In the double E-Prix in the capital, the Brazilian veteran was unable to score even a point: “The great work to be competitive was not enough”
At the end of the Roman weekend Lucas Di Grassi felt the need to write to his team. He did it publicly, via Twitter, to encourage the team after a weekend in Rome that ended with a double zero. So that now he, the veteran and already champion of the category, is only 18th in the standings, with just 6 points. The fact is that Di Grassi is the only one, together with Sam Bird, to have raced all 73 E-Prix so far in Formula E. With the difference that this year Bird after six seasons at Virgin has changed: now he is at Jaguar. Lucas, on the other hand, has never moved from Audi.
And only one other time, before this weekend, had he not scored points for more than one race. In the only precedent for the truth of running without points he had run four in a row. It happened in Season 4 where he came as a defending champion. In the first two E-Prix, a double-header in Hong Kong, he crossed the finish line out of ten. So he had added two consecutive retirements in Marrakech and Santiago de Chile. So that after 4 races he was at zero points.
Yet – and this is the beauty – from then on he had placed a crazy comeback, with four second places in a row and with 2 wins, in Zurich and New York. With a lot of additional second place in the second of the two races in Brooklyn. At the end of the season he was second in the standings, behind only champion Jean-Eric Vergne.
Nothing is lost therefore. Certainly a lot will depend on how many dates this Season 7 will have, since we still don’t know. In any case, for now Di Grassi has apologized to the Audi men. “It was a very hard weekend – he wrote in the Tweet – I am sad for the people of Audi. We all make great efforts to make the car competitive. And we succeeded, both yesterday and today (Saturday and Sunday; ed). But unfortunately in both days we ended up with zero points for reasons that didn’t depend on us ”. The reference was above all at the exit from the track on Sunday, after being hit by his long-time rival, Sebastien Buemi (Nissan). “We will come back stronger than before. Thanks for the support, ”Di Grassi concluded.
April 12 – 18:51
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