The title race in Formula E is intensifying: On Saturday (June 22), the electric racing series will hold the eleventh of thirteen races this season in Bern. In the teams’ and drivers’ classifications, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler and Lucas di Grassi sit in second position, set to grab the top spot in the Swiss capital city.
Following the celebrated home victory at the previous event in Berlin, Lucas di Grassi is only six points behind title defender and leader of the standings Jean-Éric Vergne. During this Season, Lucas and Jean have been the only two drivers to win more than one race each. In the teams’ classification, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler is also within striking distance. With another strong performance by di Grassi and Daniel Abt, the team is in striking distance for the showdown in New York City.
“Berlin was a very special day for all of us. Now we need to take the momentum of success with us to Bern and up the ante there,” says Lucas di Grassi, who with ten victories and thirty podium finishes under his belt, is the most successful driver in Formula E’s history so far. “That we’re in the thick of the title race at this stage of the season is the result of all of the hard work done by the entire team. Switzerland is a good venue for us, because we won there last year. That’s our aim again – and if we shouldn’t achieve it, we want to at least take home as many points as possible.”
In 2018, Formula E raced in Zurich whereas Switzerland’s capital city is now hosting the event. The 2.750-kilometer circuit close to the old town and along the Aare River features a mix of fast sections and fine 90-degree turns. “The track is on the calendar for the first time and it is new for all of us,” says Daniel Abt. “Like all of the teams, we have prepared intensively in the simulator, but on Saturday it will be crucial to adjust the setup to suit the track as fast as possible.” Abt has scored points in eight of ten races this season – thus setting a record in the field. “Last year, the fans in Switzerland were incredible and the crowd provided a tremendous backdrop for Formula E. My big aim is to stand on the podium again on Saturday.”
Before the eleventh of thirteen races, di Grassi is in second place in the driver’s championship with 96 points. His teammate, Daniel Abt is in seventh, only 29 points behind di Grassi. 25 points are awarded for victory, three for pole position and one point for the fastest race lap driven among the top ten finishers. Besides the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler factory team, the Envision Virgin Racing customer team with Sam Bird and Robin Frijns also races with the e-tron FE05 that has been jointly developed by Audi and technology partner Schaeffler. The British team is currently in third place in the teams’ championship.
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