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Mitch Evans wins Mexico City Formula ePrix

Easy win over da Costa and Buemi
Saturday, February 15, 2020

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Mitch Evans leads
Mitch Evans leads

After starting second, Panasonic Jaguar Racing's Mitch Evans emerged victorious after a flawless race in Mexico City. Following Evans was DS Techeetah's Antonio Felix da Costa, while Nissan e.dams' Sebastian Buemi rounded off the podium in third. Here's how it all happened.

Pulling away in Pole, TAG Heuer Porsche's Andre Lotterer was forced wide through Turn 1, forcing him back down the order to fourth. Taking the lead, Panasonic Jaguar Racing's Mitch Evans took the lead.

Nose to tail, the pack headed through a packed Foro Sol before completing a lap. Sitting in sixth, Geox Dragon's Nico Mueller misjudged the entry into Turn 1, plowing into the wall and ending his race with 48 minutes left on the clock. With the new-look BMW i8 Safety Car deployed, the pack followed in formation while Mueller's car was recovered.

With the race restarted, Evans pulled ahead with 35 minutes left on the clock. Under the new regulations for the 2019/20 season, all cars received a 5kW energy reduction after following the Safety Car for five minutes. Traveling wide through Turn 1, Rokit Venturi Racing's Felipe Massa clipped the wall, damaging his car, which ended his race early.

Holding the lead, Evans led as Envision Virgin Racing's Sam Bird overtook Nissan e.dams' Sebastian Buemi to move into second. With the battle for the podium raging, Lotterer slipped even further down the ranks, while damage to his front, right wing left a plume of smoke behind him. Eventually loosing the damaged wing on track, the German returned to the pits for new bodywork before eventually retiring from the race.

For reigning champion and DS Techeetah driver Jean-Eric Vergne, the Frenchman sat behind his teammate Antonio Felix da Costa in sixth and seventh, as the two DS cars held their place in the points. Behind Vergne, was Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler's Lucas di Grassi in eighth.

With 17 minutes left on the clock, Mercedes-Benz EQ's Nyck de Vires (in fifth) failed to stop at the end of the start/finish straight, clipping Envision Virgin Racing's Robin Frijns while skidding to a halt at the end of the straight. Reporting technical problems over the radio, the Dutchman was left stranded and became the fourth driver to retire from the race.

Race start
Evans makes move for lead

Having made his way up to fifth, Vergne remained behind his teammate Da Costa in fourth. With less energy than his counterpart, the two DS Techeetah drivers battled over the radio with the management back in the garage, unable to decide on a concrete strategy. Eventually breaking out of his long-held position, Da Costa climbed up into third past Buemi with his extra energy.

With five minutes left on the clock plus one lap to the finish, Evans continued to pull away with Bird and da Costa following.With pressure on, Bird misjudged Turn 13, clipping the wall and ending his race and any chance of a podium finish. With Da Costa now in second, Buemi moved up into third, hoping to claim his first championship points of the season.

After being discharged from hospital with a clean bill of health just hours before the race following a collision in Practice 1, Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler's Daniel Abt retired with just minutes left on the clock.

Running well ahead of the rest of the pack, Panasonic Jaguar Racing's Mitch Evans crossed the line trouble free, clinching his and Jaguar's second victory in the series, followed by DS Techeetah's Antonio Felix da Costa and Nissan e.dams' Sebastian Buemi.

PANASONIC JAGUAR RACING
MITCH EVANS

Winner Mitch Evans
Winner Mitch Evans
"It is very nice leaving here knowing that you managed to sort the issues from past races. We had a very good pace and it was a tight battle with Andre. It felt like deja vu from Rome! After overtaking him, I put my head down and tried to gain distance as everybody was quite aggressive in my mirrors. I had to keep them away and the car was working well. I only had to keep hitting the targets. I cannot wait to watch the replay back, as I have heard it was crazy behind me. It feels great to achieve a second victory in Formula E and doing so in Mexico surrounded by such a passionate crowd… it is the cherry on the cake."

DS TECHEETAH
ANTONIO FELIX DA COSTA

"Going into the race we knew we had a great car. Today was more about energy management than temperatures and we handled it better than others. The car is extremely fast, but I need to work on my qualifying. Being able to get familiar with the car over one lap would make my life much easier during the race. Both me and JEV planned the race really well and we both came through the field. We played a bit of a team game out there, but our engineers knew what they were doing. I was quicker than him and he made it easy for me to overtake and chase Seb. So fair play to him! The team in Paris deserves a massive shout out for all the work they have done so far this season. We have a great team and they never stop working."

NISSAN E.DAMS
SEBASTIEN BUEMI

"I had a loose start and did not manage to make much progress in the opening lap, but I am happy with my race today. Andre was making it really difficult for me at the beginning, as he was completely flat out and I had to consume energy to keep him behind. I managed to overtake de Vries but I struggled halfway through the race. Today DS TECHEETAH were extremely fast, especially Antonio, and I did the best I could. The new track layout made it much easier without the chicanes and I really enjoyed it. Overall I am very happy to be back on the podium for the first time since the final race last season in New York."

