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The International Short Course at Puebla.
Race Information
Date 20 June 2021
E-Prix No. 78
Official Name 2021 CBMM Niobium Puebla E-Prix II
Location Flag of Puebla.png Autódromo Miguel E. Abed
Amozoc, Puebla, Mexico
Format 45 min + 1 Lap
Lap length 2.930 km (1.821 mi)
Distance 32 laps / 93.760 km (58.259 mi)
Support Race
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Rowland
Team Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams
Time 1:23.579
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Germany.png René Rast
Team Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
Fastest Lap 1:25.370 on lap 22
ePrix Result
First Second Third
Flag of Switzerland.png Edoardo Mortara Flag of New Zealand.png Nick Cassidy Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Rowland
Winner Team Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing
Time 46:41.685
ePrix Guide
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Post-Race Test

The 2021 Puebla E-Prix II, formally known as the 2021 CBMM Niobium Puebla E-Prix II, was the ninth race of the 2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, staged at the Autódromo Miguel E. Abed in Amozoc, Puebla, Mexico, on 20 June 2021.[1] The race would see Edoardo Mortara sweep to victory, after resisting a lot of mid-to-late race pressure from Pascal Wehrlein.[2]

Qualifying for the second of two races in Puebla would see Oliver Rowland claim pole, defeating Wehrlein in a reversal of the front row from Race 1.[3] Those two were joined in Super Pole by Mortara, Jean-Éric Vergne, group stage pace setter Jake Dennis and Alex Lynn, as the main title pretenders all qualified in the second half of the grid.[3]

The start of the race would see Rowland ease off the grid to secure the lead, while Wehrlein initially looked too have the measure of Mortara, only for the Swiss ace to dance the #48 Venturi past the #99 Porsche on the brakes for turn one.[2] Behind the field would all make it through the first corner without major issue, although Stoffel Vandoorne and Norman Nato would make contact as the field flowed through turns two, three and four.[2]

The early laps saw the order settle, with Rowland, Mortara and Wehrlein easing clear at the front of the field, before the Brit opted to arm Attack Mode on lap four.[2] That dropped the Brit back behind compatriot Dennis in fourth, the #27 BMW-Andretti having jumped Vergne at the start, although Rowland was soon back into third within half a lap.[2]

Mortara was the next of the leaders to arm AM on lap seven and would also slip behind Dennis, although a lunge from the Swiss ace carried him instantly back past the Brit into turn nine.[2] Wehrlein, meanwhile, would hang on for another tour before arming AM himself, while Rowland cannily took his second AM boost at the same moment so that he did not have to worry about those antics later in the race.[2]

Rowland's second AM use would not prove decisive, however, for the Brit was unable to close the gap to Mortara, allowing the Swiss racer to arm his second AM boost without losing the lead.[2] Furthermore, Rowland would also prove unable to escape from Wehrlein, and would graze the inside wall at turn ten while trying to resist Wehrlein when the German racer used his second AM boost to pass a few laps later.[2]

Into the closing stages and Wehrlein would move right onto Mortara's tail, although consistently strong exits out of the final corner meant that the #48 Venturi had just enough to remain ahead of the #99 Porsche.[2] Then, with five minutes to go Wehrlein made a mistake and slipped a second behind, effectively settling the fight for victory as he was unable to close the gap back up with his remaining energy.[2]

Indeed, Mortara was able to control his pace expertly in the final few laps to secure victory, with Wehrlein finishing a second behind in second before being slapped with a five second time penalty for incorrect FanBoost use.[2] That put Nick Cassidy into second after he made a late move on Rowland, with the #22 Nissan finishing fourth on the road before being promoted onto the podium.[2] Dennis was next up ahead of Lynn and Maximilian Günther after they mugged Vergne in the closing stages, while Mitch Evans and René Rast rounded out the scorers after a late fight with Championship leader Robin Frijns.[2]

Background

There were no changes made to the Autódromo Miguel E. Abed overnight ahead of the second race, in-spite of calls to modify the Attack Mode activation point after two clashes in the 2021 Puebla E-Prix I.[1] Likewise, there was stability on the entry list with Joel Eriksson getting his second start, while conditions were expected to be similar to Saturday with rain in the area of the Autódromo.[1]

di Grassi Delight

Robin Frijns had retained his Championship lead after the first race in Puebla came to a conclusion, although his advantage had been cut to just two points as the season passed the halfway point. Indeed, António Félix da Costa had moved to within two of the lead as Frijns failed to score, overhauling Nyck de Vries as the Dutchman himself moved within three of his title leading compatriot. René Rast was the big mover as he leapt into fourth ahead of Mitch Evans, while Pascal Wehrlein dropped to thirteenth after Porsche's clerical error cost him victory.

