Audi starts with Formula E in Africa


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Lucas di Grassi (l.) und sein Audi e-tron FE06 #11 (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) sowie Daniel Abt (r.) und sein Audi e-tron FE06 #66 (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) - Foto: Audi
Lucas di Grassi (left) and his Audi e-tron FE 06 # 11 (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) as well Daniel Abt (r.) And his Audi e-tron FE 06 # 66 (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) – Photo: Audi

After guest appearances in the Middle East as well as South and North America, Formula E is now coming to Africa: On Saturday (29. February) Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler and its two drivers Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi start the fifth round of the all-electric formula series in Marrakech (Morocco).

The most important news in advance: Daniel Abt is fit again after his accident in Mexico and ready for the next appearance in his Audi e-tron FE 06. After practicing a communication problem, the German crashed the instrument in his car after a communication problem and had to be checked in the hospital before the race. “The days after the race were pretty tough, so I took a break from everything to recover completely,” says Abbot. And now presents himself again in old Create: “I had that for Mexico One of my absolute favorite races is to do a lot – I will now try to catch up in Marrakech. ”

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Morocco moved into the calendar for the first time in the third season and was then parallel to 22. United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Marrakech. The circuit at the gates of the fascinating North African metropolis is a mixture of a permanent race track and public roads. Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler had a difficult weekend last season. Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt qualified outside the top ten for the race. After the Commence they fought their way through the field and scored seven and ten points in the ranks. Lucas di Grassi drove the fastest lap. Both drivers have so far been denied a podium finish in the only Formula E race on the African continent.

“We wanted to attack in Mexico, but after an extremely turbulent day for the whole crew with Lucas’ sixth place, we were only able to limit the damage. We ticked that off and are now focusing united states fully on the race day in Marrakech, ”says team principal Allan McNish. “We have a strong team at home in Neuburg, in the storage along the route and in the cockpit and know that if we bring everything together from the first practice, we can be on the podium with both boys.”

Lucas di Grassi, the first Formula E driver in Mexico to own the 750 has broken points, is in fifth place in the championship and has only 15 behind the leaders. In the first four races, the Brazilian on the track 31 Positions caught up. “The championship is still young, we have four different winners so far, nothing has been decided. It is important that we also score when we have a less than perfect day, ”says di Grassi. “My goal for Marrakech is to qualify better, despite the difficult first group. With a starting place in the top ten everything is possible. ”

The race in Marrakech starts on Saturday 16 local time and runs as usual via 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 broadcast times can be found online at www.fiaformulae.com. Audi reports on Formula E and from Morocco 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 Hen and Robin Frijns are seventh in the team ranking after the first four races.

The day after the race, a Formula E rookie test takes place on the Marrakech circuit. For Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, South African Kelvin van der Linde and Mattia Drudi from Italy will be in the cockpits of the two Audi e-tron FE 06 sit.

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