|2020 Mexico City E-Prix|
The Mexico City E-Prix circuit was lengthened for 2020.
|Date||15 February 2020|
|Official Name||2020 CBMM Niobium Mexico City E-Prix|
|Location||Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City, Mexico|
|Lap length||2.606 km (1.619 mi)|
|Distance||36 laps / 93.816 km (58.295 mi)|
|Support Race||2020 Mexico City eTrophy Race|
|Pole Sitter||André Lotterer|
|Team||Porsche Formula E Team|
|Team||BMW i Andretti Motorsport|
|Fastest Lap||1:10.520 on lap 31|
|Mitch Evans||António Félix da Costa||Sébastien Buemi|
|Winner Team||Jaguar Racing|
|2020 Santiago E-Prix||2020 Marrakech E-Prix|
The 2020 Mexico City E-Prix, formally known as the 2020 CBMM Niobium Mexico City E-Prix, was the fourth round of the 2019/20 FIA Formula E Championship, staged at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, Mexico, on 15 February 2020. The race was held on a revised version of the Autódromo, with the E-Prix circuit extended and the Peraltada chicane removed.
Qualifying would see André Lotterer secure a maiden pole position for Porsche in Super Pole, beating Mitch Evans who had topped the group stage. Pascal Wehrlein finished third but was relegated to the back of the grid due to a gearbox change, meaning Nyck de Vries and Sébastien Buemi shared the second row.
The start of the E-Prix, which was the fifth to be held in Mexico City, would see Evans make a better getaway than Lotterer, and hence squeeze inside the German into turn one to claim the lead. Lotterer then ran wide and hence let de Vries and Buemi through, with de Vries throwing his Mercedes at Evans for the lead at turn three, but had to relent having locked both his front and rear wheels on the dust.
The rest of the opening lap saw the order settle down, only for Nico Müller to misjudge a lunge around the outside of turn one at the start of lap two and slam into the outside wall. The #7 GEOX DRAGON was buried into the tec-pro barriers, and hence required the BMW Qualcomm i8 Safety Car to be scrambled so it could be dragged to safety.
The safety car stayed out for five minutes, resulting in a 5 kWh energy reduction for the entire field, as Evans prepared to take the restart. The New Zealander duly aced his getaway to sprint clear of Buemi, as de Vries had made several mistakes shortly before the SC was scrambled and hence slipped back to fifth.
Felipe Massa made a mess of the restart and ended his race with a slam into the wall at turn one, while Sam Bird moved into second with a dive past Buemi. Lotterer' meanwhile, would continue his slump down the field, before contact with the back of de Vries shredded his right-front tyre, and hence destroyed the front of his Porsche.
Jean-Éric Vergne and DS Techeetah teammate António Félix da Costa would come into play mid-race, stalking a developing battle for fourth between a recovering de Vries and Robin Frijns. They were duly gifted both positions when de Vries suffered a mechanical failure while using FanBoost, smashing into the Dutchman to remove both cars from contention.
da Costa now led Vergne onto the back of Buemi, although a confused set of messages between the two DS Techeetahs, which saw the pair exchange positions twice as they activated Attack Mode for the final time, cost them a lot of time. Yet, da Costa would eventually break clear of his teammate and hunt down Buemi, and duly scythed past the Nissan e.Dams for third with ten minutes to go.
With that the Portuguese ace was off to track down Bird, who had settled into a lonely second behind a dominant Evans out front. However, Bird would throw away a certain podium finish with five minutes to go, running onto the dust at turn three to smash into the barriers, before dragging his car out and crash for good at turn thirteen.
Another late crash would thin the field, with Championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne slamming into the turn three wall while defending fifth from an innocent Alexander Sims. That meant that there were just sixteen cars circulating as the race entered its final debris filled lap, with Evans maintaining a four second lead.
Evans duly cruised through the final tour to claim a dominant victory for Jaguar, still four seconds clear of da Costa who had to back off with his battery reserve fading. Buemi secured his first points and podium of the campaign in third ahead of Vergne, with Sims, Lucas di Grassi, Oliver Rowland, Edoardo Mortara, Wehrlein and Jérôme d'Ambrosio claiming the rest of the points.
