Di Grassi’s masterpiece

Lucas di Grassi has delivered his masterpiece in Formula E. With a lights-to-flag victory on Saturday and a seventh place on Sunday the Audi driver secured the title in the electric racing series in the finale in Montreal. 
Perfect Saturday

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.”

Praise by the boss

“For me, Lucas di Grassi is currently the most complete driver in Formula E,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “What he showed in Montreal on Saturday was simply fantastic. After New York, there probably weren’t a lot of people expecting him to be able to turn the tables in the title race anymore. But Lucas never gave up for even a second and continually motivated the whole squad to deliver top performances. The entire team around Hans-Jürgen Abt and Thomas Biermaier did an outstanding job and Daniel Abt, who was beaten a little below his potential this year, drove strong races in Montreal too.”

In the 2017/2018 Formula E season that will kick off in Hong Kong in December, Audi will be the first German automobile manufacturer with a factory-backed commitment in Formula E.

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