Mexico

The Formula E circus returns to fan favourite Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez this weekend for the fourth round of the 2019/20 Season 6.

The 2020 CBMM Niobium Mexico City E-Prix has already generated a large stir. There is the re-profiled track becoming one of the fastest in Formula E.

And last years race was one of the best in the short history of the championship promising a very close race.

The changes to track include more of the F1 track being featured, it will sweep up to the esses at the back of the circuit before following those into the already famous Foro Sol stadium section.

The Peraltalda has been re-profiled having had the chicane taken out which makes it reminiscent of the fearsome corner that it was in the 20th century.

2019 Mexico City E-prix © FIA Formula E

What happened last year?

As I said, last year’s race was one of the best ever seen in the sport.

After a large accident for Nelson Piquet Jr, a lengthy red flag period threw off the team’s energy usage calculations with it being the first race stoppage in the Gen 2 era where the races are run to time.

A tense fight ensued at the front between Lucas Di Grassi, Pascal Wehrlein and the two Nissans of Sebastien Buemi and the late call up, Oliver Rowland.

It all boiled over with a few laps to go when it became clear that the Nissan had been running a lap short of energy and dropped out of the fight making it a straight fight between Di Grassi and Wehrlein.

All through the final lap, Di Grassi was launching attacks on Wehrlein but he could not get past.

On the final corner, Wehrlein’s energy usage hit 0% and at the line Di Grassi passed him for his third win in Mexico.

He described it as his best Formula E race ever.

Everyone watching was on their feet.

The shortlived FE Voltage series just became Youtubers shouting at the race with all format going out of the window.

The roar from the crowd at the race is inescapable.

This season?

Stoffel Vandoorne is the championship leader after the first three races for Mercedes in their impressive debut season.

Closely following him is Alexander Sims after his strong showings in Saudi Arabia, despite his early retirement in Santiago.

Race one winner Sam Bird is in third place despite having two difficult races with only  a minor points finish and Santiago and a crash in race two.

Following the top three are Santiago race winner Max Guenther, Lucas Di Grassi and Oliver Rowland.

If the previous chaotic races at this track are anything to go by then the race this weekend will be spectacular.

The race is on the 15th February, all details on how to watch can be found on the Formula E Website.

 

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