- 1 Background
- 2 Practice
- 3 Qualifying
- 4 Race
- 5 Milestones
- 6 Standings
- 7 References
The Formula E paddock would assemble in Mexico City for the fourth round of the season, once again using a modified version of the fabled Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez. However, for the 2020 visit the E-Prix circuit had been revised, with the removal of the chicanes from the back straight and the Peraltada major highlights. In their place a half-kilometre extension had been made, with the field turning left out of turn three to head into a dog-leg section, which would link the field back onto the Grand Prix circuit.
In January 2020 China would be rocked by an outbreak of a strain of the Coronavirus, after it emerged with deadly consequences in Wuhan to the north of the country. This prompted the FIA and Formula E Holdings to monitor the situation, as the 2020 Sanya E-Prix was scheduled to be held on Hainan Island, China, on 21 March 2020, with the World Health Organisation declaring the situation an international emergency. Ultimately, both the FIA and FE would agree to postpone the Sanya E-Prix indefinitely on health grounds on 2 February 2020, albeit with hopes of rescheduling the race for later in the season should the situation improve.
Elsewhere, FE would reveal the first renders of the EVO upgrade for the Spark SRT05e, which was to be implemented ahead of the 2020/21 season, which would mark the second half of the SRT05e's operational life. The renders revealed a major bodywork change for the SRT05e, with both the front and rear wheels uncovered with simplified front and rear wings. Furthermore, as a result of team pressure for more room to display sponsor logos, the "Gen 2 EVO" would feature a shark fin along the spine of the powertrain cover, akin to Dallara's old GP2 Series car, the GP2/11.
Stoffel Vandoorne had moved to the top of the Championship as a result of the chaos in Santiago, moving three ahead of Alexander Sims. Behind, Sam Bird had retained third, while Santiago winner Maximilian Günther had shot into fourth after his maiden triumph, three behind the Brit. Lucas di Grassi then completed the top five, with nineteen drivers on the board after the opening three races.
In the Teams Championship it was race winners BMW-Andretti who led the way leaving Santiago, ending the weekend with two wins and 60 points. They had therefore overhauled Mercedes at the head of the table, four clear of their Germanic rivals, while Envision Virgin had slipped to third. Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler were next ahead of Jaguar Racing, while NIO arrived in Mexico as the only pointless team.
The full entry list for the 2020 Mexico City E-Prix is displayed below:
Qualifying for the 2020 Mexico City E-Prix would be conducted in FE's standard format, with the field split into four groups of six cars, based on Championship position. The first group would feature those in the top six in the Championship and so on, with each group getting six minutes on track to set a full 250 kW lap. The top six overall would then progress to the Super Pole shootout, getting one final lap at full power to try and claim pole position.
After the session a point would be handed to the fastest driver in the Group Stage, while three were to be awarded to the winner of Super Pole.
The opening group of the session featured the top six in the Championship after the opening three rounds, including two-time pole sitter in 2019/20 Alexander Sims. He would be joined on track by BMW i Andretti Motorsport teammate Maximilian Günther, as well as Championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne in the first Mercedes. Sam Bird and Lucas di Grassi would join them in their Envision Virgin and factory Audis respectively, with Oliver Rowland also set to hit the circuit.
Sims was the first driver to venture out onto the circuit, with Rowland, di Grassi and Günther following him out with three minutes to go. Bird and Vandoorne would instead opt to wait and set their flying laps without completing a warm-up at 200 kW, with Vandoorne joining just ahead of Sims, while Bird emerged behind the rest of those on warm-up laps. Sims subsequently passed the #5 Mercedes before the end of his warm-up, and was hence the first man to set a flying lap.
Sims' effort was not the best, with a perfect run into the first corner undermined by slides into turns three and five courtesy of a locking rear axle, and would be rounded out by a slide through the Peraltada. Vandoorne followed the Brit across the line, and a far cleaner lap, including a stunning run through sector three, left the Belgian racer atop the timesheets, with Günther slotting into second. Rowland then displaced the #28 BMW with a clean run, di Grassi trailed into fourth, before Bird swept across the line with a table topping run through the first and second sectors to claim top spot.
Group two saw those position seventh through twelfth in the Championship arriving in Mexico take to the circuit, and was headlined by the two of the protagonists from the 2020 Santiago E-Prix in Mitch Evans and António Félix da Costa. They were joined by Nyck de Vries in the second of the factory Mercedes, as well as Edoardo Mortara in the customer Merc run by ROKiT Venturi. André Lotterer would also compete in the #36 Porsche, while Pascal Wehrlein knew he needed to get into Super Pole, having been slapped with a back-of-the-grid penalty for a gearbox change.