In the Teams' Championship Mercedes continued to lead the way, although their advantage had been cut to six points as the season passed the halfway point. Their closest challengers remained Jaguar Racing, on 107 points, although the British squad were under more pressure from behind as DS Techeetah had moved onto 106 points after the first race in Mexico. Elsewhere, the first win in two seasons for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler saw them shoot into fourth, sixteen off the lead, while Envision Virgin Racing dropped behind their suppliers to fifth.

Entry List

The full entry list for the 2021 Puebla E-Prix II is displayed below:

2021 Puebla E-Prix II Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Car
4 Dutch Flag.png Robin Frijns Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE07
5 Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne Flag of Germany.png Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 02
6 Flag of Sweden.png Joel Eriksson Flag of the United States.png Dragon/Penske Autosport Penske EV-5
7 Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United States.png Dragon/Penske Autosport Penske EV-5
8 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Turvey Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team NIO 333 FE 001
10 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type V
11 Flag of Brazil.png Lucas di Grassi Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE07
13 Flag of Portugal.png António Félix da Costa Flag of China.png DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE 21
17 Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries Flag of Germany.png Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 02
20 Flag of New Zealand.png Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing Jaguar I-Type V
22 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Rowland Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM03
23 Flag of Switzerland.png Sébastien Buemi Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams Nissan IM03
25 Flag of France.png Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of China.png DS Techeetah DS E-Tense FE 21
27 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jake Dennis Flag of the United States.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.21
28 Flag of Germany.png Maximilian Günther Flag of the United States.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport BMW iFE.21
29 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alexander Sims Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing Mahindra M7Electro
33 Flag of Germany.png René Rast Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Audi e-tron FE07
36 Flag of Germany.png André Lotterer Flag of Germany.png TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team Porsche 99X Electric
37 Flag of New Zealand.png Nick Cassidy Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing Audi e-tron FE07
48 Flag of Switzerland.png Edoardo Mortara Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 02
71 Flag of France.png Norman Nato Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 02
88 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tom Blomqvist Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team NIO 333 FE 001
94 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alex Lynn Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing Mahindra M7Electro
99 Flag of Germany.png Pascal Wehrlein Flag of Germany.png TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team Porsche 99X Electric
Source:[4]

Practice

FP1

FP2

Qualifying

Qualifying for the 2021 Puebla E-Prix II would be conducted in FE's standard format, with the field split into four groups of six cars, based on Championship position.[3] 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.[3] 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.[3]

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.[3]

Group 1

The first group of the day would see those position in the top six in the Championship venture onto the circuit to open the session, with Championship leader Robin Frijns leading the charge.[5] The Dutchman would be joined on track by defending Champion António Félix da Costa, as well as compatriot Nyck de Vries in the #17 Mercedes.[5] Completing the group would be de Vries' teammate Stoffel Vandoorne, the #20 Jaguar of Mitch Evans, and René Rast in the #33 Audi.[5]

In a repeat of Saturday's qualifying antics everyone in the opening sextet would decide to leave the pits as one with around 2:30 left on the clock, with Rast the first to leave the pitlane.[6] da Costa followed the Audi out of the pits ahead of Evans, with Frijns, de Vries and Vandoorne trailing them into the first corner.[6] Across the opening lap everyone bar Rast would swap positions, with de Vries passing Frijns, da Costa and Evans, before Frijns powered past Vandoorne and da Costa exiting the final corner to start their flying laps after a sudden warning about the amount of time left to start their flying laps.[6]

That late swap would upset both da Costa and Vandoorne's starts to their laps, with da Costa tapping the back of Vandoorne as the Belgian racer half looked at passing Frijns into the first corner.[6] Rast, meanwhile, would ruin his lap with a slide exiting turn three that saw him slip into the grass in turn four, with Evans just able to avoid the #33 Audi as Rast gathered himself back up.[6] de Vries was less fortunate as he had to get completely off the throttle to avoid the rejoining Audi veteran, while Frijns was baulked behind his compatriot as a result of de Vries' lift through turn five.[6]

Evans duly set the initial pace of the group with a 1:24.756, three seconds faster than Rast who had his mistake in the first sector to thank for a miserable effort, one which he would subsequently lose for rejoining the circuit in an unsafe manner.[6] de Vries went next and claimed second, before Frijns slotted in behind him having also had to ease off due to the rejoining Audi.[6] Vandoorne then caused a stir with a stunning third sector to go fastest, while the fastest second sector for da Costa was not enough to put the Portuguese ace higher than fifth at the end of his run.[6]

