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Closed Circuit: ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport in Monaco

Focus | ePrix

  • Daniel Abt fell victim to the unique Monaco characteristics
  • While Lucas di Grassi kept his P2 at all time Daniel Abt had to move up the field for P7

They brought the entertainment to an otherwise largely uneventful Monaco ePrix: the German ABT Schaeffler Audi team was once again able to impress and Daniel Abt showed the best overtaking manoeuvre of the entire weekend.

THE TEAM

As per usual, ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport was right on the pace in Monaco and was able to keep up with main championship rival Renault e.dams. Lucas di Grassi secured a strong second place on the grid, only marginally missing out on pole-position, while teammate Daniel Abt also parked his car within the top-ten on the grid with P9.

Di Grassi kept up with Renault e.dams’ Sebastien Buemi at all times during the race and even challenge the Swiss for the lead during the last few minutes of the Monaco ePrix. Nevertheless, the Brazilian did not risk anything and brought home a strong second place. Abt experienced a more eventful race, being right in the ruck at the beginning of the race, losing several positions due to contact with other cars. The German fought his way back in the course of the race, though, and secured crucial championship points with P7.

Team mate comparison: qualifying

  • Lucas di Grassi
  • Daniel Abt

Team mate comparison: race

  • Lucas di Grassi
  • Daniel Abt

The ePrix today was a symbol of how the season has gone so far: Lucas and Sébastien thrill the crowd with one duel after the other – always tough, but always fair. I can promise all the fans that we’re going to continue exactly like this.”

Hans-Jürgen Abt, Team Director

Championship standings

  • ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport

LUCAS DI GRASSI

He is keeping the championship exciting: Brazilian Lucas di Grassi showed another strong performance in Monte Carlo, only missing out on pole-position by two tenths of a second. During the race, he was also able to keep up with his main championship rival Sebastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) ahead of him.

While the Frenchman was able to pull away at times, di Grassi always knew just went to put some pressure on the man in the lead. In the last stage of the race, di Grassi put on a great show for the fans as he tried to make a move on the Renault e.dams, yet he did not try anything too risky and brought home the second place in the end.

Di Grassi: lap chart

  • Lucas di Grassi

Best time in FP1: 54.301s (P10)

Best time in FP2: 52.978s (P3)

Best time in qualifying: 53.550s (P2)

Best time in the race: 54.863s (Lap 44)

Pit stop time and difference to minimum pit stop time: 54.249s (+1.249s)

This was another great fight today – both in qualifying and in the race. We had a car we could have beaten Renault with. Unfortunately, the track in Monaco hardly offers any overtaking opportunities, plus Seb is a strong and experienced driver, but if he’d left the door open just a little bit, I would no doubt have launched an attack.”

Championship standings

  • Lucas di Grassi

DANIEL ABT

Daniel Abt showed a solid performance in qualifying, securing P9 on the grid. The ePrix should become a story of Monaco’s unique characteristics for the German, though, as he fell victim to the extremely tight nature of the Monegasque street canyons.

At the start, Abt was part of the ruck of cars that had a lot of contact and he lost a few places in the course of the first lap. The German then worked his way up through the field, profiting from drivers having issues ahead of him. He also showed the most impressive overtaking manoeuvre of the race when he squeezed himself past Robin Frijns (Andretti Formula E). In the end, he brought home a strong seventh place.

Abt: lap chart

  • Daniel Abt

Best time in FP1: 54.882s (P17)

Best time in FP2: 53.216s (P7)

Best time in qualifying: 53.725s (P9)

Best time in the race: 55.383s (Lap 15)

Pit stop time and difference to minimum pit stop time: 54.702s (+1.702s)

The first turns in Monaco are really nerve-racking. I had to give up a few places first, but was then able to make up ground again. It was great to see that we’re in contention in terms of speed. That’s very encouraging.”

Championship standings

  • Daniel Abt

Antonia Grzelak | e-racing.net

Image courtesy of Rajan Jangda

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