An experienced veteran and an ambitious youngster – ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport counted on this pairing in the Formula E debut season in 2014/2015. 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. Based on the motto ‘never change a winning team’, the driver duo stayed put for the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 season.
Formula E pioneer
Lucas di Grassi has been involved in Formula E from the very beginning. With his extensive motorsport expertise, he contributed to the successful development of the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport team. The Brazilian also made his mark on the sport in the first two seasons: in 2015, he finished 3rd overall, whilst in 2016 he narrowly missed out on the title and came second overall. No other driver has mounted the podium as many times in the previous 21 races.
Lucas di Grassi is one of the most experienced drivers in the field. After his early years in karting, he passed through the classic stages of a single-seater driver: Formula Renault, Formula 3, GP2 and Formula 1. In 2010 he drove a complete season in the top class. In 2012 di Grassi changed course: As an Audi factory driver, between 2012 and 2016 he competed in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Date of birth August 11, 1984
Place of birth São Paulo (BR)
Place of residence Monaco (MC)
Height 1,79 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
Social media ambassador
As the son of team principal Hans-Jürgen Abt, Daniel Abt was one of the first applicants for the second Formula E cockpit. And he was accepted. “The fact that I was allowed to be part of it from the start was an honour and a huge challenge for me,” says the Allgäuer. Abt paid back the trust put in him with some good results in the first two seasons. The highlight: second place at his home race in Berlin in 2016. With his involvement in social media, Abt is expanding the popularity and the prominence of Formula E off the track as well.
His motorsport breakthrough came in 2009, winning the ADAC Formula Masters series for juniors. He made his case for a seat in Formula E through Formula 3, GP3, Formula Renault 3.5 and GP2. In parallel with Formula E, in 2016 Abt competed in the ADAC GT Masters, where he drove a Bentley for his uncle Christan Abt’s team.
Date of birth December 3, 1992
Place of birth Kempten (D)
Place of residence Kempten (D)
Height 1,79 m
Weight 70 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