Group 2

Group two saw those drivers placed seventh through twelfth in the Championship join the qualifying fray, with Sam Bird the lead driver in the group in the #10 Jaguar.[5] The Brit would be joined on track by double Champion Jean-Éric Vergne in the #25 DS Techeetah, as well as the #11 Audi of Race 1 winner Lucas di Grassi.[5] Also in action would be the #48 Venturi Mercedes of Edoardo Mortara, Alexander Sims of Mahindra, and Jake Dennis in the first of the BMW-Andretti.[5]

Unlike the opening sextet the second group would give each other more time and space on the circuit to get their laps in, deciding that fighting on their out-laps would only hinder their efforts.[6] Sims was the first driver to venture out of the pits, with Dennis and Vergne soon following him in their cars.[6] Sims subsequently opened out a whole sector between himself and the rest of the group, with Mortara, di Grassi and Bird in a little trio of their own at the back of the group as they started their flying laps.[6]

Ergo it was Sims who was first across the line, and the benefit of a clear circuit ahead of him was made obvious as he went fastest overall some six tenths faster than Vandoorne.[6] Dennis went next and lit up the timing screens with a stunning opening sector to set a new benchmark of 1:22.816, while Vergne slotted in behind the #27 BMW after good run of his own.[6] Mortara was next up behind the Frenchman and would duly record an effort just shy of the #25 DS Techeetah's, and would edge out di Grassi behind, while Bird would ruin his lap with a rear lock-up into the first corner that meant he would only manage sixth come the end of his run.[6]

Group 3

The third group of the day should have featured the six drivers positioned in thirteenth through eighteenth in the Championship head onto the circuit, although with Nico Müller absent nineteenth placed André Lotterer would instead head out in the group.[5] The German racer would join Porsche teammate Pascal Wehrlein on track, the younger Porsche pilot one of the favourites after his dominance on Saturday, with compatriot Maximilian Günther also in action for BMW-Andretti.[5] Also in action would be Nick Cassidy in the Virgin Audi, Oliver Rowland in the #22 Nissan e.Dams, and Alex Lynn in the second Mahindra.[5]

Much like the second group, group three would opt to give each other space as they exited the pitlane to go straight into their flying laps, with Günther the first to go hoping to emulate his teammate's run from a few moments earlier.[6] Lotterer was next out ahead of Cassidy, while Wehrlein beat Lynn and Rowland out of the pits to run in fourth in the queue as they prepared their laps.[6] The sextet would then spread themselves out fairly evenly across the circuit, with each driver having amble space and time as they opened their flying laps.[6]

Günther was the first driver to record a time, and despite a clean run in the first and third sectors, in which he recorded the fastest final third of the lap, the German youth would only slot into seventh at the end of his run.[6] Lotterer was next and recovered from a slow first sector to go fourth fastest, before being instantly displaced by Cassidy and then teammate Wehrlein, who secured third.[6] Lynn was next across the line and would beat Wehrlein's run to claim third for himself with strong second and third sectors, while Rowland jumped into second with his effort after setting a new benchmark in the second sector.[6]

Group 4

The final sextet would feature the bottom six drivers in the Championship, with Sébastien Buemi the stand-out name despite his woes throughout the 2020/21 season.[5] The Swiss ace would be joined by the Dragon/Penske duo of Sérgio Sette Câmara and Joel Eriksson, the latter standing in for Müller once again, as well as the #71 Venturi Mercedes of Norman Nato.[5] Completing the group would then be the two NIOs of Oliver Turvey and Tom Blomqvist.[5]

Sette Câmara led the fourth group out of the pitlane with around three minutes left on the clock, with the final group again opting to give each other space rather than have a melee on their out-laps.[6] Turvey followed the Brazilian racer out of the pits ahead of teammate Blomqvist, albeit almost half a lap behind, while Eriksson was next out ahead of Nato.[6] Buemi would be the last of the group to join the fray, although he would still cross the line to start his lap with ample time.[6]

Sette Câmara was the first to set a time, although an unusually tame effort from the Brazilian youth saw him only muster thirteenth overall come the end of his run.[6] After a brief pause Turvey crossed the line, having lost a second alone in the first sector, before Blomqvist jumped into ninth after a stunningly strong run through sector three in the #88 NIO.[6] Eriksson was next but a miserable second sector left him in 21st overall, Nato slotted into eleventh after clean run, while Buemi narrowly missed out on Super Pole in seventh after having to overcome a poor opening third of the lap.[6]

