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The Mexico City E-Prix circuit was lengthened for 2020.
Race Information
Date 15 February 2020
Official Name 2020 Mexico City Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Race
Location Flag of Mexico City.png Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City, Mexico
Lap length 2.606 km (1.619 mi)
Distance 17 laps / 44.302 km (27.528 mi)
Supporting 2020 CBMM Niobium Mexico City E-Prix
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Jimenez
Team Flag of Brazil.png ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil
Time 1:24.945
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Brazil.png Cacá Bueno
Team Flag of Brazil.png ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil
Fastest Lap 1:25.045 on lap 13
eTrophy Result
First Second Third
Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Jimenez Flag of New Zealand.png Simon Evans Flag of Mexico.png Mario Domínguez
Winner Team Flag of Brazil.png ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil
Time 26:49.986
eTrophy Guide
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The 2020 Mexico City eTrophy Race, formally known as the 2020 Mexico City Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Race was the third race of the 2019/20 I-Pace eTrophy Series, staged at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, Mexico, on 15 February 2020.[1] The race would see Sérgio Jimenez sweep to victory and the Championship lead, after another race long battle with Simon Evans.[2]

Qualifying for the third race of the season was cancelled after a heavy accident in FP1 for the Formula E Championship caused barrier damage.[3] As a result, the grid was set based on the results of practice for the eTrophy, with Jimenez securing pole position ahead of Evans, while Fahad Algosaibi was the best of the Pro-Am drivers in fifth.[3]

The start of the race would see Jimenez ease into the lead off the grid, with Evans quickly slotting into second.[2] Behind Cacá Bueno secured third ahead of a fast starting Mario Domínguez, the first of the guest drivers, while Algosaibi retained the lead in Pro-Am.[2]

The race would barely settle before the Safety Car was required, after contact between Mashhur Bal Hejaila and David Cheng sent the #34 car heavily into the barriers.[2] At the restart Jimenez would again manage to escape from Evans again, although the duo would manage to build a gap back to third, with Bueno unable to pass Domínguez and Algosaibi, before falling behind Takuma Aoki for good measure.[2]

Into the closing stages and Aoki would fire around the outside of Adalberto Baptista for fifth on the road, although he still trailed Alogsaibi ahead by several seconds.[2] Out front, meanwhile, Evans would make a move for the lead with three minutes to go, using Attack Mode to driver around the outside of Jimenez on the run to turn nine.[2]

Jimenez retaliated at the same spot a lap later, using his own AM boost to pull a copycat move on Evans to reclaim the lead, and now with only a minute and a half left on the clock.[2] That advantage would hold through to the chequered flag, with Jimenez securing victory ahead of his main title rival, while Domínguez finished third, although it was Aoki who completed the Pro podium.[2]

Background

After a two month break the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Series class of 2019/20 reconvened in the paddock at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, which was to be the third round of the season.[1] Again supporting the FIA Formula E Championship in Mexico, the I-Pace field would use an altered version of the Mexico City circuit from their last visit in 2019, with the chicanes removed and a new extension at turn three.[1] Furthermore, the eTrophy entry list would be somewhat different from the second race in Diriyah, with several new faces on the grid.[4]

Aoki Ambitions

The standout change to the entry list was the addition of a new team and driver to the Pro field, with Takuma Aoki joining the Series with Team Yokohama Challenge.[5] Aoki's entry was remarkable as the Japanese driver had been paralysed since an accident he suffered in 1998, meaning he would become the first disabled driver to compete in the eTrophy.[5] To accommodate Aoki's disabilities several modifications were made to the #24 car's controls, with levers added to the steering wheel to enable Aoki to control the brakes and throttle with his hands.[5]

Guests and Graces

Elsewhere, Cacá Bueno would rejoin the Jaguar Brazil squad for the round in Mexico City, as the Brazilian squad expanded to a three car effort with the addition of an entry in Pro-Am.[6] Their third seat was handed to Adalberto Baptista for the rest of the season, with the Brazilian racer joining David Cheng on the Pro-Am grid as the two debutantes in the sub-class.[7] Cheng himself took over the #8 car of Team China Racing for the weekend in Mexico, as Yaqi Zhang left the Chinese squad with only one Pro-Am entry.[8]

Zhang's car was taken over by Manuel Cabrera for the trip to Mexico, although that change would result in Cabrera entering the Pro class rather than Pro-Am for the battle at the Autodromo.[9] The final change to the grid would be the addition of the Guest entries, with Cabrera's compatriot Mario Domínguez taking over the #1 VIP Car, while Vincent Radermecker took over the second car, although the latter was to only take part in practice.[10]

Diriyah Demands

In the Pro Drivers' Championship it was Sérgio Jimenez who would end the opening weekend of the Championship with the lead, the Brazilian racer ahead of Simon Evans by virtue of having set fastest lap in the second Diriyah Race. Indeed, Jimenez and Evans had ended the second day of the season level on 36 points after a win, pole position, and second place apiece, leaving them both fourteen clear of Alice Powell in third.

