Lucas Di Grassi joins Mahindra Racing, replaces Alexander Sims
Team Mahindra Racing has welcomed a new member for the Gen 3 era, in the form of Lucas Di Grassi. Formerly a member of Rokit Venturi Racing, Di Grassi will replace Alexander Sims, who was associated with the Indian racing team for a considerable amount of time and seems to have drawn curtains on his Formula E career if reports are to be believed.
Lucas Di Grassi is well known for winning the first ever Formula E race back in 2014 in Beijing. He currently holds a tally of 13 race wins, 38 podiums, and three pole positions, counting up to a total of 994 championship points. Di Grassi has also briefly raced for ABT Sportsline, who are set to return to the sport and will source their drivetrain from Mahindra Racing.
Dilbagh Gill, CEO and Team Principal, Mahindra Racing, said “There’s no doubt that Lucas [Di Grassi] is one of the greatest Formula E drivers in the history of the sport – the stats and the silverware do the talking – but, for us, his appeal is much wider than that. We are the only team that has been net carbon zero since inception, earning us the title of “the greenest team” in motorsport, and it is fundamental to our existence that we are driving forward technological developments in electric mobility with passion and knowledge both on- and off-track. We believe Lucas is perfectly positioned to do this and we are ready to get him bedded into our ground-breaking Gen3 programme within the coming weeks.
Lucas Di Grassi, said “Joining Mahindra represents a new challenge in my career and the timing could not be better: with the introduction of Gen3 in season nine of the FIA Formula E World Championship, everyone is starting from scratch. Having a seven-year relationship with ABT Sportsline, in which we won the world championship together, will give us a good springboard - the team will use the Mahindra Racing powered by ZF powertrain and this additional data and my close connection to the engineers will stand us in good stead.”
With fresh new faces in the team and a brand new Formula E car, Mahindra Racing looks to return to winning ways and strengthen its position globally as a potential icon in emissions-free racing. The 2023 season will also see Formula E making its debut in India at Hyderabad.
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