Brazilian started in 15th and in the second third of the race he was already in sixth
The Brazilian Lucas Di Grassi drove a strong race again in the Formula E World Championship. After starting from 15th place, after two thirds of the race the Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler driver was already in sixth place during the Mexico e-Prix. But from that moment on, his car lost performance and Lucas had to focus on defending the position. “We managed to score points again. But we didn’t have the pace to get to the forefront”, commented Di Grassi. “We need to understand what happened and prepare for the next race in Marrakesh,” continued the Brazilian, who with the result maintained fifth place in the standings. New Zealand’s Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar), who also took the lead in the championship, was the race winner.
Di Grassi had a very good start and on the first lap won three positions, reaching 12th place. From then on, the Brazilian began to intelligently use the attack mode and the fan boost – two mechanisms that give extra power to the drivers during the race – in addition to performing precise maneuvers to overcome the competitors.
The race lasted 45 minutes, plus one lap. After half an hour, however, Di Grassi was no longer able to attack the competitors. “When I noticed that I would not be able to attack, I started to be careful not to lose positions. I had already switched positions several times with (Alexander) Sims, (Edoardo) Mortara, (Stoffel) Vandoorne and (Oliver) Rowland and I knew they would try to pass me if they noticed my car’s loss of pace. Fortunately I was able to defend myself and recover positions when I was overtaken. It was a difficult race. Now we need to prepare for Marrakesh. Our time to reach the podium may be there, ”said the Brazilian. “Fortunately we scored points again and that is important in Formula E. I am in fifth, 15 points from the leader, a condition that allows me to think about the title. We will work harder to make that feasible, ”concluded Lucas Di Grassi.
The next round will be held on February 29th. Standings: 1) Mitch Evans (New Zealand, Panasonic Jaguar), 47 points; 2) Alexander Sims (England, BMW Andretti), 46; 3) Antonio Felix da Costa (Portugal, DS Techeetah), 39; 4) Stoffel Vandoorne (Belgium, Mercedes-Benz), 5) Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), 32.