Audi driver Lucas di Grassi keeps crowd in suspense
•Second place for the Brazilian in Formula E race in Monaco
•Daniel Abt scores points for Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport as well
•Next Formula E race to be held in Paris next Saturday
Audi factory driver Lucas di Grassi has clinched another podium result in the Formula E electric racing series on the shortened Formula 1 circuit in Monaco, his adopted country, and in round five of the season kept the crowd in suspense up until the end.
The Brazilian laid the foundation for his strong second place in qualifying. Di Grassi qualified for the individual time trials of the quickest five by a narrow margin and, in spite of contact with the guard rail in the final turn before the finish, secured position two on the grid. At the start, the Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport campaigner defended his second place and, like all drivers, used a safety car period shortly before the race’s midpoint to pit. Subsequently, di Grassi went on to chase the leader, Sébastien Buemi, caught up with him and crossed the finish line in second place in a photo finish with a deficit of only 0.320 seconds.
His teammate, Daniel Abt, started from position nine. The German practiced clever restraint in the commotion in turn one, was initially running in position eleven and in a strong race afterwards advanced into the points. For the third consecutive time, Abt took seventh place.
Before Formula E’s round six in Paris next Saturday, Lucas di Grassi, with no change in the standings, continues to trail Monaco winner Sébastien Buemi with a 15-point deficit in second place. Daniel Abt ranks in position nine. In the teams’ classification, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport has maintained position two.