Di Grassi's 1000th Formula E point an "emotional" landmark

Lucas di Grassi says the difficulty of passing on a drying Seoul E-Prix circuit encouraged him to "settle" for third, and labelled reaching his 1000th Formula E point "emotional".

Lucas di Grassi, Venturi Racing, 3rd position, celebrates

Although di Grassi briefly took the lead, he suggested that he had underestimated the amount of water on-track over the first lap - which caught him out when Mitch Evans attacked into Turn 1 and then Oliver Rowland's pass through the stadium complex prior to the red flag period.

Di Grassi explained that the formation of a dry line through the race meant that he was unable to seek amends, and instead focused on returning to the Venturi team's garage with a strong haul of points to give the Monegasque outfit a chance in the teams' title.

This lifted di Grassi to a career total of 1009 points in Formula E, which will be added to another landmark on Sunday when he is set to start his 100th race in the category.

"Today has been a very emotional day," di Grassi stated. "Crossing that personal mark of 1000 points is such an honour and a privilege especially competing with such a high-level field of drivers that we have in Formula E."

"For me, it's a dream come true. The objective that we had in arriving here in Seoul was to help the team to win a constructors' title. And I did the best I could today.

"We were competitive in the dry, then qualifying caught us on the back foot - but we managed to go through in the wet to start again in the front row, which was very key.

"In the very beginning, probably we misjudged how much water there was on the track, but in the race we were very competitive.

"I was trying to get to stay close to Oliver and try to get away from Dennis but the track was very hard to overtake on, especially drying out and with the wet line it was impossible to attack.

"So in the end I settled for third, my 39th podium and for the points for the team. I did the best I could today, so I'm going to go to the hotel happy and be ready for tomorrow. If it doesn't rain we are competitive, but if it rains we're going to push very hard again."

Lucas di Grassi, Venturi Racing, Silver Arrow 02, Mitch Evans, Jaguar Racing, Jaguar I-TYPE 5

Lucas di Grassi, Venturi Racing, Silver Arrow 02, Mitch Evans, Jaguar Racing, Jaguar I-TYPE 5

Photo by: Andrew Ferraro / Motorsport Images

Di Grassi will extend his stay in Formula E for a ninth season, and will link up with Mahindra for 2022-23 - where he joins fellow Seoul podium-finisher Oliver Rowland for next year.

He spoke a little in the post-race press conference about his decision to move to the Indian team, citing the potential that the squad has. Thus, he hopes to be fighting for consistent points and wins next season - as all teams start with a clean slate for the start of the Gen3 regulations.

"I said to Dilbagh [Gill, Mahindra team principal], it's not because he's hired me that I would allow Oliver to win the race easily today!

"I think there will be a lot of changes probably, I think Jaguar is maybe the only team that is not changing [drivers] for next season.

"I think everybody will start a little bit from scratch - the car is completely different, the race format will be different, energy management will be different, the tyres.

"So if you're going to change teams, I think it's a great opportunity to go to somewhere competitive and I chose Mahindra because I think they have a really good base, they have really good people - they haven't been able to show, especially in this generation of cars, the true potential of the car.

"The team has a big potential and I think in general, with Oliver being an extremely quick and consistent driver, we're going to have a very good line-up to be able to fight for at least for some wins and some consistent points."

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