After seven races in the seventh season of Formula E, it is rare to see Audi driver Lucas di Grassi at the bottom of the drivers table; especially considering that the Brazilian is one of the six champions that the electric series has had.
Di Grassi acknowledged that he is in “the worst half of the year” that he has had in his entire career as he is currently ranked 19th in the standings.
Notably, at the Rome E-Prix, di Grassi was leading the race until a driveshaft failure forced him to retire with three laps remaining.
“What is frustrating is that the race pace is really good. If you look at pure pace in the races, we are among the fastest – on average probably the fastest. In Rome, we were unlucky with the reliability,” he said, referring to the fact that despite the failure in Italy, the propulsion of his Audi car has shown that it has allowed him to have good performance passages.
The Brazilian also pointed out that he must work a little more and better not only to advance positions in the drivers table but also in the constructors’ classification in which Audi Sport is in sixth position with 53 points.
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The German brand is 45 units from the podium with DS Techeetah in third position with 98 points.
Even with the bad start that has lasted until the middle of the campaign, di Grassi assures that he will win one of the last eight races that will take place in Puebla (Mexico), New York (United States), London (England) and Berlin (Germany). This last venue is well known by Formula E for hosting the last stage of the sixth season of the electric series after the pandemic.
“With this kind of pace, it’s frustrating to have so little points. But on the other side, we were in this position in [2017-18] and we managed to go all the way up and finish second in the championship. We have eight races to go and we are going to win races this year. I am 100% sure,” he said, asserting that Formula E is still very unpredictable.
Written by | Gabriel Sayago