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Hat-trick for Audi: Lucas di Grassi wins in Mexico

February 18, 2019

Hat-trick for Audi: For the third time in a row, the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team has won the E-Prix in Mexico City. In front of packed grandstands at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit, Audi driver Lucas di Grassi notched up his ninth Formula E victory with a spectacular photo finish after a breathtaking maneuver in the last second.

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Lucas di Grassi wins in Mexico

Contributing to the triumph in Mexico was the efficiency of the fully electric Audi e-tron FE05 in a gripping and turbulent race. While his closest rivals had to conserve energy in the fight for victory during the final laps, the Audi driver was able to continue to attack and overtake the leading Mahindra, driven by Pascal Wehrlein, with a stunning overtaking maneuver just before the finish line. Previously, the Brazilian had already taken second place from Nissan driver Oliver Rowland.

"That was probably the best race of my Formula E career," said di Grassi. "Initially, it was all about staying cool and saving energy. At the end, it was about getting the overtaking manoeuvres right, because it’s extremely difficult to pass on this track in Mexico City. I swept past Oliver Rowland when he fired up his Attack Mode. After that, Pascal Wehrlein defended his position very aggressively. Still, I managed to overtake him in a crazy final lap and score victory. My adrenaline level was extremely high and I could hardly believe that it worked. Thank you to everyone at Audi Sport who worked so hard to build such a great car."

Di Grassi’s teammate, Daniel Abt, also drove a strong race. After a minor error in qualifying, last year’s winner had to line up for the race from the last row of the grid. Over the course of the 45 laps, the German battled his way forward through the field from twenty-first on the grid to take the flag in tenth place, finishing in the points in the fourth race of the season.

Round five of the Formula E season will be contested in Hong Kong on March 10.