Formula E heads to the Mexican capital to race on the only permanent track of the Season Five calendar and just three weeks after the hottest ever race in series history.
Last in-season test
Following Sunday’s race at Hermanos Rodríguez circuit, this will be the last chance for teams to test Gen2 machinery during Season Five. As a permanent facility, the Mexican track will host an extensive test program for teams to improve and will be opportunity for drivers to gain more miles – with the majority of the field have experienced some issues in the first races of a new era.
Envision Virgin Racing dominated SantiagoePrix three weeks ago in the hottest race of Formula E history. Sam Bird won a very hard-fought race in Chile and Audi Sport’s Daniel Abt (who finished third), could place German brand as a candidates for the race.
In fact, Abt had an outstanding performance last year to achieve his first victory in the series. Lucas Di Grassi claimed pole position but he was disqualified after the session because of a technical infringement. The Brazilian driver is one of the fastest qualifiers in the series and has the best powertrain at the moment, along with customers, Virgin Racing.
Techeetah bounces back
Last Season’s Drivers’ Championship winners failed to score a point in Chile after more than a year – experiencing of problems in the race: Jean-Eric Vergne had a spun due to contact from Antonio Felix Da Costa and retired from the race.
Andre Lotterer tried to reach a top-10 spot but he had an incident with Oliver Rowland and finished outside the points. Both drivers are expected to be at the front of the pack despite mediocre results in last year’s Mexico City ePrix.
Felipe Nasr in, Max Guenther out
After only three races in Season Five, Dragon Racing announced that Felipe Nasr will replace Max Guenther from Mexico City ePrix round onwards and will partner Jose Maria Lopez in the American Team.
Gunther explained that he had a contract for three races and will step back to a reserve role in Dragon after a solid debut in Formula E with the seventh place in Santiago ePrix Qualifying. Gunther retired from the race due to technical issues.
Felipe Nasr, who raced with Sauber in Formula 1, is the current IMSA champion and will make his debut in all-electric series. The Brazilian racer couldn’t take part of the rookie test in Marrakesh due to contractual issues and will be absent of the Rome round due to a clash of dates with IMSA.
HWA needs track time
The Affalterbach squad is the only team on Formula E that failed to score a point in Season Five. As the newcomers of the series, they need to improve the Venturi powertrain in the race and try to avoid problems in the race.
In spite of this, Stoffel Vandoorne had an excellent Qualifying performance in Santiago de Chile with a fifth place and fourth place in Saudi Arabia (after a mixed qualifying session). The Belgian driver experienced technical issues in Ad Diriyah race and crashed in Chilean round and has failed to see the checkered flag this season.
HWA only has a 14th to its credit with Gary Paffett (current DTM champion) finishing the Santiago de Chile race one lap down due to a drive-through. The British racer failed to finish in Riyad after a crash and in Marrakesh due to a clash with Vandoorne in the first corner of the race.
The German team urgently need track time and finish races in order to gain more experience with Gen2 car and gather more data to prepare Mercedes entry for Season Six.
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