Audi e-tron FE06 sizzles at the Santiago E-Prix

Lucas di Grassi impresses with seventh place finish after starting from 22nd position on the grid.

The first ABB FIA Formula E race of 2020 went underway in the sweltering South American city of Santiago de Chile last Saturday. It was an unpredictable fight to the finish at the Parque O’ Higgins circuit that saw Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi claim seventh place at the finish. The Brazilian started at the back of the grid in 22nd position due to an incident involving Nissan e.dams Oliver Rowland, who crashed infront of the Brazilian during the group qualifying run.

However, Di Grassi managed to pull off an impressive feat by overtaking his opponents to finish a strong seventh. It was absolutely fantastic,” said Lucas di Grassi. “I'm completely exhausted, but overjoyed to have moved up to seventh place from the second last row of the grid. I’m very proud of the entire team and Audi.”

Meanwhile his teammate, Daniel Abt started the race in 13th position and managed to finish the race in eighth place. Unfortunately, a post-race time penalty dropped the German driver to 14th place.

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Team Principal Allan McNish said, “Today it was a real street fight. After a difficult qualifying session, we all knew that it was going to be a tough race for us. But, once again the team fought its way back. The fact that Lucas was able to move up to seventh was impressive. It’s a pity that Daniel was penalized for one of the many incidents that occurred today. It was a tough race weekend for us, but we’re taking important points with us from Santiago and are already looking forward to the next race in Mexico.”

The team will be making their way to the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit in Mexico City on February 15th.

Accelerating tomorrow’s technology

Since the first ever Formula E race in Beijing in 2014, Würth Elektronik eiSos have been by the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team’s side as their trusted technology partner. By working closely with the ABT Sportsline and Audi engineers, Würth Elektronik eiSos equip the team with electronic and electromechanical components, solving the challenges within the highly competitive all-electric championship. That’s not all, the partnership is also one of the building blocks to further accelerate the development of future technologies and sustainable solutions for the automotive industry and the eMobility market.

“In our role as an enabler and a reliable partner for the industry, it’s important for us not only to foster the concept of e-mobility with our components, but also to continue to drive it forward innovatively,” says Alexander Gerfer, CTO of the Würth Elektronik eiSos Group.

“The Formula E circuit gives us this opportunity, enabling us to put our components through their paces under extreme conditions – and of course it also benefits our customers, who ultimately draw the greatest profit from our efforts here,” adds Gerfer.

The results that the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team have achieved over the past six years in the all-electric championship speak for themselves and Würth Elektronik eiSos is proud to have contributed to the German team’s success. Sustainability is undeniably a crucial factor in the current climate, by providing the team with Green Efficiency solutions, our partnership falls well within Formula E’s environmental ethos and provides as a suitable testbed for developing greener solutions for the future.