Common Brazilian driver Lucas Di Grassi has introduced that he’ll be becoming a member of Mahindra Racing for the ninth season of the ABB FIA Formulation E World Championship, after changing into the primary driver within the collection to have scored a thousand factors.
The ex-Formulation 1 driver and 2016 Formulation E champion turned the primary driver within the collection to finish one-hundred races and surpass a thousand factors, each of which he achieved on the Seoul E-Prix final weekend. Di Grassi is arguably ‘Mr Formulation E’, with the Brazilian having taken half in each Formulation E race within the championship’s historical past, in addition to being the primary ever winner of the collection.
He’ll be becoming a member of Mahindra for the 2023 marketing campaign the place he’ll be tackling the staff’s Gen3 automobile, with the game’s laws fully altering for subsequent 12 months. He joins the Indian staff after spending a 12 months with ROKIT Venturi Racing, who’re going to be taken-over by Maserati‘s new Formulation E entrant subsequent season.
Di Grassi might be changing Alexander Sims on the staff, with the British driver having determined to go away the collection; Di Grassi will due to this fact be alongside Oliver Rowland on the aspect.
It’s thrilling occasions to be a part of Mahindra for Di Grassi, with the aspect set to have the returning ABT Sportsline as their buyer staff. Di Grassi spent seven years with ABT, giving him a “good springboard”.
The Brazilian is wanting ahead to the brand new problem, and constructing a “sustainable future” with the staff.
“Becoming a member of Mahindra represents a brand new problem in my profession and the timing couldn’t be higher: with the introduction of Gen3 in season 9 of the FIA Formulation E World Championship, everyone seems to be ranging from scratch. Having a seven-year relationship with ABT Sportsline, during which we received the world championship collectively, will give us an excellent springboard – the staff will use the Mahindra Racing powered by ZF powertrain and this extra knowledge and my shut connection to the engineers will stand us in good stead.
“The short-term goal is to win races and long-term is to assist Mahindra Racing to win the world championship and change into an icon in electrical racing worldwide. We’ll construct an thrilling and sustainable future collectively.”
Dilbagh Gill CEO and Group Principal at Mahindra Racing added his ideas on the signing of Di Grassi, who he calls “one of many best” to have raced within the collection.
“There’s little doubt that Lucas [Di Grassi] is likely one of the best Formulation E drivers within the historical past of the game – the stats and the silverware do the speaking – however, for us, his enchantment is way wider than that.
“We’re the one staff that has been web carbon zero since inception, incomes us the title of The Greenest Group in Motorsport, and it’s basic to our existence that we’re driving ahead technological developments in electrical mobility with ardour and data each on- and off-track. We imagine Lucas is completely positioned to do that and we’re able to get him bedded into our ground-breaking Gen3 programme throughout the coming weeks.
“Our ambition is for Mahindra Racing to change into FIA Formulation E World Champions and Lucas’s expertise and drive might be instrumental in reaching this.”