Most important international motorsports election, the Autosport Ranking placed Di Grassi eight positions up over 2017
The exceptional season of the Brazilian Lucas Di Grassi continues to have repercussions. Most traditional poll of the motorsport segment, the traditional ranking of the British magazine Autosport put the Formula E world champion as the 16th best driver of the season – and the only Brazilian among the top 40. Di Grassi climbed eight positions compared to 2017.
Still in 2018, this recognition joins the Brazilian award Golden Helmet, promoted by the Racing Magazine, and the Best Brazilian Driver and Best Formula E World Championship Driver, in the election among the readers of the specialized website Grande Premio.
The Autosport magazine highlighted the strong campaign of Di Grassi after Audi solved the problem in the electrical system that made the Brazilian reach the fifth of the twelve races of the year with zero points. In that race, Lucas came out last and finished ninth, starting a sequence of scores that would lead him to set the incredible record of seven podiums in a row (two wins and five second places).
Autosport’s text on the Lucas campaign suggests that the history of the FE World Championship, of which Di Grassi still finished as runner-up, could have been another should the technical problems had not prevented the Brazilian from scoring in a third of the championship events. The publication also highlighted Lucas’ three wins at Stock Car and the quick adaptation to the unknown Mazda used by the Brazilian to reach second place overall in his debut at the prestigious Petit Le Mans.
“The Autosport election is the closest to a world ranking and I am very happy for this classification, which put me in very good company,” said Lucas, highlighting his position among the best in the world. “I think a driver always has to rely on his work because we are in a sport that demands a lot from the psychological side of the competitors. And public recognition, such as this one from Autosport, the Golden Helmet and the prizes of Best Brazilian Driver and Best Formula E Driver certainly reinforce the determination of any driver. Thank you again for supporting my work and cheering for me this year. I hope to get the public’s attention and affection again in 2019. ”
Di Grassi returns to the track on January 12, for the second round of the Formula E World Championship. Five days later, Lucas and Hélio Castroneves will form the Brazilian duo in the famous Race of Champions, which will bring together leading drivers from various modalities in the traditional Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, on the outskirts of Mexico City.