Flawless weekend improved even more Brazilian’s history in the electric series
Lucas Di Grassi did not score points in the first four of the 12 rounds of the season due to car failures. But even so he managed to finish the year as runner-up, a result that reaffirmed his status as the main driver in the series history. With two second places (2016 and 2018), a third (2015) and a champion title (2017), Di Grassi holds most of the category records – including the incredible seven podium finishes sequence, completed this Sunday with the second place in the final double round of the New York e-Prix. With a flawless weekend, which included a win in Saturday’s race after starting only from 11th place, Lucas was instrumental in the goal of Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler to win their first team championship title.
“It was an incredible weekend with two very hard and difficult races. But everything went well and we left New York with both goals achieved. It was really cool to see everyone’s happiness in the team, the emotion of my teammates was worth all the effort we’ve done in the last few months, “said Di Grassi. “I said, half joking, half serious, that finishing in third place would be a miracle, after the bad start of season we had because of so many car failures. The team staff was sensational, they were kind of magic so to give me a very competitive car on these final races. I am very happy and I want to thank the Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler and the fans who have supported me throughout the season. Thanks very much to everyone, “added Lucas.
In addition to having the best personal history record among all drivers who have competed in the Formula E World Championship, Lucas holds a series of other landmarks including the record for more points (611) and podiums (27) in the series, as well as being the only one competitor – alongside Englishman Sam Bird – to win races in all World Championship seasons.
After starting from 11th and winning on Saturday, overtaking all rivals one by one, Di Grassi earned the status of best driver of the weekend with a second place hard earned this Sunday. The Brazilian started from fifth position on the grid and had to drive at the highest level to overcome the opponents. In the end, he staged a hard fight with Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne (team Techeeta) and almost managed make the pass that would give him the second victory over the weekend.
“This year we had very hard races,” said Lucas. “And I think I drove better than ever, even better than I did in 2017 when I got the championship. The problems we had at the beginning of the year required everyone on the team to apply at their best level – which included both me and my partner Daniel Abt. It was a great season, which made us very excited about the prospects for the next one, when we will start to use the Generation 2 car. I believe it will be another great year, “said Di Grassi.
This is the record podium sequence achieved by Lucas in Formula E:
6th round – 17/03 – Punta del Este, second place
7th round – 14/04 – Rome, second place
8th round – 04/28 – Paris, second place
9th round – 19/05 – Berlin, second place
10th round – 10/06 – Zurich, victory
11th round – 14/07 – New York, victory
12th round – 15/07 – New York, second place