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Thrilling up until the last curve: Audi finishes first Formula E as works team with the title

Audi wins the Formula E team championship in New York

During the Formula E final in New York, the Audi pilots Lucas di Grassi und Daniel Abt made it to the podium and secured the seemingly impossible team championship. But in the meantime, event location had to be evacuated...

Daniel Abt und Lucas di Grassi in New York
Double victory for Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi on Saturday. Di Grassi scores vice champion and Abt achieved third place on the pedestal.

Cries of joy were heard in the Audi pit, when Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt made it to the finish line on the second and third place. They achieved the long-thought impossible goal: The team championship of the Formula E in their first years as the works team. Thanks to a double win on Saturday and another double place on the podium during the final race one day later, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler scored two points more than Techeetah – a very tight race indeed. And this, even though the Four Rings scored only a total of 12 points during the first four season races. A well-deserved title after a long season with deep valleys and great highlights.

Di Grassi and Abt achieve the second double win of the team’s history

New York City, the location for this year’s final weekend, lived up to its name of being an urban jungle. Pressing warmth within the house valleys of Brooklyn and humidity like being near the equator resulted in sweaty faces but also in nice summer feeling. On early Friday morning on the way to the waterfront, we’re passing honking cars. There’s still some construction work going on at the Formula E race track. During the “track walk”, it’s not only this year’s changes made to the race layout that are visible (the track was extended by a few curves) but also the necessity of sun screen.

On Saturday, it was about to get real. Even though the day was focused on the championship duel between Sam Bird and Jean-Eric Vergne, with the latter bringing the title home to France. But the two Audi drivers put on a good show as well: After Berlin, Di Grassi and Abt won the second double win of the team’s history and delivered a thrilling duel on the track that not only electrified the fans, but team lead Allan McNish as well. But in the end, all went well –  the basis for the team title on Sunday.

Der neue Audi e-tron FE05 über den Dächern New Yorks

Taking a look into the future of the Formula E: Located on a rooftop terrace in New York, Audi partner ABT Schaeffler celebrates the season and simultaneously presents the prototype of the new Audi e-tron FE05 that will be used next season.

In the evening, Audi partner Schaeffler send out invitations for a visit to a scenic rooftop bar in order to look back on the season together. A majority of the guests were impressed by the Manhattan skyline. But the all-new Audi e-tron FE05 that was presented on the roof top for this purpose, caught a lot of eyes. Thus, an all-around successful day for Audi found an atmospheric end.

Sunday race in New York was about to be canceled

During the night, heavy rainfalls were plaguing New York and even in the morning, there was still a lot of water on the streets. That also affected the Formula E race track and that was why the Sunday practice had to take place under wet conditions. During the qualifying at lunch time, the asphalt still hadn’t completely dried off, because there had been several downpours during the day.

But both Audi pilots made it into the super pole despite the difficult circumstances and thus guaranteed a good starting position for themselves, even though di Grassi touched the wall and only started on position 5. In the break between qualifying and race, the event organizer attracted attention with a surprising message: Due to a thunderstorm racing towards the Big Apple, the organizer started evacuating the area. Multiple fans had to exit the race track for periods of time. With a look on the weather radar, even a cancellation could have been possible. But the long-awaited thunderstorm didn’t come. The race’s administration decided that the final season race would take place as planned and the fans were allowed to back to the location.

Daniel Abt während des Rennens bei Regen
Despite thunderstorm warning and heavy rain during the night, the season finale could take place. Even though the conditions were anything but ideal, Di Grassi and Abt were able to secure good starting positions for the finale.

The team title is a “little wonder” for di Grassi

Di Grassi beim Rennen vor der New Yorker Skyline
With a view to Downtown Manhattan: Lucas di Grassi crosses the finishing line as second one after 43 rounds on the road course in Brooklyn.

Di Grassi had a good start at the race, while Abt didn’t have such a good start and lost some positions. However, the German demonstrated quite the fight and made it to position 3. While Abt was dueling with Sebastien Buemi during the whole race (it was all about the last place on the podium) di Grassi preyed upon frontrunner Vergne. The freshly crowned champion defended himself smartly and took a narrow victory back home with him. But it wasn’t enough for his team Techeetah to achieve the title, because the Audi duo scored enough points for the championship. After finishing the race, di Grassi called the team title “A little wonder”.

Heartbeat finale in New York

During its premiere year in the Formula E, the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team celebrates the championship victory in the team classification. By reaching the four podium positions in New York, the team claimed to the top spot with a lead of two points.

Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt can look back on an exciting season as colleagues. The victory in the team classification forms the culmination.
Daniel Abt contributed to the win in the team classification by reaching the third place in the final race and thereby scoring the fastest round.  This makes him the driver with the highest amount of fastest rounds of the season.
 „A little miracle“ for the vice champion Lucas di Grassi: Although he didn’t score points in the first four races of the season, he was on the podium ever since the sixth race.
Once again during the season finale, Di Grassi shows what he can do and drives an exciting race against Vergne.
The Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team during the spectacular pursuit race at the season finale in New York.

Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt can look back on an exciting season as colleagues. The victory in the team classification forms the culmination.

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Daniel Abt contributed to the win in the team classification by reaching the third place in the final race and thereby scoring the fastest round. This makes him the driver with the highest amount of fastest rounds of the season.

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„A little miracle“ for the vice champion Lucas di Grassi: Although he didn’t score points in the first four races of the season, he was on the podium ever since the sixth race.

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Once again during the season finale, Di Grassi shows what he can do and drives an exciting race against Vergne.

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The Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team during the spectacular pursuit race at the season finale in New York.

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Formula E, New York E-Prix 2018
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Formula E, New York E-Prix 2018

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler secured the title in the teams’ classification with impressive comeback drives in the season finale. Four podium positons during the weekend, including a one-two finish and 78 of a maximum of 94 possible points, turned a near unassailable deficit of 33 points before the final weekend into a 2-point advantage.

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