Winner in Berlin, the 2017 champion’s goal is to seize the momentum and continue his competitive campaign until the season finals in New York
With 10 victories and 30 podiums (55% of the series total races), Lucas Di Grassi is considered the most important driver in the history of the Formula E World Championship. Winner of the most recent round held a month ago in Berlin (Germany), the increasingly high score only seems to motivate even more the Audi Sport driver, who this Saturday will again fight for the lead and get closer to his second title. Champion of 2017, runner-up in 2018 and third placed in 2015 and 2016, Lucas is six points behind the series current leader, the Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne (team DS Techeetah), who totals 102 points.
Only Di Grassi and Vergne won more than one race this season: Lucas in Berlin and Mexico City, while the Frenchman won the Sanya (China) and Monaco races. With a total of 84 points still in play in the final three rounds of the Formula E World Championship for anyone who wins, gets the pole positions and the fastest laps, Di Grassi knows he needs to beat not only Vergne, but several other drivers from the talented 2019 grid.
“There are about ten drivers with a chance to fight for the title yet, although more realistically I think the top five have better conditions. Even with only three races to go in a season of thirteen races, “says Di Grassi. “In this context, the most important is leaving Switzerland with a good result, which need not necessarily be the victory. The goal is to reach the double header of New York in mid-July, with real chances of becoming champion. In our team perspective, it is this or nothing “, completes the Lucas.
Di Grassi was the winner of the historic Formula E race in Switzerland last year on the streets of Zurich. Until then motor racing had been banned from the country since the tragic accident that killed more than 80 people the 1955 Le Mans 24 Hours. But the 2019 track will be another. “This year we are going to compete in Bern in an entirely different circuit,” says the Audi Sport driver. “It’s the first time we’re going to race there. It’s a very different track from all the others in the season E, especially the steep up and down sections, a detail that will really separate the men from the boys there. We did a lot of simulator practice, but nothing can simulate the thrill you feel on a track with sudden changes of elevation. To the public, it will be great to watch. For the drivers, a challenge aside, “summarizes Di Grassi.
Formula E standings after ten races: 1) Jean-Éric Vergne (France, DS Techeetah), 102; 2) Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler), 96; 3) André Lotterer (Germany, DS Techeetah), 86; 4) António Félix da Costa (Portugal, BMW Andretti), 82; 5) Robin Frijns (Netherlands, Envision Virgin Racing), 81; 6) Mitch Evans (New Zealand, Panasonic Jaguar), 69; 7) Daniel Abt (Germany, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler), 67; 8) Jérôme D’Ambrosio (Belgium, Mahindra Racing), 65; 9) Oliver Rowland (England, Nissan e-DAMS), 63; 10) Sébastien Buemi (Switzerland, Nissan e-DAMS), 61.