Audi E-tron FE05 #11 (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler), Lucas Di Grassi

Formula E: “We need a little miracle,” says Lucas about the title fight

In a race full of overtaking moves and excitement, Lucas reduces the disadvantage to the leader in New York


The Brazilian Lucas Di Grassi warned he would go to everything or nothing in the race held on Saturday in New York, valid for the 12th round of the Formula E World Championship. It seems the phrase inspired all 22 riders on the grid : the penultimate race of the year saw sensational moments of pure courage and, consequently, a festival of overtaking moves, crashes and car pieces flying in all parts of the track. With the victory of Swiss Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e-DAMS), the leader Jean-Éric Vergne (DS Techeetah) not scoring and Lucas starting from 14th to finish fifth, the decision of the title was postponed to the last round, scheduled for this Sunday on the same track. At the moment, Vergne adds 130 points against 108 of the Brazilian Di Grassi, the second placed in the standings.

“We need a little miracle,” Lucas summed up about the fight for the championship. “The win gives 25 points and the difference for Vergne is 22. When I arrived here, I already knew that being a champion was a difficult task and it does not depend only on our effort and results. But we did our part today with a good race, and I hope to improve that result tomorrow. This is the spirit and we will fight hard again. While there is a chance, we will invest everything we have in it, “said the Brazilian driver of the Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler team.

In all, there are 29 points to be grabbed in the 13th and final round, with 25 for the win, three valid for the driver who gets pole and one awarded to the fastest lap. “To be a champion, only victory interests us. But we can not forget that the runner-up position is not guaranteed either. Far from it. Our main competitors were strong today and will certainly be strong tomorrow. We have no other choice but to work hard if we want to overcome them, “says Lucas, noting that Buemi (104 points), New Zealander Mitch Evans (105; Panasonic Jaguar Racing) and Portugal’s Antonio Félix da Costa (97; BMW Andretti) finished first, second and third places. “Nothing is guaranteed until tomorrow’s final chequered flag. For everyone, “said the Brazilian.

At the same time, Lucas also fights, alongside teammate Daniel Abt (Germany), for the teams title. Leader DS Techeetah has 216 points and Audi has now 192. Last year, Lucas and Abt gave the German team the championship title right at the final round, also held in New York.

Standings: 1) Jean-Eric Vergne (France, DS Techeetah), 130 points; 2) Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil, Audi Sports Abt Schaeffler), 108; 3) Mitch Evans (New Zealand, Panasonic Jaguar), 105; 4) Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland, Nissan e-DAMS), 104; 5) António Félix das Costa (Portugal, BMW Andretti), 97; 6) André Lotterer (Germany, DS Techcheetah), 86.