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2018 Formula E Championship - Lucas di Grassi Drives Audi to Victory in Switzerland E-Prix

For di Grassi, this marked his seventh Formula E triumph in total and the first victory in the 2017/2018 season.

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Updated:June 11, 2018, 6:47 PM IST
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2018 Formula E Championship - Lucas di Grassi Drives Audi to Victory in Switzerland E-Prix
Lucas di Grassi at Formula E, Zurich E-Prix 2018. (Image: Audi)
Title defender Lucas di Grassi has given Audi a victory in the Formula E electric racing series in front of a record turnout, as he won the first E-Prix on Swiss soil. Since 1954, no international circuit race has been held in Switzerland. The return of international motorsport attracted far more than 100,000 spectators to the city circuit in the financial district of the metropolis.

After starting the race from fifth place on the grid, it took Lucas di Grassi only 18 laps to take the lead and to subsequently clinch an uncontested victory. After 39 laps, the Audi driver had a 7.542-second advantage over runner-up Sam Bird in a DS Virgin.

ABT Audi racercar at Zurich E-Prix 2018. (Image: Audi) ABT Audi racercar at Zurich E-Prix 2018. (Image: Audi)

For di Grassi, this marked his seventh Formula E triumph in total and the first victory in the 2017/2018 season. “It was an outstanding race and I’m extremely happy,” said the Audi driver who was presented with the trophy by City President Corine Mauch. “Winning the first circuit race on Swiss soil after more than 64 years is simply fantastic. My Audi e-tron FE04 was super-fast today and allowed me to win the race from fifth place on the grid.”

With his victory di Grassi moved up to third place in the driver’s championship and still has a chance of finishing runner up with the final two races in New York (USA) on July 14 and 15. Scoring its second victory in succession and third this season, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler closed the gap by eleven points in the teams’ classification and lie second behind leaders Techeetah before the last two races.

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An even better points-haul was prevented by Nelson Piquet. The ex-champion rear-ended Daniel Abt on lap one and broke off Abt’s rear wing in the incident. The Audi driver had to make an unscheduled pit stop and finished 13th out of the points.

“Lucas timed his attacks with absolute perfection,” said Team Principal Allan McNish. “I’m especially happy for his crew that had a difficult start of the season and now has fully come back. And of course, after the home round in Berlin, it’s fantastic for Audi to have won the first circuit race in Switzerland in 64 years as well.

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| Edited by: Arjit Garg
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