A ROLLERCOASTER RIDE OF EMOTIONS AND A SENSATIONAL HAPPY ENDING: LUCAS DI GRASSI WON THE FOURTH RACE OF THE FORMULA E SEASON IN MEXICO CITY. AFTER THE ABT SCHAEFFLER AUDI SPORT TEAM PRODUCED A STRATEGICAL MASTERSTROKE. 

VICTORY NUMBER FIVE

Lucas di Grassi was only 15th in qualifying. After a collision caused by another competitor on the first lap and the necessary change of rear wing the Brazilian even dropped to last place. The team subsequently put all their eggs in one basket and pulled di Grassi into the pits to change cars on the 18th of 45 laps.

Over the remaining 27 laps, the Brazilian delivered a masterpiece in energy management and in doing so held the competition equipped with clearly more power behind him all the way to the finish line. During another safety car stage di Grassi even lost his large advantage, but benefitted from his pursuers being involved in time consuming battles. He claimed the fifth victory of his Formula E career by almost two seconds and his fifth victory and edged to within five points of championship leader Sébastien Buemi.

Lucas di Grassi

Today we have all seen what defines Formula E: you must never give up, regardless of how hopeless the situation appears to be. And especially the laps after my stop were possibly the best of my career: I had to manage my energy and couldn’t afford to make a single mistake. My thanks go to the team in the pits, which was brave enough to risk trying this bold strategy.

Daniel Abt

For team mate Daniel Abt the race day started sensationally, the German claimed his second pole position in Formula E. However, he lost this again after tire pressures on his race car were found to be too low at scrutineering. Despite being penalized and moved to 18th on the grid, Abt produced a strong race, which was rewarded with six points for seventh place.

EUROPE ON THE HORIZON

After races in Asia, Africa as well as South and North America, Formula E now heads to Europe: on 13 May the fifth race is held on the street circuit in Monaco.

The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez


The race in numbers

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The Mexico ePrix