Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt will race for Audi Sport ABT in the first Formula E season.
Di Grassi is no stranger to the hotseat, having been the sport’s primary development driver until very recently. He has a wealth of racing experience, including competing in Formula 1 and with Audi at Le Mans. He already has a pretty clear idea of what the Spark-Renault racing cars will be like on track.
Abt (pictured) is perhaps no surprise, given that he shares the name of the racing team for which he’ll be driving (it’s owned by his dad).
The announcement marks the first two drivers officially signed to race in Formula E. Both were part of the Formula E “Drivers’ Club”, lending that programme a little more credence. Image courtesy of FEH.
“I’m delighted that Audi is giving me the opportunity to drive in sports car racing as well as in Formula E,” says di Grassi.
Abt says. “That I’m part of the line-up in the inaugural season is both an honour and a huge challenge.”
“In Daniel and Lucas we’ve signed our absolutely ideal pairing,” says team owner Hans-Jürgen Abt. “My thanks go to Audi who released Lucas for the Formula E commitment. He’s been involved in the development of the series right from the beginning and is one of the most sought-after names in the scene – we’re proud that he’s opted for us.”
“All our plans for Formula E are perfectly on track,” says Thomas Biermaier, ABT sports director. “The two drivers we’d been wishing to sign are on board and our discussions with partners, sponsors, engineers and mechanics are making very good progress as well.”