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McNish: Audi Targeting Second in Teams’ Standings

Allan McNish is targeting DS Virgin’s second position in the teams’ standings this weekend…

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Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team principal Allan McNish is confident that his team will be able to “attack” DS Virgin Racing for second place in the teams’ championship in Saturday’s Berlin E-Prix.

McNish has overseen a transformation in Audi’s fortunes since an inverter issue was diagnosed and rectified between the Santiago and Mexico City races earlier in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship season.

The German manufacturer, which has scored more points than any other team over the last four races, has vaulted from eighth to third in the standings since before the Mexico City round in early March.

“We got into third position after Paris so the next target is DS Virgin and second position, this is the natural aim now,” McNish told e-racing365.

“The momentum we have at present is very good, we have big points from the last five races while Mahindra have had some issues and we leapfrogged them. We will be on the attack as usual now for second position.”

DS Virgin, which, as reported by e-racing365 in January, is likely to become an Audi customer in Season Five, currently sits 19 points ahead of its rivals with four races remaining.

McNish believes that Audi will be strong on home soil on Saturday at a track which is notoriously quirky on the spec Michelin tires.

“We think we will be strong at Berlin and obviously it is an important one for the whole team and our partners,” said McNish.

“The track is very abrasive at Tempelhof. It reminds me of the concrete parts of Sebring a lot.

“We don’t get many tires and as we saw last year it is quite critical in both how the tires are used and the fact we have quite a strict allocation.”

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

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