Rast "deserves a whole year" in Formula E - di Grassi

Rene Rast “deserves a whole year” in Formula E based on his performances in the six-race Berlin 2019-20 season finale, according to Audi teammate Lucas di Grassi.

Rast "deserves a whole year" in Formula E - di Grassi

Double DTM champion Rast replaced sacked driver Daniel Abt for the Tempelhof Airport rounds earlier this month, achieving a third and fourth-place in the final double-header.  

Audi’s impending exit from the DTM could leave Rast without a flagship drive next year, although he is widely expected to retain the FE seat next season. 

Audi FE ever-present Di Grassi reckons Rast would be “a great addition to the team” based on the two drivers’ similar feedback. 

He told Motorsport.com: “[Rast] was struggling in the first two races [10th and 13th] but in the last two, which was less energy demanding, he did a very good job. 

“He was always quick, so it’s good to have his input in the car.  

“His feedback was very similar to mine so we got along very well. What he wanted from the car is very similar to what I’ve been asking Audi for a long time now, so it just confirms the direction I’ve been pushing. 

“Rene also thinks it’s the same direction, so that’s also very good because it does not create any conflict. 

“I will be more than happy to have him as a teammate for next season if that’s Audi’s choice, I don’t know exactly how everything is going to go. 

“I have no information of how Audi is going to do it for next season so it’s just that if Rene is in the team, he’s a very good addition.  

“He’s a very good driver, very clever, experienced and I think he deserves a whole year at least.  

“He proved in Berlin that he can be very competitive.” 

René Rast, Team Aguri

René Rast, Team Aguri

Photo by: FIA Formula E

Rast already contested an FE event in the German capital - on the Alexanderplatz street circuit - in 2016, having been drafted in by the Team Aguri squad for the 2016 race.  

He was a late replacement for Antonio Felix da Costa, who faced a clash with the DTM series. Rast retired after contact with Bruno Senna. 

Di Grassi said that Rast’s extended runout in the recent finale was “very favourable” for a relatively inexperienced driver coming into the all-electric championship.  

“Imagine if it was a normal season,” added di Grassi. “It takes a long time [to acclimatise] in different tracks, different energies, different types of race.  

“In Berlin, you had one constant. You were there, it was a lot of time to analyse data, to learn, to do the same again at the same track, so it was a perfect [environment for a] debut [with Audi].  

“I think the situation with Rene is very favourable and I would really enjoy if he joins as a teammate. 

“It would be for me I think a big step up to try to learn more and having different perspectives and different ways to compare my data.” 

Read Also:

shares
comments

Related video

Wehrlein completes first Porsche Formula E test

Previous article

Wehrlein completes first Porsche Formula E test

Next article

Vandoorne targets 2021 Mercedes title challenge

Vandoorne targets 2021 Mercedes title challenge
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula E
Drivers Lucas di Grassi , René Rast
Teams Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
Author Matt Kew
How Formula E stood up to F1 comparisons in Monaco Prime

How Formula E stood up to F1 comparisons in Monaco

OPINION: It was no surprise to anybody that the laptimes achieved by Formula E cars on the full Monaco circuit were much slower than Formula 1. But perhaps the more relevant comparison was in the racing spectacle, where FE delivered in spades.

How Monaco dealt Formula E a winning hand to cure its hangover Prime

How Monaco dealt Formula E a winning hand to cure its hangover

Formula E faced much criticism in the wake of its maligned Valencia event. In need of a turnaround, the series' first use of Monaco's iconic Formula 1 layout provided it with the injection of thrills required to clear the fog that had enveloped the paddock.

Formula E
May 11, 2021
Why Formula E's Valencia fiasco undermines engineering talent Prime

Why Formula E's Valencia fiasco undermines engineering talent

FIA president Jean Todt wanted more Formula E coverage in the media, and got his wish when the opening Valencia E-Prix proved farcical. Despite attempts to spin the race as teams failing to get their sums right, Formula E and its governing body cannot escape blame - especially when trying to get teams to commit long-term.

Formula E
Apr 27, 2021
How Valencia E-Prix farce gave Formula E an image problem Prime

How Valencia E-Prix farce gave Formula E an image problem

Formula E was under the microscope at Valencia, on its first visit to a permanent circuit. But after a mere nine drivers were left classified following Saturday's Valencia E-Prix, the electric championship once more faced criticism after rising energy deductions and miscalculations produced a farcical affair.

Formula E
Apr 25, 2021
How Vergne and Vandoorne found redemption in Rome Prime

How Vergne and Vandoorne found redemption in Rome

Another Formula E double-header, another double dose of frantic action. While the form guide remains unpredictable following fightback wins for Jean-Eric Vergne and Stoffel Vandoorne in Rome, the speed and consistency of Mercedes – both on and off the track – could have its rivals worried for what is to follow

Formula E
Apr 12, 2021
What Nissan's commitment to Gen3 reveals about Formula E's future Prime

What Nissan's commitment to Gen3 reveals about Formula E's future

Formula E's Gen3 era grid continues to take shape, after Nissan opted to commit to the series for another four years. Nissan's global chief operating officer explains why it has thrown its lot in with FE while other high-profile marques have decided to call it quits.

Formula E
Mar 24, 2021
Why the new Formula E season got off to such a controversial start Prime

Why the new Formula E season got off to such a controversial start

With the new Formula E season belatedly getting underway in Saudi Arabia, the championship appeared to try to make up for lost time with an overspill of action and controversy on and off the track. While some talking points could have serious repercussions, it was an explosive opener for many reasons.

Formula E
Mar 1, 2021
The eight major plotlines to watch in Formula E 2021 Prime

The eight major plotlines to watch in Formula E 2021

The delayed 2020-21 Formula E season gets underway this week with a double-header in Saudi Arabia. The testing times were too close to call a favourite, but that's not the only area of interest to follow as the championship enters a crucial year

Formula E
Feb 25, 2021