Lucas di Grassi revelled in his dominant victory on Saturday in Montreal after seizing the lead of the Formula E drivers’ championship with one round remaining, calling it: “The best day of my Formula E career”.
Di Grassi went lights-to-flag from pole position to bag his second win of the season and vault ahead of perennial rival Sebastien Buemi in the drivers’ championship, enjoying a six-point buffer heading into Sunday’s finale.
“First I have to thank my team,” di Grassi said. “They did a fantastic job last week, a lot of hours trying to understand what went wrong in New York and trying to make the car better. Of course, without the team, I cannot deliver the job.
“Today was definitely the best day of my Formula E career with 28 points in the right moment. I think the secret, it’s very easy: just keep calm and do the best you can to motivate everyone around you, try and build up the team, try and push them for the last two races of the championship and see the outcome. Formula E can go from heaven to hell in one lap or one decision or one problem.
“Today we did the job. Tomorrow is a completely different day, a completely different environment. We’re going to try to do the same as we did here.”
While Montreal’s inaugural all-electric race was heaven for di Grassi, it proved to be hell for Buemi as he cracked under the pressure of his bid for a second title.
An incident-strewn race was followed by a string of arguments with drivers in the pit lane, all for the world to see on the TV feed.
When asked by Current E about how the pressure faced had swung momentum in the championship on Saturday, di Grassi was happy to simply focus on his own duties.
“I just focus on myself, focus on taking the best performance out of my team, to do the best I can in every race,” di Grassi said.
“To be honest, we were under a lot of pressure, we are under a lot of pressure. But you can turn this pressure into motivation, or you can turn this pressure into something bad.
“I learned a lot these past seasons, I learned a lot in my career about title fights, and just try to make sure that everybody’s doing their job.
“Tomorrow is another day. If by the chequered flag we’re champions, that’s great. If not, I will sleep very happy that I did the best I could and that I fought until the last moment.”