Di Grassi explains "worst ever" start to Formula E season

Di Grassi, 36, at the moment lies 19th in the Formulation E drivers’ standings when staff-mate Rene Rast sits in eighth off the again of four prime-6 finishes.

This comes as Robin Frijns in the Imagine Virgin Racing machine, which employs a customer Audi powertrain, tops the championship with his rookie stablemate Nick Cassidy in 17th.

Requested to rate his time so significantly ahead of the six-week break till the Mexican double-header in the vicinity of the city of Puebla, di Grassi advised Autosport it was his most affordable get started to a campaign.

He mentioned: “It possibly is the worst fifty percent of the yr I at any time experienced in my total job.”

The Brazilian graduated to car racing in 2002 in the countrywide Formulation Renault 2. sequence and finished runner-up to someday Inventory Vehicle rival and Jaguar I-Speed eTrophy champion Sergio Jimenez.

Lucas Di Grassi, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

Lucas Di Grassi, Audi Activity ABT Schaeffler

Photograph by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Visuals

The 2016-17 title winner had been primary the opening race of the Rome E-Prix right until a driveshaft failure compelled a retirement three laps from the flag.

But the Audi e-tron FE07 powertrain has proved its pace, with di Grassi climbing an ordinary of 9 areas in each of the five races he has completed this expression.

He continued: “What is discouraging is that the race tempo is definitely fantastic.

“If you glimpse at pure pace in the races, we are among the the swiftest – on normal almost certainly the swiftest.

“In Rome, we were being unfortunate with the dependability.

“In Valencia, I begun all the way in the back again, and we experienced a penalty from Rome.

“And Monaco, I commenced once more at the again.

“I will need to function a minimal bit extra on quali, the car desires to get a very little bit better in quali as very well. We need to have to perform alongside one another.”

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Di Grassi is vying for his place on the grid up coming time, with Audi on program to quit the championship at the stop of the latest time period.

But di Grassi reckoned he was “100% sure” he would gain a race from the remaining 8 rounds split across Puebla, New York, London and Berlin.

He additional: “If we start in the best 6, certainly we’re going to struggle for victories.

“With this variety of rate, it’s irritating to have so minor points.

“But on the other side, we had been in this situation in [2017-18] and we managed to go all the way up and end second in the championship.

“We’re in no way heading to give up. We’re going to fight extremely hard.

“Formula E is incredibly unpredictable.

“We have eight races to go and we are going to acquire races this calendar year. I am 100% certain.”

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