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Formula E heads to Europe with both races to be held in the heart of Rome, Italy, and the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team is out on the trophy hunt.

07 Apr 2021 | International News : Germany

Formula E is coming to Europe and returning to the heart of the Italian capital Rome on 10 and 11 April 2021, with two races taking place in the metropolis. After the opening two races in Diriyah at the end of February, Lucas di Grassi and Rene Rast now want to claim the first trophies for their Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team.

The circuit was redesigned for Formula E's third and fourth races in Rome. It still runs through the middle of the World's Fair district and along the spectacular 'La Nuvola' convention centre. The new version includes three additional fast turns, a technically challenging section and the traditional elevation changes of the previous version.

Audi Sport driver Rene Rast (middle, in racesuit)
In addition, other iconic buildings of the district such as the 'Palazzo della Civilta Italiana' now complement the backdrop of the races. The new course now has a length of 3.385km, instead of 2.860km. Expectations for a strong showing are high.

"The results so far do not reflect our true strength," says Team Principal Allan McNish. In the opening races, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler scored a total of 19 points and Rene Rast narrowly missed the podium with fourth place on Friday. "Nevertheless, all of the Audi e-tron FE07 cars were very quick at Diriyah. With this experience, some more testing and intensive preparation, all of this together has given our team and drivers additional confidence and a spring in the step. Now we want to reward our hard work with trophies."

For Rene Rast, the fact that two races will be held in Rome is good news. "This gives me the opportunity to look at the data after the first day and learn something for the second race. Even though we will unfortunately have hardly any spectators, I am really looking forward to the weekend, I've been to Rome many times and find the city impressive. To now be racing on these streets is something very special for me."

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