Starting 15th on the grid in Paris, Daniel Abt drove one of the best races in his Formula E career to place his ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport in P7 as the final laps of the Paris ePrix approached. He had been awarded Fanboost and overtaken a total of eight cars during the 49 lap race, making him a worthy contender for driver of the race.
Unfortunately Abt ran into trouble just three corners before the chequered flag. A battery management issue caused the car to come to an abrupt halt and ended his race meters from the finish line. Understandably, Abt was a broken man and although he was able to take several positives from the weekend in the heart of France’s capital city, the disappointment in the unreliability of the car hurt him deeply.
“Well as you said, my race was really mega,” he begun. “I overtook several cars and felt really strong all day. Then the race was basically over behind the safety car. I was actually due to finish P6 because Robin Frijns had the penalty.
“I was just cruising around and my car shuts off with a battery management error and there was nothing I could do.”
The performance Abt displayed around the streets of Paris make this one of his strongest Formula E races to date, with Abt being one of only a handful of drivers that have raced in the sport since its founding in 2014.
“I think that was one of my best Formula E races in my career to date. I felt so strong; I don’t know if I have ever overtaken so many cars in one race. It was all going well, we made the right call with the full course yellow.”
With the next round being hosted in Abt’s home country of Germany, he wants to make sure that the reliability and pace of the team is back on track.
“There are always positives. My race pace was good, today we were unlucky with our qualifying performance, we were stronger than that. In Group 1 we didn’t get the chance to work as we should, I think we are much stronger than that.
“Berlin is coming next and I hope that all the bullshit is gone and that we can just have a good race at home and finally get a podium.”
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