Mahindra Racing signs di Grassi for 2022-23 season

Lucas di Grassi will leave ROKiT Venturi Racing and join Mahindra Racing for the ninth season of Formula E next year.

Di Grassi has raced in the all-electric category since its inception, the majority of which was with the Audi team.

For the current season, he linked up with Venturi and has scored three podiums across the campaign, including a victory at the most recent round in London.

Di Grassi will replace Alexander Sims at Mahindra next year, who the team says is leaving to puruse new adventures.

“Joining Mahindra represents a new challenge in my career and the timing could not be better: with the introduction of Gen3 in season nine of the FIA Formula E World Championship, everyone is starting from scratch,” di Grassi said. 

“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 by 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 an exciting and sustainable future together.”

Prior to his move to Formula E, di Grassi competed in Formula 1 for the Virgin Racing team in 2010. In Formula E’s third season, he took home the title trophy.

Di Grassi currently sits sixth in the Drivers’ Championship, while Mahindra is eighth in the Teams’ standings.

Mahindra Team Principal Dilbagh Gill added: “There’s no doubt that Lucas [Di Grassi] 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. 

“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 to do this and we are ready to get him bedded into our ground-breaking Gen3 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.”

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