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Di Grassi to take 10-place grid penalty

Reigning Formula E champion Lucas Di Grassi will take a 10-place grid penalty after his second interior change of the season.

Di Grassi suffered with reliability problems in Hong Kong and Marrakesh, taking no points from the first three races of the season.

Audi has opted to change the invertor in one of Di Grassi’s car ahead of the Santiago ePrix this weekend.

Teams are allowed one penalty-free change of invertor, but Audi has already used this when after a problem for Di Grassi in qualifying in Marrakesh, meaning the Brazilian will be forced to take a 10-place grid penalty.

The good news for Di Grassi and Audi is that the team believes it has found the problem.

“We got to the bottom of the issues we had in Marrakesh,” said team principal Allan McNish.

“We reproduced the problem on our test bench, but the component is sealed by the FIA and so we were not in a position to fix it without incurring a penalty.”

 

Bethonie Waring

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