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Formula E: Audi drivers ready to race in Marrakesh

• Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler aims to return to the top
• Telephone press conference with Daniel Abt on Wednesday, January 10

Neuburg a. d. Donau/Marrakesh, January 8, 2018 – Return to winning ways – this is Team
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s aim for the Formula E round in Marrakesh (Morocco). Following a
difficult opener in Hong Kong, the two campaigners, Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi, are
traveling to round three of the electric racing series’ season to be held on the African
continent on January 13 with high motivation.

From the streets of the Hong Kong metropolis to the northwest of Africa: Formula E, in which
Audi is involved with a factory-backed commitment for the first time in the 2017/2018 season,
is stopping in Morocco. This Saturday, ten teams and twenty drivers will be battling for points
and trophies on Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan on the second race weekend
of the electric racing series. Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler has ambitious aims. “There is a very
strong motivation within the team to bounce back, and that goes for us all,” says Team Principal
Allan McNish. Daniel Abt had clinched his first Formula E victory in Hong Kong but was
subsequently disqualified due to an administrative error of his team in filling out the vehicle’s
passport. “Although we were not allowed to carry the big trophy home after Hong Kong we now
know that the Audi e-tron FE04 is a car that can win races. We are taking this positive feeling
with us to Marrakesh.”

In contrast to the city street circuit in Hong Kong, round three of the season will be held on a
permanent race track. “You cannot compare the Marrakesh circuit with the one at the season
opener, but this is a key thing about Formula E,” says McNish. “You have to arrive perfectly
prepared and be ready to adapt quickly to all circumstances on the day. Teamwork counts and
that’s one of our strengths. Marrakesh is one of the very few tracks on the Formula E calendar
where the team still misses out a podium finish so that is exactly what we are aiming for with
both drivers.”

Daniel Abt has long digested the setback in Hong Kong. “Although I was retrospectively stripped
of my victory it still feels like we won the race,” says the German. “In terms of ambience, culture
and the people, Marrakesh differs a lot from the other Formula E events. Last season, we even
rode camels on Friday before the race – that was really special. With respect to some of its
sections the track is similar to a city street circuit. There are a lot of walls you should stay clear
of.”

The reigning champion, Lucas di Grassi, is facing an unusual situation. For the first time in his
Formula E career, the Brazilian’s tally does not reflect a single point following the season
opener. “Marrakesh has enormous importance for us,” says di Grassi. “We know that we have a
strong car that we can rely on, so I’m sure that we’ll be fast again in Marrakesh. The circuit is
very special and not typical for Formula E because we’re driving on a permanent race track. Our
aim is to close the gap to the top again.”

The race in Marrakesh will start on Saturday, January 13, at 4 PM local time (5 PM CET). In
Germany, Eurosport will start to air live coverage at 4:45 PM (CET). A complete list of all
international TV stations is available at www.fiaformulae.com.

Facts and figures
Date: January 13, 2018
Track name: Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan
Track length: 2.971 kilometers
Turns: 12
Top speed: approx. 200 km/h
Fastest/slowest turn: approx. 105/50 km/h
Previous winners: Sébastien Buemi (2016)
Best result of Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler: 5th place, Lucas di Grassi (2016)
Lap record, qualifying: Jean-Éric Vergne, 1m 20.993s (2016)
Lap record, race: Loïc Duval, 1m 22.600s (2016)

Daniel Abt to answer questions
How has Daniel Abt experienced the period following the Hong Kong season opener? What
expectations is he traveling to Marrakesh with? How did preparations for the relaunch in 2018
go? The Formula E campaigner will be answering these and other questions on

Wednesday, January 10, 2018, starting at 4 PM (CET)
on free call number 0800 3307800
(from outside Germany: +49 69 130147800)

during an Audi telephone press conference. After dialing in, please enter access code 31941954
on the keypad of your telephone.

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