Europe becomes the battleground for the next five rounds of the FIA Formula E Championship, with Rome the first port of call this weekend.
12 April, 2019
The race in Rome this weekend marks the midpoint of the Formula E season, with the top six drivers separated by just 10 points
Defending FIA Formula E Teams Champion, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, is looking to move into top spot on the 2019 ladder with a strong result at the Rom e E-Prix this weekend.
Only one point separates Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler from the current teams leaders, and with a good track record both in Rome in the past in Europe in general, both Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt are confident of a good showing in the Italian capital.
The race in Rome this weekend marks the midpoint of the Formula E season, with the top six drivers separated by just 10 points.
“The race in Rome marks the beginning of the ‘hot phase’ in the championship, because the upcoming four races will be taking place in compact two-week intervals and could be decisive for the outcome of the title race,” says Team Principal Allan McNish. “Rome was an outstanding event at the premiere last year, when Daniel and Lucas finished in the top four. The circuit has unique characteristics and is a true challenge: a fast first section with a small jump and an extremely narrow and difficult final part. I’m sure that the fans are going to see a fantastic race at the first European round this season.”
Last year, Lucas di Grassi was the only driver to finish on the podium in all of the European races, while teammate Daniel Abt is one of only two drivers this season to have scored points in every round so far.
“I have a lot of Italian blood in me – a test revealed that an amazing 82 percent of my DNA is from Italy. That’s why Rome is like a home round for me,” says Lucas di Grassi. “The track is one of the most challenging of all, with elevation changes and even a jump.”
“The season is now entering an exciting stage: everyone is very close together, so it’s all the more important to consistently score points from now on in order to stay in contention.”
Abt is likewise focused on getting the best results in the European races.
“Obviously, I’d like to continue this streak and preferably clinch a trophy again,” says Abt.
“The championship is now picking up momentum and is beginning to be really exciting. We are in a good position and want to build on that now.”
The seventh round of the Formula E season in Rome gets underway at midnight, Sunday 14th (AEST) for those keen to sit up and take in the action. The race will run for 45 minutes plus one lap and all international channels, including broadcast schedules, can be found online at www.fiaformulae.com.
Last year, Lucas di Grassi was the only driver to finish on the podium in all of the European races
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