Brazilian already has four consecutive podiums, a record never reached in the history of the series
With four consecutive podiums in the last races of the Formula E World Championship, Lucas Di Grassi returns to his cockpit, but now on a historic event. The e-Prix of Zurich, on Sunday (10), will be the return of motor sport to Switzerland after an absence of more than six decades. In 1955, after the history’s most serious motor sport accident in Le Mans (France), the Swiss government banned races on their territory. That national law was recently revised, but only allows races of electric vehicles – a proposal more adjusted to the world new aspirations in technological and environmental aspects.
The sequence of consecutive podiums established by Lucas in Formula E has never been recorded by any competitor in the series. Di Grassi arrives in Zurich after a second place in the e-Prix of Berlin, Germany, in which his car had problems in the steering system in the second part of the race – a fact that led the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team to carry out an investigation to avoid repetition of the problem. In total, Lucas has six podiums in the last seven events he participated in, with two wins in the Brazilian Stock Car Championship (Curitiba and Londrina) and four second places in Formula E (besides Berlin, Punta del Este, Rome and Paris). The only exception was the Stock Car race in the Velopark circuit, where the suspension of his Stock suddenly collapsed in a fast straight stretch, throwing the car against the wall.
“After the problems we had in the car in the first five races, this new phase has been very good for the whole team,” said the Brazilian Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver. “We are finally showing our true potential and thinking of each race at a time, doing all we can to try to win – this is the simplest and most direct tactic possible,” said the current F-E world champion. The victory is the Brazilian’s main goal this Sunday: “I’m very happy with the sequence of podiums, but my goal now is to win,” he says. “We have been very close to that in the last four races and I think we are more than deserving this result. It’s something I really want to conquer, not just for me, but especially for the team and the fans. It’s great to see that the public is always supporting me, as shown in the F-E and Stock’s fan-boost votes. So I want to thank you all very much. That support is all the incentive a competitor needs to do the best he can, “Di Grassi said.
About the e-Prix of Zurich
In 1955, the government of Switzerland decided not to allow more motorized races in its territory. The decision was made after the sport’s most tragic accident, a year earlier at Le Mans, when 83 spectators died. With advances in safety and technology, the decision was revised and cars were allowed to race with electric motors. Formula E will be the first category to compete in the country.
The new street circuit of Zurich is 2,465 meters long and will be built in the center of the city. With a total of 11 corners – including a hairpin before the long straight – the track will stage 39 laps on the shores of Lake Zurich. The race will start at 13h (Brasilia time), with live broadcast by Fox Sports.
Lucas’ record podium sequence in Formula E so far:
17/03 – Punta del Este / F-E, second place
14/04 – Rome / F-E, second place
04/28 – Paris / F-E, second place
19/05 – Berlin / Formula E, second place