Formula E goes down to the wire with two final races in New York


Just like in the previous four seasons of the fully electric racing series, the title race in Formula E will only be decided at the season’s last event. With the two final races in New York City (July 13/14) approaching, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler and Lucas di Grassi are ranked second in the teams’ and drivers’ championships, with a respective 43 and 32 points distance to the top spots. In rounds 12 and 13 of the 2018 / 2019 season, a maximum of 94 points for the teams and a maximum of 58 points for the drivers can be won this weekend. So, everything’s possible! 

Eight contenders to fight for the drivers’ title

Technically, eight of the 22 contenders still have chances of winning the drivers’ title. The competition in the electric racing series has never been closer before. The season’s previous eleven rounds have seen eight different winners. “As long as we have a chance in absolute terms, we’re going to give our best,” di Grassi says. “In the past, we proved more than once that the role of the hunter suits us well.”

Di Grassi and Abt: True comeback heroes

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler achieved something unforgettable in the last two finals of the Formula E season: In 2016 / 2017, Lucas di Grassi became drivers’ champion in Montreal after a ten-point deficit. In 2017 / 2018, the Brazilian, together with Daniel Abt, even made up 33 points in New York City and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler won the teams’ title in the end. In the current season, Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt were the only team to score points in ten of so far eleven races, including two victories and three additional podium finishes. 

Two races to close the season

New York City is the only venue to host two races on one weekend this season. Formula E is visiting the U.S. megacity for the third time. Like in 2017 and 2018, the race will be held on a temporary city circuit in Brooklyn. The 2.320-kilometer track is located on the waterfront of the Red Hook neighborhood across from Governors Island. It runs along the Upper New York Bay and provides a unique view of the opposite Manhattan skyline. Both final races will start on Saturday and Sunday at 4 PM local time (10 PM CEST). As always, Eurosport broadcasts the races live.

Let’s do it again! Abt and di Grassi to continue driving for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler in season 2019 / 2020

With the grand final coming up, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler has already set the course for its Formula E future: Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi will continue to compete in the fully electric racing series for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler in 2019 / 2020, marking the sixth joint Formula E season for the Brazilian-German duo. Schaeffler’s brand ambassadors di Grassi and Abt are the only driver pairing that has remained the same since the series’ launch in 2014.  

“We still have big aims for New York, so tackling the last two races and subsequent pre-season preparations with such confirmation and positive thoughts is even more exciting,” says Daniel Abt. It’s the first time he’ll go into the final weekend with a chance of a title. “I’m proud of the trust that’s being placed in me and will do everything to express my thanks with performance,” Schaeffler’s brand ambassador adds.