Lucas Di Grassi

Di Grassi fights for the lead in China

The Audi racer is already only two points behind first placed Sam Bird


Lucas Di Grassi may return to lead a world motorsport championship on Saturday (23) during the sixth stage of Formula E in Sanya, in southern China. Already a champion of the 2017 season and the driver with the best retrospective in the history of the championship, the Brazilian is in a recovery rush after suffering with technical problems in the initial races.

After winning the e-Prix of Mexico in a sensational way and winning the second place in Hong Kong despite the slower pace of his car, Lucas is now only two points behind leader Sam Bird and has the enthusiasm of the Audi Sport ABT Schaffler team for his good moment in the dispute. Di Grassi has 52 points, against 54 by Sam Bird (England).

The Hong Kong round was the 29th podium of Lucas’ Formula E career. He and leader Sam Bird are also the only drivers to have won races in all seasons. “Our team has a striking feature: we grow stronger in adversity, when things are tough, and this year is being especially complicated not only because of the initial problems we had but also because the competition is tougher than ever. And we love it, “says Lucas, himself known for his ability to adapt to fierce competition.

“We are confident, but we are also cautious. In F-E anything is possible, everyone is a potential winner. So the first thing you need to have is a lot of respect for the competition. We have many skilled drivers, strong teams and engineers of quality. We will have a great fight this Saturday “, defines the Brazilian.

With five races decided on the final meters and counting – and all of them with different winners – the 2019 season will have in the layout of Sanya a whole new challenge. “No one knows this track, so it’s an extra complication for all of us,” notes Lucas. The Sanya circuit is located in Hainan province, a tourist hub that receives more than 18 million tourists annually. With 2,236 meters in length, the track has three very tight corners, but will still allow many overtaking moves – as is the standard of Formula E.

The six best in the standings are: 1) Sam Bird (England, Virgin Envision Racing), 54 points; 2) Jérôme D’Ambrosio (Belgium, Mahindra), 53; 3) Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) and Edoardo Mortara (Switzerland, Venruri), 52; 5) António Félix da Costa (Portugal, BMW Andretti), 47; 6) Robin Frinjs (Netherlands, Envision Virgin)