Formula E: Audi in the thick of the title race

Following the celebrated home victory at the last event in Berlin, Lucas di Grassi is only six points behind title defender and leader of the standings Jean-Éric Vergne. Only these two drivers have managed to win more than one race each this season. In the teams’ classification, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler is also within striking distance. With another strong performance by di Grassi and Daniel Abt, the team in striking distance for the showdown in New York City. The final weekend in mid-July will be a double-header event. 

“Berlin was a very special day for all of us. Now we need to take the momentum of success with us to Bern and up the ante there,” says Lucas di Grassi, who with ten victories and thirty podium finishes under his belt, is the most successful driver in Formula E’s history so far. “That we’re in the thick of the title race at this stage of the season is the result of all of the hard work done by the entire team. Switzerland is a good venue for us, because we won there last year. That’s our aim again – and if we shouldn’t achieve it, we want to at least take home as many points as possible.”

Whereas Formula E raced in Zurich in 2018, Switzerland’s capital city is now hosting the event. The 2.750-kilometer circuit close to the old town and along the Aare River features a mix of fast sections and narrow 90-degree turns. “The track is on the calendar for the first time and it is new for all of us,” says Daniel Abt. “Like all of the teams, we have prepared intensively in the simulator, but on Saturday it will be crucial to adjust the setup to suit the track as fast as possible.” Abt has scored points in eight of ten races this season – thus setting a record in the field. “Last year, the fans in Switzerland were incredible and the crowd provided a tremendous backdrop for Formula E. My big aim is to stand on the podium again on Saturday.”

Taking the championship battle to New York with a strong performance as a team in Bern – this is Team Principal Allan McNish’s call to action. “The gaps in the drivers’ and teams’ championships are very small. Our whole squad is ready and fully focused on taking the momentum from Berlin to the next race.” The new circuit poses a true challenge. McNish: “The track’s characteristics are totally different to any of the others on the calendar. Especially the steep up-downhill sections which will be really good to watch. We’re all looking forward to our next visit to Switzerland – the event last year was one of the season’s highlights, not only thanks to Lucas’ victory.”