Lucas di Grassi can look back and remember from 2016 as a year in which he lived one of the best phases of his career. The list of achievements is extensive: competing for the title in two top categories of world motorsport, Di Grassi finished as runner-up in both Formula E and the Endurance World Championship (FIA WEC).
In all, there were 14 podium appearances in both categories with five record wins in a total of 19 contested races – an astonishing 73.6% (and 26% wins in the sum of the seasons of the two series). It was three victories and five podiums in the electric car series and two triumphs with three pole positions and seven appearances among the top three in the WEC.
His performance on the track was widely recognized in 2016 by the best specialized motoring publications on the planet. Motorsport.com ranked him the best long-distance racing driver in the LMP1 class in 2016, a result similar to that of the Autosport magazine poll, which also made him the best driver in the WEC fastest category.
The British magazine, regarded as a world reference when it comes to motor sport, placed Lucas in eighth place in the election of the 50 best riders in the world in 2016 – the best Brazilian on the list.
Di Grassi was also awarded the International Top category Gold Helmet by Racing Magazine, a publication of Motorpress in Brazil. And this last week of the year, it was voted by the readers of the website Grande Premio – the largest Portuguese-language motoring website – as the most complete in two categories: best Formula E driver and best Brazilian driver in activity.
A long time ago, today’s Audi Sport driver has his talent recognized by the expert critic and also by his peers. Lucas di Grassi is often remembered for his speed, technique and knowledge; Qualities that are always highlighted by those who live the medium of motor sport – and also by some of their opponents.
Capable of delivering great performances even without state-of-the-art equipment, Di Grassi made it to the final stage of Formula E fighting for the title against a top-performing car – a fact that led team bosses to be the best driver in the category – as well In the FIA WEC, where his car did not measure up to his opponents on some occasions and always put on great shows.
Lucas lived, in 2016, his peak as athlete and sportsman. However, he expects a lot more in 2017. “It’s an amazing recognition, no doubt, since this was achieved without me being in Formula 1, which is the main showcase when it comes to visibility,” said Lucas. Only the work of the pilot itself, as well as the set he forms next to his team. I expect much more of 2017, now focused only on Formula E, with equal determination and strength, “he said.
LUCAS DI GRASSI IN 2016
8th best driver in the world, election of the British magazine Autosport
• World’s Best Endurance Racer, Motorsport.com Site Election
• Best Endurance Pilot in the World, Election of Autosport Magazine
• Winner of the Golden Helmet, considered the Oscar of the Brazilian motorsport
• Elected by the team leaders the best driver of the Formula E World Championship
• Best Brazilian pilot in activity according to the Grande Premio site, the largest Brazilian portal in the segment
• Best Formula E driver, also according to the Grand Prix;
• World Champion Formula E with three victories
• World Champion Endurance Champion (WEC) with two victories