Di Grassi: Second place good enough

Lucas di Grassi feels that finishing in second place at the SWUSP Beijing ePrix was the best possible result he could have achieved in the race over the past weekend.

Di Grassi, who finished second to Sebastien Buemi for Renault e.dams, was coming under pressure from the Swiss driver's team-mate Nico Prost before the Frenchman was forced to retire after suffering a rear wing failure.

That meant the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport driver then ran unopposed to the flag and di Grassi reckons the podium finish gives his team a good start to the season to build on.

In an interview with Fiaformulae.com, Di Grassi said that to finish in second place was good for the team.

"In normal circumstances it would have been a P3, not a P2, but I was going to fight for that P2 until the last lap of the race, you could be sure of that," he said.

"But finishing P2 [on the] podium is a good feeling for the mechanics, a good feeling for the team. I think we've started the season in good shape." 

Di Grassi added that testing their own powertrain technology for the first time has been a challenge in the off-season but felt they were slowly getting it right.

"It has been a chaotic summer making sure that everything was ready and reliable, and fast and performed as it could do. We were confident ahead of this weekend.

"I think we've made big progress, I think Schaeffler did a fantastic powertrain and we improved a lot from last year. We knew that, but, of course, this is competition and you're as good as the other guys are improving.

"The competition also did a big, big step, so today the maximum I could do was second place."

The second round of the Formula E Championship takes place at Putrajaya, Malaysia on November 7.