In his as good as ‘home race’ in South America, Lucas di Grassi aims to continue his strong form and establish himself firmly as title candidate this season. The Monegasque resident travels to Argentina second in the standings only one point behind the leader. The Brazilian driver stood on the podium after the three races this season.
“Races in South America are always something very special for me,” says Lucas di Grassi, who failed to score points on the track last year in Buenos Aires for the first and only time so far in his Formula E career: he was forced to retire due to a technical defect not of his making while leading the race. “The fans are enjoying an incredibly close championship this season in which every minute detail is crucial.” With his avid interest in politics, the event in Argentina has another positive aspect for di Grassi: “The new government is a wind of change for the country. This fits perfectly to Formula E.”
The 2.480 kilometer track runs through the popular trend district Puerto Madero and directly alongside the Río de la Plata River. The circuit provides drivers with a mixture of fast sections and slow hairpins. The fastest corner is taken at 170 km/h; the cars reach a maximum speed of near 200 km/h at the end of the start-finish straight. In 2015, the pole setter recorded a time of 1m 9.134s.
Like his team mate, Daniel Abt also didn’t see the chequered flag last year. With the podium in sight, he collided with a competitor on the last lap while making what turned out to be a somewhat optimistic overtaking manoeuvre. “I’m looking forward to Buenos Aires – a fantastic city, a demanding circuit. I started the new year with a little success and aim to continue this in Formula E.” Daniel Abt finished third in the 24-hour race in Dubai on his race debut in a GT car.