Audi e-tron FE05 on the racetrack

12/15/2018 Reading Time: 1 min

FORMULA E: ABT AND DI GRASSI SCORE POINTS

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler scored points with both cars at the Formula E season opener in Ad Diriyah. Following a chaotic qualifying session, Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi fought back from eleventh and eighteenth on the grid to finish eighth and ninth.

Audi e-tron FE05 on the racetrack

RAIN IN THE DESERT

At the season opener in the desert, the teams had expected anything but rain which, on Saturday morning, resulted in just one short free practice session taking place, instead of the two scheduled sessions. To top things off, this track time was interrupted by red flags. “Qualifying was like a gamble and nobody was able to prepare perfectly,” said Team Principal Allan McNish.

Audi e-tron FE05 on the racetrack

FIGHTING SPIRIT

In the race, both Audi drivers showed a fighting spirit and fought back from eleventh and eighteenth on the grid to finish eighth and ninth. “But we were simply not fast enough today so we had to fight hard for our positions. It was a tough race for us,” said Daniel Abt.

Daniel Abt with falcon

THE RACE BEFORE THE RACE

To get into the mood for Riyadh, Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi in an Audi Q8 drove to the desert on the outskirts, where with guidance from a local falconer, they pitted two falcons against each other in a race. The duel went to Lucas di Grassi’s bird. Abt and di Grassi were curiously watched by a herd of camels that happened to pass by.

Fuel consumption combined *: 9.1-8.9 l/100kmCO₂-emissions combined *: 207-202 g/km

Fuel consumption combined *: 9.1-8.9 l/100kmCO₂-emissions combined *: 207-202 g/km

Opening of showroom

GUESTS OF AUDI IN RIYADH

Ahead of the race day, Daniel Abt, Lucas di Grassi, Nico Müller and Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass were guests at the official opening of a new Audi Show Room in Riyadh to which some 200 guests and Audi customers were invited.

 

FORMULA E AD DIRIYAH, RESULTS DOCUMENTS TO DOWNLOAD

Race

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Standings

2 pages, EN

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AD DIRIYAH

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Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi in the desert

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