Although di Grassi briefly took the lead, he suggested he had underestimated the quantity of water on-track on the first lap – which caught him out when Mitch Evans attacked into Turn 1 and Oliver Rowland’s go through the stadium complex before the red flag period.
Di Grassi explained that the forming of a dry line through the race meant he was struggling to seek amends, and instead centered on time for the Venturi team’s garage with a solid haul of points to provide the Monegasque outfit the opportunity in the teams’ title.
This lifted di Grassi to a lifetime career total of 1009 points in Formula E, which is put into another landmark on Sunday when he could be set to start out his 100th race in the category.
“Today is a very emotional day,” di Grassi stated. “Crossing that personal mark of 1000 points is this honour and a privilege especially competing with this type of high-level field of drivers that people have in Formula E.”
“For me personally, it is a dream become a reality. The objective that people had in arriving within Seoul was to greatly help the team to win a constructors’ title. And I did so the best I possibly could today.
“We were competitive in the dry, then qualifying caught us on the trunk foot – but we were able to proceed through in the wet to start out again in leading row, that was very key.
“In the beginning, probably we misjudged just how much water there is on the track, however in the race we were very competitive.
“I was looking to get to stay near Oliver and make an effort to move away from Dennis however the track was very difficult to overtake on, especially blow drying sufficient reason for the wet line it had been impossible to attack.
“So ultimately I settled for third, my 39th podium and for the points for the team. I did so the best I possibly could today, so I’ll visit the hotel happy and become ready for tomorrow. If it generally does not rain we have been competitive, but if it rains we will push very difficult again.”
Lucas di Grassi, Venturi Racing, Silver Arrow 02, Mitch Evans, Jaguar Racing, Jaguar I-TYPE 5
Photo by: Andrew Ferraro / Motorsport Images
Di Grassi will extend his stay static in Formula E for a ninth season, and can link up with Mahindra for 2022-23 – where he joins fellow Seoul podium-finisher Oliver Rowland for next year.
He spoke just a little in the post-race press conference about his decision to go to the Indian team, citing the potential that the squad has. Thus, he hopes to be fighting for consistent points and wins next season – as all teams focus on a clean slate for the beginning of the Gen3 regulations.
“I thought to Dilbagh [Gill, Mahindra team principal], it isn’t because he’s hired me that I’d allow Oliver to win the race easily today!
“I believe you will see lots of changes probably, I believe Jaguar is maybe the only real team that’s not changing [drivers] for next season.
“I believe everybody begins a bit from scratch – the automobile is totally different, the race format changes, energy management changes, the tyres.
“So if you are likely to change teams, I believe it is a great possibility to head to somewhere competitive and I chose Mahindra because I believe they have an extremely good base, they will have excellent people – they haven’t had the opportunity showing, especially in this generation of cars, the real potential of the automobile.
“The team includes a big potential and I believe generally, with Oliver as an extremely quick and consistent driver, we will employ a good line-up in order to fight for at the very least for a few wins plus some consistent points.”