|2022 Mexico City E-Prix|
The Mexico City E-Prix circuit returned in 2022.
|Date||12 February 2022|
|E-Prix No.||87 (3 of 2021/22)|
|Official Name||2022 ABB Formula E Mexico City E-Prix|
|Location||Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City, Mexico|
|Format||45 min + 1 lap|
|Lap length||2.606 km (1.619 mi)|
|Distance||40 laps / 104.240 km (64.771 mi)|
|Pole Sitter||Pascal Wehrlein|
|Team||TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team|
|Driver||Nyck de Vries|
|Team||Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team|
|Fastest Lap||1:09.877 on lap 21|
|Pascal Wehrlein||André Lotterer||Jean-Éric Vergne|
|Winner Team||TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team|
|2022 Diriyah E-Prix II||2022 Rome E-Prix I|
The 2022 Mexico City E-Prix, formally known as the 2022 ABB Formula E Mexico City E-Prix, was the third round of the 2021/22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, staged at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, Mexico, on 12 February 2022. The race would see Pascal Wehrlein lead teammate André Lotterer to an impressive one-two for Porsche, as the German pilot and German marque both secured their maiden FE victories.
Wehrlein would also continue his strong Mexico form by securing pole position in qualifying, defeating Edoardo Mortara in the pole position duel after the Swiss racer spun across the line at the end of his lap. The German pilot had first had to defeat Jean-Éric Vergne in the semi-final to get to the final, while Mortara had beaten Wehrlein's teammate Lotterer in the other semi.
The start of the race saw Wehrlein do all he could to deny Mortara, darting across the nose of the #48 Venturi-Mercedes to hold the lead into the first corner. Behind, Lotterer would establish his hold of third ahead of Vergne and António Félix da Costa, as behind there was a lot of chopping and changing with Sébastien Buemi notably climbing from eighteenth to thirteenth.
After two furious laps, which saw more changes to the order in the top ten, the race began to settle with Wehrlein leading Mortara, Lotterer, Vergne, da Costa and Robin Frijns in an early lead pack. Indeed, the top six would run nose to tail throughout the opening minutes, before Lotterer tried to spice things up by arming Attack Mode on lap five.
Mortara reacted on the following tour and would hold second with Wehrlein holding out for another lap, only to make a mistake exiting the Peraltada and surrender the lead to Mortara. With that the Championship lead attempted to break clear as the two Porsche's switched to energy preservation, meaning Vergne was able to catch and pass both of them over the following laps, while da Costa passed Lotterer too.
The next Attack Mode exchange saw da Costa damage the front of his car on the back of Wehrlein, allowing Lotterer and Frijns to pass. Out front, meanwhile, Mortara was reeled in by Vergne, Wehrlein, Lotterer, da Costa and Frijns, with the top six separated by just over two seconds with fifteen minutes to go.
Crucially, however, the two Porsches had a 2% energy advantage by that point in the race, roughly equivalent to a lap's worth of energy. That allowed Wehrlein and Lotterer to seize the initiative with fifteen minutes to go, with the #94 Porsche leading the #36 past both Vergne and then Mortara on successive laps to lead the race.
With that the two Porsches began to ease clear, with Lotterer tucked right in behind Wehrlein, and with a minor energy advantage of his own compared to his teammate. Indeed, their advantage grew to the point that they could have deliberately slowed to shorten the race, although the two white-black cars opted to cross the line with a second to spare on lap 38 to increase the race distance by a lap.
That decision caused two laps of drama behind them, with Mitch Evans, Sam Bird, Nick Cassidy and Oliver Rowland all now in serious energy trouble having battled into the top ten. The order soon shuffled with Vergne and da Costa darting past Mortara, who also had to conserve late on, while Nyck de Vries sneaked into the top six as teammate Stoffel Vandoorne received a whack from Lucas di Grassi in the fray.
Out front, meanwhile, Wehrlein and Lotterer imperiously crossed the line to complete a one-two for Porsche, with Lotterer ultimately resisting the urge to attack his teammate to claim his first victory after a suspected command from the team. Vergne and da Costa were nine seconds back in third and fourth, while Mortara just had enough energy to claim fifth ahead of de Vries. Frijns was next up ahead of di Grassi, Buemi and Maximilian Günther, before a penalty for di Grassi for contact during the race push him back to twelfth and put Jake Dennis into tenth.
