Lucas di Grassi is set for the second consecutive ten-place grid drop ahead of this weekend's Mexico City E-Prix. The Brazilian driver was forced to take the first ten-place grid drop at Santiago after a break of the inverter seal on his Audi e-tron FE04 cars.
Di Grassi had already used the component joker before the Chilean round. Therefore, after Audi elected to repair a component within the inverter, the reigning champion will get a successive grid penalty.
“Now, we’re confident that we’ve found both the cause and a solution. Unfortunately, the FIA regulations do not allow us to implement the changes until a 30-day period has expired. Although we’re obviously not happy about this situation, we are optimistic that the permanent track characteristics, much like in pre season testing, do not exaggerate any problems,” said head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass.
Di Grassi has yet to score his first championship points after three consecutive DNFs.