Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler looks to build on a hugely successful Paris outing with another strong performance in Monaco.
9 May, 2019
Synonymous with money, glamour and motor racing, Monaco will host the next round of the Formula E Championship this weekend, where Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler will look to build on their tremendous outing in Paris and once again finish in the points.
For Lucas di Grassi, this is something of a home E-Prix, given that the Brazilian has lived in Monaco for nearly 10 years. He has yet to win at the famous street circuit and is keen to put his name on the trophy come Saturday.
Teammate, Daniel Abt has driven at Monaco in F2 and F3 as well as finishing seventh here in Formula E in the past, and he too is looking for a standout result on Sunday morning (our time).
“I am constantly amazed how competitive this season is, how tough it is to finish on the podium and how many teams and drivers are still in with a real chance to win,” says Team Principal Allan McNish, who just like Lucas di Grassi lives in the principality and gets to watch the temporary track being set up every day.
“It’s nice to see how excitement is rising throughout the city. Even local schools are involved and putting the next generation in touch with Formula E.”
For McNish, qualifying for this race is particularly important. “Especially here in Monaco, overtaking is difficult, so we want to have good starting positions for our race. Daniel, Lucas and the whole team are looking forward to Saturday.”
The race in Monaco alternates with the historic Grand Prix and is part of the calendar every two years. As in the first and third seasons, Formula E uses a short version of the Formula One circuit that omits both the loop around the casino and the tunnel. Instead, the circuit, behind the first corner, Sainte Dévote, runs down to the marina and turns back to the well-known layout past the luxury yachts with a hairpin turn. With a length of 1.765 kilometres, the track is the shortest one on the Formula E calendar.
The ninth round of this year’s Formula E championship will be run at 12:30am Sunday morning AEST, with viewing options available at www.fiaformulae.com.
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