Di Grassi fights in London for the Formula E championship battle

Lucas di Grassi, Sébastien Buemi or even Sam Bird - who will be the new FIA Formula E champion?

Di Grassi fights in London for the Formula E championship battle
London ePrix circuit construction
Third place Lucas di Grassi, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport celebrates on the podium
Second place Daniel Abt, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport and third place Lucas di Grassi, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport celebrate on the podium
London ePrix circuit construction
Lucas di Grassi, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport
Lucas di Grassi, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport
Lucas di Grassi, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport
Lucas di Grassi, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport

The outset before the last two races of the current season could not be more volatile and exciting: after seven podium finishes and three wins, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport driver Lucas di Grassi leads the standings by one point from Renault driver Sébastien Buemi. Including the points for fastest race laps and pole positions, there are still another 60 points up for grabs in London, which is why the third placed Sam Bird only really has a mathematical chance of winning the title.

Venue of the showdown is, like last year, Battersea Park in the heart of London directly alongside the Thames. The drivers complete two full race days here on Saturday and Sunday with practice, qualifying and race within just a few hours. The 2.925 kilometer-long track is extremely tight and narrow and provides very few places to overtake - which is why qualifying could be more important than ever before. The unsettled weather forecast could add even more spice to the title battle.

Title candidate Lucas di Grassi is keeping his cool...

"We have done everything that we could do: we have prepared perfectly, our engineers and mechanics are highly motivated, we are all committed to the cause," says the Brazilian who was third overall last year. "Our goal is clear: we aim to perform at our best and make no mistakes. We have a good team and wonderful partners. We have the chance to achieve something big in London."

Teammate Daniel Abt also has a clear vision for the weekend. "The more points I can take from the competition the better it is for Lucas in the title battle," says the 23-year old and youngest driver in the field. Abt has already mounted the podium twice this year, most recently at his home race in Berlin. Also a reason why ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport is only eleven points behind in the team classification and still has a chance of taking the spoils. "The party on the Formula E podium is indescribable. Of course my great dream is to spray the champagne on the podium again in London."

A one-point lead, a tricky circuit, danger of unsettled weather - just what appeals to Hans-Jürgen Abt. "It goes without saying that the pressure is enormous - but this is exactly what we thrive on. This is the reason why we are passionate racers," says the Team Boss. "With just one point separating the drivers there can be no favorites. It’ll be a question of who does the best job on Saturday and Sunday, and to this end I have absolute confidence in my team and the two drivers."

The races in London start on Saturday and Sunday at 16:00 local time (17:00 German time).

Lucas di Grassi

shares
comments
Renault e.dams London ePrix preview – The title decider

Previous article

Renault e.dams London ePrix preview – The title decider

Next article

Andretti retains Frijns for season three

Andretti retains Frijns for season three
Load comments
How motorsport's most prominent power couple found joint success Prime

How motorsport's most prominent power couple found joint success

The Wolffs have carved their own paths in motorsport, leading their respective teams to success in Formula 1 and Formula E. But the two came together last month as their drivers finished first and second in the FE drivers' championship - a feat they are hugely proud of. In a rare joint interview, they reflect on a remarkable season

Formula E
Sep 21, 2021
The top 10 Formula E drivers of 2020-21 Prime

The top 10 Formula E drivers of 2020-21

OPINION: The 2021 Formula E campaign was one without a narrative for much of the season, with no single car or driver able to break away from the pack. That makes choosing a top 10 especially difficult, particularly as the qualifying format meant some worthy performers were unable to enjoy their day in the sun.

Formula E
Sep 19, 2021
How Mercedes and de Vries achieved Formula E glory the hard way Prime

How Mercedes and de Vries achieved Formula E glory the hard way

When Nyck de Vries dominated the first race of what would be the most controversial and unpredictable Formula E season to date, it looked as though Mercedes was in for a cakewalk. But as the campaign wore on, the path to a title double became increasingly rocky. Neither driver or team would be assured of the crown until the closing stages of the very final race on a weekend of struggle in Berlin.

Formula E
Sep 17, 2021
The Formula E 'loan' deal that will keep di Grassi winning Prime

The Formula E 'loan' deal that will keep di Grassi winning

OPINION: The departure of Audi from Formula E meant its long-time driver Lucas di Grassi would need to find a new berth to stay on the grid. His deal at Venturi Racing will ensure the championship's first-ever race winner will remain competitive into the final year of the current Gen2 ruleset - although it may not be a long-term fit

Formula E
Sep 15, 2021
The problems laid bare by Mercedes' impending Formula E departure Prime

The problems laid bare by Mercedes' impending Formula E departure

Mercedes' planned withdrawal from Formula E at the end of the 2022 season will contribute to the big hole left by fellow automotive manufacturers Audi and BMW on their departures. Although the team may stick around under a different guise, the exit of the now-reigning teams' champion underlines FE's current issues...

Formula E
Aug 18, 2021
The F1 dilemma facing Mercedes' new world champion Prime

The F1 dilemma facing Mercedes' new world champion

After clinching the Formula E title at the Berlin finale, Nyck de Vries is a driver in demand. Although Mercedes would love to keep a reigning champion at the team, the allure of a Williams F1 drive may be too much for de Vries to ignore should a potential deal come to pass

Formula E
Aug 17, 2021
How de Vries claimed Formula E title glory as Mercedes exit bombshell looms Prime

How de Vries claimed Formula E title glory as Mercedes exit bombshell looms

As Formula E lined up to complete its seventh season at Berlin's Tempelhof Airport, all eyes were on who would be its first official FIA world champion. Despite Nyck de Vries' title lead heading into the weekend looking all but secure, the Dutchman held on - and enjoyed a good dollop of fortune - to secure a championship double for Mercedes

Formula E
Aug 16, 2021
Why Audi was right and wrong in Formula E's loophole row Prime

Why Audi was right and wrong in Formula E's loophole row

OPINION: With Audi's Formula E exit imminent, it had nothing to lose in London by attempting to vault Lucas di Grassi into the lead by pitting him under the safety car. Scorn directed at the team for putting glory before ethics should instead be pointed at a rulebook that allowed such a move in the first place.

Formula E
Jul 28, 2021