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McNish: Audi “Understands” di Grassi Car Issue

Allan McNish believes Audi has resolved the issue with di Grassi’s car from Marrakesh…

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Allan McNish believes the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team understands and has resolved the issue which curtailed Lucas di Grassi’s last ABB FIA Formula E Championship race in Marrakesh last month.

The reigning champion left Morocco with no points on the board after a suspected issue involving the inverter in one of his Audi e-tron FE04 cars.

The problem first surfaced on di Grassi’s Super Pole lap in Marrakesh and then ended his race in the opening stages while he was running in fourth position.

As a consequence of the initial problem in Super Pole, the Audi team had changed the inverter ahead of the E-Prix and took a technical joker as a consequence.

A further investigation into the issues took place during the following day’s rookie test when Nyck de Vries’ running was limited as the team endeavoured to find a precise cause.

Team principal McNish now says that the team is confident it has been pinpointed although also stated that the team would “only actually be really sure when we get to the circuit.”

“It has been investigated and we think we are in a position to understand exactly what it is,” McNish told e-racing365.

“It’s an interesting one because with Daniel [Abt] we have done more kilometres than any other team in official testing and races so far.

“So we have one side of the garage with no issues at all and then Lucas’ side had the issue in Super Pole and the race itself.”

McNish though did express some caution regarding the absolute certainty that the issue will not occur again, saying.

“Ultimately, I am always of the belief that you can be 99 percent sure, but you are only actually only really sure when you get to the circuit and run it in those conditions,” he admitted.

“So from that perspective I’ll be very happy to see it get to the checkered flag on Saturday afternoon.”

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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