The Formula E racing championship 2019 has left the speed enthusiasts in awe. The first five races are won by five different drivers and interestingly, the top four drivers in the overall classification are separated only by three points. Representing Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler in the FIA Formula E Championship, Lucas di Grassi is in the third position. For the first time, the series will race at the Chinese tourist resort Sanya, on March 23, 2019. So far, it has been an adrenaline-experience for the enthusiasts at the current season of Formula E. While the next round is scheduled on Saturday this week, Lucas di Grassi, who recently embraced victory in Mexico, followed by a runner-up position acquired in the Hong-Kong race, is aiming for the top position in Sanya. Lucas Grassi is just 2 points separate from Sam Bird, who is currently leading the championship.
Lucas di Grassi is now among the leading contestants, thanks to his 29th podium at the event in Hong Kong. “That Daniel (Abt) and I are now in contention for trophies and victories is the result of the hard work done by the whole team. This is what distinguishes our squad: we show our real strength when the conditions are tough and the pressure is high,” says di Grassi. “We’ve now been on the podium three times in a row and will give our all to continue this string of success in Sanya. This season, the championship is more closely fought than ever before.” Daniel Abt, his teammate has already stood on the podium in Santiago de Chile in 2019. Also, he is one of two drivers in the field who have scored in every race so far. This is also reflected in the teams’ classification, wherein Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler is currently second in the championship and is within striking distance after five of thirteen races.
“It obviously feels good to be in contention in both championships,” says Team Principal Allan McNish. “But the championship positions are only really relevant after the last race, so we are only focusing on the next race. Sanya is a new track for all of the teams and drivers, so proper preparation is all the more important.” The 2.236-kilometer circuit, with three narrow hairpin turns, promises another thrilling race with many overtaking maneuvers. The race close to the waterfront is eagerly awaited. “A race in the middle of a tourist resort with white sandy beaches – Formula E keeps coming up with exceptional locations,” says Abt. “It’s great to have another race on the Chinese mainland, because we’ve always received a warm and enthusiastic welcome there.”
Aside from the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler factory team, the Envision Virgin Racing customer team with Sam Bird and Robin Frijns races with the e-tron FE05 that has been collaboratively developed by Audi and technology partner Schaeffler. The British team is currently leading the championship in both the drivers’ and teams’ classifications. The sixth round of the current Formula E season will be conducted in Sanya, this Saturday from 3 PM local time (8 AM CET). This race will last for 45 minutes plus one lap. The live coverage of the sixth round of Formula E will be aired by Eurosport. Enthusiasts across the globe can look for broadcast schedules on online at www.fiaformulae.com.