ABT Sportsline Press Release
Happy New Year: Next Saturday (10 January) will see ABT Sportsline starting the 2015 motorsport year with Formula E.
The racing series for fully electric single-seater racing cars will be holding its fourth round of the season in Buenos Aires (Argentina). Lucas di Grassi, who races for the only German team, will be travelling to South America as the leader of the standings and, together with Daniel Abt, is aiming to set the first highlight in 2015.
The race in Argentina marks the second visit to South America before Formula E, in March and April, will be holding two rounds in the USA. At the beginning of May the electric racing cars will be travelling to Europe for the season’s final sprint in Monaco, Berlin and London.
Hans-Jürgen Abt: “We’ve never started a motorsport season as early as with Formula E – I like that because it gives us the opportunity to begin the year with a highlight. Three trophies in three races are a nice string of success that we’d obviously like to continue. But we can also tell how close the competition has become at the top following the first third of the season. The fans can be particularly pleased about this as they can expect to experience a spectacular and thrilling Formula E year.”
Daniel Abt (D, 22, #66): “It’s definitely a small dream for any racer to start the year with a race in the heart of Buenos Aires. I recharged my batteries during the holiday season and look forward to our next round in South America. I feel very comfortable in Formula E and although my speed was good on the first three weekends I also suffered a lot of misfortune. But that’s history: at the beginning of 2015 everything’s been reset to zero and a new, positive roll can start – preferably next Saturday in Argentina.”
Lucas di Grassi (BR, 30, #11): “Three races, three times on podium – things have been going superbly so far. But we can’t afford to rest on these laurels: the test day following the race in Uruguay has provided the other teams with important information. That’s why the competition in Argentina will even be fiercer. But we’re perfectly prepared, have analysed all the data after the last race and familiarised ourselves with the circuit in the simulator. Buenos Aires is a fast track with a few tricky corners. The start-finish straight is extremely long and I like the fast part with the subsequent long turn 3. In the hairpin there’s plenty of room for overtaking manoeuvres but the slow turns 4 and 7 probably offer opportunities for overtaking as well.”