A steering issue with Lucas di Grassi’s second Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler car limited his chances at taking the win from team mate Daniel Abt this weekend at the Berlin ePrix.
Having fought his way up the grid and into second place after starting from fifth, making a small and un-characteristic mistake in the SuperPole shoot out earlier in the day, he told katyfairman.com “I think with the second car I definitely had the chance but my second car had some kind of problem. We need to investigate that.”
Discussing the issue in further detail, the season three Formula E champion said that issues with the vibration within the car even lead to him “just wanting to finish the race.”
“Basically the steering was not feeling right, I had a lot of vibration. The car was not behaving correctly. I need to see what was going on. If there was a set up mistake or if there was anything that which went loose. I don’t know which is why for me at one point I just wanted to finish the race.”
It seemed that after closing the gap to Abt during the pitstops that di Grassi had the chance to swipe the victory away from Abt infront of his home crowd. However, with the car misbehaving di Grassi was forced to settle for his fourth consecutive Formula E second place finish.
“[I will] hopefully win in Zurich. We were very strong today, but we were very strong in Rome and very strong in a lot of places but sometimes you just have to do the best you can and this forth second place is the best I could do today.”
After today’s ePrix Lucas is 6th in the drivers’ standings with 76 points. Team mate Daniel Abt has jumped up to fourth after his impressive pole position, fastest lap and race win and lands him with a total of 85 championship points.