Fans in London and in front of their televisions all around a universe saw Formula E’s fantastic lapse to London on Saturday: for a initial time, a all-electric universe championship started on a blueprint with a reduction of indoor and outside tools around a ExCeL Arena in a easterly of a UK capital. Heavy sleet on a morning of competition day done for indeterminate lane conditions and a lottery in qualifying. The result: a churned starting grid with Lucas di Grassi finale adult fastest in his subordinate organisation and in 7th place on a grid. Teammate René Rast competent in 13th.
“Today’s competition was really most characterized by plan and once again offering a fans a lot of action,” says Team Principal Allan McNish. “René and Lucas both put adult a clever fight. In addition, a engineers in a pits kept lane of all during all a challenges. In a end, we were rewarded with a fifth and sixth places, shutting a gaps on a championship rivals in both pretension battles.”
René Rast done adult a few positions right after a start and changed adult into a points. Together with Lucas di Grassi, a German gathering a purify race, holding turns with his teammate while perplexing to pass rivals. “It was a good day today, though also a crazy race,” says René Rast. “I mislaid some tools in a few touches during a start, and my steering was a small bent, though we still done adult 8 places. That’s a good starting position for tomorrow and a arriving races.”
Lucas di Grassi was detrimental during both of his conflict mode activations, since he twice got stranded behind a competitor. “Sometimes we gained positions, afterwards mislaid them again. That’s since we didn’t get as distant forward as we had hoped,” says a Brazilian. “Still, a points currently are intensely important, since I’ve never seen a tighter pretension quarrel than what we have now with 3 races to go this season.”
In terms of a numbers: Before Sunday’s competition and a final dual rounds, René Rast is seventh in a championship and usually 9 points behind a personality of a standings. Lucas di Grassi is tenth and usually 19 points behind. The conditions in a teams’ standings is usually as close: Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler is usually 14 points behind a leader.
The Envision Virgin Racing patron group remained but points on Saturday: Nick Cassidy and his teammate Robin Frijns finished 11th and 13th. The subsequent turn will already start in London on Sunday: The 13th turn of a deteriorate kicks off during 2 p.m. internal time (3 p.m. CEST) on Sunday.