Anyone studying Lucas di Grassi on the race track can get a good feel for his attitude about racing. The Brazilian takes on any challenge. He keeps a cool head in hectic racing situations, is always ready to attack, and makes intelligent use of his skills.
Lucas di Grassi in duels – in the 2015 season, these battles were worth watching race by race, for instance in Audi’s home round at the Nürburgring for a podium finish. With a riveting combination of aggressiveness and impeccable routine, the South American tackles his opponents. He never gives up and is practically always in contention for podium places. Ten times the former Formula One driver has clinched a trophy for Audi to date. One victory, four second and six third places are on his tally after Le Mans 2016.
Since 2015, di Grassi has been proving his particular prowess in the cockpit of race cars powered by alternative drive systems in two race cars. In addition to Audi’s hybrid race cars in the FIA WEC, he is piloting an electric single-seater fielded by Team Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport in the FIA Formula E Championship. In the new series’ first two seasons, he was in contention for the title up to the finale.
Beyond his ample racing experience, the Brazilian is a versatile representative for Audi off the race track as well. In addition to his mother tongue, Portuguese, he speaks English, Italian and Spanish, and has a basic knowledge of French. In his home country, the race driver who hails from São Paulo studied at IBMEC Business University and is a member of the high IQ society MENSA.
Lucas di Grassi lives in Monaco with his wife, Anna. To balance his activities in racing, he recharges his batteries in triathlon. Last winter, he unleashed his energies in ice karting on a frozen track in Colorado. His big aim remains to become the first Brazilian to win the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Date of birth: August 11, 1984
Place of birth: São Paulo (BR)
Residence: Monaco (MC)
Marital status: married
Height/weight: 1.79 m/75 kg
Motorsport since: 1997 (Audi driver since 2012)
Le Mans races: 4
1997–2001 Kart, Pan American Kart Champion (2000)
2002 2nd Brazilian Formula Renault Championship
2003 2nd South American Formula 3 Championship
2004 British Formula 3 Championship, 3rd GP Macau, Formula 3 Masters
2005 1st GP Macau, 3rd Formula 3 Euro Series, 3rd Formula 3 Masters, Formula One test
2006 GP2 Series, Formula One test
2007 2nd GP2 Series, Formula One test driver
2008 3rd GP2 Series, Formula One reserve driver
2009 3rd GP2 Series, Formula One reserve driver
2010 Formula One
2011 Formula One tire test driver, ILMC tests
2012 Formula One tire test driver, Nürburgring 24 Hours, 3rd WEC São Paulo (Audi R18 ultra)
2013 2nd Sebring 12 Hours, 3rd WEC Spa
3rd Le Mans 24 Hours (in Audi R18 e-tron quattro at each event)
2014 2nd Le Mans 24 Hours, 4th FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) (in Audi R18 e-tron quattro at each event), FIA Formula E
2015 4th FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), 3rd WEC Austin (in Audi R18 e-tron quattro at each event), 3rd FIA Formula E
2016 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), 1st WEC Spa, 3rd Le Mans 24 Hours (in Audi R18 at each event), 2nd FIA Formula E