Lucas Di Grassi Takes Formula E Title While Renault Wins Its Third Team Award

FIA Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi was honored at an end-of-season awards gala in Montreal on Sunday, while Renault took the team award for the third year in a row.

ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport driver di Grassi  was given his trophy by FIA President Jean Todt. The Renault e.dams team was given its award by Formula E Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag and deputy CEO Alberto Longo.

Brazilian driver di Grassi took it down to the wire over the weekend in Montreal, knocking last year’s winner, Sebastian Buemi of the Renault e.dams team, off the mantle. Buemi had gone to the Montreal races with a 10-point advantage but had a series of problems starting with a crash in the second practice session. He finished in 11th place during the second race in Montreal.

The Audi Sport driver had his own series of challenges to contend with this season, including breaking the fibula in his right leg while playing soccer in June.

Buemi had beaten di Grassi last season under controversial circumstances before being handed the award by the judges.

“Although there were tough moments, we had to make tough decisions – it was extremely difficult to race with a broken leg. We committed a lot to this championship since the beginning, fought for victories and fought for championships two years in a row. But there was always something missing – losing by a little margin. This year I was under so much pressure, same as Sebastien [Buemi],” di Grassi said after taking the award.

Renault e.dams has taken the team award since the series started three years ago. Team member Buemi missed taking the driver award by one point in the first season, won it last year, and has driven with the team since the beginning.

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