2019 Mexico City ePrix

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2019 Mexico City ePrix
Race 4 of 13 of the 2018–19 Formula E season
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Race details
Date 16 February 2019 (2019-02-16)
Official name 2019 CBMM Niobium Mexico City ePrix
Location Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 2.093 km (1.301 mi)
Distance 45 laps, 94.185 km (58.524 mi)
Weather Warm and sunny
Pole position
Driver Mahindra
Time 0:59.347
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra
Time 1:01.112 on lap 10
Podium
First Audi
Second Andretti-BMW
Third Venturi

The 2019 Mexico City ePrix (formally the 2019 CBMM Niobium Mexico City ePrix) was a Formula E electric car race held at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in the centre of Mexico City on 16 February 2019. It was the forth round of the 2018–19 Formula E season and the forth edition of the event as part of the championship. The 45-lap race was won by Audi driver Lucas di Grassi after starting from second position. António Félix da Costa finished second for Andretti and Edoardo Mortara came in third for Venturi.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

The Mexico City ePrix was confirmed on for the 4th consecutive year on June 7th 2018 by the FIA World Motor Sport Council[1], and was held at the permanent Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez located in Magdalena Mixhuca Sports City in the southeast of Mexico City. It was both the 4th race of the season and the 4th time the annual race had been held in Mexico City. The sport continued to use the 2.092 km (1.299 mi) short circuit centred around the Foro Sol which had 17 turns, 12 to the right and 5 to the left. At 2,250 m (7381.89 ft) above sea level, it is the highest track on the calendar.

After winning in Santiago the previous weekend, Sam Bird entered the weekend leading the drivers championship with 43 points and a 2 point lead over Jerome d'Ambrosio. Third place was António Félix da Costa who had failed to score since winning the opening race of the season in Ad Diriyah. He was tied on points with both Sam Bird's Virgin Racing team mate Robin Frijns and Techeetah driver, and deffending champion, Jean-Éric Vergne, all three of which had 28 points. In the teams championship, Virgin led with 71 points with Mahindra close behind in second, with 59 points and Techeetah in third with 47 points. Going into the weekend, only one team had failed to score points, that team being HWA.

There was one driver change before the weekend, with former Formula 1 driver Felipe Nasr replacing Maximilian Günther at Dragon Racing after Günther had completed a three race programme with the team which started at the opening round in Ad Diriyah.[2]

Practice[edit]

Both practice sessions where held early on Saturday morning. Practice 1 started shortly after sunrise, meaning that the track was considerably colder than normal, causing several drivers to be caught out by lack of grip. This became apparent when Robin Frijns spun his Envision Virgin 180 degrees on approach to turn 3. Daniel Abt was the fastest in Practice 1 with a time of 59.319. Second fastest was Edoardo Mortara with a 59.397 and third was Alexander Sims with a time of 59.539.[3]

Practice 2 got underway, one and a half hour after the first practice. The only notable incident during Practice 2 is when Oliver Turvey clipped the inside of turn 15 and broke his suspension.[4] Da Costa set the pace with a 58.963, followed by Felipe Massa with a 59.138 and with Sébastien Buemi rounding out the top 3 with a 59.248.[5]

Qualifying[edit]

Pascal Wehrlein (pictured in 2011) gets his first pole position in Formula E, after only three races of the season since his debut.

The Qualifying is divided into four groups. During the group 1 Qualifying session, the championship leader Sam Bird had his car broke down with a driveshaft problem before he could set a flying lap. Bird would start the Mexico City ePrix from the back of the grid. Oliver Rowland was fastest on the overall group qualifying, with a time of 59.593, ahead of Pascal Wehrlein. Jerome D'Ambrosio qualifies at 19th, while Frijns takes 17th, but was later demoted to 20th after impeding D'Ambrosio. After group qualifying, Rowland, Wehrlein, Massa, Di Grassi, Buemi, and Da Costa progressed to super pole. Pascal Wehrlein went on for his first Pole Position in his Formula E career with a time of 59.347 to secure Mahindra Racing’s first pole since 2018 Rome ePrix, by a margin of three-tenths over Lucas di Grassi. Massa qualifies third, while Rowland takes forth, ahead of BMW Andretti driver, António Félix da Costa, and his teammate Sébastien Buemi. [6]

