The Brazilian Lucas di Grassi (ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport) became the Formula E champion after achieving a victory and a seventh place in the competitions held at the Montreal ePrix, in Canada.
Di Grassi arrived in Canada for the last round of the electric category with a ten point deficit over Sébastian Buemi (Renault e.dams). While the Swiss had an unfortunate day on Saturday, in which he even suffered an accident in free practice, the Brazilian made no mistakes.
The 32-year-old scored his first three points of the weekend with pole position and dominated the race from start to finish even after losing much of the lead in the first two-thirds of the event with the appearance of a car from security.
With 25 points from his second victory of the season - plus the 3 points corresponding to pole position - and after finishing Buemi in fourth position, Di Grassi faced the last race on Sunday as provisional leader of the championship with a 6 point advantage over Buemi , who became 18 after the exclusion of his rival because his car did not reach the minimum weight in the post-race checks.
On Sunday, with 29 points still up for grabs, Di Grassi started from the third row on the grid; while Buemi started 14th. After a very turbulent early stage of the race, Di Grassi slipped to ninth place, but thanks to clever management of his car's energy he rallied to seventh, allowing him to win the title.
"Today has been the best day of my career," enthused the new champion. “I have believed in Formula E from the first moment because the world, including motor racing, is changing. Three years ago we won the first Formula E race in Beijing and now we have won the title. ABT Sportsline, Schaeffler and Audi Sport have done a perfect job ”.
Following third place in the inaugural Formula E season and runner-up last year, Di Grassi is the third champion in the world's first electric single-seater racing series, with a total of six victories and 20 podium finishes in 33 races. .
In the 2016/2017 season, the Audi driver achieved two victories, three pole positions and seven podiums out of twelve races held. Only in Paris he did not score points, his consistency being decisive in the achievement of the title, although his comeback in the opening test of the season in Hong Kong and the victory achieved in Mexico will not be forgotten either.
"For me, Lucas is currently the most well-rounded driver in Formula E," stated Dieter Gass, Director of Audi Motorsport. “What he showed in Montreal on Saturday was just fantastic. There probably weren't many people who, after the New York race, would think they could fight for the title again. But Lucas never gave up, continually motivating the team, "he added.
Lucas Di Grassi was born in São Paulo on August 11, 1984 and lives in Monaco with his wife Bianca. The Brazilian won the Monaco Grand Prix in Formula 3 in 2005 and was active in Formula 1 as a test driver before joining Audi to compete in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2012, where he was on the podium in the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times. Making his debut in Formula E that same year as a test driver, he contributed to making a competition come true in which he is now the new champion.
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