12 Dec 19

The Race for Clean Air - full documentary

Beyond the unpredictable, wheel-to-wheel racing, there's a greater campaign at the heart of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship - the race for clean air. Since 2014, the Championship has been battling against air pollution and climate change through the promotion of more sustainable mobility. To raise awareness of the issue, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler driver and UN ambassador for clean air Lucas di Grassi travelled to New Delhi - one of the most polluted cities on the planet. Watch the full documentary charting his journey below.

While the ABB FIA Formula E Championship brings some of the closest and most competitive racing to the city streets all around the world, we've always been about more than just close combat track action. Since it's conception, the series has served as a testbed for the latest electric vehicle technology to help reduce air pollution and fight against climate change. 

After taking on the role of UN ambassador for clean air in 2018, former champ di Grassi works with Formula E to promote electric mobility to help combat the rising levels of air pollution. In the feature-length documentary The Race for Clean Air, the former champ takes a trip to the heavily polluted metropolis of New Delhi to meet with people who are most severely affected by poor air.

“The trip was an eye-opener for me, because I saw first-hand how serious the immediate effects of air pollution on people can be,” said di Grassi. 

“I may have learned more during these few days than on all of my previous trips around the world. It’s our duty to do something.”  

“I understood that the challenges are much greater and above all more complex than we think. There’s not just a single cause. That’s why the fight for clean air and the economic development of a country have to go hand in hand.”

Read all about the ABB FIA Formula E Championship's sustainability programme