Moroccan track should highlight new e-tron FE04 features
Lucas Di Grassi will be back this Saturday to the 2018 Formula E World Championship title battle during the round to be held in the Moulay El Hassan International Circuit, in Marrakesh. The Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team leader believes the track characteristics should pose an opportunity to take advantage of the development work done by the team during the pre-season break. “Our team developed a powertrain which works longer at peak performance conditions with little output variations. That feature should help us all along the year but it is ideal for a fast track such as Marrakesh”, explained the Brazilian.
The Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team changed the car’s gear configuration for the 2018 season. Now it features only one forward gear, instead the three gear package it had last year. “Last year our powertrain was not the best for Marrakesh”, says Di Grassi, who finished fifth in the 2017 Morrocan e-Prix. “And here in Morocco what really matters is having enough power and also being able to use it the best you can”, explains the 2017 world champion.
Lucas says a key moment in Marrakesh should be the qualifying session. “It will influence the race result a lot”, he believes. “In Hong Kong, in the previous event, I was picked to qualify with the group 1, which is the first to go to the track. That is not what you want because the track surface will have little rubber and the grip level will not be good. Anyway, whichever the group you get in you will have to deliver your best performance because lap times are pretty close this year”.
In the first double round of the 2017/2018 season, held in December in Hong Kong, the running F-E champion suffered an electric failure and was hit by a competitor – which put him out of both races. “What happened in Hong Kong is something everyone will face sooner or later this year”, said Di Grassi. “We know we have the potential to win races. But the most important is to score points and focus on the championship battle”.
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