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Audi driver #lucasdigrassi is the new champion of the worldwide #formulae electric #racing series. After taking the lead of the standings with a lights-to-flag victory in the first of the two final races in #montreal (Canada), the Brazilian from Team ABT Schaeffler #audi Sport wrapped up the title on taking seventh place on Sunday.
Di Grassi had arrived in Canada for the final weekend with a ten-point deficit to Renault driver Sébastian Buemi. While the Swiss was ostensibly tense and, following an accident in free practice, had a horrible day on Saturday, di Grassi made no mistakes and converted his deficit with his pole position and lights-to-flag victory in an 18-point advantage.
On Sunday, di Grassi and his teammate Daniel Abt started from the third row while Buemi only took position 14 in qualifying. Following a turbulent starting phase, di Grassi and Abt dropped to positions nine and ten some of the time but, also thanks to clever energy management, were able to fight back to positions six and seven. As a result, Team ABT Schaeffler #audi Sport secured the vice-championship in the teams’ classification as well.
“Today is the best day in my career,” the new #formulae Champion enthused after the race. “I’ve believed in #formulae from day one because the world, including motorsport, is changing. Three years ago, we won the first #formulae race in Beijing and now finally the title as well. ABT Sportsline, Schaeffler and #audi Sport have done a perfect job – not least after the races in New York where we weren’t so strong. Here in #montreal, on the best race track #formulae has ever seen, we were fast from the beginning.”
Following third place in Formula E’s inaugural year and the vice-championship last year, #lucasdigrassi is the third champion in the world’s first all-electric #racing series and, with a total of six victories and 20 podium results in 33 races, one of the most successful #formulae campaigners. In the 2016/2017 season, the #audi driver won two races, clinched three pole positions and seven podium places in twelve races. Only in Paris, di Grassi scored no points. In the end, this consistency was decisive in the title race, although his comebacks at the season opener in Hong Kong and on clinching victory in Mexico will remain equally unforgotten.#formulae 2016/2017, Montreal" data-caption="
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