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Audi E-tron FE06 #11 (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler), Lucas Di Grassi

Formula E: Lucas on a strong performance in Santiago

Di Grassi started from 22nd, finished seventh and was the driver who did more overtakings in the Chilean heat

 

In a race under strong heat, as is already becoming a tradition in Chile, Lucas Di Grassi was one of the sensations during the third round of the Formula E World Championship, held this Saturday (18) at Parque O’Higgins, in Santiago . With his qualifying compromised by a mistake done by Briton Oliver Rowland, who crashed in turn five and hindered the 2017 champion’s pole attempt, Lucas started at the end of the field, in 22nd, and crossed the line in seventh place – being the driver who most won positions in the race. With the result, Di Grassi continues to occupy the fifth place in the standings, with 24 points, and leaves Chile confident for the next challenge, on February 15, in Mexico.

“I am exhausted, it was a very strenuous race not only for the competitiveness of the category, which was especially great here, with dozens of overtakings in the entire field. But also due to the strong heat, which was constant throughout the race ”, summed up the Brazilian, recalling that strong sun and temperature at around 35oC. “But I am also proud of the race we did, with several overtakings and exceptional work from our team. What we did here today keeps me confident that we can fight for another podium in Mexico, where we won last year with an overtaking practically over the finish line ”, comments the Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler driver.

This Saturday’s race was won by German Max Günther, of the BMW Andretti team, who became the 15th driver to win in Formula E. With the result, the championship leader is Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-Benz EQ) , who came in sixth and went on to add 38 points. Next up in the standings are Alexander Sims (England, BMW Andretti), 35 points; Sam Bird (England, Envision Virgin Racing), 25; Max Günther (Germany, BMW Andretti), 25, and Lucas Di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler), 24 points.