As third fastest in the first qualifying group, di Grassi had to be the best driver of an Audi e-tron FE 06 with starting place 13 The Formula E champion of the season showed 2016 / 2017 once again a fighting performance. With overtaking maneuvers worth seeing, the Audi driver made a total of seven positions intestine. In the last lap he grabbed André Lotterer's Porsche, which had started from third on the grid.
“Thanks to the entire crew, my car battle in the race was really intestine,” said Lucas di Grassi. “At the moment, nothing more is possible with our equipment from such a starting position. The competition in Formula E is too strong for that. ”
Team colleague Daniel Abt struggled with the unpredictable driving behavior of his car in free coaching and in qualifying. The crew then changed the entire rear of his Audi e-tron FE 06. From launch site 18 the German ranked 14 forward. “Still, it was an extremely frustrating race,” said Abbot. “We were just too slow here.”
“It is obvious that we have some work ahead of us, etc.”, team manager Allan McNish summed up. “Fortunately, we have some time before the next race to think about how we can improve things, etc. Daniel already had problems in qualifying. With Lucas we got at least points and defended fifth place in the drivers' championship. ”
Last year's winner Sam Rooster scored tenth for the Audi customer team Envision Virgin Racing. Teammate Robin Frijns had to start the race from the penultimate row after a wall contact in qualifying. The Dutchman made ten positions intestine and finished twelfth.