Lotterer was the first man to venture out with three and a half minutes to go, followed half a minute later by Wehrlein, who was leaving it tight to complete a warm-up and a full power lap. The rest were content to sit in the pits and wait, duly emerging in between Lotterer and Wehrlein in a huge clump that the #94 Mahindra was desperate to avoid. Up ahead, meanwhile, Lotterer produced a stunning first sector, including a slide midway through turn five, another slide in the Stadium and a table topping sector three to go fastest overall.
de Vries was next to deliver a lap, and a clean effort and an aced third sector carried him to the top of the timesheet, beating Lotterer, while Mortara slotted into fifth a few seconds later. Evans, meanwhile, would ace the first and final sectors to displace the rookie Dutchman and go fastest, trailed by da Costa who could only muster fifth, a result of a scruffy lap. Wehrlein then flashed across the line, knocking Vandoorne out of Super Pole as he claimed fourth overall.
Group three was set to see thirteenth through eighteenth venture onto the circuit, although that number would be reduced to five after a heavy accident for Daniel Abt had seen the German racer sent to hospital. While Audi managed to rebuild the #66 car and Abt was cleared by medical staff to race, the German racer would be stuck trying to get back to the circuit from the hospital, and hence missed the session. That left the sister customer car of Robin Frijns to lead the charge alongside DS Techeetah's reigning Champion Jean-Éric Vergne, James Calado in the #51 Jaguar, Felipe Massa in the last of the Mercedes, and Jérôme d'Ambrosio in the #64 Mahindra, although the Belgian racer knew he was facing a back-of-the-grid penalty for a gearbox change.
Once again only two members of the third quintet would head out to complete warm-up laps, with d'Ambrosio and Frijns emerging with over three minutes to run. However, come the start of their full power laps they would be split by the rest of the group, Massa having led Calado and Vergne onto the circuit, with those three all spacing themselves out. d'Ambrosio, meanwhile, used the clear air in front of him to deliver a fairly clean lap, barring a slide wide at turn one, but could only muster tenth place, and hence ensure he would have to serve a time penalty during the race.
Massa followed the Mahindra to the line, but his entire lap had been scuppered by a lock-up into turn three, leaving him down in fourteenth as he took the chequered flag. Calado only just bested the Brazilian but was not spectacular, while Vergne stormed across the line to claim sixth and knock teammate da Costa out, although the Frenchman was not impressed. His frustration was further increased when Frijns crossed the line, with the #4 Virgin Audi claiming sixth to knock Vergne out of Super Pole with one group still to go.
The final sextet of the afternoon would allow those positioned in the final six in the Championship to head onto the circuit, aided by the fact that the former three groups had swept the circuit of dust, and put more rubber down to boost the amount of grip. Headlining the group was Sébastien Buemi, the favourite to make it into Super Pole given his history, while Neel Jani had ample evidence to suggest he could challenge, given teammate Lotterer's pace earlier in the session. The rather off the pace GEOX DRAGONs and NIOs then completed the group, fielding Nico Müller and Brendon Hartley, Oliver Turvey and Ma Qing Hua respectively.
Jani was the first to venture out in the final group, with all six drivers opting to complete warm-up laps unlike the earlier groups. The Swiss racer put together a scruffy lap to finish thirteenth, with lock-ups into turns three and the stadium, and was instantly displaced by Hartley, whom he had overtaken during the warm-up laps. Buemi was next and produced a stunning slide in the Peraltada en-route to fifth, knocking Frijns out of Super Pole, while Ma crossed the line in dead last. Müller was next and delivered a clean effort to jump into eighth, while Turvey failed to complete a flying lap, having stopped in the middle of the Peraltada at the end of his warm-up lap. Fortunately the Brit would restart his car and drag the #3 NIO into the pits before the session had to be red flagged.
Bird was the first driver to venture out onto the circuit for Super Pole, and setup his lap with a perfect run out of the Peraltada. He duly aced the first sector, although a slide in the middle of the stadium section undermined his lap, leaving him on a 1:08.444. That left him vulnerable to Buemi, with the Swiss ace able to edge out the Brit with a 1:08.364, having had a much cleaner run through the stadium.
