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McNish: “We Will Attack” for Title Chance

Allan McNish says that Audi will go aggressive for a shot at the titles in New York City…

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Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team principal Allan McNish says that the German manufacturer will go “all out to win” at the New York City title-deciding double-header this weekend.

Lucas di Grassi is 32 points behind leader Jean-Eric Vergne, while in the teams’ points Audi trails DS Techeetah by 43 points with a total of 96 to play for.

Last season Audi faced a similar to task in the teams’ title chase when it headed to New York hunting down a deficit of 33 points.

The German manufacturer eventually overhauled their rivals taking the crown by just two points after di Grassi and Daniel Abt took second and third in the final race.

“When you look at New York, yes certainly it is an uphill fight, but it was as well last year and we came through to win it [the teams’ title],” McNish told e-racing365.

“We’ve got quite a clear attitude towards it, in that we have to go out all out to win. That’s the only way to approach it in my view, we will attack it.

McNish appraised Audi’s fifth season in Formula E favorably after di Grassi won the Mexico City and Berlin races in addition to a second place at the Hong Kong E-Prix in March.

Abt has registered two podium places in season five after third position finishes at Santiago and Paris.

“Monaco apart we’ve scored some good points and we’ve been quick but as you have seen the same two drivers are there at the top of the table as we head to the final races,” said McNish.

“To try and consistently be in Super Pole was a very tough target this year because of the way qualifying was run and the grid formed but we’ve had a good season.

“We haven’t had reliability issues that hampered us last season and at the same time the regulations changed so that there wasn’t the requirement on energy efficiency as before but you just have to get on with it.”

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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