Strong performance and no race luck for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler in Monaco

No points, the German team supported by Würth Elektronik struggled at the E-Prix in the Principality

Amid the glitz and glamour of Monaco, all 22 Formula E cars battled it out on the iconic street circuit in an action-packed race. However, luck wasn’t on the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team’s side in the principality.

The historical Monaco street circuit is possibly one of the most difficult tracks to overtake on the ABB FIA Formula E Championship calendar as well as being the shortest track of the season. Earlier in the day, both Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler drivers experienced a tough group qualifying session where Lucas di Grassi was placed in the first group and Daniel Abt in the second group.

Starting the race from sixteenth position on the grid, Abt finished the race in eighth place, however a time penalty forced the German to lose out on his position and was relegated to 15th place. “To make up so many positions in Monaco is virtually impossible,” said Abt. “That’s why the time penalty is particularly disappointing for me and the team. At the start of the full course yellow phase, a car in front of me braked so hard that I was simply powerless to avoid him.”

Meanwhile, his teammate Lucas di Grassi who previously had finished twice as a runner up in Monaco, met with an incident with BMW Andretti’s Alexander Sims in turn three halfway into the race which landed the Brazilian into the wall and out of the race. “This retirement is extremely annoying,” said di Grassi. “Because we would have earned crucial points in the title fight today.”

The next round of the championship will be taking place in our home race in Berlin on the 25th May 2019.

Electromobility for a more sustainable future.

As one of the first technology companies to join the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, Würth Elektronik eiSos is one of the leading drivers in the eMobility field, focusing on the development of electromobility for a more sustainable future.

Würth Elektronik eiSos has been the trusted technology partners of the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team since season one of the championship. 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 believes that Formula E makes for an ideal environment to develop the technologies of tomorrow, “The all-electric championship serves as a suitable platform to identify tomorrow’s trends at an early stage.”

By using the racetrack as our testing field, the all-electric championship’s unique format of racing in street circuits in major cities around the world, makes for a relevant environment to drive the development of green technology for the future. “The championship also presents a technological challenge as a way to accelerate the development and testing of alternative propulsion concepts,” adds Gerfer. “Racing equals pure emotion, by testing the newest technologies under extreme pressure, we’re making tomorrow’s technology useful today.”

By building a wide network of sustainable energy efficiency solutions through working closely with developers of eMobility and the automotive industry, Würth Elektronik eiSos leads the way in shaping solutions for a greener future.