Formula E makes its premiere in Mexico. Brazilian has not stepped out of the podium so far
The expectations are high: fans and media alike agree that the race in Mexico City will be one of the new highlights on the Formula E calendar. Lucas di Grassi and his ABT Schaefffler Audi Sport Squad lie second in the standings of the electric racing series and aim to continue an unique run: the Brazilian mounted on the podium at every race this season.
Four races, four trophies: the run that Lucas di Grassi and his German team has posted since the season opened in October 2015 is impressive. When last season is taken into account, the South American has mounted the podium ten times in 15 races. But nevertheless, di Grassi and ABT are only second in both the drivers and teams’ classification. Current frontrunner Sébastien Buemi was too dominant so far with the concentrated power of the Renault factory team behind him.
“Four successive podium finishes are a great run. It proves the strength of our team work and shows that we are heading the right direction”, says Lucas. “However, if we want to attack the leaders then we need to work harder and cannot afford the smallest slump in form. For this reason, after the race in Buenos Aires we met again in the peace and quiet of Kempten and went through the data from every race. We come in excellent shape in Mexico”, he told.
Mexico hosts the Formula E championship for the first time. The short 2.092 kilometre track is located in the heart of Mexico City and uses part of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on which Formula 1 also races since last season. Particularly impressive is the section between the grandstands that will provide a stadium-like atmosphere. The entry into this arena also forms the best place to overtake. Around 40,000 spectators are expected on Satyrday, which would mean a new daily record for Formula E.
Lucas di Grassi