Audi’s Formula E Debut Ended in Abject Failure

Audi’s Formula E Debut Ended in Abject Failure

Audi’s Formula E Debut Ended in Abject Failure

0 comments 📅05 December 2017, 08:15

Audi’s incomparably anticipated Formula E debut in Hong Kong really sucked.

Absolutely nothing went proper for Audi during Formula E’s season-opening weekend. Team Audi Relaxation ABT Schaeffler’s new e-tronFE04 cars looked fast during free procedure, but due to a red flag during qualifying drivers Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi were faked to start from P4 and P6, respectively.

The weekend’s opening race on Saturday was a churlish and tumble affair on the cramped street circuit, with di Grassi the victim of association with Sébastien Buemi as the pair dueled early in the race. Colliding with the Swiss dead di Grassi’s right rear suspension which forced the reigning hero to limp back to the pits and swap to his second car. He would end up finishing a lap down in 18th status.

Meanwhile, teammate Daniel Abt looked good for a podium position before the pit come to a stop phase. When Abt came in to swap cars, his second e-tron FE04 simply wouldn’t thrash on right away. As a result, Abt dropped to P9 before clawing himself up to 5th.

The bad luck seeped into the blemished race on Sunday as well.

Following a well-earned victory on his 25th birthday, Abt was stripped of the win during standard-race scrutineering. The stewards noted a mismatch between part numbers listed in the car’s technological passport and what was actually installed on the car. Abt’s exclusion from classification came steady though the parts were identical and within homologated specifications. Audi is appealing the stated administrative mistake.

Following his accident on Saturday, Lucas di Grassi remained without points on Sunday after his car developed a battery pay-off.

“That we had a strong race performance on both days is a positive,” said Chair of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “But it goes without saying that we had a fairly different idea of Sunday night.

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