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Formula E Mexico City E-prix

Di Grassi “couldn’t believe” epic last-lap Mexico City win

Audi's Lucas di Grassi says his dramatic last-gasp victory at the Mexico City E-Prix was the “best win” of his ABB FIA Formula E career.

Lucas Di Grassi, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, Audi e-tron FE05, wins the race from Pascal Wehrlein, Mahindra Racing, M5 Electro

Di Grassi hounded long-time race leader Pascal Wehrlein’s Mahindra on the final lap and pressured his rival into the heavy braking zone of Turn 1, before darting down the inside of Turn 3 and forcing the Mahindra driver to cut the corner.

While that move earned Wehrlein a post-race five-second penalty, the Mahindra driver stayed ahead of second-placed di Grassi on track.

But di Grassi's pressure eventually told when the Mahindra machine ran out of energy approaching the start/finish line and di Grassi squeezed past to win. The 2016/17 champion's late move ensured his ninth victory in FE.

Lucas di Grassi and Pascal Wehrlein take the chequered flag
Lucas di Grassi and Pascal Wehrlein take the chequered flag
Lucas di Grassi and Pascal Wehrlein take the chequered flag
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Di Grassi said: “I have to say, [it was] probably the best Formula E race of my career today because it was a mixture of having the patience to save energy in the beginning. Then because it was difficult to overtake, I had to make the moves in the correct moment. 

“I managed to overtake [Nissan's Oliver] Rowland when he went into attack mode [on lap 35 of 45].”

Di Grassi added that he felt Wehrlein was “more than aggressive” in his late-race defending, adding: “I knew he was running out of energy. I was putting pressure on him, trying to overtake him all of the last five laps. 

“And then, in the chicane coming out of Turn 3, I could see every corner he left he was defending, closing the door, and was going to the outside. On the last lap I was behind him and pretended to go to the outside and he left a door, a door small enough to go down the inside between the wall and the kerb and I went there. 

“I went side-by-side with him and then he cut the chicane [at Turn 4]. Probably he would get a penalty anyway, but that was the move [that was key]. 

“After that he was closing the door [while in the lead], Antonio was coming behind so I had to look in the mirror and try to overtake him so it was a crazy last lap. 

“Then on the start/finish line I closed and at the last corner he was closing the door, I went side close to the wall and managed to win it. I couldn’t believe it!”

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