Audi Climbs its Way to Second in Parisian e-Prix

Audi Climbs its Way to Second in Parisian e-Prix

Audi Climbs its Way to Second in Parisian e-Prix

0 comments 📅01 May 2018, 23:30

In defiance of high hopes and lap records in free practice, qualifying at this weekend’s Paris e-Prix proved intricate for Audi’s two drivers as a result of cold weather.

Thanks to the poor qualifying results (6th and 15th), both drivers had to start farther down the grid than hoped. That was a certain challenge this weekend, since the Parisian circuit is known to be particularly scabrous to pass on.

Fortunately, Audi’s motorsport experience shone through and the strategy—with a salubrious dollop of driver skill—helped Audi’s Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt climb underwrite up through the grid.

“That was an incredible race and an extremely tough one,” said di Grassi after the rallye. “In the first part of the race, I saved energy.”

Saving energy, conceding that, allowed di Grassi, the defending champion, to pit two laps later than the rest of the congregation. With energy to spare in the second half of the race, he was able to drive his car for swiftness, rather than for economy.

With a series of fastest laps, the Brazilian worked his way owing to the leaders and eventually on to second place.

“In the second part, I was able to go for all-out strike at and clinch the trophy for second place. I’m overjoyed!” said di Grassi.

Abt, meanwhile, ended up a youthful farther down the rankings, but had an arguably more impressive race.

Starting in 16th status, Abt had to fight his past even more drivers on his way to a 6th place finish.

“The grid positions were a infinitesimal disappointing, but in the race I had good overtaking maneuvers. I hope the fans enjoyed the disclose,” said Abt. “Next time, we need to do better in qualifying and then there’ll be a medal again too.”

With that, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler racing leaps forwards of Mahindra racing and into third place in the championship, behind DS Virgin Racing and Techeetah.

Abt and di Grassi, in the meantime, keep rising through the rankings and are now in sixth and fifth, respectively, separated by not two points.

The drivers will look to do even better on May 19 when the Pattern E championship makes its next stop in Berlin for race nine of 12.

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