Battery restrictions stopped di Grassi using FanBoost on Buemi

Monaco ePrix – Lucas di Grassi was limited by battery capabilities when battling Sebastian Buemi for the lead in Monaco.

The Brazilian won the FanBoost vote, which would have given him a chance to overtake the Renault eDAMS for the lead on what is a notoriously hard track to pass on.

But di Grassi did not use the extra power given to him, and explained after the race why he did not:

“The thing with the FanBoost is I was saving it to use when there was an opportunity. But you have to use FanBoost when you have half of the battery or more, because of the voltage of the battery,” he explained.

“So I was waiting for a good opportunity. It was a bit pointless just to use when the opportunity would appear later in the race.”

Di Grassi also said that the lack of overtaking opportunities in Monaco forced him settle for second, as he did not want to risk a collision so late in the race:

“The problem in Monaco is that there are no overtaking points. If you’re an experienced guy and a very good driver, you know how to close the door,” he said.

“Also I would never try to go in places which I cannot overtake and risk all the race.

“So if he left the door open, or the straights were longer than 360m, for sure I would have had a go.”

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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