Race[edit]

The race began at 16:03 Mexico Time (UTC-06:00). Weather conditions at the start of the race were dry. The air temperature throughout ranged from 28.5 to 26.5 °C (83.3 to 79.7 °F) and the track temperature drops from 45 to 38 °C.[7] Each driver was mandated to activate the attack mode system twice and were permitted to arm the system no more than five times. A special feature of Formula E is the "Fan Boost" feature, an additional 25 kW (34 hp) of power to use during the race's second half. The five drivers who were allowed to use the boost were determined by a fan vote.[8] For the Mexico City race, Vandoorne, Abt, Félix da Costa, Buemi, and Di Grassi were handed the extra power. Wehrlein defended his lead from di Grassi off the line ahead of Nissan e.dams driver Oliver Rowland, who jumped from fourth to second at the first corner, ahead of Di Grassi in third place.[9]

Into the first five minutes, the race was under red flag, when Nelson Piquet Jr had a massive accident, smashed over the back of Vergne’s Techeetah car, and clipping the rear of Sims’s BMW Andretti car before hitting the wall at turn 17. A full course yellow was initially deployed before the race was suspended and Wehrlein led the Mexico City ePrix from Rowland in second place, and Di Grassi in third. At the safety car restart, most of the field took their first attack mode usage. Wehrlein having pressure from Rowland, with Buemi and da Costa catching the leaders later on.[9]

When Rowland took his second attack mode, he runs wide at turn 9 and di Grassi overtook him at the exit of the stadium section to take second place, with Rowland and Buemi touching together at the final chicane. Di Grassi closing up to Wehrlein, but both Nissan driver, Rowland and Buemi ran out of energy with a lap to go and dropped down to back. At the final lap, Di Grassi attacked down the inside at the following Turn 3, the track’s main overtaking spot, Wehrlein cuts the chicane and retained the lead of the race. But Wehrlein’s energy ran out at the final corner and Di Grassi takes the win by a few meters.[9]

Post-race[edit]

Pascal Wehrlein received a five-second time penalty, after cutting the chicane at turn three on the final lap, dropping him out of the podium and finishing at sixth place. With the penalty, Da Costa and Mortara were promoted to the second and third places respectively.

The result meant d'Ambrosio, who finished on fourth, still in the top of the Drivers' Championship leader with 53 points, seven point ahead of Da Costa. Di Grassi's victory enabled him to move into fourth position with 34 points, while Bird dropped out of the lead, down to third after finishing in ninth.[10] Mahindra led the Team's Championship with 83 points, with Virgin Racing dropped to second with 10 points behind. BMW Andretti are in third with 64 points. Techeetah dropped to fourth, with only one point ahead of Audi in fifth.[10]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Team Time Gap Grid
1 94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra 59.347 - 1
2 11 Brazil Lucas Di Grassi Audi 59.653 +0.306 2
3 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Venturi 59.695 +0.348 3
4 22 United Kingdom Oliver Rowland e.Dams-Nissan 59.808 +0.461 4
5 28 Portugal Antonio Felix da Costa Andretti-BMW 59.819 +0.472 5
6 23 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi e.Dams-Nissan 59.949 +0.602 6
7 27 United Kingdom Alexander Sims Andretti-BMW 59.782 7
8 25 France Jean Eric Vergne Techeetah-DS 59.802 +0.020 8
9 48 Switzerland Edoardo Mortara Venturi 59.935 +0.153 9
10 16 United Kingdom Oliver Turvey NIO 59.936 +0.154 10
11 3 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr Jaguar 59.959 +0.177 11
12 36 Germany Andre Lotterer Techeetah-DS 1:00.050 +0.268 12
13 8 France Tom Dillmann NIO 1:00.192 +0.410 13
14 6 Brazil Felipe Nasr Dragon-Penske 1:00.210 +0.428 14
15 7 Argentina Jose Maria Lopez Dragon-Penske 1:00.293 +0.511 15
16 17 United Kingdom Gary Paffett HWA-Venturi 1:00.340 +0.558 16
17 4 Netherlands Robin Frijns Virgin-Audi 1:00.375 +0.593 201
18 20 New Zealand Mitch Evans Jaguar 1:00.424 +0.642 17
19 64 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Mahindra 1:00.455 +0.673 18
20 5 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne HWA-Venturi 1:00.844 +1.062 19
21 66 Germany Daniel Abt Audi 1:00.936 +1.154 21
22 2 United Kingdom Sam Bird Virgin-Audi no time no time 22
Source: [11]
Notes
  • ^1  — Robin Frijns received a 3-place grid penalty for impeding Jérôme d'Ambrosio during Qualifying session.

