Formula E driver Lucas di Grassi has revealed his move from Audi to Venturi proved to be more different than he expected.
Di Grassi has generally been outpaced by teammate Edoardo Mortara this season but showed great form in London where he won for the first time this season.
“Venturi is a small team based in Monaco competing against very experienced, bigger teams and manufacturers,” Di Grassi told the press.
“The guys do a great job, a very good job. I have to say I was surprised to jump from a manufacturer like Audi to Venturi.
“They are totally different cars, different strategy. It’s amazing how different the teams can be in Formula E. I was expecting it to be very similar but it’s not.
“The team this year we really stepped up. We were very competitive, especially in the first half of this season – scoring great results very consistent, no mistakes.
“I essentially have the same car as the Mercedes cars. The team deserves to be where it is and I’m sure they will be competitive from Gen3 and beyond.”
Di Grassi closing in on 1000 points
Di Grassi is one of two drivers to have competed in every Formula E race, with Jaguar‘s Sam Bird being the other.
With Formula E‘s 100th race taking place at the season finale in South Korea, Di Grassi is hoping to break the 1000-point barrier as he current stands on 995 points.
“It’s amazing – it’s been a long, eight years and I can just be proud of Formula E and where we started, where we are and the future,” Di Grassi said.
“I’m very close to 1000 points now. The main target this year is, of course, for Venturi to win the teams’ championship – that’s how I can help the most.
“Second to that is to see where I can get the most victories, podiums and points. One great statistic would be 1000 points in my 100th race in Seoul – we can definitely fight for that.”