The sudden downpour of rain that hit the race on the thirtieth lap on the Brooklyn Avenue Circuit precipitated chief Nick Cassidy aquaplaning into the wall at Flip 6, into which di Grassi adopted him.
Di Grassi mentioned that previous to the incident, he had been on the radio complaining that circumstances have been “undriveable” earlier than the crash unfolded between the trio.
He reckoned that he’d collided into Cassidy’s automobile at round 100kph, and praised the protection constructions onboard the Gen2 Formulation E automobiles that meant all three drivers walked away unhurt regardless of important harm.
“The automobiles have been aquaplaning an excessive amount of, even on the straights we had aquaplaning. And I went to the radio and mentioned that it is undriveable, it isn’t protected to drive,” di Grassi recalled.
“And the decision from the FIA got here a bit late, which triggered the massive crash at nook six.
“Fortunately these automobiles are extraordinarily protected as a result of this was the most likely the largest crash of my Formulation E profession. Not most likely, it was the largest crash of my Formulation E profession right this moment.
“And I am with none issues; the automobile is just about destroyed, however that exhibits how protected these automobiles are.
“I crashed into Nick at the very least at 100kph, after which Stoffel crashed into me at an identical pace. So I am very pleased with the protection of the automobile and nil bruises and completely happy that every one the opposite drivers are also 100%.”
Lucas Di Grassi, ROKiT Venturi Racing, Silver Arrow 02
Photograph by: Sam Bagnall / Motorsport Images
Di Grassi reckoned that earlier than the rain, the race had been “non-eventful” from a Formulation E standpoint and that the automobiles round him have been all on an identical power degree.
He defined that he would have been to see how the entire main automobiles would handle the ultimate a part of the race with reference to power administration.
“I used to be chasing Nick for an awesome a part of the race, and was additionally combating a very lengthy struggle with Stoffel. I misplaced one place to him however gained it again.
“However it was non-eventful race to Formulation E requirements. And all people had a really related tempo, very related power round myself.
“I feel by the final laps it could be very attention-grabbing to see who had the most effective temperature administration and begin to present the power and the automobile steadiness.
“Then the rain got here after which we may see each lap the automobiles have been sliding increasingly.”