ABT and Formula E celebrate beach party on fourth Advent

Who will celebrate Christmas leading the FIA Formula E championship? Next Saturday (December 19) the Electric racing series stages its third race of the season in Uruguay. Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport and Lucas di Grassi come to South America as frontrunners.

Topsy-turvy world: while Germany and Europe dream of a white Christmas, Formula E stages its third race of the season on the beach in Punta del Este (Uruguay) on the day before the fourth Advent. Temperatures of around 30 degrees are expected along with many spectators who spend their holidays in the Monaco of South America as the town on the Atlantic coast is often called. Punta del Este lies 140 kilometers east of the capital Montevideo and was the venue for a Formula E race for the first time in 2014.

After finishing second at the season opener in Peking, and victory most recently in Putrajaya, Lucas di Grassi comes to Punta as championship leader. “As long as we don’t drive in Brazil, the race in Punta del Este is effectively my home race, which I’m eagerly looking forward to,” says the Brazilian. “The enthusiasm of the South American fans is enormous – and together with this unique location it will certainly be a highlight.” His sporting goals remain unchanged: “We want to win the race and fight for the title. This is only possible when we are perfectly prepared and one-hundred per cent focused on race day.”

The 2.785-kilometer track winds its way directly along the beach promenade in the resort. Sand, which drifts across from the beach, causes the conditions to change constantly. Last year the fans enjoyed a spectacular race packed with numerous overtaking maneuvers, several safety car stages, a third place for Lucas di Grassi and a fastest race lap for Daniel Abt. The 23-year old and youngest driver in the field says the outcome is impossible to predict. “Formula E is unpredictable and it’s exactly this that makes it so fascinating,” says Abt. “It’s not just about speed, but in fact all about hundreds of other details. If we can get everything right on the day then we’ll be right at the front.”

Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport holds first place in the team classification thanks to the points scored by both drivers. Hans-Jürgen Abt would love to spend Christmas time in this position in the sun: “The whole team – including our two drivers – has gelled over the last few months and has proven that they can handle pressure exceptionally well. This is one of our strengths, even if others are perhaps a step ahead when it comes to absolute performance.”

The third race of the season starts on Saturday at 16:00 local time (20:00 CET). In Germany, Eurosport broadcasts live in Free TV at prime time from 19:45. The TV channel also broadcasts a recording of qualifying from 19:15. The fee-based Eurosport Player also shows every practice session and qualifying live.

All partners of Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport

The team from Kempten can also rely on strong partners in its second season. Exclusive technology partner is Schaeffler, which was responsible alongside the team for developing the complete drivetrain. In addition to the Liechtenstein financial company LGT, the VW logo is also new on the ABT Schaeffler FE01. The brand joins as strategic partner. A long-standing and successful partnership unites ABT and Volkswagen. Furthermore, the team can still count on all the important partners from the premiere season: Deutsche Post and DHL share the front and rear wings as last year as well as the sidepods on Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi’s cars. Würth Elektronik also continues its involvement as do the brewery Warsteiner and VfL Wolfsburg the German football cup winners. All team members wear TITANflex brand sunglasses.

How FanBoost works

This season, it’s even easier for fans to nominate their favorite drivers for the FanBoost: a post on Instagram or Twitter using the catchwords #FanBoost and #DanielAbt or #LucasdiGrassi is sufficient and is automatically evaluated as vote. Voting online via the fanboost.fiaformulae.com web page is still possible. New: voting only closes six minutes into the race, which is why the FanBoost can only be used in the second car after the pit stop. An additional 100 Kilojoules of energy are then available, which can be deployed in one go or for less boost over a longer period.

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