Lucas Di Grassi
Lucas Di Grassi has been named top LMP1 driver of 2016 by Motorsport.com
- 11th August 1984
- Formula E & WEC
Lucas was born in São Paulo on August 11th, 1984 and started his career karting when he was 13. He went on to win a number of Brazilian championships, and excelled in another series. Following these achievements, he became a member of RDD (Renault Driver Development) in 2004 and finished the Macau Grand Prix in 3rd place that year. In 2005 he went on to win the Macau GP – which is seen to be one the most important wins in a driver’s career.
In 2006, Lucas drove for Durango in GP2. Although the car was uncompetitive, his talent was recognised. He consequently signed for ART in 2007 and finished the season as Vice-Champion, behind Timo Glock.
In 2008 Lucas became the 3rd driver for the ING Renault F1 Team. He returned to GP2 (Barwa International Campos Team) after the 3rd race weekend and finished 3rd in the Driver’s Championship. In November of that year, he was given the opportunity to test with Honda.
In 2009,Lucas was the 3rd driver for Renault F1 Team and was driving for Fat Burner Racing Engineering in GP2. The following year, in 2010, Lucas finally reached his dream and became an official Formula 1 driver at Virgin Racing.
For 2011 and 2012, Lucas remained within the world of Formula 1 as the official test driver of Pirelli and was given the opportunity to race in the WEC 6 Hours of Sao Paulo with Audi in September 2012, where he and his team mates, Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen, achieved a podium.
Following Lucas’ achievements with Audi in 2012, he was offered a role to race in Le Mans 24 Hours in 2013 as an Official Audi Sportscar Driver, where Lucas and his team mates achieved a podium. He also continued with his commitments as a Pirelli Test Driver.
In 2014, Lucas raced as an Official Audi Sportscar Driver in the Audi#1 in the FIA WEC, with team mates Tom Kristensen and Loïc Duval, whilst also racing in Formula E with ABT Sportsline.
Lucas continued as Official Audi Sportscar Driver in 2015 and 2016, racing alongside Loïc Duval and Oliver Jarvis, following the retirement of Tom Kristensen. Lucas also continued racing in Formula E with ABT Sportsline, finishing the season as Vice Champion in 2016.
Following the withdrawal of Audi from the FIA World Endurance Championship, Lucas is focussing on the FIA Formula E Championship with Audi ABT Sportsline for 2017.