Next to go was Wehrlein, who needed to beat both Buemi and Bird to ensure that he did not have to take a time penalty during the race after his gearbox change. The German racer duly delivered, with a clean run through the first corner backed up by a strong middle sector, putting him on a 1:08.200. However, his effort would be instantly beaten by compatriot Lotterer, who almost matched Bird through the first sector, matched Wehrlein in the second, and danced his Porsche through the Peraltada to claim provisional pole with a 1:07.922.
de Vries followed the #36 Porsche onto the circuit but could not deliver as precise an effort as the veteran German, locking up at turn three and derailing his bid for pole early on. Clean second and third sectors would result in a 1:08.214 and third at the end of his lap, with Evans opening his lap a few moments later. The New Zealander aced the first corner, brushing the inside wall, but was slower than Lotterer through the first sector. The Jaguar then danced through the second sector quicker than the Porsche, but Evans would ultimately prove slower in the third, and hence missed out on pole by 0.063s.
The final qualifying result for the 2020 Mexico City E-Prix are outlined below:
|2020 Mexico City E-Prix Qualifying Result|
|1st||36||André Lotterer||Porsche Formula E Team||1:07.922||—||1||G2|
|2nd||20||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||1:07.975||+0.063s||2||G2|
|3rd*||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Mahindra Racing||1:08.200||+0.278s||24||G2|
|4th||17||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||1:08.214||+0.292s||3||G2|
|5th||23||Sébastien Buemi||Nissan e.Dams||1:08.364||+0.442s||4||G4|
|6th||2||Sam Bird||Envision Virgin Racing||1:08.444||+0.522s||5||G1|
|1st||20||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||1:08.174||—||SP||G2|
|2nd||17||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||1:08.294||+0.120s||SP||G2|
|3rd||36||André Lotterer||Porsche Formula E Team||1:08.346||+0.172s||SP||G2|
|4th*||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Mahindra Racing||1:08.362||+0.188s||SP||G2|
|5th||23||Sébastien Buemi||Nissan e.Dams||1:08.363||+0.189s||SP||G4|
|6th||2||Sam Bird||Envision Virgin Racing||1:08.394||+0.220s||SP||G1|
|7th||4||Robin Frijns||Envision Virgin Racing||1:08.435||+0.261s||6||G3|
|8th||7||Nico Müller||GEOX DRAGON||1:08.479||+0.305s||7||G4|
|9th||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||1:08.496||+0.322s||8||G3|
|10th||13||António Félix da Costa||DS Techeetah||1:08.540||+0.366s||9||G2|
|12th||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:08.661||+0.487s||11||G2|
|13th||22||Oliver Rowland||Nissan e.Dams||1:08.726||+0.552s||12||G1|
|14th*||64||Jérôme d'Ambrosio||Mahindra Racing||1:08.788||+0.614s||23||G3|
|15th||6||Brendon Hartley||GEOX DRAGON||1:08.878||+0.704s||13||G4|
|16th||18||Neel Jani||Porsche Formula E Team||1:08.880||+0.706s||14||G4|
|17th||11||Lucas di Grassi||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||1:08.998||+0.824s||15||G1|
|18th||28||Maximilian Günther||BMW i Andretti Motorsport||1:09.098||+0.924s||16||G1|
|19th||51||James Calado||Jaguar Racing||1:09.331||+1.157s||17||G3|
|20th||27||Alexander Sims||BMW i Andretti Motorsport||1:09.376||+1.202s||18||G1|
|21st||19||Felipe Massa||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:09.450||+1.276s||19||G3|
|22nd||33||Ma Qing Hua||NIO 333 FE Team||1:10.176||+2.002s||20||G4|
|110% Time: 1:19.114|
|NC†||3||Oliver Turvey||NIO 333 FE Team||2:10.061||+1:01.887||21||G4|
|NC†||66||Daniel Abt||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||—||22||G3|
- * Wehrlein and d'Ambrosio served back-of-the-grid penalties for changing their gearboxes.
- † Turvey and Abt were allowed to start the race despite failing to set a time within 110% of the fastest group stage time at the stewards' discretion.
It would be a clear and dry afternoon in Mexico City ahead of the E-Prix, with air temperatures hovering around 24°C and hence meant there were fewer concerns about battery temperatures than normal. Ahead of the race it was confirmed that Daniel Abt had been passed fit to race after his heavy accident in practice, with Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler having built an entirely new car for the German ace in a little over six hours. He would start at the back of the field ahead of the two Mahindras, which had been penalised for using new gearboxes, with Jérôme d'Ambrosio also facing a stop-go penalty for having been unable to serve a full grid penalty.
