After securing a one-two in New York, Audi is now ready to take the fight to Techeetah for the teams’ championship in the season finale.
The German manufacturer had a 33-point deficit at the start of the series finale doubleheader in New York. Now the difference between the two teams is five points after Techeetah could only finish in fifth and seventh in the first race.
“From the huge gap, it is now down to only five points,” stated team principal Allan McNish. “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.”
Lucas di Grassi secured his eighth victory in Formula E and his sixth consecutive podium finish in New York. The Brazilian inspired the public with his spectacular overtaking manoeuvres, which took him from eleventh on the grid to second place behind his teammate before the mandatory car change.
Daniel Abt only needed six laps to move into the lead from fifth on the grid. Shortly after changing cars, di Grassi overtook his teammate after he made a small mistake. “I didn’t have a racing car today, I had a rocket,” rejoiced di Grassi at the finish.
“Obviously I would have liked to have won today,” said 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.” By achieving the fastest lap, the 25-year-old also secured another point in the hunt for the teams’ title.”
Although Abt was left frustrated after the race, after being told to hold station behind his teammate saying over the team radio “You will kill the spirit.”