Lucas di Grassi’s Formula E championship victory on Sunday marked the end of a three-year journey for the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport driver as he finally clinched his maiden title.
Di Grassi was one of the first drivers to become involved with the Formula E project and won its first ever race back in 2014, but lost out on the championship at the final race in both seasons one and two.
Di Grassi entered the final round of season three in Montreal trailing Sebastien Buemi by 10 points, but was able to enjoy one of the strongest weekends of his career to turn the tables and ultimately take the title.
Having entered the weekend with nothing to lose, di Grassi saw the momentum swing decisively in his favour on Saturday when Buemi was disqualified for an underweight car, giving him a healthy advantage heading into the final race.
Despite being locked in a number of midfield battles, di Grassi was able to make it to the chequered flag in seventh place, wrapping up the title.
“Today I had to bring it home. We had some problems with our strategy, we had some problems with the race, but we managed just to keep on going,” di Grassi said.
“I think fifth place would have been possible, but in the end we just managed to bring the car home. In the race today I had some battles with Tom [Dillmann], with Jose [Maria Lopez], with [Nelson] Piquet at one point.
“Formula E’s like this. You cannot do one mistake. Until the chequered flag is out you don’t know what’s going to happen. We had to keep on pushing.”
Looking back on his time in Formula E, di Grassi felt a sense of completion with his championship win, having suffered near misses the past two years.
“This journey, this day started three years ago when we started season one, and then we got a lot of good results,” di Grassi said.
“I arrived in London fighting for the championship, even though I got disqualified from winning a race. Season two, the same situation, even got disqualified from winning a race.
“Finally I came here as an underdog, 10 points behind and had the nerves to keep calm, I did the job yesterday and today managed to win it also. I’m so happy for my team, so happy for the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport guys, they really deserve it.
“This season was our toughest I would say, I did one race with a broken fibula. We really had luck in some races like Mexico or Hong Kong, the luck was on our side.
“I guess this was our year. Extremely satisfied. This championship means a lot to me. I’ve got to party and celebrate tonight.”