22.02.2021: Season opener with two evening races in Diriyah on February 26 and 27

File-holder Lucas di Grassi and newcomer Ren Rast type a staff

Workforce Principal Allan McNish: Nice ambitions, but in addition respect

Season opener with two evening races in Diriyah on February 26 and 27
   


   
File-holder Lucas di Grassi and newcomer René Rast type a staff
    
   
Workforce Principal Allan McNish: “Nice ambitions, but in addition respect”

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler begins its closing season as a manufacturing facility staff in Method E with massive objectives: Lucas di Grassi and his new teammate René Rast need to clinch victories and combat for the title within the sequence’ first 12 months as a world championship. The season kicks off with two evening races in Diriyah (Saudi Arabia).

With its new standing as an official FIA world championship, the significance of Method E is growing as soon as once more in its seventh season, which begins subsequent weekend. The motivation of the twelve groups and 24 drivers is excessive to make their mark within the motorsport historical past books by profitable the title.

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler is probably the most profitable staff within the sequence to this point with with 43 podium finishes in six seasons. The staff needs to defend its main place with Lucas di Grassi and René Rast.

“We go into each season with the clear objective of profitable races,” says Julius Seebach, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH and accountable for Audi Motorsport. “And this time, the preparation has been much more intensive than earlier than: we developed a very new in-house powertrain and, as well as, refined our whole staff construction and the entire particulars as soon as once more.”

For Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, that is the ultimate season earlier than the Dakar Rally replaces Audi’s manufacturing facility involvement in Method E. “Everybody within the staff is filled with vitality and fervour to make this season a profitable one. We now have nice ambitions, but in addition respect: the sphere is stronger than ever earlier than this 12 months,” says Workforce Principal Allan McNish.

As soon as once more, Method E will start the brand new season with two races on Friday and Saturday, a double-header. A novelty: This time, the 2 races in Riyadh’s suburb of Diriyah is not going to begin till 8 p.m. native time and can subsequently be held at the hours of darkness. The format stays the identical: One race lasts 45 minutes plus one lap, Assault Mode and FanBoost give drivers and groups further strategic choices.

The 2 days in Diriyah are the second of fact for Lucas di Grassi. “In fact, all of us have the impressions of the one joint pre-season check in Valencia on our minds,” says probably the most profitable Method E driver with 32 podium finishes and 796 factors. “However, we gained’t know the true steadiness of energy this 12 months till we go away the paddock on Saturday evening. That nervous anticipation all the time makes a season opener significantly thrilling.”

At di Grassi’s aspect, René Rast will contest his first full season in Method E. The three-time DTM champion stepped in for the ultimate six races in Berlin final 12 months and made a profitable debut impression with a third-place end. “We’ve been testing on and off over the previous few months and spent many hours within the simulator, now it’s time to get out on the actual race monitor towards the competitors,” says Rast, who will focus solely on Method E in 2021. Allan McNish is definite: “Although René continues to be a rookie in Method E, the expertise gained from Berlin will definitely assist him.”

The races in Diriyah mark the seventieth and 71st rounds within the historical past of Method E. As a result of uncertainties of the pandemic, Method E is saying its race calendar in phases. As issues stand, occasions in Rome, Valencia, Monaco, Marrakesh and Santiago are deliberate till the start of June.

Till then, a call is to be made about the remainder of the season, for which occasions in Berlin, London and New York, amongst others, are nonetheless deliberate. The entire worldwide broadcasters, together with broadcast occasions, may be discovered on-line at www.fiaformulae.com.

Along with the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler manufacturing facility staff, the Envision Virgin Racing buyer staff will even be chasing factors with the e-tron FE07 developed by Audi. This season, Nick Cassidy and Robin Frijns will likely be competing for the British squad which, like Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, has been a member of the Method E household for the reason that first race in 2014.

Daniel Schuster – photographs Audi /Michael Kunkel

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