Formula E

The series

From a pioneer to a two-time champion – the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team has so far made an impact upon the six seasons of the electric racing series ABB FIA Formula E Championship. The ABT Sportsline team together with Schaeffler not only forms the only German team in the 2014/15 debut season, but also starts the season with a bang: Lucas di Grassi wins the first race in Beijing.

In the third year, came the masterstroke: After an exciting duel between defending champion Sébastien Buemi and Lucas di Grassi, the ABT pilot raced to catch up and was crowned with the championship victory in the final.

In 2017/18, Audi became the first German automobile manufacturer to enter Formula E. The brand with the four rings takes over pole position from ABT Sportsline. However, the racing team from Bavaria continues to be the team for the e-tron racing cars. In Mexico, Daniel Abt is the first German to win Formula E, while the Bavarian continued his hard work in the home game in Berlin. There, the racing team is the first to win a double victory, the pole position, the fastest race lap and the maximum score on a race weekend.

After the start of the sixth season, the Covid-19 pandemic slams the brakes on the racing business – after a long period of uncertainty as to whether and how the season can continue, a sigh of relief can be breathed. Berlin’s Tempelhof is to be the venue for all remaining races. For the teams, this means working in the German capital under the highest hygiene protection measures and completing six races without any public spectators and within a period of two weeks.

Season 7 will see a lot changes – the FIA Formula E Championship will be held for the first time with the status of a World Championship. In addition, René Rast will be the new regular driver for the Bavarians alongside Lucas Di Grassi. He will start with the number 33. 

The homologation of the racing car remains the same until season 8 inclusive: Top speed of 240 km/h on road courses and an enormous acceleration of 0-100 km/h. This is possible thanks to a maximum output of 250 kW (340 HP). The engine specification has been newly modified. The maximum speed of the electric motor is now limited to 100,000 revolutions per minute.

The introduction of a minimum weight for drivers is also interesting: In future, between 40.5 and 42.5 percent of the overall mass, including the driver, must be on the front axle. A driver dummy weighing 80 kilograms is used for checking homologation.

Following the recent postponement of the Santiago E-Prix, the season is expected to start on 26 and 27 February, 2021 with a "double header" in Diriyya, Saudi Arabia.

The car
Lucas Di Grassi

After four years, Lucas di Grassi is the most successful driver in the history of Formula E: No other driver had more podiums (27) or points (611). But the Brazilian driver is certainly not resting on his laurels. Di Grassi is a founding member of Formula E: Long before he sat in the electric race car for the first time, he was working with CEO Alejandro Agag behind the scenes to structure the fundamentals and procedures of the series and provided important input based on his experience. On the track, the 2016/17 champion is one of the protagonists and favorites for wins and the title on every race weekend. Off track, Lucas di Grassi is very popular in the paddock – with the media, because he is an authentic interview partner who does not mince his words, and with his fans, because he is virtually always ready to give autographs or pose for pictures. And last but not least, he is highly respected by the engineers in his team, because he not only delivers strong results in the races, but also drives the development of the car with his experience and precise statements. Lucas di Grassi lives in Monaco with his wife Bianca. The successful driver became a father in July 2018 and has since been kept very busy by his son Leonardo.

Sporting career

1997-2001    Kart, Panamerican Kart Champion (2000)

2002   2nd place Brazilian Formula Renault Championship

2003   2nd place South American Formula 3 Championship

2004   British Formula 3 Championship, 3rd place Macau GP, Formula 3 Masters

2005   1st place Macau GP, 3rd place Formula 3 Euro Series, 3rd place Formula 3 Masters, Formula 1 test

2006   GP2 Series, Formula 1 test

2007   2nd place GP2 Series, Formula 1 test driver

2008   3rd place GP2 Series, Formula 1 reserve driver

2009   3rd place GP2 Series, Formula 1 reserve driver

2010   Formula 1

2011   Formula 1 tire test driver, ILMC tests

2012   Formula 1 tire test driver, 24 Hours Nürburgring, 3rd place WEC São Paulo (Audi R18 ultra)

2013   3rd place 24 Hours Le Mans (Audi R18 e-tron quattro)

2014   2nd place 24 Hours Le Mans (Audi R18 e-tron quattro), 4th place FIA World Endurance Championship WEC (Audi R18 e-tron quattro)

2015   3rd place FIA Formula E, 1 win, 4th place FIA World Endurance Championship WEC (Audi R18 e-tron quattro)

2016   2nd place FIA Formula E, 3 wins, FIA World Endurance Championship WEC (Audi R18) 1 win, 3rd place 24 Hours Le Mans (Audi R18)

2017   1st place FIA Formula E, 2 wins

2018   2nd place ABB Formula E (Audi e-tron FE04), 2 wins



Formel-E-racing calendar 2021/2022

26.02.2021  Diriyah (KSA)
27.02.2021  Diriyah (KSA)
10.04.2021  Rome (IT)
24.04.2021  Valencia (ES)
08.05.2021  Monaco (MC)
22.05.2021  Marrakech (MA)
05.06.2021  Santiago (CL)
06.06.2021  Santiago (CL)

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