Di Grassi scores hard-earned points at Rome E-Prix

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler supported by Würth Elektronik pushed to the limit in Rome.

Held in Rome’s iconic EUR district, the Rome E-Prix provided an unforgiving environment for the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team. The day started off with a difficult qualifying session where Lucas di Grassi was placed in the first group of qualifiers, landing him in thirteenth position on the starting grid. Meanwhile his teammate, Daniel Abt faced a technical problem during the session which left him to settle for seventeenth position at the start.

It was soon after the race began when chaos broke loose as a massive pile up triggered a red flag incident. The race was suspended for almost an hour while the track was being cleared up. After the restart, di Grassi pushed his Audi e-tron FE05 to the limit, overtaking his way to finish in seventh place, scoring vital points for the German team. “Following the extremely difficult qualifying, it was a good race for me,” said di Grassi. “We have to score points regularly to win the championship, even in the races where we are not fighting for victories. That’s what we did today.”

However, luck wasn’t on Abt’s side as his Audi e-tron FE05 stopped on track in the last few moments. By the time he got his car up and running again, he was out of contention for a points finish at eighteenth place, “I feel like I did a good job today but, unfortunately, I had technical issues. That’s why it was a day to forget for me,” he said.

Head of Audi Motorsport, Dieter Gass pointed out how the qualifying session impacted the day’s results, “The qualifying format in Formula E poses a great challenge to the leading drivers in the championship this year. We could clearly see that again today. That makes it difficult for us, but of course it provides additional suspense. Seven different winners in seven races speaks for itself.

The next round of the ABB FIA Formula E championship will head to the picturesque streets of Paris on April 27th.

Würth Elektronik and Formula E

The connection between Würth Elektronik and the ABB FIA Formula E Championship goes back to the first ever Formula E race in Beijing in 2014, where Würth Elektronik has been the trusted technology partner for the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team ever since.

Our technology partnership is focused on equipping the ABT Sportsline engineers with efficient solutions in the form of power electronics and lightweight battery management solutions that will in turn help to shape the future of eMobility. Alexander Gerfer, CTO of the Würth Elektronik eiSos Group sums of the technology partnership as a way of, “Developing and testing alternative propulsion concepts as a way of identifying trends at an early stage.”

The sustainable concept of FIA Formula E acts as a suitable platform to develop innovative, green solutions for the eMobility and automotive market. What’s more, the championship’s format of racing in city centres, where eMobility technologies are the most relevant, allows us to use the racetrack to vigorously test Green Efficiency technology.

By building a wide network of sustainable energy efficiency solutions through working closely with developers of eMobility and the automotive industry, Würth Elektronik leads the way in shaping solutions for a greener future. “Racing equals pure emotion,” says Gerfer, “By testing the newest technologies under extreme pressure, we’re making tomorrow’s technology useful today.”