Super Pole

For the second race in succession it was Mortara who would get things underway in the Super Pole Shootout, with the #48 Venturi the first of the sextet to venture onto the circuit.[6] Yet, the Swiss racer's lap proved to be a scruffy one, with the #48 Venturi twitching on the brakes into turn one, slithering into turns two and four, before a snap in the final corner left Mortara on a 1:23.886.[6] Wehrlein would follow the Venturi onto the circuit, and a cleaner run would see the #99 Porsche go fastest with a 1:23.771, despite losing almost three tenths to Mortara in the final sector.[6]

Lynn was next out onto the circuit, although after minor mistakes, including grazing the grass on the apex of the final corner, the Brit would fall shy of Wehrlein's mark by 0.052s.[6] Vergne went next and would again struggle to record a completely clean run, with a twitch in turn four and a slide at turn thirteen bleeding time from his run to leave him in fourth behind Mortara.[6] Rowland went next to try and best Wehrlein's effort, and would overcome a noticeably nervous rear end on the #22 Nissan to claim provisional pole with a 1:23.579.[6]

Last out into the shootout would be Dennis, with the Brit opening his lap with a perfect entry into the first corner, only to instantly undermine it with a snap of oversteer in turn two.[6] Up by a tenth in the first sector, the Brit's bid for pole would unwind at turn eleven, as a lock-up cost him half a second entering the final sector.[6] Dennis duly ended up in sixth in the shootout with a 1:24.154, meaning Rowland would be on pole ahead of Wehrlein in a reversal of the front row from Race 1.[6]

Post Qualifying

The final qualifying result for the 2021 Puebla E-Prix II are outlined below:

2021 Puebla E-Prix II Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid Group
1st 22 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Rowland Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams 1:23.579 1 G3
2nd 99 Flag of Germany.png Pascal Wehrlein Flag of Germany.png Porsche Formula E Team 1:23.771 +0.192s 2 G3
3rd 48 Flag of Switzerland.png Edoardo Mortara Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing 1:23.886 +0.307s 3 G2
4th 25 Flag of France.png Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of China.png DS Techeetah 1:23.950 +0.371s 4 G2
5th 27 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jake Dennis Flag of the United States.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport 1:24.154 +0.575s 5 G2
NC* 94 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alex Lynn Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing 1:22.823 6 G3
Super Pole
1st 27 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jake Dennis Flag of the United States.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport 1:22.816 SP G2
2nd 22 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Rowland Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams 1:23.052 +0.236s SP G3
3rd 25 Flag of France.png Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of China.png DS Techeetah 1:23.204 +0.388s SP G2
4th 94 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alex Lynn Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing 1:23.212 +0.396s SP G3
5th 99 Flag of Germany.png Pascal Wehrlein Flag of Germany.png Porsche Formula E Team 1:23.227 +0.411s SP G3
6th 48 Flag of Switzerland.png Edoardo Mortara Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing 1:23.235 +0.419s SP G2
7th 23 Flag of Switzerland.png Sébastien Buemi Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams 1:23.455 +0.639s 7 G4
8th 37 Flag of New Zealand.png Nick Cassidy Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing 1:23.499 +0.683s 8 G3
9th 88 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tom Blomqvist Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team 1:23.583 +0.767s 9 G4
10th 36 Flag of Germany.png André Lotterer Flag of Germany.png Porsche Formula E Team 1:23.636 +0.820s 10 G3
11th 28 Flag of Germany.png Maximilian Günther Flag of the United States.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport 1:23.640 +0.824s 11 G3
12th 71 Flag of France.png Norman Nato Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing 1:23.789 +0.973s 12 G4
13th 11 Flag of Brazil.png Lucas di Grassi Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 1:23.984 +1.168s 13 G2
14th 29 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alexander Sims Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing 1:24.179 +1.363s 14 G2
15th 10 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing 1:24.292 +1.476s 15 G2
16th 7 Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United States.png Dragon/Penske Autosport 1:24.445 +1.629s 16 G4
17th 5 Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne Flag of Germany.png Mercedes 1:24.736 +1.920s 17 G1
18th 20 Flag of New Zealand.png Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing 1:24.756 +1.940s 18 G1
19th 17 Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries Flag of Germany.png Mercedes 1:24.811 +1.995s 19 G1
20th 8 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Turvey Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team 1:24.840 +2.024s 20 G4
21st 4 Dutch Flag.png Robin Frijns Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing 1:24.907 +2.091s 21 G1
22nd 13 Flag of Portugal.png António Félix da Costa Flag of China.png DS Techeetah 1:24.911 +2.095s 22 G1
23rd 6 Flag of Sweden.png Joel Eriksson Flag of the United States.png Dragon/Penske Autosport 1:25.203 +2.387s 23 G4
110% Time: 1:31.097[7]
NC 33 Flag of Germany.png René Rast Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 1:27.761 24 G1
Source:[7]
  • * Lynn had his time from the Super Pole shootout deleted for using a non-homologated throttle map.[8]
  • Rast had his fastest time from the group stage deleted for rejoining the track in an unsafe manner.[9]

