Abt Sportsline has been a part of the FIA Formula E championship since the beginning. Back in 2014, the team won its first race with Lucas di Grassi and backing from Audi Sport. For 2016-17 seasons, the team won the championship Driver’s Championship with di Grassi and the next seasonand win the first team championship. In total it won twelve Es Tournament over seven seasons participating in this sport. Abt, sadly, left the sport at the end of last season’s seventh season when Audi withdrew from the championship. OOn Thursday, the team announced it would be returning to the series after a one-year hiatus, replacing the departing Mercedes EQ team.
Abt’s return to the sport could really see the net rise 12 teams, up from 11 this year, despite the departure of Mercedes. According to Motorsport.comTeam Mercedes and charter is set to be purchased outright, possibly by McLaren. Can you imagine a Formula One grid with twelve giant teams on it? 24 cars in qualifying next year will be an impressive sight, and Formula E just keeps killing it!
Hans-Juergen Abt, team director: “Formula E has always had a big place in our hearts and we have never made it a secret that we want to return. After launching internally, we are now talking to our current and potential partners. The goal is to take a strong team to the championship, both on and off the track.”
Abt has yet to announce which of the seven manufacturers it will contract as powertrain supplier, but I’m betting firmly on Porsche. The team has also not announced its driver lineup, but said they need to be quick and smart drivers as it might be worse without factory support. Perhaps the team can convince Lucas di Grassi to return to the team after a season with ROKiT Venturi Racing.