Autosport has released its famous and awaited list with the 50 best racing drivers of the year amongst all the series homologated by the FIA. Runner-up both in the FIA Formula E Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship, Lucas Di Grassi was elected in eighth place
Lucas Di Grassi was appointed as the eighth best driver of 2016 following an election made by British magazine Autosport. The specialists put him as the highest-quoted Brazilian racer on the international scenario.
It has been an special journey for Lucas himself. Appointed as the best endurance driver by the Motorsport.com website and voted as the best Formula E driver by the series team principals, Lucas was also awarded in his native Brazil with the Golden Helmet as International Top Driver.
The 32-year competitor was runner-up both in the FIA Formula E Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship, Always representing Audi Sport. Lucas won five races in both series and clinched 12 podium finishes.
“Being recognized as one of the best drivers of the world, even without a title neither being in Formula One – which is the main showcase -, is a great reward to all the work and effort we made through the year”, says Lucas.
“I think my season in the WEC was one of the best in my career, in which I could always go fast and work hard to achieve the team’s success. On the other hand, the Formula E title escaped from my hands by very little, and we hadn’t have a car fast enough to beat the Renaults. So, to be in the final race with real chances to clinch the title was beyond my expectations”, he told.
Lucas di Grassi in 2016
– 8th best driver of the year according to Autosport;
– Best endurace driver of the year, according to Motorsport.com;
– Winner of the Golden Helmet Award in Brazil;
– Best Brazilian driver in activity according to Brazilian website Grande Prêmio;
– Runner-up in the FIA Formula E Championship with 3 victories;
– Runner-up in the FIA World Endurance Championship with 3 victories