Audi on the winners podium also at the E-Prix in Uruguay
Daniel Abt unlucky after another strong performance
Defending Champion Lucas di Grassi took second and in doing so claimed his first podium finish of the season at the sixth round of the electric racing series Formula E in Punta del Este (Uruguay).
The Brazilian from the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler squad produced an impressive performance around the fastest track of the season. In the morning’s free practice di Grassi was faster than the rest of the field by more the four-tenths of a second at the wheel of his Audi e-tron FE04. The Audi driver also set the fastest lap in the ‘Super Pole’. However, it was not di Grassi who started the race from pole position, but in fact the initially fifth placed Jean-Eric Vergne in the Techeetah.
“In my opinion it wasn’t correct to delete the times of the fastest drivers because we all touched a bollard in the chicane,” said di Grassi. “I understood it differently in the drivers’ briefing and it was handled differently beforehand in free practice and in qualifying. Instead of starting from pole position I had to start from second place on the dirty side of the grid – and this on a track where overtaking is extremely difficult.”
Di Grassi staged a spectacular fight throughout the entire race with championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne, however every attempt at overtaking made by the Brazilian remained unsuccessful. “I had the faster car, but Jev defended perfectly,” said di Grassi. “It was possible to score 28 points today, instead it was only 18. But our car is super-fast and now also reliable. I’m looking forward to the second half of the season.”
Schedule Formula E 2017/2018
02/12 Hong Kong (HK)
03/12 Hong Kong (HK)
13/01 Marrakesh (MA)
03/02 Santiago (RCH)
03/03 Mexico City (MEX) 17/03 Punta del Este (ROU)
14/04 Rome (I)
28/04 Paris (F)
19/05 Berlin (D)
10/06 Zurich (CH)
14/07 New York (USA)
15/07 New York (USA)
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