Qualifying

A huge crowd was on hand
A huge crowd was on hand

Andre Lotterer clinched TAG Heuer Porsche's debut Julius Baer Pole Position in Mexico City setting a 1:07.922s lap. The German driver will start ahead of Panasonic Jaguar Racing's Mitch Evans and Mercedes-Benz EQ rookie Nyck de Vries in third. 

Despite setting the third fastest time in the Super Pole shootout, Mahindra Racing's Pascal Wehrlein will start the race at the back of the grid after a penalty is applied for changing the gearbox. After coming painfully close to winning his first race here in Mexico last year, before he was overtaken just meters from the finish, the young German driver will need to fight through the pack to gain any points here in the capital city.

Behind de Vries sits former champion Sebastian Buemi (Nissan e.dams), while Envision Virgin Racing's Sam Bird rounded off the Super Pole selection and will start the race fifth.

Just missing out on Super Pole was fellow Envision Virgin Racing driver Robin Frijns who starts the race sixth in Mexico. Behind Frijns sits Geox Dragon's Nico Mueller and reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah), who looks to improve on his steady start to the season.

Right behind Vergne is his teammate Antonio Felix da Costa and Mercedes-Benz EQ Stoffel Vandoorne, with the championship leader rounding out the top 10. Rokit Venturi Racing's Edoardo Mortara will start in 11th.

Race Results

PosDriverTeamTime/Behind
1Mitch EvansPanasonic Jaguar Racing46:42.093s
2Antonio Felix da CostaDS TECHEETAH+4.271s
3Sebastien BuemiNissan e.dams+6.181s
4Jean-Eric VergneDS TECHEETAH+14.331s
5Alexander SimsBMW i Andretti Motorsport+19.244s
6Lucas di GrassiAudi Sport ABT Schaeffler+28.346s
7Oliver RowlandNissan e.dams+29.750s
8Edoardo MortaraROKiT Venturi Racing+30.204s
9James CaladoPanasonic Jaguar Racing+30.796s
10Pascal WehrleinMahindra Racing+31.132s
11Jerome D’AmbrosioMahindra Racing+32.818s
12Robin FrijnsEnvision Virgin Racing+33.665s
13Maximilian GuentherBMW i Andretti Motorsport+35.512s
14Brendon HartleyGEOX DRAGON+36.399s
15Oliver TurveyNIO 333+50.888s
16Neel JaniTAG Heuer Porsche+1:04.891s
DNFStoffel VandoorneMercedes-Benz EQ35 Laps
DNFSam BirdEnvision Virgin Racing31 Laps
DNFDaniel AbtAudi Sport ABT Schaeffler30 Laps
DNFMa Qing HuaNIO 33325 Laps
DNFNyck de VriesMercedes-Benz EQ18 Laps
DNFAndre LottererTAG Heuer Porsche11 Laps
DNFFelipe MassaROKiT Venturi Racing6 Laps
DNFNico MuellerGEOX DRAGON2 Laps



*Provisional - pending FIA final classification


DRIVER STANDINGS

Mitch EvansPanasonic Jaguar Racing47
Alexander SimsBMW i Andretti Motorsport46
Antonio Felix da CostaDS TECHEETAH39
Stoffel VandoorneMercedes-Benz EQ38
Lucas di GrassiAudi Sport ABT Schaeffler32
Sam BirdEnvision Virgin Racing28
Oliver RowlandNissan e.dams28
Maximilian GuentherBMW i Andretti Motorsport25
Edoardo MortaraROKiT Venturi Racing22
Andre LottererTAG Heuer Porsche21
Nyck de VriesMercedes-Benz EQ18
Jean-Eric VergneDS TECHEETAH16
Sebastien BuemiNissan e.dams15
Pascal WehrleinMahindra Racing13
James CaladoPanasonic Jaguar Racing12
Robin FrijnsEnvision Virgin Racing10
Daniel AbtAudi Sport ABT Schaeffler8
Jerome D’AmbrosioMahindra Racing2
Felipe MassaROKiT Venturi Racing2
Brendon HartleyGEOX DRAGON2
Oliver TurveyNIO 3330
Nico MuellerGEOX DRAGON0
Neel JaniTAG Heuer Porsche0
Ma Qing HuaNIO 3330



*Provisional - pending FIA final classification

TEAM STANDINGS

BMW i Andretti Motorsport71
Panasonic Jaguar Racing59
Mercedes-Benz EQ56
DS TECHEETAH55
Nissan e.dams43
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler40
Envision Virgin Racing38
ROKiT Venturi Racing24
TAG Heuer Porsche21
Mahindra Racing15
GEOX DRAGON2
NIO 3330



*Provisional - pending FIA final classification

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