Ahead of the race it was also announced that there would be a change to the Attack Mode format, with drivers required to activate in three times during the race, and receive an addition 35 kW for three minutes per-activation.
André Lotterer would start the race from pole position, although he would make a relatively slow getaway and hence allow Mitch Evans to draw alongside on the run to the first corner. Yet, the Porsche driver did his best to retain the lead, and forced Evans' #20 Jaguar right to the pit-wall, prompting Evans to get his elbows out at the first corner and force Lotterer wide. Lotterer duly found himself bouncing across the grass on the outside of the first corner, with Nyck de Vries and Sébastien Buemi sneaking through, while Sam Bird moved into striking position.
de Vries attacked Evans for the lead into turn three, although he got massively out-of-shape on the brakes, locking first his front and then rear axle trying to slither his Mercedes inside the Jaguar. He would, however, retain second from Buemi, while Bird muscled his way inside of Lotterer on the run to turn five, and hence forced the #36 Porsche out wide for the second time. Lotterer was seemingly forced to let the Brit go, but held on to elbow his way back ahead of the #2 Virgin Audi, with the rest of the field making it through the opening corners of the race without too much damage or drama.
Evans set about escaping from de Vries as the first lap became the second, establishing a half-second advantage as the field, bar d'Ambrosio who stopped to complete his stop-go, trailed in a long line. de Vries tried to give chase, but a mistake on the brakes at turn five saw the #17 car slide wide and gift second to Buemi, and allowed Lotterer and Bird to sweep past on the run to turn eight. Indeed, de Vries' seemed to be carrying a problem, for Nico Müller would quickly get into striking position behind the Mercedes, although the Swiss racer's lunge would end in dismal failure.
With de Vries defending heavily into turn one at the start of lap three, Müller opted to try a dive around the outside of turn one, only to run out of grid and plough straight into the tecpro barriers on the outside of the first corner. The #7 GEOX DRAGON ended up partially buried in the barriers, with Müller unable to reverse the car out and to safety, hence resulting in the BMW Qualcomm i8 Safety Car being scrambled to halt the race. That duly emerged with 41 minutes on the clock at the start of lap four, with Müller's requiring five minutes to be pulled away and the barriers to be reset.
That five minute intervention meant a 5 kWh reduction in available energy when the race restarted, with Evans timing his launch perfectly midway through the Peraltada to deny Buemi a lunge into turn one. Behind, Bird lined up a move on Lotterer only for the Porsche to defend, while the two BMW-Andrettis touched in the middle of the pack. Bird, meanwhile, would keep the pressure up on Lotterer throughout the lap, and duly sent his Virgin scything inside the #36 Porsche through the stadium section, prompting a huge cheer from the capacity crowd as he claimed third.
Lotterer's race was over from that moment on, with Robin Frijns and de Vries sweeping past the Porsche with ease on the following lap, while Felipe Massa put a rather anonymous weekend behind him with a race ending visit to the wall on the outside of turn one. Oliver Rowland, meanwhile, would be the first driver to arm Attack Mode in the race as he fought at the back of the pack, as Bird lined up a move on the sister car of Buemi for second. The Swiss ace would hence begin defending the inside line of almost every corner, including into the stadium, and hence allow Evans to escape up the road in the #20 Jaguar with ease.
Back with Lotterer and his afternoon was to get even worse, for he misjudged a cutback on Stoffel Vandoorne having been passed by the Championship leader in the Stadium and broke his front wing. The front section of the Porsche then began rubbing on the front right tyre, throwing up a huge cloud of tyre smoke before in eventually punctured the Michelin, which shredded itself almost instantly. Those running in the smoke screen were lucky to escape without accidents of their own, with Lotterer receiving a mechanical failure flag that forced him to stop for repairs. He retired from the race as the damage sustained to the front of the car was too much to repair.
Back with the leaders and Bird would finally get the better of Buemi, having lunged past the Nissan e.Dams into turn eight with Attack Mode, and was off to hunt Evans, who armed Attack Mode in response. Buemi also took Attack Mode on lap eleven, but he was unable to match Bird's pace, and hence slipped back into the clutches of fourth placed Frijns, who was also fending off a renewed effort from de Vries. They in turn were being stalked by the two DS Techeetahs, with Jean-Éric Vergne running ahead of teammate António Félix da Costa, until the Frenchman was asked to move aside for the Portuguese racer.
