After seven historic seasons, it would be rare for Formula E not to have 2016-17 champion Lucas di Grassi on the grid. However, the possibility of something like this happening is real due to the decision of his team, Audi to leave the electric series after this campaign.
In that sense, the Brazilian has expressed that he will not need help from the team leaders of the competition to remain in it and added that he will continue as an advisor to Formula E if he is not a driver.
“Not at all at this stage. I didn’t have any conversation with nobody. To be honest, I don’t think I need their help. It’s just a matter for me to choose somewhere that I think is going to be competitive. That for me is number one. To fill up the grid… I only will continue doing something which I’m highly motivated to do. I haven’t spoken to anybody. Nobody suggested any help”, said di Grassi.
The question to the Brazilian driver arose because Formula E at the time helped in the agreement of Felipe Massa, to compete with Venturi Racing for two seasons, and it is speculated that he contributed to his salary.
Di Grassi would be in talks with a new team that is negotiating deals to take over the Audi job. Also, he said that he will only be in a team with competitive potential to take the world title.
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“I will continue if I have the chance either to transform the team into a winning team or to go into a winning position. Otherwise, I have no interest of continuing at all. Going back to other categories, at this stage, it’s not the natural progression of my career. I love Formula E, and I would like to stay here,” he said.
The world champion added that there is interest in his continuity in the series and that he will wait two or three weeks for things to develop and become clearer for his future.
“I will continue to be involved even if after I stopped in a few years’ time. I’d like to continue to be involved to bring this championship to a different level and to make it even better. My future is in Formula E for sure,” he said.
Notably di Grassi, who broke a two-year win drought for himself and the team in the first Puebla E-Prix. For the Brazilian, the exit of Audi is frustrating given the improved form of the e-tron FE07, which includes the first powertrain developed in-house by the manufacturer.
Written by | Gabriel Sayago