With only four rounds to go the Championship has eight winners in nine races
Tenth round of the Formula E World Championship, the German e-Prix in Berlin on Saturday is set to start defining the current season’s true title contenders. With only four of the 13 races to go, it is clear by now that to clinch the title the future champion needs not to waste points. With a maximum of 116 points left in the season, the Frenchman Jean-Éric Vergne (DS Techeetah), who has 87 points, can be disputed by anyone in the standings top ten – and in that group there are potentially important names such as Swiss Sebastién Buemi (Nissan eDAMS), who occupies the 13th place, but is always a candidate for victories.
“We’ve had eight winners in nine races so far, in an extremely competitive season, but now we tend to have a reduction in that range of possible champions. The competition will catch fire from Berlin on, “says Lucas Di Grassi, world champion in 2017 for his current team, the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler. Himself one of eight race winners in 2019, Di Grassi is tied with Portugal’s Antonio Félix da Costa (BMW Andretti) in fourth place with 70 points and remains one of the season’s top names.
Retrospect – The Brazilian of the Audi team has a sensational retrospect in the German e-Prix, with no fewer than four podiums in the five editions of the event: two seconds and two third places. Last year, the victory narrowly escaped, with Lucas coming in second. “As a driver, I can only say that we are experiencing a sensational competition. I think we have a good chance in Berlin, as our retrospect shows. Currently in Formula E you have to be a little skeptical: just believe when finally you see the results achieved. I’m very confident, our car has been good on almost every track, and I think we got here well positioned to fight for the lead. We have the condition. Now it’s our job to work hard and do the best it can, “concludes Di Grassi.
With 2,377 meters long, the Berlin track is set up at Tempelhof Airport, on the Southern side of the city. In the late 1940s, this former airport was used by the Western allies to provide humanitarian aid to Berliners, stranded by the interruption of the transportation lines that had been forced by a Cold War impasse. Of the four podiums Lucas holds at the Berlin e-Prix, three were obtained on the track set up in Tempelhof.
Motivation – “Germany is the land of Audi, so this race is special for our team,” says Lucas, whose team mate, Daniel Abt, is also German. “Everyone has one or two races as favourites in the season. That’s cool, because it gives you extra motivation. Even if in terms of scoring points this race is worth as much as the others, I would very much like to win in Berlin precisely because of my teammates and our sponsors. It would be a nice gift for them – and for me too, of course, “adds Lucas Di Grassi.