Race

Temperatures were far higher in Puebla on Sunday compared to Saturday as the field assembled on the dummy grid ahead of the start of the second Puebla E-Prix, with the circuit peaking at 48°C in the Sun's heat.[10] Otherwise, there would be no changes to the field after qualifying, with no grid penalties added to muddle the order after the Super Pole shootout once Alex Lynn had his Super Pole time deleted for using a non-homologated throttle map.[8]

Report

The start of the race would see Oliver Rowland power away from pole position to secure the lead into the first corner unopposed, as the dirtier inside line saw Pascal Wehrlein struggle for traction.[10] As such, the German racer was powerless to prevent a fast starting Edoardo Mortara dancing around the outside of the #99 Porsche on the brakes for the left hander to secure second.[10] Elsewhere Jake Dennis fired past Jean-Éric Vergne to secure fourth behind Wehrlein, while Sam Bird leapt up to twelfth with a lunge to the inside of the first corner.[10]

Further around the opening tour there would be contact as the field bundled into turn four, with Norman Nato and Stoffel Vandoorne coming together on the outside of the left hand curve.[10] They would, however, both continue towards the back of the midfield with minor damage to their cars, watching on as Bird tried to lunge past Tom Blomqvist into turn eleven without success.[10] Elsewhere, Sébastien Buemi would line-up a move on Nick Cassidy out of the final corner to regain seventh after losing out to the #37 Envision Virgin at the start, while Rowland would begin building his advantage out front.[10]

After two laps, which would see Bird make a move stick on Blomqvist at turn eleven that also allowed Alexander Sims to move past, Attack Mode would come into play, with Robin Frijns the first to arm the boost on lap three at the back of the field.[10] However, he would be the only taker when the boost came online, with Sérgio Sette Câmara elbowing his way past Oliver Turvey for nineteenth into turn one, while Nyck de Vries moved past Nato a lap later.[10] Instead, it would be on lap five when the leaders began flirting with the additional power boost, with Oliver Rowland the first to go around the loop at turn eight.[10]

The Brit would rejoin in fourth, between Dennis and Vergne whose fight from the first lap had faded as the early laps unfolded.[10] Indeed, most of the fighting was to be found behind the top five drivers, with Cassidy harassing Buemi into turn eleven for a second time in a bid to reclaim seventh, while Sims fired past Bird and then Maximilian Günther to move into the top ten.[10] Rowland subsequently used AM to pass Dennis down the start/finish straight, before Mortara dropped behind the #27 BMW-Andretti when he armed AM on lap seven.[10]

Mortara would, however, rejoin with far more momentum than Dennis due to the nature of the AM loop, meaning he was able to dart back ahead of the Brit almost instantly on the brakes for turn nine.[10] That move left him in third, and would allow Vergne to not only draw right onto the #27 BMW's tail, but also fire down the inside of Dennis unopposed into turn eleven.[10] Dennis duly found himself defending fifth from Lynn after being mugged by Vergne, as up ahead Rowland caused a stir by following Wehrlein down the Attack Mode activation loop, meaning he had used both his AM boosts inside the opening ten minutes.[10]

Elsewhere, de Vries' hopes of scrambling into the points would be dashed via a puncture, after the Dutchman had been rear-ended by Lucas di Grassi at turn nine after the Brazilian tried a lunge using AM.[10] Behind them, António Félix da Costa became the second driver to arm his second AM boost ahead of Mitch Evans as they ascended towards the points scoring positions, while René Rast was quietly harnessing energy at the back of the field, holding almost a full lap's worth in hand over those ahead of him after ten laps.[10] Vergne, meanwhile, would lead Dennis, Lynn, Sims and Günther down to the AM activation zone to allow Cassidy and André Lotterer up the order, while Evans and Bird scrapped for twelfth as both had AM.[10]

