Lucas di Grassi
ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport
“I think we’ve made big progress, I think Schaeffler did a fantastic powertrain and we improved a lot from last year. We knew that, but of course this is competition and you’re as good as the other guys are improving.”
Lucas di Grassi has the honour and his name in the history books as the first driver to stand on the top step of the podium at the first ever ePrix in Beijing in 2014. Another two podium appearances in the following races gave di Grassi a solid start to the inaugural season but ended the year third in the standings behind Nelson Piquet Jr and Sebastien Buemi. To recreate the results he had at the start of last season, di Grassi has continued with Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport for a second season alongside team-mate Daniel Abt.
Lucas di Grassi began karting in 1997 in Sao Paulo and became Junior South American karting champion only a year later. After travelling across South America and winning numerous championships along the way, the Brazilian travelled to Europe to compete in the F3 Euro Series in France, finishing as the best rookie in fourth place.
He switched to the British Formula 3 Championship in 2004 and took two victories on his way to eighth in the final standings. During that year he became a development driver for Renault F1 where he would remain for four years. In 2006, the Brazilian began the first of four seasons in GP2, racking up numerous wins and podiums, resulting in becoming vice-champion in 2007.
Three years later, after consistently showing his worth in GP2 and impressing whenever he got behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car, he finally got his break with Virgin where despite car issues, he recorded the team's first race finish with 14th in Malaysia before going on to beat team-mate Timo Glock in the final standings.
Since then, he has acted as the Pirelli test driver and official development driver for the FIA Formula E Championship before the launch of the first season. As well as electric racing, di Grassi also competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Audi, resulting in a fourth place finish in the 2015 with team-mates Oliver Jarvis and Loic Duval.