Down and all but out of the Mexico City ePrix, di Grassi came back to claim an improbable win in one of the most thrilling races in the all-electric series’ short history.

“The race at Mexico showed what Formula E is all about, on track and around the racing itself,” di Grassi told CNN’s Supercharged show.

“Formula E has a great momentum right now and I am sure it has a great future ahead.”

Starting from 15th on the grid, di Grassi’s task was made ever harder when he was forced to pit early for repairs after suffering rear wing damage on lap one.

Returning to the track in last place, the Brazilian rolled the dice with an early switch of cars on lap 17 of the 45-lap race to leapfrog the field — current battery technology means all drivers change cars mid-race.

The move risked him running out of energy before the end of the race, but di Grassi clung on to notch the fifth win of his Formula E career.

“This race, especially the second stint when I had much less energy per lap than my competitors, was the best of my Formula E career so far,” di Grassi said.

“Formula E is not only about racing and fighting on track, you need a perfect team behind you that does all the calculations and takes the right decisions.

“As a driver you have to adapt your driving style and strategy to the amount of energy you have available.”

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The 32-year-old’s triumph has reignited the battle for the drivers’ title with arch rival Sebastien Buemi.

The Renault eDams driver won the first three races of the season but di Grassi’s victory reduces his arrears to five points in the drivers’ championship.

The win was all the sweeter given the Brazilian’s travails at the same track 12 months earlier.

Di Grassi had celebrated atop the podium at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez only to be disqualified later after his car was found to be marginally underweight.

“The worst feeling ever is when you win a race and afterwards someone comes up to you and says we have a problem,” he says.

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