Formula E: Crazy race for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
Energy management decides wet race
In one of the craziest races in Formula E history, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler scored championship points with both of the team’s drivers in Valencia on Saturday. After several safety car periods, the race ended up being one lap too long for most of the drivers. For them, it was just a matter of managing the remaining amount of energy available and saving themselves for the finish. René Rast and Lucas di Grassi moved up to finish fifth and tenth on the last lap, thanks to clever energy management after both of them had dropped to the back of the field right at the beginning of the race. For Rast, this was due to an excursion through the gravel bed, while for di Grassi it was because of a 10-second stop-and-go penalty. The gearbox of his Audi e-tron FE07 had to be changed after the accident in Rome a fortnight ago – the accident that was not his fault.
Advertising banner costs René Rast chance of a podium
An advertising banner cost René Rast the chance of a podium result on Sunday. The three-time DTM champion showed an impressive recovery, moving up from 14th place on the grid to third place. “The podium would definitely have been possible today,” said the German after the thrilling race. “But then, André Lotterer kicked up an advertising banner directly in front of me, which got stuck on my car. From that moment on, I had no more pace. That was extremely unlucky.” Rast lost three positions in the closing stages, but scored important championship points in sixth place.
Formula E Valencia: Results documents to download
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