For the third round of the 2021/22 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship the FE field would return to another of its favoured venues, and one that had been forced off of the 2020/21 tour due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Indeed, the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, Mexico, would return to the FE calendar for the eighth FE season, having been replaced by the Autódromo Miguel E. Abed in Puebla, Mexico, during in 2021. For the Autodromo's return there would be no changes made to the E-Prix circuit that had been extended in 2020, with the Attack Mode activation zone remaining within the Foro Sol Stadium section of the circuit.
Victory catapulted Edoardo Mortara into the lead of the Championship as the opening weekend of the season came to a conclusion, the Swiss ace having established a four point lead. Defending Champion Nyck de Vries had made way for Mortara and slipped to second, while Stoffel Vandoorne had dropped to third, a further point behind. Jake Dennis and Lucas di Grassi then rounded out the top five, level on 25 points, with fourteen of the twenty-two permanent drivers having scored in the opening two races.
ROKiT Venturi Racing had moved into the lead of the Teams' Championship after their double podium in the second battle of Diriyah, although their new lead was just a single point. Indeed, defending Champions Mercedes, and Venturi's suppliers, had dropped behind their customer squad, while both had moved 30 points clear of Avalanche Andretti in third. Envision Racing were next up ahead of Porsche Formula E Team, while Jaguar Racing, DS Techeetah and Mahindra Racing were the other scorers.
The full entry list for the 2022 Mexico City E-Prix is displayed below:
Qualifying for the 2022 Mexico City E-Prix would be conducted according to the knockout format, introduced ahead of season eight. The field would be split into two groups of eleven drivers, based on Championship position, with each group then getting ten minutes on track to complete as many laps as they wished at 220 kW. The fastest eight overall would then proceed to the knockout phase, now running at the maximum 250 kW qualifying mode, with the fastest from group A against the fourth fastest from group B and so on, until four drivers were left.
Those four would move on to the Semi-Final, with the winner of A1/B4 taking on the victor of A2/B3, while the triumphant driver of A3/B2 would take on A4/B1's winner. The winners from those duels would then go into the final, with the winner of that duel taking pole, while the runner-up would start from second, before any grid penalties were applied.
The final qualifying result for the 2022 Mexico City E-Prix are outlined below:
|2022 Mexico City E-Prix Qualifying Results|
|I||Win||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Porsche Formula E Team||1:07.100||—||1|
|Lose||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:07.373||+0.273s||2|
|I||Win||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:07.228||—||F|
|Lose||36||André Lotterer||Porsche Formula E Team||1:07.295||+0.067s||3|
|II||Win||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Porsche Formula E Team||1:07.035||—||F|
|Lose||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||1:07.366||+0.331s||4|
|QF 1||Win||36||André Lotterer||Porsche Formula E Team||1:07.103||—||SF|
|Lose||17||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||1:07.367||+0.264s||6|
|QF 2||Win||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:07.263||—||SF|
|Lose||4||Robin Frijns||Envision Racing||1:07.672||+0.409s||7|
|QF 3||Win||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||1:07.347||—||SF|
|Lose||13||António Félix da Costa||DS Techeetah||1:07.358||+0.011s||5|
|QF 4||Win||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Porsche Formula E Team||1:07.299||—||SF|
|1st||36||André Lotterer||Porsche Formula E Team||1:07.675||—||QF 1||GA|
|2nd||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Porsche Formula E Team||1:07.780||+0.105s||QF 4||GB|
|3rd||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:07.784||+0.109s||QF 2||GA|
|4th||13||António Félix da Costa||DS Techeetah||1:07.801||+0.126s||QF 3||GB|
|5th||4||Robin Frijns||Envision Racing||1:07.811||+0.136s||QF 2||GB|
|6th||17||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||1:07.900||+0.225s||QF 1||GB|
|7th||37||Nick Cassidy||Envision Racing||1:07.904||+0.229s||9||GB|
|8th||9||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||1:07.914||+0.239s||11||GB|
|9th||29||Alexander Sims||Mahindra Racing||1:07.938||+0.263s||13||GB|
|10th||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||1:07.955||+0.280s||QF 3||GA|
|11th||5||Stoffel Vandoorne||Mercedes||1:08.001||+0.326s||QF 4||GA|
|12th||27||Jake Dennis||Avalanche Andretti||1:08.042||+0.367s||15||GB|
|13th||22||Maximilian Günther||Nissan e.Dams||1:08.087||+0.412s||10||GA|
|14th||28||Oliver Askew||Avalanche Andretti||1:08.110||+0.435s||12||GA|
|15th||11||Lucas di Grassi||ROKiT Venturi Racing||1:08.129||+0.454s||14||GA|
|16th||30||Oliver Rowland||Mahindra Racing||1:08.139||+0.464s||16||GA|
|17th||10||Sam Bird||Jaguar Racing||1:08.174||+0.499s||17||GB|
|18th||23||Sébastien Buemi||Nissan e.Dams||1:08.230||+0.555s||18||GA|
|19th||7||Sérgio Sette Câmara||Dragon/Penske Autosport||1:08.256||+0.581s||20||GA|
|20th||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||Dragon/Penske Autosport||1:08.343||+0.668s||19||GB|
|21st||33||Dan Ticktum||NIO 333 FE Team||1:08.561||+0.886s||21||GB|
|22nd||3||Oliver Turvey||NIO 333 FE Team||1:08.691||+1.016s||22||GA|
|Group A 110% Time: 1:14.442|
|Group B 110% Time: 1:14.558|
The final classification of the 2022 Mexico City E-Prix is displayed below, with the fastest lap setter indicated in italics, and the pole sitter shown in bold.
