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Review Marrakesh

14 January 2019

Following qualifying that did not go perfectly, di Grassi and Abt delivered sensational starts. Di Grassi made up five positions on the first lap, Abt even seven.

LGT Young Soloists at the Festival of South Tyrol in Merano
Following qualifying that did not go perfectly, di Grassi and Abt delivered sensational starts.
Review Marrakesh

After just a few laps, the two drivers from the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team, having started from eleventh and sixteenth on the grid, had closed the gap to the front runners. After an eventful race, they finished in seventh and tenth positions. In a race that was gripping up until the final moment, Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Mahindra) clinched victory in a one-lap sprint following a late safety car period. In a photo finish, the first seven cars saw the checkered flag within 1.633 seconds – some of them side by side.

"That was a crazy race," said Lucas di Grassi. "After my fightback, I was close to taking the lead, but the safety car pretty much compromised our strategy. Seventh position and the fastest race lap – we’re back in the game."

"My start was really good," said Daniel Abt. "Afterwards, everything still felt good. I was already in seventh and in touch with the leading group. But after I’d activated attack mode for the first time, suddenly there wasn’t a lot I could do anymore. We need to analyze why."

Allan McNish, Team Principal of Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler: "Lucas (di Grassi) was fighting for a podium nearly throughout the whole race. For him, the safety car came at the wrong time. Everyone was gambling somewhat with the new attack mode; unfortunately we were unlucky with it. Daniel (Abt) advanced quickly at the beginning. He was also a little unfortunate with the safety car."

Until the race in Santiago de Chile, Allan now has time to analyze the race and draw the right conclusions.