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Di Grassi confident he got the maximum out of Marrakesh ePrix

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Lucas di Grassi has said he got the maximum result at the Marrakesh ePrix with a fifth placed finish.

The Brazilian started down in twelfth after another disappointing qualifying, and after the first few laps he had only managed to make up one further place after passing Nick Heidfeld.

Things improved from there however, as di Grassi scythed his way through the field to sixth, before passing his Abt Schaeffler Audi team-mate Daniel Abt in the last few laps.

And while he was satisfied with his points haul, di Grassi said that he was eager to use the winter break to ensure the team returned to form at the next race in Buenos Aires.

“Fifth place was the maximum today,” di Grassi commented. “I fought throughout the entire race to overtake the cars in front of me.

“For today I’m satisfied with ten points. However, we’ll use the short winter break to analysis everything exactly so we can strike back in Buenos Aires.

“The situation isn’t new: last season we improved constantly. We’ll pool all our resources to do the same again.”

Team boss Hans-Jurgen Abt acknowledged that the team were used to better results having challenged for both titles last season, but he said the team could still be proud of their efforts in Marrakesh.

Abt said, “Of course our drivers and the entire team are more used to something different. Which is why they perhaps need a couple of hours before they recognize this double top-six result as small success.

“Today was not our best day, but even so we didn’t bury our heads in the sand and made the most of the difficult circumstances. Everybody in the team can be proud.”

Despite the result Abt are still second in the team’s standings, with di Grassi also in second place in the driver’s standings.

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