Lucas di Grassi feels he has “very little to lose” heading into this weekend’s Formula E title showdown with Sebastien Buemi in Montreal.
Di Grassi managed to cut Buemi’s championship lead down to just 10 points two weeks ago in New York thanks to the Swiss racer’s absence, giving himself a realistic shot at a maiden title in Montreal.
Having won just one race through season three compared to six for Buemi, di Grassi is under no illusions of the impact Buemi’s absence from New York had on his title chances, but feels less pressure given the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport team’s underdog status.
“One of the reasons I’m 10 points behind is because Seb didn’t do New York. This season was different from last season, he won pretty much all of the races he did,” di Grassi said.
“We definitely struggled more than season two in terms of getting good results, and the level of the whole field became stronger, much more competition on our side.
“We are the underdogs. We have very little to lose, but a lot to gain. We are 10 points behind so the pressure is not on me. I will do my best to take every chance and try to do a good race.
“Two races, it’s still open, 58 points and we’re going to try and score as much as we can.”
The ABT Schaeffler team does stand an outside chance of winning the teams’ championship, trailing Renault e.dams by 65 points, but di Grassi remains wary of the threat from behind in the shape of Mahindra and DS Virgin Racing.
“Of course my main concern is the drivers’ championship. But we want ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport to finish on a high,” di Grassi said.
“We are very close to Mahindra and also to Virgin in the teams’ championship, so of course we look at that. We try to score as much points as possible.
“One thing is linked to another. The more points you score, the easier it is to achieve both goals we had going into this weekend. Of course that will be extremely difficult.
“New York we had a tough time. I don’t expect anything less here, but we are fully ready for the final.”