Abt still chasing two Renault powered teams


AUDI SPORT ABT SCHAEFFLER FORMULA E TEAM, Lucas di Grassi

Lucas di Grassi has said that Abt Schaeffler Audi are still playing catch up in terms of pace with the two Renault powered cars.

Di Grassi started on pole in Buenos Aires but quickly dropped behind the Renault e.dams of Sebastien Buemi and the Techeetah of Jean-Eric Vergne.

And despite managing to re-take the Renault of Nico Prost to clinch a podium spot, the Brazilian still thinks that his team are lacking performance.

“This was a very good race even though, after pole position, it only turned out to be third place,” said Lucas di Grassi.

“We have to acknowledge that we’re still chasing the two teams powered by Renault.

“That doesn’t mean we’re giving up, but that we’re going to work even harder on finally beating the leaders of the standings again.

“For today, we’re happy with the points for third place and pole position and are going home with pride.”

While Buemi has dominated the season in winning every race so far, di Grassi is his closest challenger in the driver’s championship.

His pole position showed the flashes of brilliance that allowed him to keep in the title hunt last season despite having what was perceived to be the slower package.

And while team boss Hans-Jurgen Abt was pleased with his team’s performance, he was keen to stress that his team wouldn’t be resting on their laurels ahead of the next round in Mexico.

He commented, “Congratulations to Lucas, Daniel and the whole team on this solid, strong team performance.

“After such a long break it’s not easy to be perfectly fit and to work with maximum concentration again – we managed to do that well today.

“However, that doesn’t mean we’re going to rest on this trophy and the points we scored.

“First thing Monday morning, we’re going to start giving our all again in order to battle for victory at the next Formula E event in Mexico.”