29 Jul 17

Di Grassi: the pressure is on me

In each of the three Formula E seasons, Lucas di Grassi has gone into the final round in contention for the championship.

With a gap of just 10 points to Sebastien Buemi, di Grassi has a fighting chance of claiming his maiden Formula E title on Sunday, but equally he knows that any mistake would be costly and could potentially hand his rival the crown with a race to spare.

“We are 10 points behind so the pressure is on me and I will do the best I can and try to do a good race – two good races,” he said. “To be honest the final is Sunday, tomorrow is just the 11th race of the season, so we are going to try to score as much points as possible and weigh up the risk and reward.

“The more risk you have the more reward you might have but also you could lose it all. So of course it’s controlled risk management. I think we have to see how Saturday goes on before we decide on Sunday and the approach. You have to approach every race like it’s a final, so from Hong Kong we were trying to maximise the car. If you play it safe you can still have an issue with the car, so we will push very hard.”

The first opportunity to gauge the relative performance of the Renault e.dams and the Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport cars comes in the first official practice session, which takes place at 8am (local time) tomorrow morning.

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