ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport is the only German outfit on the international Formula E grid. With its two drivers Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi, the team based in the Allgäu is one of the most successful competitors: third place in the driver and team rankings in the first year, and the runner-up title in both categories in the second season. On race weekends, 20 engineers and mechanics work under the leadership of team principal Hans-Jürgen Abt. Since 2015, Schaeffler, together with the team, has been developing the power train of the electric racing car as an exclusive technology partner. On the way to a fully factory-backed commitment, Audi is using the current season to get to know the first fully electric racing series to prepare for the 2017/2018 season.
Hans-Jürgen Abt is Managing Director of ABT Sportsline GmbH and team principal of the Formula E team. Motorsport fans also know the Kemptener from the DTM, where since 2000 he has been guiding the fate of Audi Sport Team ABT Sportsline, winning five drivers’ titles for Audi in the meantime.
Thomas Biermaier, as Sports Director, is responsible for all of ABT Sportsline’s motorsport activities. This includes the DTM since 2000, Formula E since 2014 as well as frequent projects in GT racing. The native of Upper Bavaria is responsible for the operations on track in the electric racing series.
Harry Unflath is responsible for the sponsors and partners of the Formula E team and the Head of Sports Marketing has been part of the ABT Sportsline family for a quarter of a century. Not only has he put together a portfolio of global players to accompany the team’s involvement in the electric racing series, but he also personally takes care of the guests of his partners at every race weekend.
After years of success in the DTM, the Technical Director is now concentrating entirely on the Formula E. Hand in hand with Audi and the exclusive technology partner Schaeffler, he is responsible for the further development of the Formula E car. On race weekends, he is Lucas di Grassi’s race engineer.
In the fourth season, which will start in December 2017, Audi will expand its role in Formula E to a full factory-backed programmme. Tristan Summerscale is responsible as a project manager for the involvement in the electric racing series and is already intensively accompanying the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport team in the third season.