07/11/2021 Reading Time: 1 min

Formula E: Audi goes through roller coaster in New York

After celebrating on the podium on Saturday, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler leaves New York without points in Sunday’s race. Nevertheless, the championship remains open: Before the final four races of the season in London and Berlin, René Rast and Lucas di Grassi are within striking distance in both the drivers’ and teams’ standings.

Lucas di Grassi on the podium

Lucas di Grassi celebrates on the podium

Party time in front of the Statue of Liberty and the impressive backdrop of Manhattan on Saturday: Starting from seventh place on the grid, Lucas di Grassi once again kept his cool in the New York heat and clinched third place with strong overtaking maneuvers and the perfectly timed use of attack mode. It was di Grassi’s third podium finish in New York City and already the 34th in his Formula E career to date. “It was a fantastic day in New York and, after the victory in Mexico, it’s already another trophy,” said Lucas di Grassi. In qualifying at midday, di Grassi missed out on getting into Super Pole by just 0.013 seconds and started the race from seventh on the grid.

Audi e-tron FE07 on the racetrack

René Rast captures another point

Teammate René Rast had to start the race from 22nd on the grid on Saturday through no fault of his own: He was blocked by another driver in qualifying and was therefore unable to set a fast lap. “Bad luck just doesn’t seem to want to leave us in qualifying,” said René Rast, who once again showed a great recovery in the race, which took him up to tenth place and into the points.

No points for Rast and di Grassi on Sunday

Formula E once again showed its unpredictable side in New York: On Sunday both drivers from the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team did not achieve any points in the second race on Sunday: Rast finished the race in 20th place after an unscheduled pit stop due to a puncture, while Lucas di Grassi was classified 14th after a time penalty. The Envision Virgin Racing customer team clinched another trophy for the Audi e-tron FE07 on Sunday: Nick Cassidy celebrated second place at the finish, while teammate Robin Frijns also finished in the points with eighth place.

 

“New York is always good for spectacular Formula E days, but unfortunately not with a particularly good ending for us today,” says Team Principal Allan McNish. “Nevertheless, everything is still open in the championship and in just two weeks, we’ll continue with the next two races in London, where we want to turn the tables again.” René Rast and Lucas di Grassi are seventh and twelfth in the drivers’ standings, both within striking distance of the leaders. In the teams’ standings, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler is in fourth place.

Formula E New York: Results documents to download

Race 1

1 page, EN

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Race 2

1 page, EN

PDF

115.4 KB

Standings

2 pages

PDF

168.4 KB

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Audi e-tron FE07 on the racetrack
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
Audi e-tron FE07 on the grid

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