Di Grassi feeling 80-90 per cent fit for New York

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Lucas di Grassi feels he is at 80 to 90 per cent fitness for this weekend’s Formula E double-header in New York City as he continues to recover from surgery to his ankle.

Di Grassi suffered a broken ankle during a charity football match ahead of the Berlin ePrix last month, which he completed without knowing the full extent of his injury.

The ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport driver was forced to pull out of the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a result of the injury, flying back to Brazil in order to undergo surgery.

Di Grassi is continuing to undergo rehabilitation for the break, and although he is not at full fitness, he remains confident there will be no impact on his duties in New York this weekend.

“I had a very tough month last month. I broke my fibula, which was one of the two bones from my leg playing a charity football match,” di Grassi explained.

“I did Berlin with it broken, but I didn’t know. Then the situation was getting worse and worse, and I had to cancel Le Mans and go straight into surgery. They put a titanium plate and some screws, so now my throttle foot is heavier and better…

“I’m still recovering, I have to still do physiotherapy, spending one month preparing myself. But now I’m 80, 90 per cent fully fit.

“But to drive I am 100 per cent, so I will not take it into consideration.”

New York acts as a pivotal weekend in di Grassi’s season as he bids to capitalise on title rival Sebastien Buemi’s absence. Di Grassi currently trails the reigning Formula E champion by 32 points in the championship with 58 on offer this weekend.

“The mindset is to fight to win the next four races,” di Grassi said.

“Buemi is far ahead, 32 points ahead. The challenge with Buemi being here or not is always very high. We’ve seen the level of the drivers and level of the teams. Teams are improving as well, it’s extremely competitive.

“So for me to take the points, I have to perform. The mindset is to try and win every race and see how it goes on Sunday in Montreal.”

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