Out front, meanwhile, Mortara would continue to lead, and would see his advantage continue to grow as Wehrlein and Rowland half scrapped for second as their AM boosts came to an end.[10] Indeed, Wehrlein would instead wait until a gap behind appeared between Cassidy and Porsche teammate Lotterer to arm his second AM boost, releasing Rowland to chase Mortara for the lead as the German racer dropped back into fourth behind the #37 Virgin.[10] The #99 Porsche duly began harassing Cassidy to try and reclaim third without losing more time to Mortara out front, as the Swiss racer continued to ease clear of Rowland in-spite of the fact that the #22 Nissan e.Dams was now in clear air.[10]

Indeed, Mortara's pace was so strong that he was able to arm his second AM boost midway through the race without losing the lead, leaving Rowland in a lurch as he was now being caught by Wehrlein after he had cleared Cassidy.[10] Behind, Lotterer dropped back into the sights of Sims after arming AM, only for a mistake into turn eleven seeing the #36 Porsche run wide and allow Sims to attack on the exit.[10] Lotterer then controversially tried to hold the position by forcing Sims into the inside wall of turn twelve, although that plan backfired as Günther swept past the pair of them.[10] Buemi, meanwhile, would cause a similar incident by pushing Nato into the wall at the same corner a few moments later, with Nato unable to continue due to damage.[10]

More contact involving Buemi would follow a few moments later, as di Grassi punted the Swiss racer into the back of Bird at turn seven, sending the #10 Jaguar into a slide.[10] Bird was left with damage but continued, while di Grassi was slapped with a penalty after causing multiple collisions after his early smack into the back of de Vries.[10] As they continued to fight, with Buemi lunging down the inside of Bird a lap later, Oliver Turvey came to a stop on the AM loop on the outside of turn eight, although the #8 NIO would be dragged behind the barriers without the race being interrupted.[10]

Back with the lead group and Mortara was holding a healthy three second lead at the head of the field, as Wehrlein now had Rowland fully in his sights having used up the last of his AM boost.[10] Indeed, Rowland was beginning to feel the heat from the pursuing #99 Porsche, so much so that he misjudged his line exiting turn nine and hit the inside wall, causing front damage and potentially damaging the rim of his left-front wheel.[10] That, however, would prove academic as Wehrlein used Rowland's lost momentum to ease alongside the #22 Nissan on the run to turn eleven, before out-braking Rowland and securing second in the tight left-hander.[10]

With that Wehrlein was off to hunt Mortara, with the #99 Porsche beginning to take a few tenths a lap out of the Swiss ace's lead over the following laps.[10] As the fight for the lead began to unfold there was still fighting to be had in the midfield, with Lotterer, Vandoorne, Frijns and a now charging Rast running nose-to-tail in a scrap for twelfth behind Bird.[10] Sims too would soon be drawn into that fight along with Evans as they took their second AM boosts, while Rowland was coming under increasing pressure from Cassidy for third.[10]

Into the closing stages and Wehrlein was on Mortara's tail, and had been awarded FanBoost as he began closing onto the Swiss racer's tail, although the German racer had opted against using it too soon.[10] Indeed, Wehrlein seemed unable to really challenge Mortara, after a half look down the inside of the #48 Venturi had been swatted aside by the Swiss pilot with seven minutes to go.[10] Then, with five minutes to go, Wehrlein made a mistake at turn seven, with a slide on a now deteriorating track surface saw him drop over a second further behind of Mortara.[10]

Moments later and da Costa was in the wall at the very same place, the defending Champion having lost the rear more dramatically than Wehrlein and spun side-on into the outside barriers.[10] Wehrlein's hopes of a late Safety Car to get back on terms with Mortara were not to materialise, however, as da Costa dragged his ruined car clear of the circuit at turn eight without outside assistance.[10] With that Wehrlein was off to hunt down Mortara again, although he now did not have enough energy to use his FanBoost, and did not have an energy advantage over his former DTM stablemate.[10]

As the fight for victory faded the fight for third would rumble on, with Cassidy now within striking distance as the race entered its final three minutes of action.[10] After a twitch for Rowland at turn four Cassidy moved right onto the Nissan's tail, which allowed the New Zealander to set up and audacious move on Rowland through turn thirteen.[10] Indeed, the #37 Virgin would dart inside of Rowland having forced him off line entering turn twelve, before fending off Rowland's bid to reclaim the position into turn one at the start of the following tour.[10]

