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Di Grassi joins Mahindra for Season 9

Lucas Di Grassi will join Mahindra Racing for the 2022-23 Formula E season.

Di Grassi, who has been part of the Formula E family since before the championship launched, joins Oliver Rowland at the Indian team for the start of Formula E’s Gen 3 era.

“Joining Mahindra represents a new challenge in my career and the timing could not be better: with the introduction of Gen 3 in season nine of the FIA Formula E World Championship, everyone is starting from scratch,” said Di Grassi.

“Having a seven-year relationship with ABT Sportsline, in which we won the world championship together, will give us a good springboard – the team will use the Mahindra Racing powered ZF powertrain and this additional data and my close connection to the engineers will stand us in good stead.

“The short-term target is to win races and long-term is to help Mahindra Racing to win the world championship and become an icon in electric racing worldwide. We will build and exciting and sustainable future together.”

Di Grassi has competed so far in 98 E-Prix, with his 100th coming in the season finale in Seoul this weekend.

For seven seasons, he raced as part of the ABT Audi squad, winning the Formula E drivers’ championship in season three after narrowly missing out on the title in seasons one and two. He then finished second and third in the championship in seasons four and five.

After the squad left Formula E at the end of 2021, Di Grassi joined Venturi for the following season, and picked up his first win of the year in the second London E-Prix.

He currently lies sixth in the drivers’ standings.

“There’s no doubt that Lucas is one of the greatest Formula E drivers in the history of the sport – the stats and the silverware do the talking – but for us, his appeal is much wider than that,” said Mahindra team boss Dilbagh Gill.

“We are the only team that has been net carbon zero since inception, earning us the title of The Greenest Team in Motorsport, and it is fundamental to our existence that we are driving forward technological developments in electric mobility with passion and knowledge both on- and off-track.

“We believe Lucas is perfectly positioned tp dp tjos and we are ready to get him bedded into our ground-breaking Gen 3 programme within the coming weeks.

“Our ambition is for Mahindra Racing to become FIA Formula E World Champions and Lucas’s experience and drive will be instrumental in achieving this.”

Bethonie Waring

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