If you’ve not been watching Formula E this season you really need to have a stern word with yourself as the racing has been first class from the very first round. Do yourself a favour then and make sure you catch up as Paris marks the second stop on Formula E’s European tour. Incredibly, there’s already been seven winners in seven races and with extremely small gaps in the standings, the championship has never before been as fiercely contested. For the round held in the French capital, Daniel Abt, Lucas di Grassi and the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team are setting their sights on returning to the podium. As will some other’s in MotorMartin’s opinion.
Only 21 points separate Daniel Abt, who is in tenth, from the points leader. In its previous four seasons, Formula E has never been so close after seven races. The top ten points gaps were much larger: 65 points in Season 1, 94 in Season 2, 99 in Season 3 and 87 in Season 4. Lucas di Grassi in fifth place is separated from the top spot by only seven points, and in the teams’ classification, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler is also within striking distance with a deficit of 14 points. The eighth of thirteen races in Paris this weekend kicks off the crucial stage in the battle for points.
“This season, we’ve seen that our race car and team have the performance to be at the very front of the field – scoring our 1,000th point in Formula E at the last race in Rome. However, with its extremely high level and competitive racing, Formula E doesn’t forgive even the smallest of mistakes,” shared Team Principal Allan McNish with MotorMartin. “Seven winners in seven races, the top six in the drivers’ championship are covered by ten points, the exact difference between finishing first and third on Saturday: We are right there in contention, but you need a perfect day in order to win in Formula E. We are all focusing on making that perfect day happen in Paris.”
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team have explained the following to MotorMartin:
Lucas di Grassi already entered his name in the history books by claiming victory at the premiere in Paris during his 2016/2017 championship-winning season. Since then, the race in France has been an emotional roller coaster: victory was followed by retirement from the race in the subsequent year and then by another podium finish. “The championship is becoming increasingly tough: anyone can be on pole and anyone can win the race – Paris will be no exception,” says Lucas di Grassi. “So, we also need to work hard to stay in the game. As always, qualifying will play a crucial part. I’ll be in the first group again which, no doubt, is not an advantage – but even from there, it’s possible to make it into Super Pole and that’s exactly what our main goal has to be so that we’ll have an optimal starting position in the race.”
After finishing six consecutive races in the points, Daniel Abt, due to a technical issue at the last race in Rome, went home empty-handed for the first time this season. “That was chalked up as experience on the Monday after the race. You have days like these in Formula E; sometimes it’s simply not in your hands,” says Daniel Abt, who is strictly looking ahead: “We know that we’ve got what it takes and just need to do better in Paris. The racing is very close and everything is still open in the championship. For me, this race is one of the highlights: a stunning location in the heart of the city. That’s exactly what makes Formula E so special.”
Make sure you tune in, it’s going to be another fantastic race.
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