Formula E celebrated a successful New York premiere in the shadow of a great backdrop in the Brooklyn harbour district opposite the Manhattan skyline. One of the main protagonists: Lucas di Grassi. The Audi driver made up 22 points in the title race.
The Audi Sport E-Vlog from New York
Two comeback drives

After two difficult qualifying sessions, di Grassi produced two impressive comeback drives in the shadow of the great backdrop. In Saturday’s race, the Brazilian was fourth after having started from tenth on the grid, a day later he fought his way up from ninth to fifth place. For the season finale in Montreal, Canada on the final weekend in July, the 32-year old travels as second placed driver only ten points behind championship leader Sébastien Buemi. 58 points are still to be awarded in Canada.

 

“It was fantastic to have raced in this incredible city and to have written a piece of motorsport history,” said Lucas di Grassi after the premiere in New York. “The first race in such a city is always something very special. It was a great event, but my thoughts were obviously entirely focused on my fightback in the title battle. With a little more luck it could have been two podiums, but not more. We did what we could and under the circumstances I’m very satisfied with the results. After all I made up 22 points. It wasn’t a wasted weekend. We are still in the thick of the title battle.”

Bad luck for Abt

Team mate Daniel Abt suffered a double portion of bad luck. On Saturday the young German started from the front row. After leading initially, Abt was running third on the last lap when he had to stop his car just a few metres before the finish line due to an error in the battery management system. After qualifying eighth on Sunday, the Kempten based driver stopped on the first lap of the second race with a similar problem. After a slow drive back to the pits, Abt changed to the second car and claimed the point for the fastest race lap.

Brooklyn Circuit

The race in numbers

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Formula E New York