After the historic milestone in Switzerland, Lucas returns to racing in the United States
Still inspired by his historic victory in Zurich, Switzerland, Lucas Di Grassi will be this week in New York for the last two races of the 2017/2018 season of the Formula E World Championship. The double round in the streets of the main North American metropolis takes place on Saturday and Sunday (14 and 15/7) after some modifications to the layout of track mounted on the bay which houses the third largest US port. The Brazilian driver arrives at the financial capital of the United States a month after the sensational victory in the streets of Zurich, in a race which marked the return of motorsport to Switzerland since the long ban promoted by the local government in 1954. Di Grassi also will be back to the cockpit ten days after the birth of his first son, Leonardo, on the third day of July.
Another important motivational factor is that in Zurich Lucas reached his fifth consecutive podium in Formula E, a new record for the category. “My goal is to finish the Formula E season in the best possible way,” says Di Grassi. “Our car has been fast and reliable in the second half of the championship and that has given us the opportunity to fight for the podium. So our goal in New York is to try to keep a pattern of results close to what we’ve achieved in the last five races. ”
Team objective – Lucas’ performance will also be important for Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler in the teams title fight. The German outfit needs to recover the 33 points team Techeetah has achieved in the previous races. There is a 94 maximum points possible on the weekend for each pair of drivers during the double round. “Last year I got a fourth and a fifth places in New York,” recalls Lucas. “But we know that this weekend we have everything to improve that result,” he adds. The New York track is located on the streets of the Red Hook neighborhood in the famous Brooklyn district overlooking Manhattan’s iconic island. With 2,373 meters and 14 corners, the track has long straights and fast curves. Di Grassi is third on the standings with 101 points.