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A total of 10 containers from the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team have left Germany on their way to Riyadh, where the opening Formula E races will be held.

10 Nov 2019 | International News : Germany


Two complete Audi e-tron FE06 cars and a whole host of spare parts and equipment, from body components to cleaning agents, plus all of the items needed by Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi, have left Germany on their way to Saudi Arabia, where the first two Formula E races for this season will be held on 22 and 23 November 2019.

The racing team will only be allowed to open the cargo boxes containing the cars on 19 November
Logistics expert DHL picked up the crates at the team's base in Kempten and hauled them to the Stuttgart airport, from where they will be flown directly to Saudi Arabia's capital city Riyadh. On the morning of 19 November, the teams will be allowed to open the cargo boxes in the pit lane.

The precious cargo will embark on a long journey. Following the first two races, it will travel directly to Chile and from there to one race after the other.

The crates will only return to Kempten after the Formula E finale in London next July. That is why any in-season work on the race cars can only be performed in the trackside garages - which is unique in international motorsport and poses a special challenge to the mechanics, engineers and logisticians of the twelve teams.

The Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler is the only team to have contested all of Formula E's races with the same driver pairing
Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi have carefully packed their travel bags and handed them over to the team. The contents of each driver's bags include two racing suits, two pairs of gloves, two pairs of shoes, three sets of fireproof underwear, team wear, plus the individually adjusted earphone systems for radio communications during the races are all part of the standard gear.

In addition, Daniel Abt's luggage contains a can of hairspray, while Lucas di Grassi takes along a skipping rope for pre-race concentration exercises.

The two rounds in Diriyah will be races number 59 and 60 in the still young history of Formula E. Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler is the only team to have contested all of them with the same driver pairing, and with a track record of 12 race wins and 40 podium finishes as well as one drivers' and one teams' title, is also currently the most successful team in the field.
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