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Audi: Title Comeback Shows “Great Resilience”

Audi Formula E Project leader Tristan Summerscale reflects on Season Five comeback…

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Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s ABB FIA Formula E Championship teams’ title feels like “a dream” according to one of its engineering masterminds.

The team’s Formula E Project Leader Tristan Summerscale says that its comeback from scoring just 12 points from the first four races will also act as spur as it heads into the new era of the Gen 2 car for next season.

Audi had to resolve a chronic problem with its inverters after multiple failures in the opening rounds at Hong Kong, Marrakesh and Santiago.

Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt combined to score 34 points in Sunday’s season-ending New York City E-Prix and overturn Techeetah’s points lead that it held since Santiago in February.

“I think what we achieved is pretty special and the whole team and our suppliers have to take so much credit,” Summerscale told e-racing365.

“To consider where we were after Santiago and then to see the amount of points we have been able to put on the board is mighty. It’s a great comeback and shows the great resilience we have at Audi.”

Summerscale was quick to praise both of its drivers.

While Abt scored his biggest points tally in his Formula E career, outgoing champion di Grassi netted 144 points from eight races, averaging 18 points per event.

“Both Lucas and Daniel have been brilliant and even in adversity showed what great attributes they have as professionals,” Summerscale said.

“They never lost focused and as we saw on a few occasions were able to dominate races and put their stamp upon them.

“It now also gives us a great sense of momentum heading in to the new era of Formula E with the Gen-2 cars.”

Audi took the teams’ title by just two points despite Jean-Eric Vergne’s victory on Sunday.

Techeetah Proud of “Amazing Season”

Techeetah can “walk tall and proud” after just falling short of achieving a title sweep, according to Edmund Chu, the managing director of SECA, owners of the Chinese-backed squad.

The team, in only its second year, entered the 2017-18 championship as an outsider to challenge for title honors.

However, four wins from Jean-Eric Vergne and 64-point contribution from Formula E rookie Andre Lotterer saw the team enter the season-ending weekend with a 33-point advantage over Audi.

A double podium finish for Audi and a costly penalty for Lotterer, who jumped the start, however, saw the tides turn.

“We knew it wouldn’t be easy coming in here but we gave it a great go so we feel we can walk tall and very proud because of our achievements,” Chu told e-racing365.

“We definitely made the most of Audi’s bad start to the season but then we had a few issues ourselves at the tail end of the year, but on the whole I think we surprised a lot of people, not ourselves because we believe in one another.

“Jean-Eric [Vergne] has been amazing and Andre has learned quickly and had some great races.

“Next year we will be really strong also and I think we can look forward to some more great days to come.”

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 from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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