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Formula E starts the new year in Santiago

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Audi e-tron FE06 #11 (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler), Lucas di Grassi - Foto: Audi
Audi e -tron FE 06 # 11 (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler), Lucas di Grassi – Photo: Audi

The Christmas break is over: Next Saturday (18. January) the formula starts E to your third of a total 14 Seasonal race in Santiago de Chile. After a first cup on the opening weekend of the all-electric racing series in November, the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team with its two drivers Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi once again set their sights on the podium.

As in the previous year, the venue on Saturday afternoon is 2, 287 Kilometers long course in the Parque O'Higgins, which is south of the city center. The route was redesigned in some areas, the pit lane relocated and a chicane removed. Last season experienced drivers, groups and followers with 37 degrees the highest temperature to date during a Formula E race.

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“We all charged our batteries over the holidays and are happy that the season is finally on. Of course we want to take the momentum from Riyadh into the new year, ”says team manager Allan McNish. “Last year we were strong in Santiago: Lucas drove the fastest lap in the Perfect Pole and Daniel was on the podium. But now the requirements are different, because the route layout has changed. Became that means, despite all the simulations, we'll only know exactly after the first free coaching. ”

For Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler battle it was an E-Prix with mixed emotions last year. With third place, Daniel Abt secured the first podium of the season 2018 / 19 and also drove the fastest lap. Lucas di Grassi experienced a used race day: clear best time in the perfect pole, penalty transfer from the pole role to the last place on the grid, chasing back to the points, collision with subsequent time penalty – no points.

The Brazilian’s memories of Santiago are still positive: “Last season I was fastest in the Perfect Pole with a half second lead. Everyone in our team is highly motivated and absolutely wants to start the new year with a good result. Since the podium in Riyadh at the latest, we know that with the e-tron FE 06 also have a car this season with which we can drive for victories. “

Team colleague Daniel Abt would like to repeat the success from the previous year. At least. “I'm hot for Santiago and glad that I'm finally back in the race car,” says the 27 years old German. “Even if the start in Riyadh is not an easy battle, it has made us even more excited for the new season. It's nice that things are going to happen in the next few months. Everyone on the team had time to analyze the first two races and work on all of the tiny print. We want to reward us for this hard work. ”

The race in Santiago starts on Saturday 16 local time (20 o'clock CET) and is the 61. E-Prix in the young Formula E history. Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler leads with 41 podium places and 1st 127 score the leaderboard. The run goes over as usual 45 minutes plus one lap. The ARD shows the run as a live stream at www.daserste.de. As always, Eurosport also broadcasts dwell. All international channels including broadcasting times can be found online at www.fiaformulae.com. Audi reports on Formula E and from Santiago under the name AudiSport on Twitter, Fb and Instagram.

In addition to the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler works team, the Envision Virgin Racing customer team also goes with the e-tron FE developed by Audi and technology partner Schaeffler on the hunt for points. Sam Chicken and Robin Frijns are in second place in the team ranking after the first two races.