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ABT comfortable in the role of the hunted in Uruguay

The Audi Sport ABT Formula E Team is travelling with its drivers Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt to round three of the inaugural Formula E season as leaders of the teams’ and drivers’ standings – and intend to keep these spots. Punta del Este in Uruguay is where the next electric battle is organised, alongside the beautiful coast line.

Lucas di Grassi
Lucas di Grassi

The aims of the only German team in the international field are equally simple and ambitious. Daniel Abt, Lucas di Grassi and the ABT squad are aiming to spend Christmas at the top of the Formula E standings. Before the race in Uruguay ABT is leading the teams’ classification with a one-point advantage. Following his victory in the opening race and second place in Malaysia Lucas di Grassi is ranked in first place of the drivers’ standings.

“Punta del Este for me is one of the highlights on the Formula E calendar,” finds di Grassi. “The track runs directly alongside the beach and is very demanding. It’ll be a tough race because the battle at the front is becoming closer and closer. We’re going to take our car to the limit. For me Punta is a home race in a way as São Paulo and the Brazilian border aren’t so far away. Friends, family and fans are going to be on location and support our squad.”

The lap time achieved by Daniel Abt while preparing in the simulator was 1m 15s – with all data just being estimates as tests are not possible on the circuit. “I’m very much looking forward to the race in Uruguay,” said Abt. “The track looks exciting and the location is simply cool. For me this is also my racing debut in South America. My aim in Punta del Este, clearly, is to finish on the podium. I’ve now started from third place twice in succession and only finished in tenth place each time. So the speed is there and now I’ve just got to catch a flawless race. We’re going to meticulously prepare for this and tackle the race day with concentration.”

After two succesfull events, team owner Hans-Jürgen Abt is confident in another great outcome and said: “We’re delighted to be travelling to Uruguay as the leaders of both classifications and are definitely feeling comfortable in the role of the hunted. The competition is becoming increasingly fierce from race to race, that’s why our aim, again, is to do another zero-defect job in every respect.”