ABT and Formula E celebrate premiere in Mexico

The expectations are high: fans and media alike agree that the race in Mexico City will be one of the new highlights on the Formula E calendar. Lucas di Grassi and his ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport squad lie second in the standings of the electric racing series and aim to continue a unique run: di Grassi mounted the podium at every race this season.

Four races, four trophies: the run that Lucas di Grassi and his German team has posted since the season opened in October 2015 is impressive. When last season is taken into account, the South American has mounted the podium ten times in 15 races. But nevertheless, di Grassi and ABT are only second in both the drivers and teams’ classification. Current frontrunner Sébastien Buemi was too dominant so far with the concentrated power of the Renault factory team behind him.

“Four successive podium finishes is a great run. It proves the strength of our teamwork and shows that we are heading in the right direction,” says Lucas di Grassi. “However, if we want to attack the leaders then we need to work harder and cannot afford the smallest slump in form. For this reason, after the race in Buenos Aires we met again in the peace and quiet of Kempten and went through the data from every race. We come in excellent shape to Mexico.”

Mexico hosts the Formula E championship for the first time. The short 2.092 kilometre track is located in the heart of Mexico City and uses part of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on which Formula 1 also races. Particularly impressive is the section between the grandstands that will provide a stadium-like atmosphere. The entry into this arena also forms the best place to overtake. Around 40,000 spectators are expected on Saturday, which would mean a new daily record for Formula E.

“I’m really looking forward to our race debut in Mexico. That the Mexicans know how to celebrate motorsport was visible for all to see when Formula 1 returned,” says Daniel Abt. The German has had an indifferent season so far with two points scoring finishes. “After the somewhat sobering race in Buenos Aires it’s important for me to have a trouble free race weekend. We analyzed everything in great detail and I’m convinced that we’ll be more successful in Mexico. Irrespective of this, it will certainly be a wonderful event and great un for the Mexicans.”

The fifth race of the season starts on Saturday March 12 at 16:00 local time (23:00 CET). Eurosport broadcasts live from 22:45. Commentator Oliver Sittler is supported once again by Timo Scheider. The two-time DTM Champion and long-serving ABT driver takes on the role of expert once again. The practice sessions and qualifying can also be viewed on Eurosport’s fee-based player.

All partners of Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport

The team from Kempten can rely on strong partners. ABT Marketing Director Harry Unflath has successfully inspired a high-calibre team of sponsors for Formula E. Exclusive technology partner is Schaeffler, which was responsible alongside the team for developing the complete drivetrain. In addition to the Liechtenstein financial company LGT, the VW logo is also new on the ABT Schaeffler FE01. The brand joins as strategic partner. A long-standing and successful partnership unites ABT and Volkswagen. Furthermore, the team can still count on all the important partners from the premiere season: Deutsche Post and DHL share the front and rear wings as last year as well as the sidepods on Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi’s cars. Würth Elektronik also continues its involvement as does the brewery Warsteiner and VfL Wolfsburg, the German football cup winners. All team members wear TITANflex brand sunglasses.

How FanBoost works

This season, it’s even easier for fans to nominate their favorite drivers for the FanBoost: a post on Instagram or Twitter using the catchwords #FanBoost and #DanielAbt or #LucasdiGrassi is sufficient and is automatically evaluated as vote. Voting online via the fanboost.fiaformulae.com web page is still possible. New: voting only closes six minutes into the race, which is why the FanBoost can only be used in the second car after the pit stop. An additional 100 Kilojoules of energy are then available, which can be deployed in one go or for less boost over a longer period.

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