Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport and Lucas di Grassi come to Punta del Este in Uruguay as frontrunners in Formula E. Lucas di Grassi scored second place at the season opener in Beijing and was victorious in Putrajaya. What does he expect for the third round of the season?
“As long as we don’t drive in Brazil, the race in Punta del Este is effectively my home race, which I’m eagerly looking forward to,” says the Brazilian. “The enthusiasm of the South American fans is enormous – and together with this unique location it will certainly be a highlight.” His sporting goals remain unchanged: “We want to win the race and fight for the title. This is only possible when we are perfectly prepared and one-hundred per cent focused on race day.”
The 2.785-kilometer track winds its way directly along the beach promenade in the resort. Sand, which drifts across from the beach, causes the conditions to change constantly. Last year the fans enjoyed a spectacular race packed with numerous overtaking manoeuvres, several safety car stages, a third place for Lucas di Grassi and a fastest race lap for Daniel Abt. The 23-year old and youngest driver in the field says the outcome is impossible to predict. “Formula E is unpredictable and it’s exactly this that makes it so fascinating,” says Abt. “It’s not just about speed, but in fact all about hundreds of other details. If we can get everything right on the day then we’ll be right at the front.”
Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport holds first place in the team classification thanks to the points scored by both drivers. Hans-Jürgen Abt would love to spend Christmas time in this position in the sun: “The whole team – including our two drivers – has gelled over the last few months and has proven that they can handle pressure exceptionally well. This is one of our strengths, even if others are perhaps a step ahead when it comes to absolute performance.”