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Round five fiesta for Formula E in Mexico

Written by  Mar 01, 2018

The fifth round of the 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship takes place in Mexico City this weekend, as the 20 contenders take to the famous Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Saturday, 3 March, for another exciting E-Prix.

The 2.092km layout was created for the arrival of Formula E in 2016, and now as the championship gears up for its third race in the Mexican capital, the event stands as a firm favourite in the calendar. This year’s race will be two laps longer than last, 47 rather than 45, underlining once again the constant advancements being made by competitors in the championship in efficiency.

With the opening punches of the season pulled, it is proving to be a season full of classic Formula E unpredictability, with three of electric racing’s young talents currently sitting atop the points table.

TECHEETAH’s Jean-Eric Vergne leads the way following victory last time out in Santiago, while Felix Rosenqvist’s two wins have netted him second place for Mahindra. DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird lies third ahead of two former Formula E champions in the form of Sebastien Buemi in fourth for Renault e.dams and Nelson Piquet Jr in fifth for Panasonic Jaguar Racing.

Last year’s Mexico City E-Prix was a nail-biting affair, with eventual champion Lucas di Grassi making and incredible charge through the field from 15th on the grid to take a decisive victory that many saw as a turning point in his title challenge. It was a masterclass of energy management which he will be hoping to repeat following a tough start to the season with technical issues hampering his Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler machine.

The tens of thousands of spectators expected to attend on Saturday will be treated to plenty of entertainment both on- and off-track, including an opportunity to learn more about the FIA’s #3500LIVES Action for Road Safety campaign, which will be on display in the FIA stand in the E-Village.

Event timetable


Saturday 3 March

8:00

8:45

 

NON QUALIFYING PRACTICE 1

Track

10:30

11:00

 

NON QUALIFYING PRACTICE 2

Track

11:10

11:40

 

VIP pitlane walk

Pitlane

12:00

12:06

 

QUALIFYING GROUP 1

Track

12:10

12:16

 

QUALIFYING GROUP 2

Track

12:20

12:26

 

QUALIFYING GROUP 3

Track

12:30

12:36

 

QUALIFYING GROUP 4

Track

12:45

13:00

 

SUPER POLE

Track

13:45

14:15

 

VIP pitlane walk

Pitlane

13:45

14:00

 

E-Race

Gaming Arena

14:00

14:30

 

Autograph session

Gaming Arena

15:00

15:10

 

Driver parade

Track

16:04

   

RACE (47 laps)

Track

17:05

   

Podium ceremony

Podium

 

Championship standings

 

Drivers’ Championship

Teams’ Championship

Driver

Points

Team

Points

1

Jean-Eric Vergne

71

TECHEETAH

89

2

Felix Rosenqvist

66

Mahindra Racing

87

3

Sam Bird

61

DS Virgin Racing

69

4

Sebastien Buemi

37

Panasonic Jaguar Racing

54

5

Nelson Piquet Jr.

33

Renault e.dams

44

6

Edoardo Mortara

24

Venturi Formula E Team

30

7

Mitch Evans

21

Andretti Formula E

14

8

Nick Heidfeld

21

Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler

12

9

Andre Lotterer

18

DRAGON

12

10

Daniel Abt

12

NIO Formula E Team

9

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