Di Grassi ruled out of LM24 with injury
15 June 2017 – Formula E racer Lucas di Grassi has been ruled out of contesting this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans with Ferrari, after fracturing his fibula in a charity football match.
Di Grassi was due to pilot the AF Corse No. 51 Ferrari 488 GTE car alongside James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi, but his place has been taken by Michele Rugolo.
Despite the injury, sustained on June 6, di Grassi managed to compete in Formula E's double-header in Berlin, claiming pole position for the first race, and taking two podiums.
However, on Wednesday, the Le Mans 24 Hours medical team declared that the Brazilian "is not allowed to take part in the event for medical reasons".
"I'll sadly miss this year's Le Mans 24 with a broken fibula that requires surgery; it was a hard decision, but I'm following medical advice," said di Grassi via his Twitter channel.
He went on to clarify that he suffered the injury "when I was playing a friendly football game at Stamford Bridge (Chelsea's stadium) for Charity, last Tuesday."
Di Grassi spent one season in F1 with Virgin in 2010.