Lucas di Grassi has resigned his position as Formula E development driver, reports German motorsport website Motorsport Total. The article asserts that the Brazilian has stepped down in order to be allowed to race in the inaugural season and postulates that di Grassi may have his sights set on the Audi Sport ABT Formula E team, given his existing connections with Audi through Le Mans racing.
Di Grassi’s departure has not been confirmed by Formula E promoter and organiser FEH. Image courtesy of FEH.
“The FIA has decided that the one who tests the final car may not race in the first year, because that would be unfair,” explains the former Formula 1 driver. He went on to explain what he has already had an impact on: “The selection of routes, the race format and of course, the vehicles themselves.”
One thing that he did not manage to achieve: “I wanted a steering wheel which has at its centre a large, freely configurable touch screen,” he laughs. “But it’s still too expensive.”