Tough Swiss E-Prix sees Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler score vital points

The German team supported by Würth Elektronik in contention for the championship title ahead of the season finale.

In a red flag and rain riddled race in Switzerland’s capital city of Bern, the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team felt the burn as the team overcame challenging conditions to score crucial points in what was one of the most important rounds on the 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E calendar.

Lucas di Grassi struggled with low grip conditions during qualifying which landed him in 19th place on the starting grid. The Brazillian however, pushed his way up to eighth position before the race was red flagged for over 40 minutes due to a massive pile-up at the first corner. Much to the dismay of the drivers, the race was restarted following the starting grid positions. Di Grassi finished in 10th place, but a post-race penalty that hit Techeetah’s Andre Lotterer, takes the Brazillan up to ninth place, where he reclaims the second spot on the driver’s standings with 32 points behind Techeetah’s Jean Eric-Vergne.

Meanwhile, Daniel Abt missed out on superpole by just a tiny margin, started in seventh place on the grid and finished in sixth place. “As a result, I lost my chance for a better spot on the grid. In the race, we simply weren’t fast enough,” says Abt.

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Team Principal Allan McNish is determined for the team to put on a better display in the remaining two rounds, “It was a pretty frustrating weekend for us, especially in respect to the title race among the drivers and the teams. Even so, Lucas still scored two points from 19th on the grid. As a result, he continues to be in the title race. Daniel fought hard for sixth position today. We still have two races in New York. Everyone knows that we never give up.”

The Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team is now 43 points behind current lead DS Techeetah in the team standings. The grand finale will take place in New York on July 13th and 14th.

Technology Partnership

As one of the leading names 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. As Alexander Gerfer, CTO of the Würth Elektronik eiSos Group explains,”The technology partnership allows us to identify tomorrow’s trends at an early stage.”

The tough conditions of the Bern street circuit is just one of the unique challenges that the championship provides Würth Elektronik eiSos as a testing base to further develop our technology range to meet the extraordinary demands of the series as well as the demands of the growing eMobility market.

Gerfer adds, “The championship also makes way for greater acceptance among customers. By using an ePrix and the accompanying events around electromobility to break through customers’ misgivings and turn novelty into an adventure.”

Würth Elektronik eiSos pride ourselves in delivering top performance by using Green Efficiency solutions. Our technology partnership is targeted 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.