René Rast © Audi Sport

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler will keep its Berlin lineup for Formula E’s seventh season.

Season 3 champion Lucas Di Grassi and reigning DTM champion and current points leader René Rast continue as Audi’s driver lineup after a strong showing as teammates in the Berlin rounds.

Di Grassi has been with the team since its inaugural season in Formula E and has fought for the title on numerous occasions. Season Six was the first time he finished outside the top three in the drivers standings.

Rast was drafted in at the eleventh hour to replace the jettisoned Daniel Abt after he was sacked for using a ringer in a charity Sim Racing event during the global lockdown.

Rast performed well in Berlin achieving a podium on the final track layout of the six races that rounded out the FE season.

Lucas di Grassi © Audi Sport

Di Grassi said in a statement: “I have experienced everything in these six years; great successes, defeats, insane emotions. And the best is yet to come, because the start-up from back then is now turning into an FIA World Championship. Together with Audi and René, I will give everything in 2021 to have a say in the fight for the world championship title.”

Rast said: “The races in Berlin have definitely whetted my appetite for more, so I’m now looking forward to my first full season in Formula E. Starting in this world championship for Audi is the next exciting chapter in my career and I am really looking forward to it.”

Head of Audi Motorsport, Dieter Gass said: “For me, it was extremely important to have two drivers who push each other to peak performance. With Lucas and René, we have succeeded in doing this brilliantly. Lucas is the most successful driver in the field and extremely hungry to win his second title. René has already left an impressive mark in Berlin. We are enjoying his determination year after year in the DTM. I am already looking forward to experiencing it in Formula E.”

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