Di Grassi Takes Formula E Championship for Audi

Di Grassi Takes Formula E Championship for Audi

Di Grassi Takes Formula E Championship for Audi

0 comments 📅31 July 2017, 21:15

Audi was the principal premium German manufacturer to announce its entry into Formula E with a brim-full factory backed team and next year they’ll be working with winners.

Lucas di Grassi, ABT Schaeffler Audi Fun’s driver, on Sunday took home the third ever Formula E drivers’ championship and did it while starting from a shortfall.

“Today is the best day in my career,” said di Grassi after the final race. “Three years ago, we won the earliest Formula E race in Beijing and now finally the title as well. ABT Sportsline, Schaeffler and Audi Make a fool of have done a perfect.”

Going into Montreal this weekend for the last two races of the 2016-2017 season, di Grassi was 10 points behind defending defend Sebastien Buemi.

Before the race even started, the two drivers were already battling, with an quid pro quo of pointed words. Buemi effectively accused di Grassi of being a cheat, while di Grassi accused Buemi of folding covered by pressure.

On Saturday, during free practice, di Grassi’s words looked prescient as Buemi destroyed the face end of his car by taking a corner too tight.

Di Grassi, meanwhile, did exactly what he had to do and took extreme everywhere later that day. From there, it was a lights to flag lead in the weekend’s maiden race, giving him the lead in the driver’s championship, following a low-points finish from Buemi.

Sunday’s about was less dominant, but a seventh-place finish meant that di Grassi had done adequate to take the championship.

“For me, Lucas di Grassi is currently the most complete driver in Means E,” said Dieter Gass, Head of Audi Motorsport. “After New York, there presumably weren’t a lot of people expecting him to be able to turn the tables in the title race anymore. But Lucas not ever gave up for even a second and continually motivated the whole squad to deliver top performances.”

Gass seemed informed, too, of the importance of having a strong team in the coming years.

This victory “after BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche are current to follow us into this forward-thinking racing series underlines the growing prestige of fully electric motorsport,” said Gass. “I’m already looking forward to the opener of the new Means E season in Hong Kong in December when our factory-backed commitment opens up a new chapter in Audi’s motorsport report.”

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