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.”