Di Grassi: “I could never be more prepared” for Berlin finale

Audi Formula E mainstay Lucas Di Grassi is looking forward to getting back to racing when the FE season resumes in Berlin. 

Di Grassi, who is fifth in the championship is looking to add to his Season 3 title when six races take place over nine days to bring the championship to a mega close.

“Physically and mentally, I could never be more prepared than I am now so i’m pretty confident that we can deliver to the best of our capacity and hopefully for another title.” said Di Grassi.

“The goal is the same for every Formula E race, to try to win all of them and try to collect the most amount of points.

“Of course, this will be extremely hard, almost impossible, over six races. In the end realistically we have to do the best we can.

“I think the championship will be very tight and everything can happen up to the last race.

“In Montreal (season 3), I arrived 22 points behind and I still won the title in two races. I’m 29 points behind with 6 races left.

“So if I’m performing well, we have a good shot and we have to everything we can to maximise it.”

Lucas Di Grassi (BRA), Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, Audi e-tron FE06
Lucas Di Grassi, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, Audi e-tron FE06 © FIA Formula E

He has been on the podium in the five previous races in Berlin, winning last year in the first race there in Gen2 machinery and has never finished lower than third in the championship but Di Grassi did not take solace from the form of previous years.

“The past results do not really mean anything in Formula E, we had good success and not so good successes in many different tracks.

“What motivates us is that we have improved the car since last race [in Marrakech] quite a lot, more than I expected.

“I am quite confident that we can at least be in the best position we can. All the work has been done in a very good way and confidence is high.

“But it will be tough. It will be tough mentally, it will be tough physically and we have to perform every time.”

The congested end to the season provides a whole new challenge for the drivers where there normally is a lot of time to regroup after a race, the teams will have to move ahead immediately.

Di Grassi thinks experience will really come to the fore to keep focus over the races:

“The best [way to deal with the challenge] is experience. It’s very hard to prepare for a series of races but in Formula E it’s more a mental challenge.

“If you are fit enough and you can do for example the 24h of Le Mans you can definitely do 6 days of racing in Formula E but the mental aspect is much tougher.

“Everything is much more compressed, much less time, you cannot have any mistakes, there are walls everywhere. This is the most difficult part.”

The Formula E season restarts on Wednesday for six races across three layouts in Berlin.

2019 Berlin E-prix
Lucas Di Grassi winning in Berlin last year © FIA Formula E