After starting from behind, Di Grassi reduces to only seven points difference to the leader
Seven races with poles sitters and different winners. These few words sum up the sensational season experienced by the Formula E World Championship, which held a another round in Rome on Saturday (13), and thus entered the second half of the 13-event series. The drama started already at the qualifying, a few hours before the start, when a quick shower rain relegated several of the main drivers of the championship to positions in the second half of the grid. One of them was the Brazilian Lucas Di Grassi, who due to this fact obtained the 15th place on the grid, but started from 13th after two competitors were handed penalties for regulation infringements.
The technically difficult track also made it though to overtake – so much so that drivers who opted for the extra power of “attack mode” had a low success rate. “All this together, and the fact that the rain has affected my classification for the grid, made this race one of the most tense of my career in F-E,” says Di Grassi.
“When I saw where I was going to start on the grid, my focus became 100% score as much points as possible, since the victory or podium were very distant goals, realistically speaking. Fortunately everything went well and now I’m leaving Rome in fifth place and only seven points behind the leader. This difference, in the context of the current championship, is practically a technical draw, as they say. Everything can happen this year in this championship, as we are seeing every race we dispute. In Paris we will have more of that, “said the Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler driver, mentioning the World Championship next round on 27th April in the streets of the French capital.
The victory in Rome fell to the New Zealander Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar), who became the seventh different winner in the season. The others are Lucas Di Grassi (Audi), Jérôme D’Ambrosio (Belgium, Mahindra team), António Félix da Costa (Portugal, BMW Andretti), Sam Bird (England, Envision Virgin), Edoardo Mortara Jean-Eric Vergne (France, Techeetah). With the result of this Saturday, D’Ambrosio reassumes the lead of the standings with 65 points. The other sixth placed are: 2) António Félix da Costa (Portugal), 64 points; 3) André Lotterer (Germany), 62; 4) Mitch Evans (New Zealand), 61; 5) Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil), 58; 6) Jean-Eric Vergne (France) and Robin Frijns (Netherlands), 55.