Fórmula E Champion believes the race will be tough, but will fight for another great display
Mexico City’s Hermanos Rodrigues race track will remain as the scenery of one of Formula E’s most sensational wins in history. Last year Lucas Di Grassi had a not so competitive car for that venue and started from 15th position on the grid. The Brazilian also was forced to make an early pit stop to replace a damaged rear wing and came back to the field in the last position. From negative conditions Di Grassi was able to fight back managing a risky strategy and surprisingly got a stunning victory.
Next Saturday Lucas will be back to the Mexican race track, again on a tough mission: the reigning champion already knows he will lose ten grid positions due to the same tech problem which prevented him from fight for victory in all four rounds held so far. But Di Grassi and his team are determined: “I think winning this event will be an almost impossible task. But while we are on the track, we have the opportunity to try, as we showed last year’s race, “says the Brazilian driver. “Our goal in Mexico is getting our best weekend of the season. If we can finish the race and secure some points, without having technical problems, it would be sensational.”
The Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Team believes they already have the solution to the technical problem of the converter that has prevented Lucas from finishing the races. But the regulation states that the repair can only be carried out after a period of 30 days from the date of the problem. As the previous race was held on February 3 (Santiago, Chile), Lucas’s car could only have the problem remedied for the race at Punta del Este (Uruguay) on 17 March. In the previous race, Santiago, Di Grassi had already received the penalty of ten positions on the grid, which forced him to give up fifth place and start only from 15th in the starting grid. In the race, when he was already fifth and ready to attack the front runners, with chances to score points or go to the podium, the fault in the converter took him out of the race. “If the car does not break in Mexico, we have a chance to fight for points,” says Lucas. “Let’s do our best and hope that the problem does not manifest itself again.”
The victory in 2017 was Lucas’s second at the track in Mexico. One year later, when the Mexican ePrix made its debut in the category, the Brazilian also crossed the finish line in the first place with great authority, opening a wide advantage over the closest rival. But his victory was canceled due to an error of the engineer of the team, that did not measure the weight of the batteries and left one of the cars of the Brazilian with 1.5 kg less than the regulation limit. “It was an important victory, very well built by our team, and I think that this difference in weight did not count much in the result,” says Lucas. “However, a rule is a rule and this is unavoidable. It was a shame, because that was a great race we did. ”
The fifth round of the Formula E World Championship will start at 16 o’clock (Mexico City time), with 45 laps for the 2,093 meters of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez. The race will be broadcast live in Brazil by Fox Sports.