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New Audi Deal Helped Abt’s New York Performance

Daniel Abt says his recent re-signing has boosted his confidence and performance levels….

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Daniel Abt says that being re-signed by the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team for a fifth season pushed him to a better performance in last weekend’s two New York City E-Prix.

Abt’s seat alongside Lucas di Grassi was rumoured to be under threat for the 2019-20 season ubut the team announced last week that he will continue in his role.

The two-time Formula E race winner out-performed his teammate in New York City, scoring 20 points compared to the Brazilian’s ten. The German also set the fastest lap in the Sunday encounter and ended up seventh in the drivers’ standings.

“I think for anyone that if you feel that you have the backing from people around you that this pushes you and helps,” Abt told e-racing365.

“At the same time if you feel that every small mistake or single thing that goes wrong you feel it could lose your job then you are going to approach things differently, maybe play things safe and differently, not natural.”

Abt confessed that he was more at ease over the New York City weekend, which in turn had an effect on his performances.

“Some weekends this season I felt that I was not feeling free,” he said.

“You say to yourself ‘it doesn’t affect me, this is rubbish’ but I felt it this weekend here, it felt more positive.

“I was enjoying it here [in New York] without thinking about any politics or the future too much. It felt good and I think this was reflected in my performances.”

Abt has already conducted several days of testing Audi’s 2019-20 powertrain in readiness for next season and will continue the preparations in the coming weeks.

“I cannot wait for next season because I proved that with the stability now, I can get things done and perform better and better,” he said.

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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