Fans on an emotional roller-coaster

On 12 March, the fifth race of the new season was held in Mexico City – with a very respectable result, too: our ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport team is now in third place in the team ranking. The pilot, Lucas di Grassi, drove a fantastic race, making the best possible use of the special Formula E fan-boost feature (an extra 100 kJ of power for the fans’ most popular pilot) and winning the race more than five seconds ahead of the pole pilot, Jérôme D‘Ambrosio. The tragic side: the celebrations were only short-lived. At the post-race weigh-in that the regulations demand, di Grassi’s first car fell just short of the prescribed minimum weight of 888 kg (including the pilot) by a modest 1.8 kg. The race commissioners had no choice other than to disqualify the car from the race result. The team was puzzled how this could happen. “The car was weighed several times here in Mexico, and each time it was above the minimum weight,” said Hans-Jürgen Abt, the head of the team. “And since our team didn’t make any changes to the car, we can’t explain the post-race result. We’re doing everything to find out why the car was underweight.” At the time of going to press, there were still no new findings from the team.

Daniel Abt works his way to the front

Despite being stripped of his win in Mexico City, di Grassi is still in second place in the drivers’ rank-ing. Our second pilot, Daniel Abt, has succeeded in climbing to eleventh place – from place thirteen after the fourth race. We’ll naturally be rooting for our pilots when they take the grid in Long Beach, California, on 2 April 2016 for the sixth race in the season.

Facts and figures for the second Formula E season

In the first Formula E season, all pilots took to the grid in identical, standardized cars. In future, however, Würth Elektronik eiSos’ sponsoring partnership will increasingly take on the character of a technology partnership, since this season has seen the introduction of possibilities to make tweaks and modifications to some areas of the car system. Our team has already taken advantage of this opportunity, starting with an entirely redeveloped power train. The reworked car now goes under the name ABT Schaeffler FE 01.

What’s more, the race series has now been expanded to include two new attractive city racing cir-cuits, namely Paris and Mexico City, the most recent venue. An event that is of particular interest for the partners of the team is of course the Berlin ePrix race, which will take place in the German capital on 23 May 2016. Come what may, Würth Elektronik eiSos will be putting on a special event there – the plans are already well underway.

Incidentally: The fascinating world of Formula E is now also being televised live on free TV on the Eurosport channel, which will surely draw even more fans to this exciting and “clean” kind of sport. The next races and TV broadcasts:

  • 2 April 2016, Long Beach
  • 23 April 2016, Paris
  • 21 May 2016, Berlin
  • 4 June 2016, Moscow
  • 2 July 2016, London
  • 3 July 2016, London