Mahindra Racing Driver's blog | Lucas Di Grassi

Lucas Di Grassi is excited for the next race in Rome. He reckons the track will be a little difficult to tackle in the new Gen3 cars but is ultimately high-spirited.
Lucas Di Grassi considers Rome to be another home race for himself due to his ancestory.
Lucas Di Grassi considers Rome to be another home race for himself due to his ancestory.Mahindra Racing

A third home race?

I wonder if there is a record for how many “home races” a driver can have in one season?!

Given my ancestry I think it’s only fair that I can claim the Hankook Rome E-Prix as my third home race (after Brazil and Monaco).

We have had some great circuits on the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship calendar this season and Rome is another fantastic track. It is going to be difficult in the new Gen3 car, though. Rome is a notoriously difficult track and the characteristics of the Gen3 car – more power and less grip – will make it challenging. There are a lot of high speed sectors which were easily flat in Gen2, which are now going to be proper corners in Gen3. I’m looking forward to racing there though. I’ve got good memories and I have been on the podium before. We will need a different set up on the car to Portland, where we had a great run to finish seventh and managed to score six valuable points in the championship.

Once again, the aim for Rome will be to improve on our qualifying sessions to be able to start further up the grid, which in turn should help us get into the points. The team felt very lifted after the good Portland result so we are fully focused now on the same target for Rome.

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