Alpine all-in: Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler to take on Swiss capital

19.06.2019

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The Formula E celebrates its first-ever race in Bern this weekend. As the championship hunt continues, pilots Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt go all-in on the city’s circuit. Racing along Bern’s Bear Pit – a popular wild animal compound – team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler has good title chances after the recent victory in Berlin.
 
The third from last Formula E race in Bern on Saturday (June 22) will be a thriller for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler – in three respects. First, the fully electric racing series is making its premier visit to the Swiss capital. Second, the closest title race Formula E has ever seen will continue in the eleventh out of the 2018/2019 season’s 13 rounds. Third, the team is currently ranked in second position both in the drivers’ and in the teams’ standings, with just a six and 25-point difference from the top spots. Consequently, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler still has every chance of winning the title in either classification. 25 points are awarded for a victory in Formula E.
 
Challenge on all Levels

“We have a very efficient car and are in the thick of the title race,” says Lucas di Grassi. The Brazilian most recently won Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s home round in Berlin in commanding style. “The so far fiercest competition in Formula E has been challenging us as a team on all levels more than ever before,” di Grassi emphasizes. He has enormous experience in the traditionally close battles being fought in the last stage of the Formula E Championship: in 2016/2017, the 34-year-old South American won the drivers’ title, and in 2017/2018, together with his teammate, Daniel Abt, the teams’ classification – both times at the final event.
 
Next up: the season’s New York finale!

The ten rounds held this season to date have seen eight different winners from seven different teams. Bern is the 22nd city to have hosted Formula E ever since its inaugural race in Beijing in 2014. In the Swiss capital, the race will take place on a new, nearly 2.8-kilometer-long city circuit around the “Rosengarten” park and along the “Bärengraben” (Bear Pit). The fully electric series made its Swiss debut in 2018, in Zurich. The event was won by Lucas di Grassi and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler. After Bern, Formula E is going to visit New York City in July for a double-header event.