08/06/2020 Reading Time: 1 min

FORMULA E: LUCAS DI GRASSI TAKES PODIUM FOR AUDI

Second race of Formula E in Berlin, first podium for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler. From sixth on the grid, Lucas di Grassi moved up to third place on Thursday evening. After 8th place on the opening day, di Grassi had an impressive comeback on Thursday. The Brazilian set the fastest time in free practice. In qualifying, he made it into the “Super Pole” of the fastest six drivers. In the race, di Grassi made up two positions in the early stages and then fought a spectacular duel with Robin Frijns in the Audi e-tron FE06 of customer team Envision Virgin Racing, which was narrowly won by the Brazilian.

Lucas di Grassi on the podium

DI GRASSI: “A GOOD DAY”

“When you’re on the podium in Formula E, it was a good day,” said di Grassi. “We worked hard overnight and improved the car a lot compared to yesterday. Nevertheless, the race was again hard work. We’ll continue to work in order to extract even more performance from of the car. We are driving the other way around in Berlin from Saturday onwards, which should also suit us.”

Audi e-tron FE06 on the racetrack

MISHAP ON WEDNESDAY

In the first race Lucas di Grassi already lost the chance for a top result in qualifying. After setting strong times in the first two sectors of the track, the Brazilian made a mistake in the last sector. Instead of qualifying for the “Super Pole” of the top six, di Grassi found himself back in 20th position on the grid. “In Formula E, you can’t achieve anything without taking risks,” said di Grassi. “It was my mistake, for which I apologized to the team right away. But, we never give up. It was hard work moving up from 20th to 8th.”

René Rast in the Audi e-tron FE06

RAST SCORES FIRST POINTS

René Rast showed a strong performance on his debut. From 13th on the grid, the German made it into the top ten, even though he had dropped back to 17th at one stage. “As expected, my first race for Audi in Formula E was pretty chaotic,” said Rast. “Safety cars, full course yellows, accidents in front of and beside me. I learned a lot, gained experience and scored a point straight away.”

 

On his second race day for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, René Rast had a similar mishap as Lucas di Grassi on Wednesday. “I took a bit too much of a risk in qualifying,” said Rast. “While braking for the first turn, the right front wheel locked. As a result, I completely missed the apex of the corner and qualified last.” Rast started from the pit lane and made up ten positions in the race. In the end, the German missed out on scoring points by only 1.7 seconds.

Allan McNish

“LUCAS SHOWED FIGHTING SPIRIT”

“Overall, I’m very satisfied with how the team reacted after the difficult first day,” said Team Principal Allan McNish. “We improved considerably compared to Wednesday. Lucas was extremely strong and showed the fighting spirit he’s known for. He is now second in the drivers’ championship. It’s a shame that René was unlucky in qualifying, otherwise he would have scored more points.”

FORMULA E BERLIN, RESULTS DOCUMENTS TO DOWNLOAD

Race 1

1 page, EN

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Race 2

1 page, EN

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113.6 KB

Standings

2 pages

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762.3 KB

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Audi e-tron FE06 on the racetrack
Audi e-tron FE06 on the racetrack
Lucas di Grassi at the racetrack

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