Lucas di Grassi has described his dramatic win in yesterday’s Mexico City E-Prix as a “flawless” victory.
The Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver squeezed between Pascal Wehrlein’s leading Mahindra and the pit wall at the checkered flag to snatch his ninth Formula E victory at the last moment of the race.
The Brazilian described to e-racing365 how he had to remain patient both behind Wehrlein and Oliver Rowland to achieve the win.
“It had to be a flawless race, to make the right calls at the right time,” he said.
“I was putting [Wehrlein] under pressure, so he had to over consume and at one point he didn’t have the energy.
“I knew that I had more energy than him, so it worked.
Di Grassi also believes that the saving of his energy through the bulk of the race behind Rowland was central to setting up his first win since the New York E-Prix in July.
“We knew that the Nissans had some problems because they had less energy, we didn’t really know that they were a lap too short [on energy] though,” he said.
“I had to try and overtake Rowland when he had the Attack Mode. It was so difficult to overtake that not even with Fanboost I managed to get close.”
He described his lengthy stint behind Rowland as “sailing” as he maximized consumption for the closing stages.
“At the end I had more energy than Pascal because I was ‘sailing’ behind Rowland for the whole race and I had to make the use of it [later].”
Di Grassi Calls for Track Changes
Di Grassi believes that changes should be made to the Formula E layout at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez for next season’s event.
Relatively few on track overtaking maneuvers were made in yesterday’s race and the Audi driver says that modifications would improve opportunities to pass.
“Here it’s difficult to overtake, so for the future, we have to change that layout a little bit,” he said.
“There’s no clear overtaking point and we need to create a little bit more overtakes, otherwise it’s too difficult.”
He conceded that in Formula E sometimes the tendency for races to reach a crescendo of excitement in the final stages is what makes the championship so engrossing.
“Nevertheless, it [the track] doesn’t disappoint anytime because in the races you have different people qualifying in different places and you have action all the time,” explained di Grassi.
“But this doesn’t mean that we cannot improve. We can improve slightly.”