- Brazilian wins season 2017 title in Montreal
- Scores win and seventh in two-day race meet
- Audi Sport vice-champions in the teams’ classification
MONTREAL, Canada – Audi Sport driver Lucas di Grassi is 2017 Formula E World champion after winning on Saturday and finishing seventh in Sunday’s finale here (July 29/30).
The Brazilian Audi Sport driver took the lead in the standings (we’re not sure if is was a close shave….) with a lights-to-flag victory in the first of the two final races then wrapped up the title with seventh place on Sunday.
Di Grassi arrived in Canada with a 10-point deficit to Renault’s Swiss driver Sébastian Buemi who, tense after a crash during free practice, had a horrible day on Saturday while Di Grassi made no mistake and converted his deficit with pole start and a lights-to-flag victory into an 18-point advantage.
On Sunday Buemi qualified only 14th but, after a turbulent start, Di Grassi dropped to ninth. Some clever battery management too him back up to sixth, sufficient to take the title.
‘AUDI DID PERFECT JOB’
“It’s the best day in my career,” the new champion said on Sunday. “I’ve believed in Formula E from Day 1 because the world, including motorsport, is changing.
“Three years ago we won the first Formula E race in Beijing and now, at last, the title. 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 Formula E has yet seen, we were fast from the beginning.”
Lucas di Grassi is the third champion in this the world’s first all-electric racing series and, with six wins and 20 podium results from 33 races, one of the most successful. Only in Paris did he fail to score.
Dieter Gass, head of Audi Motorsport, told The Corner in a media release: “Lucas di Grassi is the most complete driver in Formula E. What he showed in Montreal on Saturday was simply fantastic.
“After New York there probably weren’t a lot of people expecting him to take the title but he never gave up and motivated the whole squad to deliver. The entire team. This has been a tremendous finale and a good week for Formula E.
“That BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche are to follow us into this forward-thinking racing series underlines the growing importance of fully electric motorsport. I’m already looking forward to the start of the next season in December in Hong Kong when Audi will open a new chapter in its motorsport history.”
A LITTLE HISTORY…
Lucas di Grassi was born in São Paulo, Brazil, on August 11 1984 and lives in Monaco with his wife Bianca. He won the Formula 3 GP in Monaco in 2005 and was active in F1 as a test and race driver before joining Audi in the World Endurance championship in 2012.
Hes been on the Le Mans 24 Hours podium three times.