Di Grassi maintains focus in the fight for the title
After the most exciting finish in the history of the Formula E World Championship, in which he won victory by beating German Pascal Wehrlein sliding on four wheels and going out of the track to get past his opponent, Lucas Di Grassi remains confident for the fifth round of the season. Scheduled for Sunday (10) in Hong Kong, the race will be the first after the Brazilian’s spectacular victory in the e-Prix of Mexico, held a few weeks ago.
So far the championship has had four races, all with different winners: António Félix da Costa (Portugal, BMW Andretti team) in Saudi Arabia, Jérôme D ‘Ambrosio (Belgium, Mahindra Racing) in Morocco, Sam Bird (England, Virgin Envision Racing) in Chile and Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil, Audi Sports Abt Schaeffler) in Mexico. These results in the first four of the thirteen rounds of this year is a clue that the title should be fought for until the final races – as has been the routine in Formula E.
“Our team has worked hard in recent months and now the results are showing – because we are again in a position to fight for podiums and victories, as we did in Mexico,” says Lucas. “We need to take the momentum we got for winning in the last race to the Hong Kong round. With each race it becomes clearer how unpredictable is Formula E. Our goal is always the best possible result and not relax for a second until we achieve this goal, “added the Brazilian driver of the team Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler.
For the first time Hong Kong will not open the Formula E season – being moved to the fifth slot in the calendar this year. The 1,860-kilometer track is narrow but challenging, and has been the scene of good performances by the 2017 World Champion. In 2016, for example, Lucas won second place after an accident forced him to do an extra pit stop – increasing his incredible collection of 28 podiums.
“We will have to be very precise in the qualy, as overtaking here is very difficult and you have to take some exceptional risks for this. So starting from the front of the grid is an important step for a good result in Hong Kong, “Di Grassi said.
This Sunday’s race will start at 4 pm local time (5 am from Brasília), lasting 45 minutes plus one lap. Standings after four stages: 1) Jérôme D’Ambrosio (Belgium), 53 points; 2) António Félix da Costa (Portugal), 46; 3) Sam Bird (England), 45; (4) Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil), 34; 5) Pascal Wehrlein (Germany), 30; 6) Andre Lotterer (Germany), 29.