In the Pro-Am field there was little surprise that Yaqi Zhang headed the table, two wins from pole position having left the Chinese racer with commanding 42 point tally. That translated into a sixteen point lead over teammate Chao Sun, while third placed Mashhur Bal Hejaila trailed Zhang by 23 points.

Entry List

The full entry list for the 2020 Mexico City eTrophy Race is displayed below:

2020 Mexico City eTrophy Race Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Car Class
0 Flag of Brazil.png Cacá Bueno Flag of Brazil.png ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy PRO
1 Flag of Mexico.png Mario Domínguez Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar VIP Car Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Guest
7 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alice Powell Flag of Germany.png Jaguar Team Germany Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy PRO
8 Flag of China.png David Cheng Flag of China.png Team China Racing Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy PRO/AM
9 Flag of Mexico.png Manuel Cabrera Flag of China.png Team China Racing Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy PRO
10 Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Jimenez Flag of Brazil.png ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy PRO
13 Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Fahad Algosaibi Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Racing Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy PRO/AM
18 Flag of Brazil.png Adalberto Baptista Flag of Brazil.png ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy PRO/AM
24 Flag of Japan.png Takuma Aoki Flag of Japan.png Team Yokohama Challenge Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy PRO
34 Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Mashhur Bal Hejaila Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Racing Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy PRO/AM
99 Flag of New Zealand.png Simon Evans Flag of New Zealand.png Team Asia New Zealand Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy PRO
Practice Only
71 Flag of Belgium.png Vincent Radermecker Flag of Belgium.png Privateer Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy Guest
Source:[4]

Practice

Practice Report

Practice Results

The final practice result for the 2020 Mexico City eTrophy Race are outlined below:

2020 Mexico City eTrophy Race Practice Results
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid
1st 10 Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Jimenez Flag of Brazil.png Jaguar Brazil 1:24.945 1
2nd 99 Flag of New Zealand.png Simon Evans Flag of New Zealand.png Team Asia New Zealand 1:26.100 +1.155s 2
3rd 0 Flag of Brazil.png Cacá Bueno Flag of Brazil.png Jaguar Brazil 1:26.185 +1.240s 3
4th 7 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alice Powell Flag of Germany.png Jaguar Team Germany 1:26.592 +1.647s 4
5th 13 Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Fahad Algosaibi Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Racing 1:26.850 +1.905s 5
6th 9 Flag of Mexico.png Manuel Cabrera Flag of China.png Jaguar China Racing 1:27.276 +2.331s 6
7th 1 Flag of Mexico.png Mario Domínguez Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar VIP Car 1:27.316 +2.371s 7
8th 34 Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Mashhur Bal Hejaila Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Racing 1:27.403 +2.458s 8
9th 18 Flag of Brazil.png Adalberto Baptista Flag of Brazil.png Jaguar Brazil 1:27.865 +2.920s 9
10th 8 Flag of China.png David Cheng Flag of China.png Jaguar China Racing 1:28.210 +3.265s 10
11th 24 Flag of Japan.png Takuma Aoki Flag of Japan.png Team Yokohama Challenge 1:28.351 +3.406s 11
Source:[4]

Qualifying

Qualifying for the third round of the season was cancelled due to barrier damage caused by an accident in FP1 for the 2020 Mexico City E-Prix.[3] The grid for the eTrophy race was hence set using the results of practice for the eTrophy series the evening before.[3]

Race

Report

Result

The final classification of the 2020 Mexico City eTrophy Race is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold.

2020 Mexico City eTrophy Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 10 Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Jimenez Flag of Brazil.png Jaguar Brazil 17 26:49.986 1:25.146 20
2nd 99 Flag of New Zealand.png Simon Evans Flag of New Zealand.png Team Asia New Zealand 17 +0.645s 1:25.046 15
3rd 1 Flag of Mexico.png Mario Domínguez Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar VIP Car 17 +13.556s 1:26.756
4th 13 Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Fahad Algosaibi Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Racing 17 +14.270s 1:26.012 20
5th 24 Flag of Japan.png Takuma Aoki Flag of Japan.png Team Yokohama Challenge 17 +34.617s 1:26.600 11
6th 18 Flag of Brazil.png Adalberto Baptista Flag of Brazil.png Jaguar Brazil 17 +1:02.924 1:29.172 15
7th 0 Flag of Brazil.png Cacá Bueno Flag of Brazil.png Jaguar Brazil 16 +1 Lap 1:25.045 8
8th 7 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alice Powell Flag of Germany.png Jaguar Team Germany 15 +2 Laps 1:25.570 6
Ret 9 Flag of Mexico.png Manuel Cabrera Flag of China.png Jaguar China Racing 14 Retired 1:27.609
Ret 8 Flag of China.png David Cheng Flag of China.png Jaguar China Racing 2 Collision
Ret 34 Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Mashhur Bal Hejaila Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Saudi Racing 1 Collision
Source:[4]