Elsewhere, Lucas di Grassi and Vandoorne were making steady progress, breaking into the top ten with moves on Edoardo Mortara, while Alexander Sims was running just behind them in the #27 BMW-Andretti. Pascal Wehrlein was also creeping up the order in his Mahindra, dragging d'Ambrosio with him, with star of Santiago Maximilian Günther was struggling in his BMW-Andretti, lacking the balance to seriously attack. However, everyone was about to gain at least one spot, as de Vries had an accident that was eerily similar to Abt's practice accident, albeit in slightly different circumstances.
Indeed, the Dutchman had come under attack from da Costa, who used FanBoost to draw in the #17 Mercedes on the start/finish straight at the start of lap nineteen. de Vries used his boost to defend from the #13 Techeetah, but as he hit the brakes for the first corner his rear wheels continued to spin at full speed, sending the Mercedes straight into the side of Frijns, who was just turning into the corner. Both went skating down the escape road, with Frijns quickly spinning back around to rejoin in tenth, while de Vries retired with what was later identified as a brake-by-wire failure.
With those two out of the way da Costa was off to track down Buemi, and would drag teammate Vergne along with him, only to get stuck behind the #23 Nissan when he did catch him. That prompted Vergne to arm his Attack Mode boost for the final time, and then asked the team for permission to overtake da Costa half a lap later into turn eight, whose latest attempt to pass the Nissan had failed in the Stadium section as Buemi armed Attack Mode. da Costa responded saying he would let Vergne through on the start/finish straight, only to hold Vergne up when activating Attack Mode for himself a few moments later.
da Costa dutifully allowed Vergne past at the start of the next lap, but in all the confusion Buemi had been allowed to escape up the road by a second and a half. Even more ridiculously, da Costa was then given permission to attack Vergne without team orders being involved, and duly re-passed his teammate a lap later, losing even more time to Buemi. Vergne would slowly fall away from da Costa as the Portuguese racer managed to charge back onto Buemi's tail, and this time managed to use his energy advantage to sweep past the Swiss racer at the first attempt into turn eight.
Bird was the next man in da Costa's sights, the Brit having been unable to dent Evans' lead, which would stand at an imperious six seconds with around seven minutes to go. The #13 Techeetah quickly caught the #2 Virgin, and would almost manage to sneak around the outside of Bird in the Stadium when the Brit armed Attack Mode for the final time on lap 30. Indeed, the pair would enter the Peraltada side-by-side, although da Costa was ultimately forced to back off having been on the outside of the Virgin on the near-flat right-hander.
However, Bird's resistance would not last, for the Brit would drift onto the dust heading into turn three while watching out for da Costa in the mirrors, and hence went straight into the outside wall. da Costa swept through to claim second as Bird tried to get back into the fray, slumping to seventh with heavy damage to the front of his car, with parts falling off as he limped around. Whether Bird was going to pit for repairs or try and finish the race subsequently became academic when the front wing dropped under the #2 Virgin's front wheels and sent the Brit skating into the outside wall at turn thirteen.
With only a couple of minutes left Clerk of the Course Scott Elkin decided against deploying the Safety Car, meaning Bird was left sat in his car with the front buried in the tecpro barriers for the rest of the race. That, ultimately, would cost Championship leader Vandoorne, who would have a similar accident at turn three on the penultimate lap, having been busy defending fifth place from Sims, who had quietly climbed the order as chaos emerged ahead. Vandoorne duly limped back to the pits to retire, dumping even more lumps of broken Spark SRT05e onto the circuit as Evans started his final lap with a four second lead over da Costa.
With his team urging caution Evans duly cruised through the final lap to claim a very popular victory, with da Costa unable to seriously threaten the Jaguar due to the sheer amount of debris and yellow flags flying across the circuit. Buemi, meanwhile, would finish a distant third ahead of Vergne, while Sims secured fifth ahead of di Grassi and Rowland. Mortara and James Calado were next across the line, having had to fend off a late challenge from Wehrlein and d'Ambrosio as the former claimed the final points paying position in tenth from the back of the grid.
