Foto: Audi
Photo: Audi

Formula E is in Santiago de Chile with a spectacular race into the year 2020 started. Lucas di Grassi from the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team delighted the South American followers with a race to catch up from the starting position 22 in seventh place.

Thrilling duels, lots of overtaking maneuvers, collisions and excitement right up to the last lap: the E-Prix in Parque O'Higgins in the Chilean capital delivered a typical Formula E race that tore the audience off their seats. “It was absolutely fantastic,” said Lucas di Grassi. “I am completely exhausted, but overjoyed to be able to drive from the penultimate row to seventh. I am very proud of the entire team and Audi. ”


The Brazilian had the bad luck that an accident happened directly in front of him in qualifying and he only got from the starting position 22 could go into the race. In his chase he underlined that the Audi e-tron FE 06 is one of the fastest cars in the starting field.

Team colleague Daniel Abt had to deal with traffic in qualifying. The German worked his way from the starting place 13 in eighth place. A subsequently imposed on him 30 – time penalty due to a collision threw him into place 14 back.

“It was a big deal today,” said team principal Allan McNish. “After the difficult qualifying session, we all knew that it would be a tough race for united states. But the team fought back again. It was impressive that Lucas was able to advance to seventh place. It's a shame that Daniel was subsequently punished for one of the many incidents that occurred today. It was a hard race weekend for us, but we take important points from Santiago and are looking forward to the next race in Mexico. ”

Despite a spin, Sam Bird took a tenth place for the Audi customer team Envision Virgin Racing. After a touch, Robin Frijns was in the fray 15.

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