All roads lead to Rome: Formula E starts European tour in Italy


In its fifth season, Formula E is more thrilling than ever before. The six races held so far have seen six different winners. The competition for the top spots in the drivers’ and teams’ classifications is particularly tight. The seventh of the season’s 13 races this Saturday (April 13) in Rome promises suspense galore. Surely, Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt will make their contribution to the excitement. 

The drama will continue

Lucas di Grassi experienced ups and downs in the first half of the season: In Mexico, the 34-year-old Brazilian spectacularly clinched his first victory this season on the final lap. In Hong Kong, he finished runner-up. Most recently, in Sanya (China), he was just about to take the lead in the rankings, but then retired shortly before the end of the race due to a collision not of his own doing and went home without points. His teammate, Daniel Abt, impressed spectators with his consistency: he finished each of the six races and scored points. 

In the drivers’ classification, di Grassi and Abt are currently ranked in positions five and seven. In the intermediate classification of the teams, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler is currently in second position. “With the competition being so extremely close at the moment, we should still have every chance of success up until the season’s finale in July,” says Lucas di Grassi with unwavering optimism.

Following events in the Middle East, Africa, South and Central America, and Asia, the E-Prix in Rome will kick off the European season of the fully electric racing series. Formula E is visiting Italy’s capital for the second time after 2018. The race will be held on a challenging circuit in the southwestern part of the “Eternal City” that’s very popular with the drivers.
Subhead This is Formula E

Formula E is a FIA-sanctioned motor racing series for fully electric cars. In 2018/2019, Formula E season five, eleven teams and 22 drivers are on the grid. Formula E races worldwide on temporary circuits in the hearts of metropolises such as Hong Kong, Berlin and New York City. From December 15, 2018 until July 14, 2019, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is holding 13 rounds at twelve venues. Each race lasts 45 minutes, plus one lap.

Schaeffler in Formula E

Schaeffler is one of the co-founders and one of the most notable and successful players in Formula E. In the 2016/2017 season, Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler won the drivers’ title (Lucas di Grassi) and in the following season, it won the teams’ title (Lucas di Grassi/Daniel Abt). Schaeffler has been contributing its know-how to the development of the powertrain since 2015. In doing so, the company demonstrates its expertise in forward-thinking technologies and presents ideas for sustainable mobility for tomorrow in the innovative electric racing series. 

New technology

Formula E is entering a new era. The most conspicuous innovation for this season is that every driver has only one race car. The second-generation cars mark the end of the mid-race car swaps previously required as the battery capacity is now sufficient for the entire race. The cars’ futuristic design without a rear wing and the Halo protection system above the cockpit are also new.