Abt ‘have score to settle’ in Mexico


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Abt Schaffler Audi have said that they are looking to make amends at the Mexico ePrix this weekend after having last year’s win taken away from them.

Lucas di Grassi crossed the line first at last year’s inaugural ePrix around the Mexican capital, but a mistake from the team in adding ballast meant that his car was underweight.

As a result the win was taken away from him, a turn of events that would lose him the driver’s championship as he was narrowly beaten by Sebastien Buemi.

And as the team return to the Mexican track, Team Principal Hans-Jurgen Abt says that they have a score to settle this weekend.

He does however admit that it won’t be easy to get the win given the competitiveness in the current field.

“Our goal remains the same for the race in Mexico: we want to fight for the podium and, in the best case, for the win,” said Abt.

“Last year Lucas won the race comfortably, but the trophy was subsequently lost because of our mistake – which is why we have a score to settle in Mexico.

“It won’t be easy, because this season there are more than a dozen candidates for the top spot on the Formula E podium.”

For his part di Grassi remains philosophical about the loss of last year’s win, saying that it actually gave him and the team more motivation to keep pushing.

The Brazilian said, “Although I lost the win due to a mistake that my team made, I got to enjoy probably my greatest podium celebration beforehand.

“These moments and emotions in front of all the fans will stay forever. Mistakes happen in motorsport when you go to the limits.

“But for us they were not discouraging but gave the team and me even more motivation. The best proof is that we won the next two races in Long Beach and Paris.”