Lucas di Grassi
Race Driver for Audi Sport - FIA Formula E
Born in Sao Paulo on August 11, 1984, Lucas Di Grassi showed his passion for speed since he was a kid. Back in 1994, at the of 10, his father invited him to try a go-kart and the first laps were enough for him to know what he wanted for life. In three years, Lucas was already contending in championships and winning races.
His performance along the career was rewarded with many acknowledgements both by the public and the media. For instance, in 2015 Lucas was appointed the best endurance driver of the planet, the best Formula E driver and listed as the eight best racing driver overall in that year by Autosport magazine, putting him as the best Brazilian driver of the season.
Considered the best Brazilian driver of the current decade, Di Grassi overcame a 43-point deficit in the standings to win the 2016-2017 FIA Formula E championship title with Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler.
Di Grassi has also been successful as a project leader and entrepreneur. The Brazilian had a major role in the development of Formula E and in September 2017 was appointed CEO of Roborace, the first artificial intelligence based race car championship. In September 2016 he drove a Formula E car on the north pole ice cap to draw attention to the global warming and the increasing rate of the ice melting on that region. In May 2018, Lucas was appointed Champion for the United Nations Environment Program with the mission to increase awareness about air quality, a problem which causes over 6 million premature deaths around the world.
- 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) (Audi R18), 1st WEC Spa, FIA Formula E
- 2017 FIA Formula E Championship (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler), CHAMPION – 2 wins, 3 pole-positions, 7 podium finishes
- 2018 FIA Formula E Championship (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler) and Brazilian Stock Car Series (Hero Motorsport Team)