Successful Formula E premiere for Audi in Rome

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  • Audi drivers thrill crowd with fightbacks in season’s first European race
  • Positions two and four for Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt
  • Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler most successful team in first E-Prix in Rome

Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt clinched positions two and four for Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler in the first Formula E race in Rome and thrilled the spectators in the Italian capital with fightbacks.

“My heart was beating like crazy during this race,” said Team Principal Allan McNish. “It was incredibly close in the end and there was no way to tell whether Lucas would win or finish third. It turned out to be second, plus fourth position and the fastest race lap for Daniel – we’re very happy and already looking forward to the next race in Paris.”

“It was a fantastic start of the European season,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “The location in Rome is incredible and the track very nice. The race was action-packed and ended well for us. In view of our grid positions, it was an excellent race for Audi.”

Daniel Abt, now with 50 points to his tally, improved to fifth position in the overall classification of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, Lucas di Grassi to eighth (39 points). In the teams’ standings, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler moved up to position four. With 31 points the team was the most successful one in Rome.

The next E-Prix will take place in just two weeks’ time (April 28) in Paris. There the futuristic Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo will be deployed again as well. The electric race car concept made a much-noted debut in Rome as a race taxi during Formula E. Among the passengers in Rome were Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag and Audi CEO Rupert Stadler.

 

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