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The 2019 motorsport year will begin in Marrakesh for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, with Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi in the Audi e-tron FE05.

10 Jan 2019 | International News : Germany

Following two top-10 finishes at the season opener in December, Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi now aim to up the ante in the Audi e-tron FE05. The premiere of the Formula E season in Saudi Arabia was a round with highs and lows for the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team. Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi after a difficult qualifying showed strong fightbacks to eigth and ninth place scoring their first points.

However, following eight consecutive podiums last season, they went home without a trophy this time. "At the first race weekend in Riyadh, we clearly saw how high the level is and how strong the competition is in Formula E. We learned a lot and took a lot of homework with us to Germany," says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass.

Accordingly, the preparation for the second of the 13-round championship was intensive. On the day following the race in Riyadh, Nico Muller, who supports the team as a test and development driver, collected valuable data. The engineers in Neuburg analysed and evaluated the data. "Everyone back at home has been very busy making sure we improve and optimise all areas to allow us to be back on track. Our goals are unchanged and aim to be fighting for wins and podiums at each race - starting in Marrakesh," says Allan McNish, Team Principal of Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler. As before any race, the team's preparation again included work in the simulator.
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