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Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler shoots for the hat-trick in Mexico

12 February 2019

There are not many tracks that Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi have such fond memories as in Mexico: Both drivers of the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team have previously celebrated victories here and have set their sights on claiming the top spot again at the next round on Saturday (February 16).

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Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler shoots for the hat-trick in Mexico

The previous two rounds in Mexico City numbered among the most spectacular races that Formula E has seen to date – and at both events, Audi drivers took the spoils: In 2017, Lucas di Grassi, on delivering a masterful performance of driving skill and strategy, pulling of a sensational victory despite a collision on lap one to replace his rear wing. A year later, from fifth on the grid, Daniel Abt went on to celebrate his first ever triumph in Formula E, which also marked the first success of a German in the fully electric racing series.

Formula E will race on the 2.093-kilometer Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit for the fourth time. It is the only permanent race track of the season and the drivers love the circuit – particularly due to the very special atmosphere in the stadium filled with thousands of spectators. "The Mexican fans are simply amazing and the atmosphere in the stadium is unique – we can even hear the fans cheering in the grandstands during the race," says Daniel Abt. In this video, the two Audi drivers explain the course and its special features.

For the German, the season finally began for good on clinching his first podium, including the fastest race lap in Santiago. "The trophy was a sweet reward for all of the hard work done by the whole squad the weeks before but, above all, it whets our appetite for more,” says Daniel Abt. “Mexico will always have a special place in my memories, because that’s where I scored my first Formula E victory. We know that we’re able to repeat such a success if we pull off a perfect day."

With one victory and three additional podium finishes the e-tron FE05, which has been jointly developed by Audi and technology partner Schaeffler, is the most successful car in the field after three races. The fourth round of the Formula E season in Mexico will start at 4 PM local time (11 PM CET) and, as always, lasts for 45 minutes, plus one lap.