Mexico City E-Prix Preview

As we head into the fourth round of the FIA ABB Formula E championship we also head to Mexico for it’s fourth race in the series.

After a strong couple of races, Sam Bird leads the championship with Jerome D’Ambrosio and Antonio Felix da Costa close behind, Envision Virgin Racing also lead the teams championship.

The Track:

@NIO TRACK
Copyright: Nio Formula E team

A revised version of the Formula One track with 17 corners with 3 long right handers which will make things difficult for drivers off-line. Overtaking isn’t easy around here as proven by Jerome D’Ambrosio back in season 3 when he was able to hold off a faster pack of cars behind him for a considerable amount of time when he had less energy available.

The most spectacular part of the circuit is the stadium section where cars will race through the stadium surrounded by fans, we have seen incidents there before too so it is a must for spectators. This is also where the attack zone is this year, unlike other circuits due to the slow nature of the corners surrounding it, little lack time should be lost activating it.

PodiumsNot yet dominated:

In the 3 seasons that Formula E has been racing at Mexico, 8 drivers have taken to the podium with 7 of them being current drivers.

Sebastian Buemi is the only driver to step on the podium more than once in Mexico, Lucas Di Grassi has theoretically finished on the podium twice but was disqualified in season 3 so only has 1 classified podium finish.

 

Crunch time for Buemi and Di Grassi:

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Copyright: Nissan NISMO

Season 2 and 3 champions Buemi and Di Grassi are both yet to stand on the podium this season. Both drivers have the package to deliver but have both struggled in the opening 3 rounds of the season. Mexico City is crucial for both drivers if they are serious about mounting a title challenge this year, both need to at least finish on the podium if they want to start building that title challenge.

Who to watch out for:

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Copyright: Venturi Formula E Team

Felipe Massa and Edoardo Mortara have had a difficult start to the season, the Venturi hasn’t had the pace of it’s rivals but both drivers have put in strong performances so far. Massa has been unlucky with collisions and failures so far this season and without this misfortune he would have already scored points. Mortara enjoyed a solid result with 5th in Santiago and will look to emulate this in Mexico City.

Robin Frijns would probably be my outside bet for the title this season, he is quick and has found an equally as fast team with Envision Virgin Racing. Strong results in the past 2 races has him in 4th in the drivers standings, with a strong package behind him expect a challenge for victory in Mexico City.

Felipe Nasr will compete in his first E-Prix this weekend and it will be his first time racing in single-seaters since 2016. Don’t write him off though, he has proved to be a solid runner and has already tested with Dragon before, don’t be surprised if he challenges for a points finish.

Podium Prediction:

1st: Robin Frijns 2nd: Lucas di Grassi 3rd: Jean-Eric Vergne

Ways to watch:

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