Daniel Abt battles against the odds for podium win

Würth Elektronik, technology partner of Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team scores big in Paris.

What started off as a lovely sunny Saturday morning in Paris, quickly turned into a maelstrom as rain and hail began to pour down on the 22 Gen 2 Formula E cars halfway through the Paris EPrix. The race at the narrow Les Invalides street circuit was laden with a number of safety car outings and full course yellow periods. Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler drivers Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi started the race in seventh and eighth place respectively.

After 12 laps in, the rain gods decided it was finally time for a full wet Formula E race. Despite the bad weather, Abt kept his cool and fought his way through for his second podium finish of the season after the Santiago EPrix, “That was an incredible race,” said Abt.

“After a strong start with great fights, I felt I could win today. But then a shower came and after that things turned chaotic. I could hardly see through my visor. The car was floating and I had zero grip. So I told myself not to do anything stupid and just bring the car home. This podium is crucial, we need these points.”

Meanwhile, di Grassi overcame all obstacles in his path to finish in fourth place, placing him fourth in the Drivers’ Championship standings and eleven points off the leader. “The conditions were incredibly difficult, but we earned plenty of points. I’m now fourth in the championship. We're catching up. Thanks to the engineers and the entire team for a great job today. I'm now looking forward to the next race in Monaco.”

The Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team earned the most points in Paris. With five more rounds to go, the successful Parisian outing for the German team provides a vital boost to their standings for both the Drivers’ and Teams’ Championships. The ninth round of the all-electric series will see the teams heading to Monaco on May 11th.

Würth Elektronik and Formula E

As one of the first technology companies to take part in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, Würth Elektronik prides itself as the trusted technology partner for the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team since the first ever race in season one.

The all-electric championship provides a suitable and exciting environment for Würth Elektronik to develop eMobility technology by using the racetrack as a testing field. Alexander Gerfer, CTO of the Würth Elektronik eiSos Group believes Formula E is the perfect platform to meet the demands of the growing eMobility market, “Racing equals pure emotion. The championship allows us to test the latest technologies under extreme pressure,” says Gerfer. “We’re making tomorrow’s technology useful today. Also, partnering with traditional German companies Audi Sport and ABT, makes the partnership a perfect match.”

Würth Elektronik works 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 industry. “The championship allows us to identify tomorrow's trends at an early stage by presenting a technological challenge, it also allows us to develop and test alternative propulsion concepts,” says Gerfer.

As an innovation driver in the eMobility market, Würth Elektronik is a leading name in delivering top performance by using Green Efficiency solutions for a more sustainable future.