Di Grassi optimistic despite not closing gap to Buemi further

Credit: Abt Schaeffler Audi

Lucas di Grassi believes his Abt Schaeffler Audi team made the best of their opportunities despite not managing to close the gap to Sebastien Buemi at the top of the driver’s standings.

With Buemi not attending the New York ePrix due to his WEC commitments with Toyota, di Grassi was presented with a gilt-edged chance to cut the Swiss driver’s 32 point lead.

However di Grassi lacked pace all weekend, being out qualified by his team-mate Daniel Abt for both races and failing to make either super pole shootout.

Although his race pace was much stronger he only managed a fourth and fifth place finish, meaning Buemi will still have a ten point lead going into the final two rounds in Canada.

Di Grassi admitted that his Abt car didn’t have the pace this weekend, but said that his focus was now on winning the driver’s title.

“We didn’t have the speed this weekend to win races,” he said.

“But we made the best of our opportunities and brought ourselves into a better position in the title battle.

“Now the entire focus is on season’s last two race days, during which we will leave no stone unturned in our quest for the title.”

In the team’s championship Abt were outscored by Renault e.dams, effectively ending their bid to win the title.

Instead the team will have to concentrate on defending the position from the resurgent Mahindra Racing team, who closed the gap between them to just twelve points.

Driver’s Championship

1Sebastien BuemiSUIRenault e.dams157
2Lucas di GrassiBRAAbt Schaeffler Audi147
3Felix RosenqvistSWEMahindra Racing104
4Sam BirdGBRDS Virgin Racing100
5Nico ProstFRARenault e.dams84
6Nick HeidfeldGERMahindra Racing78
7Jean-Eric VergneFRATecheetah74
8Jose Maria LopezARGDS Virgin Racing50
9Daniel AbtGERAbt Schaeffler Audi47
10Nelson Piquet JrBRANextEV TIO33
11Oliver TurveyGBRNextEV TIO26
12Robin FrijnsNEDMS Amlin Andretti20
13Loic DuvalFRAFF Dragon Racing19
14Pierre GaslyFRARenault e.dams18
15Stephane SarrazinGERTecheetah17
16Mitch EvansNZLPanasonic Jaguar Racing16
17Maro EngelGERVenturi16
18Jerome d'AmbrosioBELFF Dragon Racing11
19Antonio Felix da CostaPORMS Amlin Andretti10
20Tom DillmanFRAVenturi10
21Adam CarrollGBRPanasonic Jaguar Racing5

Team’s Championship

1Renault e.damsFRA259
2Abt Schaeffler AudiGER194
3Mahindra RacingIND182
4DS Virgin RacingGBR153
7MS Amlin AndrettiUSA30
8FF Dragon RacingUSA30
10Panasonic Jaguar RacingGBR21