Lucas di Grassi seals victory in Mexico E-Prix thriller

The Brazilian scored the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team their first win of the season in a spectacular final lap move

It was a drama-filled race at the iconic Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City where the fourth round of the ABB FIA Formula E 2018/2019 championship took place. The Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team has a proven track record at the circuit where both drivers, Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt have both celebrated victories.

They’ve set that track record straight by clinching yet another win in Mexico, as di Grassi takes the top spot on the podium after snatching the lead from Mahindra’s Pascal Wehrlein seconds before the checkered flag fell.

The Brazilian made the spectacular manoeuvre when Wehrlein’s Mahindra M5 Electro slowed down after running out of energy. Wehrlein trailed into second place before a five-second penalty forced him to lose out on his podium result. Meanwhile, BMW’s Antonio Felix da Costa finished in third at the finish line, moved up to second place on the podium while Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara took the third step.

“That was probably the best race of my Formula E career,” said di Grassi. “Initially, it was all about staying cool and saving energy. At the end, it was about getting the overtaking manoeuvres right, because it’s extremely difficult to pass on this track in Mexico City.”

In classic Formula E style, madness ensued earlier on in the race after a red flag incident caused a long delay. The race time was later extended after the cars were released behind the safety car. Daniel Abt fought his way to finish 10th place despite a disappointing qualifying session that landed him at 21st position on the starting grid.

“Three straight wins for Audi in Mexico City is a great achievement,” said team principal Allan McNish. “It was a nerve-wracking race and we didn’t know how it would turn out until the very last second. The Audi e-tron FE05 was fantastic today – more efficient than any other car. This allowed Lucas to snatch victory at the last moment. Such a close race is not good for my heart. Still, there will be huge celebrations tonight. Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler is back!”

The next round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship will be heading to the Asian leg of the calendar, to the island of Hong Kong on March 10th.

A driving force in the eMobility market

Würth Elektronik has been the trusted technology partner of the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team since the first ever Formula E season. By giving support to the team’s developments to further enhance energy efficiency as well as providing battery management solutions, we strive to provide top performance on the track.

The Mexico E-Prix witnessed Lucas di Grassi managing to efficiently conserve the remaining power left in his Audi e-tron FE05 to clinch victory in the last crucial moments of the race, showcasing the important aspect of energy management within the all-electric series.

Oliver Konz, CEO Würth Elektronik eiSos Group says, “We are a driving force in the eMobility market. As a technology partner of several e-Mobility projects, we focus on green efficiency and sustainability as well as on innovation and future technologies.”

Würth Elektronik eiSos uses the racetrack as a testing field to further develop our components, making the demanding environment of Formula E a fitting testing ground to help us develop and increase our product and technology range.

“Mainly, we are developing the power electronics and battery management solutions in the Automotive and eMobility markets,” says Alexander Gerfer, CTO Würth Elektronik eiSos Group. “By establishing a wide network and diverse cooperation, together we work closely with the developers of future mobility to push for development. We are continuously expanding our product range and are adapted to the needs of the eMobility markets as we develop future technologies and innovative and sustainable component solutions.”