After the race the FIA and officials would conduct several investigations over the race incidents, although they would have no impact on the final order or for the 2020 Marrakech E-Prix, with de Vries' incident with Frijns ending without punishment after an investigation found that the Dutchman had suffered a mechanical failure. However, Calado and the aforementioned Frijns would be penalised for separate incidents, the former for using more than the permitted energy limit of 47 kWh, while the latter was found to have exceeded the power limit four times. Both were disqualified from the results of the race as a result, putting Wehrlein into ninth and d'Ambrosio into tenth.
The final classification of the 2020 Mexico City E-Prix is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold:
|2020 Mexico City E-Prix Race Result|
|Pos.||No.||Name||Team||Laps||Race Time||Fastest lap||Pts.|
|1st||20||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||36||46:42.093||1:11.099||26G|
|2nd||13||António Félix da Costa||DS Techeetah||36||+4.271s||1:10.742||18|
|3rd||23||Sébastien Buemi||Nissan e.Dams||36||+6.181s||1:10.742||15|
|4th||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||36||+14.331s||1:11.250||12|
|5th||27||Alexander Sims||BMW i Andretti Motorsport||36||+19.244s||1:10.520||11|
|6th||11||Lucas di Grassi||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||36||+28.346s||1:11.020||8|
|7th||22||Oliver Rowland||Nissan e.Dams||36||+29.750s||1:11.266||6|
|8th||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||36||+30.204s||1:11.657||4|
|9th||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Mahindra Racing||36||+31.132s||1:10.613||2|
|10th||64||Jérôme d'Ambrosio||Mahindra Racing||36||+32.818s||1:11.022||1|
|11th||28||Maximilian Günther||BMW i Andretti Motorsport||36||+35.512s||1:11.649|
|12th||6||Brendon Hartley||GEOX DRAGON||36||+36.399s||1:11.472|
|13th||3||Oliver Turvey||NIO 333 FE TEam||36||+50.888s||1:11.973|
|14th||18||Neel Jani||Porsche Formula E Team||36||+1:04.891||1:11.939|
|DSQ*||51||James Calado||Jaguar Racing||36||Disqualified||1:11.354|
|DSQ†||4||Robin Frijns||Envision Virgin Racing||36||Disqualified||1:11.369|
|Ret||2||Sam Bird||Envision Virgin Racing||31||Accident||1:10.803|
|Ret||66||Daniel Abt||Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler||30||Handling||1:11.547|
|Ret||33||Ma Qing Hua||NIO 333 FE TEam||25||Accident||1:12.315|
|Ret||17||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||18||Collision||1:11.480|
|Ret||36||André Lotterer||Porsche Formula E Team||11||Damage||1:11.925||3|
|Ret||19||Felipe Massa||ROKiT Venturi Racing||6||Accident||1:13.347|
|Ret||7||Nico Müller||GEOX DRAGON||2||Accident||1:14.125|
- Indicates a driver was awarded FanBoost during the race.
- G Indicates a driver was awarded a bonus point for setting the fastest lap in the group stage of qualifying.
- * Calado was disqualified from the race for using more than the permitted amount of energy during the race (47 kWh).
- † Frijns was disqualified from the race for exceeding maximum power usage (200 kW) during the race.
- Fifth Mexico City E-Prix to be staged.
- André Lotterer secured a maiden pole position for Porsche as an entrant and manufacturer.
- Second career victory for Mitch Evans.
- Jaguar registered their second win as an entrant and manufacturer.
- Alexander Sims recorded his maiden fastest lap.
Victory catapulted Mitch Evans to the top of the Championship hunt in Mexico City, the New Zealander leaving the Mexican capital with 47 points to his name. Alexander Sims had retained second, and sat just a point behind, while António Félix da Costa had moved into third on 39. Former leader Stoffel Vandoorne had tumbled to fourth after his late exit, Lucas di Grassi had held fifth, while Sébastien Buemi was on the board for the first time in thirteenth.
In the Teams Championship it was BMW i Andretti Motorsport who continued to lead the pack, largely due to Sims' quiet run to fifth in Mexico. Jaguar Racing had, however, been the big winners in Mexico, as they leapt into second courtesy of Evans' victory, and were just fourteen off the lead. Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team had made way for them, DS Techeetah were up to fourth ahead of Nissan e.Dams, while NIO 333 FE Team were still pointless.
Only point scoring drivers are shown.
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