Formula E: Di Grassi to remain with ABT for second season

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Lucas di Grassi has become the first driver to confirm that he will be racing in the second season of the FIA Formula E series after extending his contract with the Audi Sport ABT team.

Di Grassi leads the championship standings with four rounds remaining, and was the winner of the inaugural Formula E race in Beijing back in September.

Ahead of this weekend’s Monaco ePrix, the ABT team confirmed that di Grassi has signed a new contract to remain with the team for the second season of Formula E, which is set to kick off in the fall of 2015.

“I’ve got to know and appreciate the ABT Sportsline team over the last few months,” di Grassi said. “I didn’t hesitate for a second when it came to extending the contract.

“We’ve been through a lot in the time we’ve spent together. Success as well as small setbacks, which just brought us even closer. The team and I have ambitious targets in Formula E – and I’m convinced that we will reach them together.”

Team boss Hans-Jurgen Abt revealed that negotiations over a contract extension were very swift and straightforward, and he was delighted to confirm that the Brazilian would be racing for the team in the 2015-16 campaign.

“I’m delighted and also quite proud that Lucas will be part of our team in the future,” Abt said. “We both knew what we wanted and reached an agreement immediately.

“The negotiations didn’t even take thirty minutes before we shook hands.”

Di Grassi will continue to balance his Formula E commitments with a full-time drive in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Audi in LMP1, and received the support of the German marque to continue to combine the series.

Champion Marc Marquez leads MotoGP into virtual world Sunday

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During its layoff because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, MotoGP will become the latest racing series to enter the virtual world.

The MotoGP Virtual Race will be held at 9 a.m. ET Sunday, March 29 with 10 riders. It will be streamed on several platforms, including the Motorsports on NBC YouTube channel. Reigning series champion Marc Marquez is among the riders in the field.

The premier class of MotoGP has yet to hit the track this season as its opener was canceled and the next three races were postponed, including the Grand Prix of the Americas being moved from April 5 to Nov. 15.

Several other racing series have tried online racing in recent weeks.

IMSA held a “SuperSaturday at Sebring” March 21 in place of the postponed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. NASCAR started its Pro Invitational Series last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will continue Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar kicked off its six-race IndyCar iRacing Challenge with a Saturday race at Watkins Glen International that was won by Sage Karam.