|2022 Mexico City E-Prix Race Result|
|Pos.||No.||Name||Team||Laps||Race Time||Fastest lap||Pts.|
|1st||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Porsche Formula E Team||40||47:20.404||1:10.334||28|
|2nd||36||André Lotterer||Porsche Formula E Team||40||+0.302s||1:10.196||18|
|3rd||25||Jean-Éric Vergne||DS Techeetah||40||+9.051s||1:09.912||15|
|4th||13||António Félix da Costa||DS Techeetah||40||+9.975s||1:09.879||12|
|5th||48||Edoardo Mortara||ROKiT Venturi Racing||40||+18.356s||1:10.188||10|
|6th||17||Nyck de Vries||Mercedes||40||+19.020s||1:09.877||9|
|7th||4||Robin Frijns||Envision Racing||40||+20.232s||1:10.080||6|
|8th||23||Sébastien Buemi||Nissan e.Dams||40||+23.394s||1:10.269||4|
|9th||22||Maximilian Günther||Nissan e.Dams||40||+26.497s||1:10.155||2|
|10th||27||Jake Dennis||Avalanche Andretti||40||+26.829s||1:10.228||1|
|12th*||11||Lucas di Grassi||ROKiT Venturi Racing||40||+27.525s||1:09.487|
|13th||37||Nick Cassidy||Envision Racing||40||+28.794s||1:09.647|
|14th||3||Oliver Turvey||NIO 333 FE Team||40||+32.978s||1:09.490|
|15th||10||Sam Bird||Jaguar Racing||40||+35.677s||1:10.126|
|16th||30||Oliver Rowland||Mahindra Racing||40||+36.047s||1:09.889|
|17th||28||Oliver Askew||Avalanche Andretti||40||+36.395s||1:10.372|
|18th||33||Dan Ticktum||NIO 333 FE Team||40||+44.607s||1:10.490|
|19th||9||Mitch Evans||Jaguar Racing||40||+1:02.458||1:10.090|
|20th||7||Sérgio Sette Câmara||Dragon/Penske Autosport||40||+1:21.406||1:10.443|
|Ret||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||Dragon/Penske Autosport||21||Retired||1:10.577|
|Ret||29||Alexander Sims||Mahindra Racing||1||Driveshaft||1:22.334|
- Indicates a driver was awarded FanBoost during the race.
- * di Grassi served a five second time penalty for causing a collision with Vandoorne.
- Edoardo Mortara made his 50th start.
- Maiden victory for Pascal Wehrlein.
- First win for the Porsche Formula E Team as an entrant.
- Porsche secured their first victory as a powertrain supplier.
Edoardo Mortara had retained the lead in the Championship as the weekend in Mexico City concluded, the Swiss ace having moved onto 43 points for the campaign. Nyck de Vries had retained second, but slipped five behind, while Pascal Wehrlein had ascended to third after his maiden triumph, although was thirteen off the leader. André Lotterer was level with his teammate on 30 points in fourth ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne, with seventeen of the twenty-two drivers having scored in the first three rounds.
In the Teams' Championship ROKiT Venturi Racing had maintained their early lead, and had doubled it to two points. Indeed, Mercedes had kept pace with their customers to remain in second, while the Porsche Formula E Team had shot into third, and just eight off the lead, after their first one-two. DS Techeetah and Envision Racing then completed the top five, with NIO 333 FE Team and Dragon/Penske Autosport the only non-scoring teams.
Only point scoring drivers are shown.
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