ABT competes with Formula E in the heart of Buenos Aires

The short Christmas break is over: on Saturday (February 6), Formula E starts the new motorsport year in Argentina. The fourth of eleven races this season is held in the centre of the capital Buenos Aires. Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport around Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt has a score to settle with the circuit located in the popular district Puerto Madero.

On the podium at all three races this season and including last season nine podiums in 14 races: Lucas di Grassi sets benchmarks in Formula E. In his as good as ‘home race’ in South America, the Brazilian aims to continue his strong form and establish himself firmly as title candidate this season. The Monegasque resident travels to Argentina second in the standings only one point behind the leader.

“Races in South America are always something very special for me,” says Lucas di Grassi, who failed to score points on the track last year in Buenos Aires for the first and only time so far in his Formula E career: he was forced to retire due to a technical defect not of his making while clearly leading the race. “The fans are enjoying an incredibly close championship this season in which every minute detail is crucial.” With his avid interest in politics, the event in Argentina has another positive aspect for di Grassi: “The new government is a wind of change for the country. This fits perfectly to Formula E.”

The 2.480 kilometer track runs through the popular trend district Puerto Madero and directly alongside the Río de la Plata River. The circuit provides drivers with a mixture of fast sections and slow hairpins. The fastest corner is taken at 170 km/h; the cars reach a maximum speed of near 200 km/h at the end of the start-finish straight. In 2015, the pole setter recorded a time of 1m 9.134s.

Like his team mate, Daniel Abt also didn’t see the chequered flag last year. With the podium in sight, he collided with a competitor on the last lap while making what turned out to be a somewhat optimistic overtaking manoeuvre. “I’m looking forward to Buenos Aires – a fantastic city, a demanding circuit. I started the new year with a little success and aim to continue this in Formula E.” Daniel Abt finished third in the 24-hour race in Dubai on his race debut in a GT car.

The fourth round of the season starts on Saturday, February 6 at 16:00 local time (20:00 CET), and is broadcast in Germany by Eurosport. The channel’s fee-based player also streams the practice sessions and qualifying. Following the event in Argentina, the next stop for the electric race series is in Mexico (12 March) where its makes its premiere.

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 favourite 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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