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Audi factory driver #lucasdigrassi reduces his deficit to championship leader Sébastien Buemi to five points following his first victory of the season in the fourth race of the #formulae season in #mexico City (Mexico). Team mate Daniel Abt scored points again after finishing seventh.
The fourth and only race of the season held on a permanent race track was the best advert for the purely electrically powered Formula #racing series. Main man around the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in #mexico City was #audi driver #lucasdigrassi. The Brazilian started from 15th on the grid, was an innocent victim in another competitor’s accident, had to pit after only two laps during the first safety car stage to change the rear wing which led to him dropping to last place at this stage. With an early pit stop on the 18th of 45 laps during the second safety car stage, the team took an immense risk. Di Grassi not only had to save plenty of energy in order to complete more than the normally planned half race distance, but he also had to hope that his pursuers lost time in many close wheel-to-wheel battles. The strategy paid off, after 45 laps di Grassi had an advantage of 1.966 seconds and the battery only two per cent energy remaining – which nevertheless sufficed for several celebratory donuts in front of the main grandstand.
For team mate Daniel Abt the race day started sensationally, the German claimed his second pole position in #formulae. However, he lost this again after tire pressures on his race car were found to be too low at scrutineering. Despite being penalized and moved to 18th on the grid, Abt produced a strong race, which was rewarded with six points for seventh place. In the team classification, ABT Schaeffler #audi Sport holds second place after four of the twelve races.
Formula E continues on May 13 in Monaco.
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