Lucas di Grassi and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler celebrated second position in Diriyah and the team's 41st podium success in the 60th Formula E race.


Just one day after a difficult beginning to the season, Lucas di Grassi and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler impressively came back: The Brazilian celebrated second position in Diriyah and thus the team's 41st podium success in the 60th Formula E race. Daniel Abt also scored valuable points with a strong fightback.

The second race of the season was marked by rough duels and numerous overtaking manoeuvres The second race of the season on the outskirts of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh was marked by rough duels, numerous overtaking manoeuvres and two safety car periods that repeatedly packed up the field.

In all of the duels, Lucas di Grassi, who had started the race from third place on the grid, kept a cool head and claimed second place after 45 minutes of racing. For the 35-year old Brazilian, it marked his 31st podium finish in Formula E, including 10 victories. 

In sixth position, Daniel Abt also scored valuable points for himself and the teams' championship. The German had started the race from the 15th spot on the grid, initially made up some positions, but subsequently dropped to the end of the field due to a drive-through penalty. With the help of the safety car and several bold overtaking manoeuvres, he fought back into the points again.

Following its good result the day before, Audi's customer team Envision Virgin Racing went home without any points due to two collisions. After a short Christmas break, Formula E will return to the race track next year: The third round of the season will be held in Santiago de Chile on 18 January 2020.