With the ‘best day’ of his Formula E career Lucas di Grassi has turned the tables in the title race of the electric racing series: following his triumph in Saturday’s event, the Brazilian from Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport is entering the last race of the season with an advantage of 18 points
In the third Formula E season fans are again going to see a title decision in the last race: Lucas di Grassi or Sébastien Buemi – this question will be decided on 37 laps to be started in Montreal on Sunday afternoon. For the first time this season, di Grassi will be starting a race day as the leader of the standings. After his deficit to the title defender at some point during the season had been 43 points, he is now running in front.
“This has been the best day in my Formula E career so far. Thank you to my team and to everyone who never stopped working hard and believing in us,” di Grassi enthused after the race on Saturday. At noon the South American had clinched his third pole position this season and a few hours later celebrated a lights-to-flag victory on the 2.745-kilometre city street circuit that was never seriously at risk.
Buemi, on the other hand, finished fourth after starting 12th on the grid. Three hours after the race, though, the Swiss was disqualified: his car was under the minimum weight of 880 kilos, and he scored no points. This way, Lucas’s advantage raises from six to 18 points with only one race to go – this Sunday.
Results – Montreal ePrix – Race 1 (Top-5):
1. LUCAS DI GRASSI (ABT SCHAEFFLER AUDI SPORT) – 35 laps
2. Jean-Éric Vergne (TECHEETAH) – 0s350
3. Stéphane Sarrazin (TECHEETAH) – 7s869
4. Daniel Abt (ABT SCHAEFFLER AUDI SPORT) – 8s592
5. Sam Bird (DS VIRGIN RACING) – 8s913
Drivers Standings (Top-5):
1. LUCAS DI GRASSI – 175 points
2. Sébastien Buemi – 157
3. Sam Bird – 110
4. Felix Rosenqvist – 106
5. Jean-Éric Vergne – 92
Lucas Di Grassi is sponsored by Qualcomm, Aethra, KNM, Oris Watches, BlueFox and Mumm