Milestones

  • Debut race for Takuma Aoki, Adalberto Baptista, Manuel Cabrera, David Cheng and Mario Domínguez.
  • Fifth win for Sérgio Jimenez.
  • Eighth victory for Jaguar Brazil as an entrant.
  • Maiden Pro-Am victory for Fahad Algosaibi.
  • Eighth Pro-Am win for Saudi Racing as an entrant.

Standings

Victory for the second race in a row would be enough to move Sérgio Jimenez into a clear lead in the Pro Championship, the Brazilian racer leaving Mexico with a five point lead over main challenger Simon Evans. Those two were in a class of their own at the head of the field, with Alice Powell holding half the number of Jimenez's points back in third.

Despite not attending the race in Mexico City it was still Yaqi Zhang who headed the field in the Pro-Am Championship, although his advantage had been cut to seven points. Fahad Algosaibi had been the man to do the damage with his maiden Pro-Am victory, with the Saudi Arabian racer having leapt ahead of Chao Sun and Mashhur Bal Hejaila after his triumph.

2019/20 Pro Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Jimenez 56 ◄0
2nd Flag of New Zealand.png Simon Evans 51 ◄0
3rd Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alice Powell 28 ◄0
4th Flag of Brazil.png Mário Haberfeld 16 ◄0
5th Flag of Japan.png Takuma Aoki 11 ◄0
6th Flag of Brazil.png Cacá Bueno 8 ◄0
7th Flag of Mexico.png Manuel Cabrera 0 ◄0
2019/20 Pro-Am Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of China.png Yaqi Zhang 42 ◄0
2nd Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Fahad Algosaibi 35 ▲2
3rd Flag of China.png Chao Sun 26 ▼1
4th Flag of Saudi Arabia.png Mashhur Bal Hejaila 19 ▼1
5th Flag of Brazil.png Adalberto Baptista 15 ◄0
6th Flag of China.png David Cheng 0 ◄0

References

Videos and Images:

References:

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 'SÉRGIO JIMENEZ TAKES JAGUAR I-PACE ETROPHY SERIES LEAD IN MEXICO CITY', media.jaguarracing.com, (Jaguar Land Rover Automotive PLC, 16/02/2020), https://media.jaguarracing.com/news/2020/02/sergio-jimenez-takes-jaguar-i-pace-etrophy-series-lead-mexico-city, (Accessed 16/05/2021)
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  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 'Round 3 - Mexico City ePrix Jaguar I-Pace eTROPHY Series Results Booklet', results.fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/02/2020), https://fe-results.s3.amazonaws.com/05_2019-20/04_R04%20Mexico%20City/Jaguar%20I-Pace%20eTROPHY%20Series/Mexico_Booklet.pdf#pdfjs.action=download, (Accessed 16/05/2021)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 'Takuma Aoki joins the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY', letstalkmotorsport.com, (Lets Talk Motorsport, 06/02/2020), https://www.letstalkmotorsport.com/2020/takuma-aoki-joins-the-jaguar-i-pace-etrophy/, (Accessed 15/05/2021)
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2019/20 Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy
Entrants
Jaguar China Racing • Jaguar Team Germany • Saudi Racing • Team Asia New Zealand • Team Yokohama Challenge • ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil
Manufacturers and Tyres
JaguarMichelin
Cars
Jaguar I-Pace
Pro Drivers
0 Mário Haberfeld/Cacá Bueno7 Alice Powell8 Gregory Segers9 Manuel Cabrera/Nick Foster10 Sérgio Jimenez24 Takuma Aoki99 Simon Evans
Pro-Am Drivers
8 Chao Sun/David Cheng9 Yaqi Zhang13 Fahad Algosaibi18 Adalberto Baptista34 Mashhur Bal Hejaila/Paul Spooner
Guest Drivers
Reema JuffaliMario DomínguezOliver WebbAbbie EatonSven FörsterJessica Hawkins • Vincent Radermecker
Races
Diriyah 1Diriyah 2Mexico CityBerlin 1Berlin 2Berlin 3Berlin 4Berlin 5Berlin 6Berlin 7
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