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Why Formula E's red-hot favourite is on the ropes

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Why Formula E's red-hot favourite is on the ropes
By: Scott Mitchell
Jan 19, 2018, 12:36 PM

Pre-season testing suggested Audi would dominate Formula E on its arrival as a fully-fledged works team. Three races in, its reigning-champion lead driver has zero points.

Formula E's script has not been torn up, but its main character has been rapidly rewritten.

Lucas di Grassi was penned as the title favourite, but the Audi Sport Abt driver's championship challenge has not so much stalled as failed to start completely. Conversely, Felix Rosenqvist has quietly assumed the leading role, with two wins from three races.

Rosenqvist and his Mahindra team's title credentials were not dismissed pre-season, they were just not as rock-solid as di Grassi's. Audi's testing performance convinced many, including this writer, that it was indisputably top dog. Up and down the paddock in Hong Kong last month the fingers were pointing towards Audi: 'That's who we're worried about.'

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Series Formula E
Author Scott Mitchell
Article type Analysis