The sole German Formula E team starts the new season in Hong Kong with familiar drivers in the cockpit. Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi get behind the wheel of the ABT Schaeffler FE02, the name given to the electric racing car.
Together, the German-Brazilian duo claimed second place in the team championship last season, whilst di Grassi missed out on the drivers’ title in the final race by a mere two points. The anticipation is suitably high. “After a bronze and a silver medal, only a gold is missing from our collection”, says a grinning Lucas di Grassi.
The South American knows only too well the strength of the competition: “We are highly motivated and for sure want to play a leading role again. But teams and drivers will be even more closely aligned. We are about to experience the most diverse and per-haps most exciting Formula E season yet.”
Teammate Daniel Abt wants to take the momentum of the last few months into the new season. In the second half of the season with three podium spots, the German was also one of the strongest. “I have always felt more settled in Formula E, and on top of this we have had some really good test runs recently”, says Abt.
“But we will only know in Hong Kong where we really stand compared to the competition. However what we do know is that we have a good reliable car and a strong team – that makes me optimistic for the opener.”
Hans-Jürgen Abt confirms this feeling. “We have done our homework and prepared as best as possible”, said the team boss who, with his DTM team, is fighting for the title at Hockenheim, only one week after the Formula E season opener.