Audi factory driver Lucas di Grassi clinched another podium result in the Formula E electric racing series in Monaco, his adopted country, and created high suspense in race five of the season.
Lucas di Grassi was lacking a mere 0.320 seconds for another Formula E victory in Monaco. In the second half of the race, the Brazilian chased the front runner, Sébastien Buemi, caught up with the Swiss and put massive pressure on him on the last laps. “Unfortunately, overtaking in Monaco is near-impossible,” di Grassi said after the brilliant finale. “Plus, Séb made no mistakes. Otherwise, I’d have tried an attack.”
The Brazilian laid the foundation for his strong second place in qualifying. Di Grassi qualified for the individual time trials of the quickest five by a narrow margin and in spite of contact with the guard rail in the final turn before the finish secured position two on the grid. At the start the Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport campaigner defended his second place and, like all drivers, used the safety car period shortly before the race’s midpoint to pit. His subsequent pursuit of Buemi was rewarded with position two and 18 points.