With a dominant performance, Lucas enters in the final phase of the World Cup
Lucas Di Grassi was the winner this Saturday of the e-Prix of Berlin, valid for the tenth round of the Formula Championship. The world series enters now its final stretch, with only two more events to go: a race in the e-Prix of Bern (Switzerland) and two in New York (USA), since this last event will be a double header. As the Brazilian himself predicted before the race, the Berlin e-Prix began the selection of drivers who must finish the year in a condition to fight for the title. Hence his great commitment to win this event. Now Di Grassi jumped from fifth to second in the standings, 96 points against 102 of the leader Jean-Éric Vergne (France, Techeetah team), who finished third on Saturday.
In his campaign to collect as many points as possible, Lucas also set the best lap of the race, which concedes an extra point. The 2017 champion’s victory was also important for the German Audi team, as well as the team’s other sponsors: the ABT sports car developer and the Schaeffler auto parts industry, German companies sponsoring the team championed by Di Grassi. Also important, the Berlin round was sponsored by a Brazilian company that has been standing out in the international scenario – the CBMM mining company, the world’s largest exporter of niobium-steel – which also supports Di Grassi during the whole season. Coincidentally, Lucas’ first win in 2019 in Mexico – in a spectacular arrival that entered the history of F-E – also had sponsorship of CBMM.
Lucas started third and already in the seventh lap took the lead from Swiss Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e-DAMS). From that moment on, Di Grassi imposed a dominant rhythm and was no longer threatened by rivals. “When we got the third time on qualifying, the morning before the race, I already felt we had the potential to fight for the win,” said Di Grassi. “I was already confident even before the first practice on Friday, because our record here in Berlin is strong: two seconds and two third places, and now a victory. I am especially happy to give this gift to our team here in Germany, because this race is important for them, as it would be for me to win in Brazil. And I offer this victory also to my supporters from several countries that have supported me, including voting on me in the fan boost. Thank you so much to all of you! “added Di Grassi.
With today’s win, Lucas reaches 10 Formula E victories with a total of 30 podiums – or 54.5% of all podium of the series races, an impressive figure in a championship so competitive in all seasons. “I’m really happy to be in second place in the 2019 championship, which has been spectacular. This only proves that our team is still working seriously and this is how we will make it to the final round in New York. It is good to see that our work has been successful – and this perception motivates us all. But the fight is not over yet. We will until the end. ”
Di Grassi and Vergne are the only drivers with two wins so far. In ten races, Formula E had in 2019 eight different winners. The e-Prix of Bern, Switzerland, is the next round and will be held on June 22. In 2018, Lucas became the first driver to win a race in that country since the historic car motorsports ban in Switzerland in 1954.
Classification after ten rounds: 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.