Brazilian to compete in Mexico one year after electrifying battle for first place
Lucas Di Grassi returns to Mexico next Saturday (15) for the fourth round of the Formula E World Championship, a series in which he is again one of the main protagonists. And the Mexican track brings very special memories to the Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler driver: it was there that, last year, Di Grassi won one of the most spectacular victories in the history of the series, with Lucas overcoming then leader Pascal Wehrlein a few meters from the finish line and literally slipping sideways off the track to avoid the German’s block. Di Grassi also won in Mexico in 2017, the year of his title at the Formula E World Championship.
The Mexican track is the only permanent circuit on the calendar and has been extended by 25% for 2020 – now reaching 2,606 meters in length. “It is a track that I already liked a lot and, now, with a new overtaking point after this change, it got even better”, highlights Lucas. “Racing in Mexico is always very cool because of the public’s excitement. Winning there, then, is a sensational experience worth fighting for ”, points out the Brazilian, who is in fifth place in the standings. The leader is Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne, from the Mercedes-Benz EQ team.
Lucas is optimistic for the race, given what he has already felt from the performance of the Audi team car. “The car has great potential,” he says. “We had some situations in the first two events that prevented us from fighting for a position in front of the grid – something that in Formula E is especially important due to the category’s competitiveness, with all the cars always very similar in performance. I think in Mexico it may be our turn to fight for victory. We have everything for that ”, completes the Brazilian who, in the previous round, held in Chile, was the author of an exciting recovery race – Lucas started 22nd and came in seventh.
Championship standings after three races (one in Chile and two in Saudi Arabia, which opened the season): 1) Stoffel Vandoorne (Belgium, Mercedes-Benz EQ), 38 points; 2) Alexander Sims (England, BMW Andretti), 35; 3) Sam Bird (England, Envision Virgin Racing), 25; 4) Max Gunther (Germany, BMW Andretti), 25; 5) Lucas Di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), 24 points.