After Daniel Abt led a team one-two in Berlin three weeks ago, di Grassi picked up his first win of the season and extended the team’s podium run to five straight races.
“We’ve been very unlucky the first part of this season, but now our luck has changed,” said di Grassi.
“We’ve managed five consecutive podiums, which I think is a record as well, and to win now in Zurich, it puts the cherry on top of the cake.
“The first half of the race was really difficult, trying to overtake everyone. I got very close to the wall, and Andre was super hard in defending, but the car was fast again today.
“We knew it was going to be tough because of temperature, so we had to get it right.”
After snatching the lead of the race from Mitch Evans on lap 18 of 39, five drivers were penalised with drive-through penalties for speeding under full-course yellow conditions, including early leader Evans, and podium contenders Andre Lotterer and Sebastien Buemi.
Di Grassi says the timing of the penalties helped him a lot and meant he had a comfortable run to the flag in the closing stages of the race.
“For me, [the penalties] made my race a little bit easier. I had a gap of 4.4s to Mitch when the penalties came, so the gap was already quite comfortable,” said di Grassi.
“I was a little bit lucky to overtake Mitch [Evans] just before the full course yellow, and then we did the car swap and came back out in the lead. Then they got the drive-through, so then I was pretty much managing the gap to Sam [Bird].”
After four consecutive second-place finishes, di Grassi’s Zurich victory means he has scored more points than any other driver on the grid during the last five races.
Di Grassi believes it’s this level of consistency that formed the foundations of his title win last year and says his Zurich win was more comfortable than some of the runner-up spots he’s secured this season.
“Winning this race was easier than finishing second in Paris or Rome,” said di Grassi.
“Of course, winning is always good, and I had a fantastic car today, but I tend to look at the weekend and my performance.
“What’s [most] difficult in Formula E is consistency. I manage the risks, and when I cannot win, I finish second or third.
“That’s what I did to win the championship last year, and when I can win, I win.”
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