Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler scores another podium win

The German team supported by Würth Elektronik eiSos, snags second place finish in wet and wild Hong Kong E-Prix.

The Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Formula E team bags another podium finish as Lucas di Grassi celebrates a second place win at the Hong Kong E-Prix. The Brazilian initially finished third, but was later promoted to second place after a racing incident penalty demoted Sam Bird of Envision Virgin Racing, who was the winner of the race.

Not only did the Hong Kong E-Prix marked the 50th Formula E race, but it was made even more eventful due to the slippery track conditions that caused many collisions and three safety car incidents. Both Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler drivers Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt showed great pace in the Audi e-tron FE05.

Di Grassi who started from fifth, fought his way for a podium win. ”Today we had to drive with our heads,” said the Brazilian. “In conditions like these, you can only overtake by forcing the issue and risking a non-finish or penalty. I kept cool and was rewarded for it. This is my 29th podium in Formula E. But that’s not the only thing I’m proud of. The way this racing series has developed is simply fantastic. For me, it’s the best one at the moment.”

Daniel Abt put on a stellar performance despite struggling in qualifying. He pushed his way through after starting from 12th position to finish fifth. The German was later promoted to fourth place in the final result classification. “The beginning was totally crazy,” said Abt. “Things were hectic and it was important to stay clear of all the frenzy. In the end, we made up eight places to finish 4th. I’m very happy, because we also showed a strong performance as a team and scored valuable points.”

Team Principal Allan McNish said, “After this race, we’re in a much better position in the championship than before, because some of our most important rivals didn’t score any points today. It was a totally crazy race but we kept moving forward.”

Driving the eMobilty market

As a leading name in the eMobility market, Würth Elektronik eiSos has been the trusted technology partner for the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team since the first ever Formula E race in Beijing in 2014.

By working closely with the ABT Sportsline engineers, our technology partnership focuses on power electronics and developing lightweight battery management solutions to deliver optimum performance in the championship and to further develop innovative sustainable solutions in the automotive and eMobility market.

The unique format of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, where the races take place in the middle of city centres, allows Würth Elektronik eiSos to use the race track as a testing field to advance and expand our products and technology range to meet the extraordinary demands of the championship as well as the demands of the growing eMobility market.

As an innovation driver in the eMobility market, we pride ourselves in delivering top performance by using Green Efficiency solutions. Our technology partnership is focused on building a wide network of sustainable energy efficiency solutions through working closely with developers of eMobility and the automotive industry for a greener future.