A gripping Marrakesh E-Prix furnishes the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team with a double points finish

The Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler put on a good fight at the Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan to take home a seventh and tenth place finish in the second round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

The exotic backdrop of Marrakesh was the setting for an eventful second round of the ABB FIA Formula E championship that saw Mahindra’s Jérôme d'Ambrosio take the top step on the podium while the other two Audi e-tron FE05 drivers, Robin Frijns and Sam Bird of the Envision Virgin Racing team took the second and third steps respectively.

Both the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler drivers managed to score a top ten finish within the points at the challenging 12-turn track, despite a disappointing qualifying session that saw Lucas di Grassi start from eleventh place and Daniel Abt in sixteenth place on the starting grid.

As the lights go green, the two drivers managed to power their way through the pack. After just the first lap, di Grassi climbed five positions to take sixth place, while Abt overtook his way up to ninth place, showcasing the Audi e-tron FE05’s excellent pace.

After a riveting race from start to finish that even earned a fastest lap score from di Grassi, the Brazilian driver crossed the line in seventh place, while his teammate finished in tenth.

“The most important finding for us is that the Audi e-tron FE05 has the pace,” says Allan McNish, Team Principal of Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler. “We’re happy to see two Audi cars finish on the podium here, but now we are making sure that the sun is shining on our factory team in Santiago.”

Lucas di Grassi explains, “That was a crazy race. After my fightback, I was close to taking the lead, but the safety car pretty much compromised our strategy. Seventh position and the fastest race lap – we’re back in the game.”

“My start was really good,” says Daniel Abt. “Afterwards, everything still felt good. I was already in seventh and in touch with the leading group. But after I’d activated attack mode for the first time, suddenly there wasn’t a lot I could do anymore. We need to analyze why.”

There is less than two weeks to go until round three of the championship that will take place in Santiago de Chile on January 26th.

Trusted partner since the beginning

As an innovation driver in the eMobility market, Würth Elektronik has been the trusted technology partner of the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team since Formula E’s inaugural season.

Since season two, new technical regulations allowed teams to develop their own drivetrains, Würth Elektronik has been supporting the team’s developments to further enhance energy efficiency as well as providing battery management solutions exclusively for the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team.

In close collaboration with the ABT Sportsline engineers, we have developed lightweight battery management solutions to enhance power management, a pivotal aspect for success within the all-electric championship.

That’s not all, by using the racetrack as a testing field to further develop our components, the demanding environment from ABB FIA Formula E’s unique concept of bringing racing to street circuits, allows us to increase our product and technology range, as well as adjusting to the demands and needs within the eMobility market.

To spearhead in developing innovative solutions in the eMobility Market, our technology partnership focuses on building a wide network through working closely with developers of eMobility and the automotive industry to provide sustainable and innovative solutions to drive into a greener future.