With that the race was run, with Mortara securing victory at a canter from Wehrlein by over a second as the #99 Porsche failed to get back on terms with the #48 Venturi after his mistake.[10] Cassidy was next up ahead of Rowland, while Dennis and Lynn overcame Vergne in a race long fight for fifth and sixth, with the Frenchman also slipping behind Günther in the closing stages.[10] Evans and Rast then rounded out the scorers having closed onto Vergne's tail, having entered the final tour in a four-way fight with Frijns and Vergne that ended with the Dutchman locking up and running wide at turn eleven.[10]

Post-Race

Three hours after the race the final results of the race were published, which confirmed that Wehrlein, for the second race in succession, had received a penalty that knocked him off the podium.[11] This time, however, the German racer was handed a five second time penalty, having failed to correctly use his FanBoost during the race.[11] Indeed, the regulations stated that a driver must use FanBoost if they are awarded it before their battery reached a certain state of charge, with Wehrlein having been below that margin when he attempted to use it.[11]

Result

The final classification of the 2021 Puebla E-Prix II is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold:

2021 Puebla E-Prix II Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 48 Flag of Switzerland.png Edoardo Mortara Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing 32 46:41.685 1:25.970 25
2nd 37 Flag of New Zealand.png Nick Cassidy Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing 32 +4.169s 1:25.991 18
3rd 22 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Rowland Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams 32 +6.912s 1:26.279 18
4th* 99 Flag of Germany.png Pascal Wehrlein FanBoost Flag of Germany.png Porsche Formula E Team 32 +7.296s 1:25.871 12
5th 27 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jake Dennis Flag of the United States.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport 32 +9.986s 1:25.688 11G
6th 94 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alex Lynn Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing 32 +10.630s 1:25.608 8
7th 28 Flag of Germany.png Maximilian Günther Flag of the United States.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport 32 +10.968s 1:25.608 6
8th 25 Flag of France.png Jean-Éric Vergne Flag of China.png DS Techeetah 32 +21.111s 1:26.525 4
9th 20 Flag of New Zealand.png Mitch Evans Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing 32 +21.261s 1:26.313 2
10th 33 Flag of Germany.png René Rast Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 32 +21.896s 1:25.370 2
11th 4 Dutch Flag.png Robin Frijns Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing 32 +22.216s 1:25.901
12th 10 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Sam Bird Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing 32 +27.945s 1:25.722
13th 5 Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne FanBoost Flag of Germany.png Mercedes 32 +28.578s 1:26.281
14th 23 Flag of Switzerland.png Sébastien Buemi Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams 32 +35.720s 1:26.167
15th 6 Flag of Sweden.png Joel Eriksson Flag of the United States.png Dragon/Penske Autosport 32 +41.027s 1:26.282
16th 7 Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United States.png Dragon/Penske Autosport 32 +41.029s 1:27.412
17th 36 Flag of Germany.png André Lotterer Flag of Germany.png Porsche Formula E Team 32 +46.250s 1:27.412
18th 11 Flag of Brazil.png Lucas di Grassi FanBoost Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 32 +1:26.473 1:26.307
Ret 88 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tom Blomqvist Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team 29 Accident 1:25.879
Ret 13 Flag of Portugal.png António Félix da Costa FanBoost Flag of China.png DS Techeetah 25 Accident 1:26.551
Ret 29 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alexander Sims Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing 21 Damage 1:26.718
Ret 8 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Turvey Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team 16 Collision 1:26.815
Ret 71 Flag of France.png Norman Nato Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing 12 Collision 1:27.006
Ret 17 Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries FanBoost Flag of Germany.png Mercedes 8 Puncture 1:27.540
Source:[7]
  • FanBoost Indicates a driver was awarded FanBoost during the race.[12]
  • G Indicates a driver claimed a bonus point for setting the fastest lap in the group stage of qualifying.
  • * Wehrlein served a five second time penalty for incorrect FanBoost usage.[11]
  • Sette Câmara served a five second time penalty for .[13]
  • Blomqvist was handed a drive through penalty, converted to a 46 second time penalty, for failing .[14]

Milestones

Standings

Victory would propel Edoardo Mortara from eighth to the Championship lead as the ninth race of the season came to a conclusion, with the Swiss ace having moved onto 72 points for the campaign. Former leader Robin Frijns had slipped to second after a second non-score, falling ten off the lead, while António Félix da Costa had dropped to third. The Portuguese ace was level with René Rast and Mitch Evans, but deemed ahead courtesy of his win earlier in Monte Carlo, while Pascal Wehrlein had a weekend to forget having dropped 32 points due to post-race penalties.

