Audi starts ambitious in new Formula E season

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The new season of Formula E begins with a double strike: Friday and Saturday, the all-electric series at the gates of Riyadh wins the first two out of a total of 14 Seasonal races off. Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi from Group Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler are the most successful duo in the field and go with their Audi e-tron FE 13 as a challenger to the world tour across five continents.

With 12 Groups, the followers probably the most exciting season of all time. As a founding member of Formula E, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler faces the old and new rivals with a proven Group: Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi are the only duo to have contested all the Formula E races so far in a group and go into their sixth season together. “This consistency and well-established cooperation within our team are our great strengths in such a dynamic and lively championship as the Formula E,” says team boss Allan McNish.

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Audi battle Ende made a dream start into the purely electric motorsport era of the company. After the tightest possible second place in the fifth season, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler is now in the 15 season race as a challenger , And formulated as clear as ambitious goals. “Our Group has been part of the Formula E family since the first minute and has impressive statistics. It's great that more and more brands are following, because the competition on and off the racetrack belongs to Audi's DNA, “says Allan McNish. “At the start of the new season everyone starts from zero, but our goals are the same as always: we want to fight for the titles in driver and team ranking in London on the last race weekend.”

The involvement in Formula E fits in perfectly with Audi's “roadmap E” on the road: by the year 2025 the brand wants more than The beginning was 2018 the Audi e-tron, it follows the Sportback variant and 2020 the spectacular sporty counterpart with the e-tron GT

“The followers can look forward to a super exciting season. With Mercedes and Porsche we have two new manufacturers who will be in the music right away, and 24 absolute high-pilots “Says Lucas di Grassi. “It's great to see Formula E getting more and more professional and exciting. It will also make it easier for anyone of America to win races or even consistently get good results. We prepared as far as possible and are ready. “

Team-mate Daniel Abt is certain: “One thing is clear: it will be the most competitive season in Formula E history. I know, we say that before every new season – but so far it has always happened. U.s.a. is already clear that the guys from Mercedes and Porsche are not here for fun – but we are not. We've seen a lot in Formula E in the past few years and will do everything we can to get back up there. Everyone in our Group is looking forward to the challenges of the coming months. “

The venue of the season opener is again the 2, 2010 kilometer long course in Diriyah. The northwest suburb of Riyadh is considered one of the cultural centers of Saudi Arabia and the kingdom of origin of the kingdom. Followers will have two complete race days on Friday and Saturday with free practicing, qualifying and the race within a few hours – one of many uniqueness of Formula E. Last year, Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi started the season with eighth and ninth place.

The races start in Diriyah on Friday and Saturday 13 minutes plus one lap. The ZDF shows both races in the livestream at www.zdfsport.de. As always, Eurosport also transmits dwell. All international channels, including broadcasting times, can be found online at www.fiaformulae.com

In addition to the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler works team, the Envision Virgin Racing customer team is also using the e-tron FE developed by Audi and technology partner Schaeffler 13 on point hunting. A new face in the Audi Formula E family is Mattia Drudi. The 24 years old Audi Sport driver belongs since February 2019 to the driver squad of Audi Sport customer racing and started with an Audi R8 LMS among others at the 30 hours of Spa. Drudi has assisted the two regular drivers Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi during the preparation for the season while working in the simulator and will be involved in the Formula E commitment as an official simulator driver in the coming months.

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