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For a time, it looked as though all was lost for Audi factory driver Lucas di Grassi. The Brazilian racer, last year’s Formula E runner up, was the innocent victim of an course accident early on in the fourth round of the Formula E 2017 season.
Despite taking damage, pitting early, and spending his race conserving energy trying to coax his ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport Formula E car to the end of the race, though, di Grassi managed to win by nearly two seconds after 45 laps of racing.
“We never give up, we went to the limit on every lap,” said di Grassi after the race. “And in the end it paid off. A really fantastic win that will now be celebrated.”
Not only did the victory come from an unlikely series of events, it was also di Grassi’s first of the season. With it, he claws back precious points on his Formula E rival, Sebastien Buemi. The Swiss driver was last season’s winner after he and di Grassi crashed in the final race, leaving the season to be decided by a straight up fastest lap competition.
The two drivers are now within five points of one another heading into the next race, held in Monaco on May 13.
“We will fight and see what we can do,” says di Grassi. “As far as pure speed is concerned, Renault is perhaps a step ahead, but we are again in a better situation. We’ll work even harder and try to make very few or no mistakes.”