Coming into the day, the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Formula E team was behind 33 points. Now, the team has shortened that deficit to only five points after a one-two finish in New York. It puts the team squarely in contention for the teams classification title, which will be decided tomorrow, Sunday July 15.
Lucas di Grassi took first place, his eight win this season, after wowing the crowd with a series of stunning overtaking maneuvers that took him from eleventh to second place before the mandatory vehicle change. “I didn’t have a racing car today, I had a rocket,” rejoiced di Grassi at the finish.
Before that mandatory car change, di Grassi’s teammate Daniel Abt was actually in the lead, after needing only six laps to move up from fifth place. After the car swap, di Grassi ended up with the win but Abt took second place, securing a much-needed one-two win for the team. “Obviously I would have liked to have won today,” said Daniel Abt, “but we have a big common goal – and that is to win the teams’ classification. For tomorrow, we also have a car with which we can win.”
Tomorrow is the day that determines whether or not Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler can secure the teams classification win and it has Team Principal Allan McNish very excited. “First of all, sincerest congratulations to Jean-Éric Vergne who replaced Lucas as the drivers’ champion, but we got a lot closer to his team today. From the huge gap, it is now down to only five points. As a result, our hand is much better and it’s now entirely up to us. I’m looking forward to an ultimate showdown in the finale tomorrow.”
The twelfth and final race of the season is tomorrow, ending yet another successful season of Formula E. We’re happy to see it gaining more and more attention, as it’s a sport more car enthusiasts should be interested in. Especially with the sort of driving di Grassi and Abt demonstrated today.