In the Teams' Championship a non-score for Mercedes had not been enough for them to lose their lead, although the German squad had seen their advantage whittled away to just four points as the trip to Puebla concluded. Defending Champions DS Techeetah had moved up to challenge the German squad, and would sit three off the lead, while Jaguar Racing were only a point further back in third having slipped behind the Sino-French alliance. Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler were next up in fourth, level on points with customers Envision Virgin Racing, while ROKiT Venturi were up to sixth.

2020/21 Drivers Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Switzerland.png Edoardo Mortara 72 ▲7
2nd Dutch Flag.png Robin Frijns 62 ▼2
3rd Flag of Portugal.png António Félix da Costa 60 ▼1
4th Flag of Germany.png René Rast 60 ◄0
5th Flag of New Zealand.png Mitch Evans 60 ◄0
6th Dutch Flag.png Nyck de Vries 59 ▼3
7th Flag of Belgium.png Stoffel Vandoorne 54 ▼1
8th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jake Dennis 54 ▲2
9th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Rowland 53 ▲5
10th Flag of France.png Jean-Éric Vergne 50 ▼1
11th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Sam Bird 49 ▼4
12th Flag of Germany.png Pascal Wehrlein 48 ▲1
13th Flag of Brazil.png Lucas di Grassi 39 ▼2
14th Flag of New Zealand.png Nick Cassidy 37 ▲4
15th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alexander Sims 36 ▼3
16th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Alex Lynn 32 ◄0
17th Flag of Switzerland.png Nico Müller 30 ▼2
18th Flag of Germany.png Maximilian Günther 28 ▼1
19th Flag of Germany.png André Lotterer 18 ◄0
20th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Turvey 13 ◄0
21st Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Sette Câmara 12 ◄0
22nd Flag of Switzerland.png Sébastien Buemi 11 ◄0
23rd Flag of France.png Norman Nato 11 ◄0
24th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tom Blomqvist 5 ◄0
25th Flag of Sweden.png Joel Eriksson 0 ◄0
2020/21 Teams Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Germany.png Mercedes 113 ◄0
2nd Flag of China.png DS Techeetah 110 ▲1
3rd Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing 109 ▼1
4th Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler 99 ◄0
5th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Envision Virgin Racing 99 ◄0
6th Flag of Monaco.png ROKiT Venturi Racing 83 ▲2
7th Flag of the United States.png BMW i Andretti Motorsport 82 ▼1
8th Flag of India.png Mahindra Racing 68 ▼1
9th Flag of Germany.png Porsche Formula E Team 66 ◄0
10th Flag of France.png Nissan e.Dams 64 ◄0
11th Flag of the United States.png Dragon/Penske Autosport 42 ◄0
12th Flag of China.png NIO 333 FE Team 18 ◄0

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2020/21 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship
Entrants
Audi Sport ABT SchaefflerBMW i Andretti MotorsportDragon/Penske AutosportDS TecheetahEnvision Virgin RacingJaguar RacingMahindra RacingMercedes-EQ Formula E TeamNIO 333 FE TeamNissan e.DamsROKiT Venturi RacingTAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team
Manufacturers
AudiBMWDSJaguarMahindra & MahindraMercedes-BenzNIONissanPenskePorsche
Cars
Spark SRT05e
Audi e-tron FE07BMW iFE.21DS E-Tense FE20DS E-Tense FE 21Jaguar I-Type VMahindra M7ElectroMercedes-EQ Silver Arrow 02NIO 333 FE 001Nissan IM02Nissan IM03Penske EV-4Penske EV-5Porsche 99X Electric
Drivers
4 Robin Frijns5 Stoffel Vandoorne6 Nico Müller/Joel Eriksson7 Sérgio Sette Câmara8 Oliver Turvey10 Sam Bird11 Lucas di Grassi13 António Félix da Costa17 Nyck de Vries20 Mitch Evans22 Oliver Rowland23 Sébastien Buemi25 Jean-Éric Vergne27 Jake Dennis28 Maximilian Günther29 Alexander Sims33 René Rast36 André Lotterer48 Edoardo Mortara71 Norman Nato88 Tom Blomqvist94 Alex Lynn99 Pascal Wehrlein
E-Prix
Diriyah IDiriyah IIRome IRome IIValencia IValencia IIMonacoPuebla IPuebla IINew York City INew York City IILondon ILondon IIBerlin IBerlin II
Cancelled E-Prix
Marrakesh E-PrixMexico City E-PrixParis E-PrixSantiago E-PrixSanya E-PrixSeoul E-Prix
Tests
Valencia
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