Lucas di Grassi: 'I only see a bright future for Formula E'
- 2017 was a “take off” season for Formula E
- Sponsors and new teams signing up
- “Formula E have evolved at astounding speed” says di Grassi
The 2016/17 championship concluded on the streets of Montreal in dramatic fashion last weekend as Lucas di Grassi came from behind to clinch the world title, 12 months after losing out by the narrowest of margins to arch rival Sebastien Buemi.
“I feel amazing, it couldn’t be better — it’s a dream come true,” a visibly emotional di Grassi said after Sunday’s ePrix. “I’m so happy for the team (ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport) our partners and myself. We really deserve it.”
Champion at last
Victory was sweet for di Grassi after coming so close to winning the championship in London’s Battersea Park last year, and finishing third the previous season.
Di Grassi has been one of Formula E’s biggest cheerleaders from the beginning watching it rise from obscurity to what is now the brink of motorsport’s mainstream.
“Formula E have evolved at an astounding speed since season one,” di Grassi told CNN.
“To see what it has accomplished in three years is just really unbelievable. We now have the most amount of car manufacturers of any racing series in the world and it’s only going to grow for seasons four, five and six … I only see a bright future,” he added.
‘Take off’ for Formula E
These are exciting times for the world’s only electric world championship with sponsor money flowing into the coffers and auto manufacturers queuing up to join the series.
This is all music to the ears of Alejandro Agag, co-founder and CEO of Formula E.
“I think it’s been the take-off season for Formula E with all the attention and all the new entries,” Agag said.
“I think last weekend meant we really ended on a high with Lucas coming from behind and winning the drivers’ championship and Renault (eDams) keeping a very well deserved teams’ championship.”
Four-time F1 world champion Alain Prost, who has now masterminded three consecutive constructors’ titles for the Renault eDams team, agrees with Agag.
“In the first season we could not expect to have so many contributors involved in our championship and so much success,” Prost told CNN.
“Everybody knows Formula E now. We had a concept and it has been a big success. It’s been a big surprise for me,” the Frenchman added.
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