Lucas Di Grassi Wins Formula E Championship in Third Season

James Marshall
August 1, 2017

After becoming the third different Formula E champion in three years at the weekend, Brazilian Lucas di Grassi said he can't wait to begin the defence of his title in Hong Kong - the place he calls his "lucky city".

Over the course of 2017, Di Grassi only won two races in comparison to Buemi's six victories.

Sebastien Buemi has been disqualified from Saturday's Formula E race in Montreal for an underweight auto.

Di Grassi finished seventh in Saturday's race, pushing his overall total to 181 points.

The strong season long performance of Frenchmen Buemi and Nico Prost did allow Renault a Constructors trophy, defeating Abt Schaeffler Audi 268-248.

Winning today's race was Jean-Eric Vergne from TeCheetah, the only customer racing team in Formula E. This was their first win in Fe as well, and given the limited testing resources they have, it's an incredible result from them. But he used more energy to do that which forced him to pit early.

"This year the level has been the best ever in terms of drivers". "The focus was to get third in the championship and that was safe". Regardless of that, he was obviously excited to have finally won the championship after finishing third in Formula E's inaugural season and second previous year. The French driver had finished second three times this season. He finished in 11th place during the second race in Montreal. I think this weekend everything went quite smoothly, everything was flawless.

"I never lost faith, the team never lost faith", said di Grassi.

Renault edams boss Jean-Paul Driot told Autosport: "We couldn't weigh the vehicle, we didn't have the time so we added four kilos with three kilos of margin, so seven kilos in total and apparently the auto is minus three, so it is ten kilos difference".

Rosenqvist finished second ahead of a challenging Jose Maria Lopez of Virgin Racing. DS Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird finished fourth in the championship. Sebastien Buemi finished out of the points as his disastrous weekend continued, but Renault e.dams did claim the Teams' title for the third year in a row. He caught a break when Buemi was called away for an event in the endurance racing championship and missed two races earlier this month in NY. "We can be happy with a lot of points in the teams' championship".

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