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.
|1||Sebastien Buemi||SUI||Renault e.dams||157|
|2||Lucas di Grassi||BRA||Abt Schaeffler Audi||147|
|3||Felix Rosenqvist||SWE||Mahindra Racing||104|
|4||Sam Bird||GBR||DS Virgin Racing||100|
|5||Nico Prost||FRA||Renault e.dams||84|
|6||Nick Heidfeld||GER||Mahindra Racing||78|
|8||Jose Maria Lopez||ARG||DS Virgin Racing||50|
|9||Daniel Abt||GER||Abt Schaeffler Audi||47|
|10||Nelson Piquet Jr||BRA||NextEV TIO||33|
|11||Oliver Turvey||GBR||NextEV TIO||26|
|12||Robin Frijns||NED||MS Amlin Andretti||20|
|13||Loic Duval||FRA||FF Dragon Racing||19|
|14||Pierre Gasly||FRA||Renault e.dams||18|
|16||Mitch Evans||NZL||Panasonic Jaguar Racing||16|
|18||Jerome d'Ambrosio||BEL||FF Dragon Racing||11|
|19||Antonio Felix da Costa||POR||MS Amlin Andretti||10|
|21||Adam Carroll||GBR||Panasonic Jaguar Racing||5|
|2||Abt Schaeffler Audi||GER||194|
|4||DS Virgin Racing||GBR||153|
|7||MS Amlin Andretti||USA||30|
|8||FF Dragon Racing||USA||30|
|10||Panasonic Jaguar Racing||GBR||21|