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Di Grassi Set for Another Grid Penalty in Mexico

Lucas di Grassi is set to take another grid drop in Mexico City after further inverter repairs…

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Lucas di Grassi is set to take a second ten-place grid drop in as many races ahead of this weekend’s Mexico City E-Prix.

The Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver has been forced to take the penalty after a further break of the inverter seal on his Audi e-tron FE04 cars.

The reigning champion will therefore take a second successive grid penalty after Audi elected to again repair a component within the inverter after the Santiago event.

Di Grassi had already played his allowed component joker before the last race in Chile where he took his first grid drop of the season.

The decision to take a further penalty comes after forensic investigations by the team following the latest failure.

E-racing365 believes that a deep rooted problem from a key component supplier used by Audi has been diagnosed.

Di Grassi’s third successive retirement has left the Season Three champion with no points and out of contention for defending his title.

“Now, we’re confident that we’ve found both the cause and a solution,” said head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass.

“Unfortunately, the FIA regulations do not allow us to implement the changes until a 30-day period has expired.”

As a result, the update will not be used before round six in Punta del Este on March 17.

“Although we’re obviously not happy about this situation, we are optimistic that the permanent track characteristics, much like in pre season testing, do not exaggerate any problems,” concluded Gass.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. nealio

    February 27, 2018 at 10:49 am

    What is the purpose of the 30 day waiting period? What if a discovered flaw could result in a safety issue to running the car? While the cost-containment aspect of this formula is attractive to manufacturers it does seem to have a negative affect on the racing which isn’t a plus in a series struggling to attract fans.

    • Old Trombone

      February 27, 2018 at 11:28 am

      The series is NOT struggling for fans. Multiple major OEM’s don’t suddenly swamp a series that’s “struggling for fans”. Got figures? Here’s mine:
      ALL major German OEMs
      ALL major French OEMs
      ALL major Indian OEMs
      Plus many others….

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