Could the Audi e-tron FE06 stand the heat? Because the Santiago de Chile race is now literally the hottest race of the year. "Battery temperature management will play a decisive role in the race," says team boss of Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler. "The tyres also receive some real abuse – due to the elongated left-hand bends, the right-hand rear tyre in particular. Pad changes are also treacherous." Parts of the O'Higgins Park circuit are made up of concrete slabs.
Abt: "The new circuit in Chile is cool. There are fast and slow stretches. The pad changes and the heat will make it an exciting racing experience."
Which one of the 11 manufacturers here manages to keep a cool head and tyres on Saturday, 18 January 2020, remains to be seen.
However, our drivers Daniel Abt #66 and Lucas Di Grassi #11 will not have much time to relax, as right after this race, the next one starts in Mexico City on 15 February, 2020! Our drivers have no better racing memories than those of the course in Mexico: Both of the Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler drivers have stood on the podium here and celebrated victories. The 2093-kilometre Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit is loved by drivers and fans – in particular because of the special atmosphere created by the thousands of spectators in the stadium. "The Mexican fans are simply incredible and the atmosphere in the stadium is one-of-a-kind – we can even hear fans cheering in the stands during the race," says Daniel Abt. There are also some problem areas on the track: The many right-hand bends and load change the left rear tyre. At 612 metres, the course has the longest straight of the season so far, at the end of which the Audi e-tron FE06 will reach maximum speeds.