Big Apple to host Formula E’s grand season finale
7/12/18 / Warm-Up / Formula E
Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler could win a title in the Formula E season 2017/2018 – and this weekend is their chance to go for it. Pilots Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt are stoked for the upcoming race in New York – and even though they’ll have to catch up points, they’re determined to go all in.
Often labeled the “birthplace of cool”, it seems logical that Formula E is celebrating its 2017/2018 grand finale in Brooklyn, New York City, this weekend (July 14/15). Last season, di Grassi also started his comeback drive towards the title win in the Big Apple – a Herculean feat that he’s poised to repeat this year.
di Grassi and Abt: Victory within reach
Most recently, team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler has delivered strong performances. In the past six rounds, at least one of the two drivers have gained a podium position – a run of success that culminated in first and second position during Schaeffler’s home round in Berlin. With the maximum of 94 points yet to be awarded, the duo has a realistic chance of making up its deficit of 33 points in the teams’ classification on the 2.373-kilometer Brooklyn Circuit. Just like the season’s kick-off round in Hong Kong, the event will involve two separate E-Prix races on Saturday and Sunday.
New York: A pioneer in future mobility
Interestingly, Formula E was the first single-seater series to bring motorsport to the 8.5 million people metropolis. It therefore doesn’t come as a surprise that e-mobility finds itself on fertile soil here. The East Coast hub offers a state-of-the-art mobility mix – with means of transportation ranging from buses, subways and the classic yellow cabs to digital ride-hailing services such as Uber. Even more importantly, mayor Bill de Blasio has shown to be a strong advocate of electric driving – supporting concepts that would make huge changes to the city’s infrastructure. The goal: One in five newly registered passenger cars will be electric by 2025.
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