Formula E: Lucas di Grassi loses Formula E victory in Berlin

Lucas di Grassi was deprived of his Formula E victory only a few hours after winning the race in Berlin. The reason: parts of the front wing used on the one-make car did not comply completely with the regulations. Team ABT elected not to appeal the decision taken by the stewards and accepted the judgement for the good of the sport.

Lucas di Grassi had taken a commanding win by 7.5 second in front of more than 20,000 spectators and, in doing so, impressed the fans of his German team. It was the second victory after winning the opener in Peking and the sixth podium position in the previous eight races. His overall lead in the championship had grown to 17 points after winning his team’s home race.

At post race scrutineering, modifications made to parts of the front wing were questioned. “After making necessary repairs, some of the parts were no longer in their original form as specified by the regulations,” says Team Boss Hans-Jürgen Abt. He explains: “In Formula E, the cars and all spare parts are transported around the world in boxes. The team doesn’t have the time or opportunity at the various tracks to carry out repairs with the same precision as at home in our workshop. This is a situation that affects all the teams and for what we must find a mutual solution in the future.”

The team decided not to appeal so as not to influence the remaining races in the inaugural Formula E season through proceedings before the sports court. Hans-Jürgen Abt: “We are very disappointed that Lucas’s fantastic performance in Berlin now goes unrewarded. But as fair sportsmen we accept the decision. In the remaining three races we must work even harder to bring Lucas back into the title battle.”

In only two weeks from now, Formula E races in the heart of Moscow, before the final two races of the season are held in London on June 27-28. Lucas di Grassi now holds third place in the overall standings ten points behind the leader. In the team classification, ABT Sportsline has dropped back to third place.