The race in Mexico is one of the absolute highlights on the calendar. Although it's the only real permanent racetrack of the season, drivers love the course – especially because of the unique atmosphere in the stadium-like section, where you can even hear the cheering of the enthusiastic fans in the cockpit during the race. Round 40. 000 Spectators watch the guest performance of the all-electric racing series in the stands every year.
In the past, the course also proved to be a successful sporting terrain for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler. After an exciting race and with a spectacular overtaking maneuver a few meters before the finish line, Lucas di Grassi secured his second victory in the past season 2017. Teammate Daniel Abt 2018 celebrated his first ever Formula E victory in Mexico – a formative experience that the 27 years old German even had a Mexican skull as a souvenir tattoo on the upper arm.
“Mexico is a special place for me – not only because I celebrated my first victory there, but because the enthusiasm of the people simply creates a fantastic atmosphere every year,” says Daniel Abt. “I always take a lot of time for them Fans and let me carry a bit of their euphoria. My first cup this season is overdue and it would be great to be able to celebrate that on the podium in Mexico on Saturday afternoon. ”
Became as soon as the route goes, the cards will be reshuffled this year for the fifth appearance of Formula E in Mexico: The course is at 25 percent extended, turns into a completely new section after the first two curves. The now 2, 606 kilometer long route promises even more excitement and an additional good opportunity to overtake. Energy management was already a decisive factor last year and will be even more important this time.
“The new format brings additional tension to the game, because it will again be important to get used to the new track quickly,” says team principal Allan McNish. “In the first three races we felt we were beaten a little below value: Our efficiency was there, but after difficult qualifying sessions we took too little countable. In Mexico, the group, driver and car have always felt very comfortable. Our goal is to bring everything together there and be successful. ”
Before the usual compressed race day with free practice, qualifying and races starts within a few hours, Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi fulfill a very special wish: They visit the Audi plant in San José Chiapa, just outside the gates, two days before the race Puebla. Just under 5 500 employees produce the Audi Q5 and the Audi SQ5 here. In addition to a tour of the plant, the program also includes discussions and photos with employees, interviews and an autograph session.
“Events in Mexico are a high point for every racing driver – that was already the case with Audi in the World Sports Car Championship and it has increased with Formula E,” says Lucas di Grassi. “When I think of the race last season, I still have to smile – you probably only experience something like this once, that was pure adrenaline.” After an intense duel, di Grassi 2019 the long leading Pascal Wehrlein only ten meters before the finish line with a great maneuver. The deserved triumph for the whole group after a strategically perfect race. “We know about our strength and want to fight for victory – even if it doesn't have to be that tight again.”
The race in Mexico starts on Saturday at 16 local time (23 o'clock CET) and runs as usual over 45 minutes plus a lap. ZDF shows the run as a live stream at zdf.de. As always, Eurosport also broadcasts dwell.
In addition to the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler works team, the Envision Virgin Racing customer team also goes with the e-tron FE developed by Audi and technology partner Schaeffler chasing points. Sam Bird and Robin Frijns are in third place in the team ranking after the first three races.