Race[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11 Brazil Lucas Di Grassi Audi 45 1:13:15.422 2 25
2 28 Portugal António Félix da Costa Andretti-BMW 45 +0.436 5 18
3 48 Switzerland Edoardo Mortara Venturi 45 +0.745 9 15
4 64 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Mahindra 45 +1.159 18 12
5 36 Germany André Lotterer Techeetah-DS 45 +1.785 12 10
6 94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein Mahindra 45 +5.2102 1 125
7 20 New Zealand Mitch Evans Jaguar 45 +5.800 17 6
8 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Venturi 45 +8.084 3 4
9 2 United Kingdom Sam Bird Virgin-Audi 45 +8.356 22 2
10 66 Germany Daniel Abt Audi 45 +8.438 21 1
11 4 Netherlands Robin Frijns Virgin-Audi 45 +9.044 20 0
12 16 United Kingdom Oliver Turvey NIO 45 +11.252 10 0
13 25 France Jean-Éric Vergne Techeetah-DS 45 +19.153 8 0
14 27 United Kingdom Alexander Sims Andretti-BMW 45 +20.471 7 0
15 8 France Tom Dillmann NIO 45 +20.871 13 0
16 17 United Kingdom Gary Paffett HWA-Venturi 45 +23.272 16 0
17 7 Argentina José María López Dragon-Penske 45 +41.5423 15 0
18 5 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne HWA-Venturi 45 +43.4254 19 0
19 6 Brazil Felipe Nasr Dragon-Penske 45 +1:56.160 14 0
20 22 United Kingdom Oliver Rowland e.Dams-Nissan 44 +1 Lap 4 0
21 23 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi e.Dams-Nissan 44 +1 Lap 6 0
Ret 3 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. Jaguar 2 Collision 11 0
Source: [12]
  • ^2  — Pascal Wehrlein received 5-second time penalty for cutting the chicane.
  • ^3  — José María López received 10-second time penalty for power infringement and 5-second penalty for crossing the pit entry line.
  • ^4  — Stoffel Vandoorne received 5-second time penalty for using the Fanboost earlier than allowed.
  • ^5  — One point for fastest lap, three points for pole position.

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Formula E reveals season five calendar for 2018/19". Autosport. 7 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Ex-F1 driver Felipe Nasr's Dragon Formula E deal starts from Mexico". Autosport. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  3. ^ "R04 FP1 Results" (PDF).
  4. ^ "Da Costa Paces Mexico City Second Practice". e-racing365.com. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  5. ^ "R04 FP2 Results" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Wehrlein Scores Maiden Pole in Mexico City". Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  7. ^ "R04 Weather" (PDF).
  8. ^ "Rules and Regulations". FIA Formula E. Archived from the original on 30 December 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  9. ^ a b c "Di Grassi grabs last-gasp win from Wehrlein". motorsport.com. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  10. ^ a b c d "Standings – 2018-2019 FIA Formula E Championship". Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Final Qualifying R04" (PDF).
  12. ^ "Race Results". FIA Formula E. 2019-02-17.
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