Lucas di Grassi takes Allan McNish's seat at Audi for 2014 WEC

Lucas di Grassi will take Allan McNish's Audi seat alongside Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval for the defence of their World Endurance Championship title, the German manufacturer has confirmed

Lucas di Grassi takes Allan McNish's seat at Audi for 2014 WEC

The Brazilian moves up as expected to a full-season ride in the wake of McNish's retirement after driving Audi's third car at last year's Le Mans 24 Hours and the Spa WEC round.

Audi Sport boss Wolfgang Ullrich said: "It's not easy to replace a driver like Allan McNish, who drove for Audi for 14 years, but Lucas di Grassi has delivered convincing performances in all of his runs for Audi so far."

Why McNish picked right time to stop

Di Grassi also contested the Sebring 12 Hours American Le Mans Series round last year with McNish and Kristensen.

His deal for 2013 came after an impressive debut on a one-off appearance in the previous season's Interlagos WEC round, which came at the behest of event promoter Emerson Fittipaldi.

Italian Marco Bonanomi returns to the third car, which he raced in 2012, after being replaced by di Grassi ahead of last season.

The 28-year-old was initially dropped from Audi's roster of drivers for 2013 but was brought back into the fold to take a key role in early development of the latest version of the R18 e-tron quattro.

Bonanomi will share the third R18 with Briton Oliver Jarvis and Felipe Albuquerque, whose switch from DTM to the WEC was announced by Audi earlier this month.

Former grand prix driver Marc Gene, who has raced the third car for the past two years, steps down to a reserve role.

Audi has confirmed that 2012 world champions Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler will remain together for a fifth season.

shares
comments
Interlagos switches to World Endurance Championship season finale
Previous article

Interlagos switches to World Endurance Championship season finale

Next article

Perrinn releases first designs of LMP1 coupe it aims to race in WEC

Perrinn releases first designs of LMP1 coupe it aims to race in WEC
Load comments
Why Le Mans didn't decide Toyota's WEC title outcome in 2021 Plus

Why Le Mans didn't decide Toyota's WEC title outcome in 2021

Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez scored a second successive World Endurance Championship title in the #7 Toyota, as its new Le Mans Hypercar went unbeaten. Autosport recaps how each of the four classes in the 2021 season were won and picks out the best LMH and GTE drivers

WEC
Nov 28, 2021
The unanswered questions that define WEC 2021's controversial ending Plus

The unanswered questions that define WEC 2021's controversial ending

OPINION: The deeply unsatisfying ending to a brilliant World Endurance Championship GTE Pro battle in Bahrain had Ferrari provisionally heading back from the desert as the victor. But Porsche plans to appeal the outcome, which rests on a number of confusing elements that have yet to be satisfactorily explained

WEC
Nov 9, 2021
How the WEC's heavyweight duel reached its controversial flashpoint Plus

How the WEC's heavyweight duel reached its controversial flashpoint

The Ferrari versus Porsche fight for the World Endurance Championship's GTE Pro title had been a finely-poised affair, right up until Alessandro Pier Guidi's punt on Michael Christensen in the closing stages of the Bahrain 8 Hours handed Ferrari a provisional title, pending Porsche's appeal. Here's how the controversy played out

WEC
Nov 8, 2021
The remarkable fixes Toyota used to avert another Le Mans disaster Plus

The remarkable fixes Toyota used to avert another Le Mans disaster

The 1-2 finish achieved by Toyota at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours was a result that will have surprised few, given its status as pre-event favourite. But the result was anything but straightforward, as worsening fuel pressure concerns required the team's drivers and engineers to pursue "creative fixes" on the fly. Here is the full story of how it reached the end without a lengthy pit visit

Le Mans
Nov 3, 2021
How the #7 Toyota squad moved closer to clinching WEC's 2021 title Plus

How the #7 Toyota squad moved closer to clinching WEC's 2021 title

In the penultimate round of the 2021 World Endurance Championship, a better run of tyre wear for Mike Conway, Jose Maria Lopez and Kamui Kobayashi brought the Toyota trio its third win from five events, as the #7 squad put one hand on the title. Here's how the first of the WEC's two Bahrain enduros played out

WEC
Nov 1, 2021
The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert Plus

The 10 greatest drives of lost legend Jo Siffert

It's 50 years since Jo Siffert was killed in his prime at Brands Hatch. The Swiss scored just two world championship wins in a Formula 1 career spent largely with privateer teams, but showed on numerous occasions in single-seaters and in sportscars with Porsche that he could beat any of the best drivers of his era given the right equipment

Formula 1
Oct 24, 2021
Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood Plus

Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood

Team WRT has been at the forefront of GT racing for years and made a successful move to prototypes for 2021, capped by an LMP2 win on its Le Mans debut. It could've been even better had the race been one lap shorter, when its cars ran 1-2, but the stranger-than-fiction reality has spurred the team to reach greater heights

Le Mans
Oct 16, 2021
The standout memories of Le Mans 2021 Plus

The standout memories of Le Mans 2021

OPINION: With four of the five Hypercar entries unproven in a 24-hour race, it would not have been unexpected for at least one of them to suffer serious reliability trouble. That they all managed to make it through the race relatively unscathed, says GARY WATKINS, was something of a surprise.

Le Mans
Aug 24, 2021