Di Grassi’s masterpiece
Di Grassi had travelled to the final weekend in Canada with a ten-point deficit to Renault driver Sébastian Buemi. While the Swiss was ostensibly tense and after an accident in free practice had a horrible Saturday, di Grassi made no mistakes and with his pole position and lights-to-flag victory converted his pole position into an 18-point advantage – which was to produce a preliminary decision.
On Sunday di Grassi and his teammate Daniel Abt started from the third row whereas Buemi only took position 14 in qualifying. Following a turbulent starting phase di Grassi and Abt dropped to positions nine and ten some of the time but, also thanks to clever energy management, fought back to positions six and seven whereas Buemi scored no points on Sunday either. With that, Team ABT Schaeffler secured the vice-championship in the teams’ classification as well.
“Today is the best day in my career,” the new Formula E Champion enthused after the race. “I believed in Formula E from day one because the world, including motorsport, is changing. We won the first Formula E race in Beijing three years ago and now, finally, the title as well. ABT Sportsline, Schaeffler and Audi Sport did a perfect job – not least after the races in New York where we weren’t so strong. Here in Montreal, on the best race track Formula E has ever seen, we were fast from the beginning.”