With 37 trophies clinched in 49 races, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler is a many successful group in a general field. Lucas di Grassi has scored 9 victories and his teammate Daniel Abt has won two. Plus, their total includes eleven fastest competition laps and 5 stick positions: an considerable lane record to date, though that’s no reason for a Audi bureau group to rest on a laurels.
“Needless to say, we intend to take a emotions and certain movement from Lucas’ last-second feat in Mexico with us. Even so, all will be reset to 0 in Hong Kong, since a track’s impression is totally opposite to a one in Mexico,” says Team Principal Allan McNish. “I’m quite vehement to see Daniel (Abt), who has always finished good in Hong Kong and, after his feat was taken divided final time, he still has a measure to settle there. From a group perspective, we’d apparently like to make a 50th competition a special one. With a win in Mexico and Daniel’s lectern in Santiago, we’re headed in a right direction.”
For a initial time, Hong Kong is not hosting a deteriorate opener, though a mid-season race. The Asian capital arguably provides a many colorful environment on a calendar: The paddock and competition lane in a heart of a city are located right on a waterfront around a famous Ferris wheel. The 1.860-kilometer circuit is slight and challenging, that ideally suits Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi: Both have been on lectern before in Hong Kong. At a opening eventuality of a fourth deteriorate in Dec 2017, Daniel Abt crossed a finish line as a winner, though was retrospectively nude of his feat due to an executive mistake of a group per a car’s documentation.
“I’ve still got twenty-five points fibbing around in Hong Kong that I’d like to collect adult this time,” Daniel Abt says with a smile. “I consider a lane is cold and a atmosphere with a fans is fantastic, too. Lucas and we have always been flattering clever there and now that we’ve overcome a rather rough start to a season, we’re formulation to attack. Qualifying will play an critical part, since overtaking in Hong Kong is formidable – though we’ve pronounced that before during other races as well, usually to find out otherwise.”
Still unforgotten is Lucas di Grassi’s second place during a premiere in Hong Kong in 2016: Following a pile-up on a initial lap, a Brazilian had to make an additional array stop that enclosed changing his front wing. With a confidant plan and ideal appetite management, he fought behind from a behind of a margin to finish on a podium.