however, despite some heavy rain on the Friday night, race day in the Argentine capital, proved entirely dry and the spectators turned out in their usual high numbers, in keeping with the nation’s passion for motorsport.
Even if the race had taken place in poor weather, the drivers would not have been forced to switch tires, however, since the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV2 – like the first generation of the tire developed specifically for Formula E – was designed to compete safely in dry and wet conditions alike.
The 12-turn, 2.480km circuit (eight left-hand and four right-hand corners) in the streets of Buenos Aires is one of the fastest of the calendar and, although its surface is relatively unabrasive, it is quite a challenge for the drivers. It was identical to the track visited in 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 but the organisers will need to locate an alternative venue for next season should the series return to Argentina a fourth time, since major work is scheduled for the city’s Puerto Madero district.
With rain no longer a threat, the track temperature stood at 25°C early on Saturday morning. Air temperature was 24°C but much of the previous day’s humidity had passed with the overnight storm, leaving the weather much pleasanter and less of a potential ordeal for the cars’ batteries. That said, the track temperature soared to almost 50°C for the start of the afternoon’s race itself, although this didn’t trouble the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV2 tires which are capable of taking significant temperature fluctuations in their stride and reaching their ideal working temperature particularly quickly
“Bravo to Sébastien Buemi for this great victory at the end of an open and very competitive race, as well as to the Renault e.dams team which, following their success this weekend, has a large number of Formula E trophies having already won half the races since the start of the championship in 2014”, said Serge Grisin, Michelin's manager in Formula E.
“About the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV2 tires, we are accustomed to hot, dry conditions. Since its creation, Formula E has visited some very different venues in Asia, Africa, the USA and Europe, where the prevailing weather can be very contrasting. Yet the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV and EV2 have always been a match for the various circuits in terms of their resistance to wear, their performance and their ability to function in different climates.”
“Like last year, we had hot weather in Buenos Aires and, although we had never raced here before with the new MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV2 tire, we felt very confident. The fast pace of the race and the fact that the battle lasted until the dying laps is evidence that our tire permits the drivers to give everything they have got, without having to worry about their tires. That’s always a very satisfying result for everyone at MICHELIN Motorsport.”