audi ready to up their game for rome e-prix

07:30    11 Apr 2019

Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT Formula E)
Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler have promised to further up their game ahead of Round 7 of the 2018/19 Formula E season, the Rome E-Prix on the streets of the Italian capital.

You can see live coverage of free practice, qualifying and the race itself on Fox Sports 2 throughout the morning and afternoon of Saturday 13 April.

Audi come into the event just one point behind both Envision Virgin Racing and Mahindra Racing,who are tied on 97-points a piece at the top of the Teams’ Championship table. The German marque is hoping to find even greater form in the second half of the campaign.

“The race in Rome marks the beginning of the ‘hot phase’ in the championship, because the upcoming four races will be taking place in compact two-week intervals and could be decisive for the outcome of the title race,” said team principal Allan McNish.

“Rome was an outstanding event at the premiere last year, when Daniel and Lucas finished in the top four. The circuit has unique characteristics and is a true challenge: a fast first section with a small jump and an extremely narrow and difficult final part.

“I’m sure that the fans are going to see a fantastic race at the first European round this season.”

The race in Rome last season was a strong one for the Audi team, with both Lucas Di Grassi and Daniel Abt finishing in the top four.

Di Grassi added, “I have a lot of Italian blood in me – a test revealed that an amazing 82 percent of my DNA is from Italy. That’s why Rome is like a home round for me.

“The track is one of the most challenging of all, with elevation changes and even a jump.

“The season is now entering an exciting stage: everyone is very close together, so it’s all the more important to consistently score points from now on in order to stay in contention.”

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