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"I'm enjoying the time with the guys and the experience in the DTM."

Lucas di Grassi in an interview about his emotional farewell to Team ABT Sportsline and his guest appearance in the 2021 DTM.

Portrait Lucas Di Grassi

What do the last four races for ABT mean to you?

It is a different experience. A lot of learning: coming to DTM, driving a GT3 car. And I take it as something I could have fun with, I enjoy the time with the guys and the experience in the DTM.

What is it like for you to switch from electric to combustion engine?

It is very, very different! Of course not only because of the switch from electric to combustion engine but also because of the switch from a formula car to a GT3 car. There is a lot of adaption needed, a lot of understanding of how the car behaves. There is a lot of work to be done. 

What do you think: What ist the future of (modern) motorsport? Do you think it's going to be more electric in all kind of races? 

When we talk about professional motorsport in terms of serious business you have to have some kind of development plattform: they will have to go fully electric. But a lot of other motorsports could come up with different solutions. And most of them will be what is most cost effective: So if electric is the most cost effective, they will go to electric, naturally. If it is not more cost effective , like now - for example you cannot make a GT3 car electric -, they will stay combustion and they'll find other ways to develop. That's my view. 

Which car do you drive privately?

I have an Audi e-tron at the moment.

So electric? That perfectly fits. But will you keep it?

Maybe I change, maybe I keep it. I don't know. Maybe I'll buy a Tesla. 

Is car care an important thing for you?

Yes. Well, I have two kids so it is difficult to keep the car clean all the time. To keep the car clean is always a big challenge in my houshold. (laughs) I try to keep my car as clean as possible whenever I have time. 

How do you keep fit for racing? Do you go to the gym? 

Yes. We do a lot of simulation also called simulator work. Of course I run, I do a lot of aerobic exercise, I cycle and I go to the gym almost every day. 

What do you wish for your son Leonardo's future?

I wish him to be happy. I don't know if he would like to race or not, if he wants to go to space or he wants to do other things . Whatever will make him happy, I will be supporting him. 

Thank you very much!

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