Di Grassi looking forward to ‘home race’

Lucas di Grassi and the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport team enter this weekend's ePrix at Punta del Este in Uruguay as one of the frontrunners after the Brazilian driver finished in second place at the season-opener in Beijing and won last time out in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

The ever-changing conditions around the 2.785-kilometer circuit at the Punta del Este resort – caused by sand that drifts across from the nearby beach – makes for a race difficult to predict. 

For Di Grassi, though, the race in Uruguay is as close to a home race as he is likely to get in the all-electric championship.

"As long as we don't drive in Brazil, the race in Punta del Este is effectively my home race, which I'm eagerly looking forward to," the Brazilian is quoted as saying by Electric Autosport.

"The enthusiasm of the South American fans is enormous  – and together with this unique location, it will certainly be a highlight. 

"We want to win the race and fight for the title. This is only possible when we are perfectly prepared and one-hundred percent focused on race day."

The inaugural race there in 2014 was one of the most exciting of the season, with Di Grassi eventually finishing third following several safety car stages and many overtaking manoeuvres across the grid.

His team-mate Daniel Abt, meanwhile, set the fastest lap of the race.

"Formula E is unpredictable and it's exactly this that makes it so fascinating," the 23-year-old, who is the youngest driver on the grid, said.

"It's not just about speed, but in fact all about hundreds of other details. If we can get everything right on the day then we'll be right at the front."

Following their double-podium start to the second season of the championship, Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport is in first place on the team standings going into this weekend's race.

As  such, team boss Hans-Jürgen Abt would like nothing more than ending the year on a high with another strong showing in Uruguay.

The whole team – including our two drivers – has gelled over the last few months and has proven that they can handle pressure exceptionally well. This is one of our strengths, even if others are perhaps a step ahead when it comes to absolute performance," said.