Great team effort for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler in Mexico

The German team pulled together to overcome a turbulent race.

The Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team arrived in Mexico City for the fourth round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship with high hopes for a fourth consecutive victory. However, a win wasn’t on the cards for the German team this time.

The team worked extra hard to ensure things went ahead after Daniel Abt suffered a high impact accident on Saturday morning when he crashed into the barriers during the free practice session due to a software communication problem. The German driver was transported to the hospital via helicopter for a precautionary checkup. Soon after he was given the all clear, Abt was back in the cockpit, starting the race in 22nd position before having to retire with a DNF just minutes left on the clock.

“This was the most violent impact of my career,” said Abt, who won the Mexican round in 2018. “I am glad that the cars are so safe and that I survived today almost unharmed. It was a great achievement for my crew to get the car ready to race again. But of course, it was clear that it would be a very difficult race for me from almost the back of the field and with practically no practice. Now it’s all about getting fit again before Marrakesh.”

Meanwhile, his teammate Lucas di Grassi started the race in 15th position and overtook his way to finish in sixth place, gaining crucial points and also securing his fifth position in the Driver’s Standings. “This was a tough race,” said di Grassi. “Although we scored good points, I’m not 100 percent happy. We did not have the pace in the race to move up further. We have to work hard to get stronger in qualifying, but also in the race.”

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Team Principal Allan McNish comments on the great team effort, “For Daniel, it started in a bad way with the crash, and for Lucas, with the difficult qualifying, it didn’t get off very well either. But, we still scored important points. Coming through from 15th on the grid to 6th keeps Lucas right in the title fight. That Daniel was able to start at all was a great team effort. It wasn’t an easy day for us, but we’re already fully focused on the next race in Marrakesh.”

The fifth round of the season will take place in Marrakesh on 29th February 2020.

Accelerating technology for a better future

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 Sport engineers, Würth Elektronik eiSos equip the team with electronic and electromechanical components, solving the challenges within the highly competitive all-electric championship. The partnership also serves as one of the building blocks to further accelerate the development of future technologies and sustainable solutions for the automotive industry and the eMobility market.

“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,” says Alexander Gerfer, CTO of the Würth Elektronik eiSos Group.

As observed from the Mexico City E-Prix weekend, the high altitude and unpredictable temperature elements of the unique race track served as a suitable testing bed for the development of future technologies in eMobility.