Victory in Paris: Lucas di Grassi electrifies France
Brazilian ace comes to Berlin and the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport team’s home race as championship leader.
A perfect start to the race saw Lucas di Grassi pave the way to his fourth Formula E win: the South American outbraked pole man Sam Bird going into the first corner before building a small lead. After making a perfect pit stop, even a late safety car phase didn’t bring di Grassi into danger. It is the first time in the short history of the eclectic series that a driver has taken two consecutive victories.
"The fans, the atmosphere, the location - all in all this race in Parts was the best Formula E event so far. That makes me even prouder of our victory," said Lucas di Grassi. "It may well have looked easy from the outside, but it certainly wasn’t from inside the cockpit: in the low temperatures it was difficult to get the tires and brakes up to temperature - as we saw from the large number of mistakes and slides throughout the day. Now we come to the team’s home race in Berlin as leaders. I know what this means for all the team members, partners, fans and the media."
The shortest track on the calendar
The Formula E race impressed the fans and drivers alike: at 1.93 kilometers in length, the shortest track on the calendar ran around Les Invalides, past the typical French cafés and close to the banks of the River Seine and Eiffel Tower. "On the slowing down lap I even saw the people waving from the apartment windows - I’ve never seen anything like this before," reported Lucas di Grassi. Team Boss Hans-Jürgen Abt was also full of praise: "Paris showed everybody what Formula E is all about: emotions, a unique location and enthusiastic people. Congratulations to everybody who made all this possible."
Before the race in the heart of Berlin, which is held on May 21st, Lucas di Grassi tops the championship rankings with a margin of 11 points and ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport lies second. "The gap to our rivals means nothing in Formula E. But it goes without saying that we will do everything to move up a gear in front of our home fans. We know that our ABT Schaeffler FE 01 is a winner!"
Paris e-Prix Results (top-10)
1-) Lucas di Grassi (ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport) - 45 laps
2-) Jean-Eric Vergne (Virgin DS) - a 0s853
3-) Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.Dams) - a 1s616
4-) Nicolas Prost (Renault e.Dams) - a 2s142
5-) Stéphane Sarrazin (Venturi) - a 3s044
6-) Sam Bird (Virgin DS) - a 3s856
7-) Robin Frijns (Andretti) - a 5s141
8-) António Félix da Costa (Aguri) - a 7s000
9-) Bruno Senna (Mahindra) - a 8s433
10-) Daniel Abt (ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport) - a 9s479
Championship Standings (top-5)
1-) LUCAS DI GRASSI - 126 pontos
2-) Sébastien Buemi - 115
3-) Sam Bird - 82
4-) Jerôme D’Ambrosio - 64
5-) Stéphane Sarrazin - 58
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