Lucas di Grassi’s less than ideal start to the Formula E season will continue after he was handed a 10-place grid penalty for today’s Santiago ePrix.
The Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler driver had an inverter change prior to the shakedown session yesterday, his second of the season.
He was forced to make an inverter change in Marrakesh between qualifying and the race, but was not penalised as each car has a ‘joker’ change the team is allowed to use during the season.
His second change did incur a penalty though, and will likely mark the third straight ePrix where he has started outside of the top 10.
The post-ePrix rookie test at Marrakesh provided Audi an opportunity to find the source of the issue, and they believe this second change to have stemmed from the same cause as the first.
di Grassi won the FE drivers’ championship last season, but has failed to score a point so far this season after three rounds. He did take fastest lap in the second Hong Kong race, but his 14th place finish meant he didn’t receive the usual one point bonus for the achievement.