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Guest appearance in South America – sights firmly set on the podium
For the second time since 2018, Formula E is coming to Santiago de Chile.
The third race of the season in the exclusively electrical racing series will take place this coming Saturday, 26 January. After winning points in each of this season's races, the drivers of the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team, Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi, now want to make it onto the podium.
New track for the E-Prix
The setting for the race is the Parque O'Higgins, the capital city's second largest park, which covers 750,000 square meters. The 2,348-kilometer-long circuit in the center of Santiago, with its long straights, hairpin turns and chicanes, leads the drivers around the Movistar Arena. “The track layout looks exciting, but we will see exactly what we are faced with when we get there,” says Team Boss Allan McNish. “One thing is, however, abundantly clear: it will be a completely different type of race compared to the two other races we've had this season. First of all, we'll be faced with far higher temperatures. And secondly, it is the first proper city circuit of the racing calendar with all the typical features that brings.”
Despite the new location and an unfamiliar track, the objective for the factory team is the same. “We know about the capabilities of our Audi e-tron FE05, our team and our drivers – now we have to draw everything together to get onto that podium,” says Allan McNish. “Races in South America are always something special because the fans are enthusiastic and create an amazing atmosphere.”
It means a lot to me to have this event in South America.
This gives Audi driver Lucas di Grassi that extra bit of motivation. “Santiago de Chile is only a four hour flight from my hometown of São Paulo. So the race is somewhat of a home game for me,” the Brazilian says. “The circuit is unchartered territory for everyone. With this in mind, we need to be more focused in our work and be fully alert from the very first second.”
Video: Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi talk about the race in Santiago
Just like his team mate, Daniel Abt also collected points in the first two races of the season but missed out on a podium place. “Every member of our team is hungry for success and wants to take another trophy home as quickly as possible,” the German says. The race in Santiago de Chile gets underway at 4:00 p.m. local time (8:00 p.m. CET) and will be broadcast live on Eurosport. German television channel ZDF will also be providing a live stream.