Following a reduction than ideal qualifying, a dual Audi drivers had to settle for grid positions 6 and 9 on a new competition track. After a tiny mistake on his timed lap, Lucas di Grassi usually hardly missed a “Super Pole” of a 5 fastest. Daniel Abt did not get his tires to work optimally in qualifying.
However, both Audi drivers were assured that they had quick cars for what has been a longest competition of a stream Formula E deteriorate to date. In front of a throng of some 30,000 eager fans and a eyes of Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, they impressively valid that they did.
Abt and di Grassi decently saved appetite in a initial half of a race, so being means to expostulate one some-more path than many of their competitors. Following a array stops, both recovered a necessity to a front runners of some-more than 10 seconds, battling their approach brazen position by position with illusory overtaking maneuvers. Shortly before a finish of a race, di Grassi even held adult with competition personality Sam Bird and fought a extreme conflict for feat with a Briton that in a finish he missed by usually 0.970 seconds.
“I’m vivacious to have clinched a lectern for Audi in a successful Formula E premiere in Rome,” pronounced di Grassi. “After a start, we was usually in eighth position, so second in a finish is simply fantastic. It was an superb competition that I’m really happy with. Thank we to Audi and everybody who voted for me in a FanBoost, that helped me to pass Sébastien Buemi today.”
Daniel Abt overtook his teammate during a start, though forsaken behind di Grassi again due to a slower array stop. In addition, he mislaid radio hit with a pits in a initial half of a race. “As a result, we was totally on my possess out there and had no information about appetite management,” pronounced Abt. “I was quick anyhow and with a second car, fortunately, all was okay. Sébastien (Buemi) and André (Lotterer) didn’t make life easy for me. we mislaid a lot of time behind those dual before being means to pass them. Just one path longer and we competence even have finished on podium. But, as it is, we can be unapproachable of carrying scored critical points after starting from position 9 and of carrying set a fastest competition lap.”