The reigning champion and an ambitious youngster – in Formula E, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler relies on an experienced Brazilian and German pairing in the form of Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt, who have been teammates in the electric racing series since the 2014/2015 season.
With their technical understanding in the pits, their racing talent on the track and their good relationship behind the scenes, Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt developed into a true dream team.
Formula E champion
For the first time in his career, Lucas di Grassi enters a motorsport season in car number “1.” The reigning Formula E Champion is one of the co-founders and first ambassadors of the all-electric racing series and, on clinching the title at the end of July, has made a dream of his come true – but the South American is not about to rest on these laurels.
Now, di Grassi is entering his fourth season as the title defender, as the number on his car clearly shows. “In my karting days, I often had number eleven, which also matches my birthday, and ‘eight’ in the sports car. Now I’m looking forward to ‘one’ – it shows that we’ve achieved an exceptional feat,” says di Grassi who, nonetheless, knows full well that: “Yesterday’s trophies don’t win any of tomorrow’s races. We’re all starting again with zero points and may be seeing the hardest-fought Formula E season to date.”
Lucas di Grassi has gone down in the history of the still young Formula E championship: In September 2014, he wins the first race ever in Beijing. After three seasons, he can look back on 20 podium finishes – a record number in the field. After finishing third overall in the first year and runner-up in the second year, the title follows in the 2016/2017 season. Each time, the championship is only decided in the very last race of the season.
Date of birth August 11, 1984
Place of birth São Paulo (BR)
Place of residence Monaco (MC)
Height 1.80 m
Weight 75 kg
2005: 1st place GP Macau
2007: 2nd place GP2 series
2010: Formula 1
2014: 2nd place 24 hours of Le Mans
2016: 2nd place Formula E, 2nd place WEC
2017: 1st place Formula E, 2 victories
In spite of his age of just 24 years, Daniel Abt has gathered experience in nearly all single-seater racing categories below Formula 1. In Formula E, he has been on the grid from the outset and has contested every single race held to date. For the fans, the German is one of the crowd-pleasers in the paddock.
An autograph here, a selfie there and always time for a brief chat with the fans – Daniel Abt lives and loves Formula E. Since the racing series’ debut in September 2014, the German has been forming a team with Lucas di Grassi and due to his approachable nature is one of the most popular drivers in the paddock. “I like the special spirit in Formula E – not only among the teams but also among us race drivers and the fans around the world. That’s unique.”
Fall of 2017 marks the beginning of a new chapter in Daniel Abt’s career: For the first time, he is officially an Audi factory driver. His aims, accordingly, are ambitious. “I hope that I’ve worked off my misfortune in racing by now and am wishing for a smooth season without any technical incidents. I’m sure that in that case the results will come too. When you’re driving in the team of the champion, podium places, victories and the title race have to be the benchmark.”
Date of birth December 3, 1992
Place of birth Kempten (D)
Place of residence Kempten (D)
Height 1.79 m
Weight 72 kg
2009: 1st place ADAC Formula Masters
2012: 2nd place GP3 series
2015: 1st place 24 Hours of Le Mans (class)
2016: 7th place Formula E
2017: 8th place Formula E