Audi to race Rome for the first time with Formula E

• Formula E celebrates premiere in the Eternal City in race seven of the season
• Team Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler focuses on another podium finish
• Champion Lucas di Grassi: “Italy is like a second home for me”

Neuburg a. d. Donau, April 6, 2018 – Formula E is arriving in Europe. On Saturday, April 14,
the electric racing series will make its debut in the streets of Rome. The German Audi Sport
ABT Schaeffler team with Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi wants to focus on further success in
Italy’s capital city. Most recently, they scored victory in Mexico and a second place in Uruguay.

Asia, Africa, South and Middle America and now Europe: On its world tour, Formula E will stop in
Rome for the first time. A race of 33 laps is to be covered by the drivers on the 2.860-kilometer
city circuit that leads right through the “Esposizione Universale di Roma (EUR)” world fair
district and along the spectacular “La Nuvola” convention center. It is the seventh race of a total
of twelve this season. Following victory in Mexico and second place in Uruguay, Daniel Abt and
Lucas di Grassi are traveling to the Eternal City highly motivated.

“Italy is like a second home for me. My grandparents were born there, I have an Italian passport
and plenty of Italian blood running in my veins,” says the the reigning champion, di Grassi. “The
track looks incredibly challenging: fast sections, slow sections, several overtaking opportunities
– the fans are going to experience a real Formula E highlight.” The aim following the podium in
Punta del Este is clear: “A look at the championship standings shows that we’ve got a lot to win
and little to lose. I’m going to give my all to clinch my first victory this season and to make the
many fans and guests of Audi proud.”

His teammate, Daniel Abt, is currently the best German in the overall standings. “A new city and
a completely new circuit are always a real challenge for the drivers and engineers. It’s great that
Formula E is now traveling to Europe with its very large fan community and huge interest,” says
Abt. “As a racer, the last event in Uruguay with zero points is water under the bridge for me. Now
I’m set on returning with my team to where we were in Mexico: on podium.”

For Team Principal Allan McNish, the season is only now really picking up momentum. “In the
last two races, we found our old strength again and Daniel and Lucas were fighting at the front
in qualifying and the race and that is exactly how we want to continue in Rome. But to be on the
podium the whole team needs to have a fast and clean weekend because the intense Formula E
race format punishes mistakes,” says the Scotsman. In addition, there is huge interest in the
Italian premiere. McNish: “There will be a great amount of attention from fans, media and of
course from Audi employees at this new and fascinating race in Rome. I am sure it will be a
close, hard-fought race.”

Round seven of the 2017/2018 Formula E will start on Saturday at 4 pm, local time. In
Germany, Eurosport will start airing live coverage at 3.45 pm (CEST). Around the globe, some 70
channels cover the Formula E races. A full list is available on the internet at

Facts and figures
Date: April 14, 2018
Track name: Circuito Cittadino Dell’EUR
Track length: 2.860 km
Turns: 21

Lucas di Grassi to answer questions
What expectations is Lucas di Grassi traveling to Formula E’s opening round in Europe with?
How has he prepared for the race in the country he calls his second home and what impressions
did he gather in the first test of the next-generation Formula E car? The reigning champion will
answer these and other questions during an Audi telephone press conference on

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, starting at 1 pm (CEST)
on +49 69 130147803.

After dialing in, please enter access code 86633446 on the keypad of your phone.

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