Kiwi - Mitch Evans WINS Mexico E-Prix

EVANS CRUISES TO VICTORY WITH DOMINANT DISPLAY IN MEXICO CITY

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.

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Mitch Evans celebrates his win - the most dominant race in the history of Formula E

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

Nose to tail, the pack headed through a heaving Foro Sol stadium before completing a lap. Sitting in sixth, Geox Dragon's Nico Mueller misjudged the entry into Turn 1, ploughing 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 racing 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 and ended his race early. 

Holding the lead, Evans extended the gap at the front 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 losing 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, as the two DS cars held their place in the points in sixth and seventh. 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 Vries (in fifth) failed to stop at the end of the start/finish straight whilst attempting to defend a move from Da Costa. De Vries clipped fellow Dutchman and Envision Virgin Racing's Robin Frijns before skidding to a halt at the end of the straight. Reporting technical problems over the radio, the rookie was left stranded and became the fourth driver to retire from the race. 

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 increased pressure, Bird misjudged Turn 13, clipping the wall and ending his race along with any chance of a podium finish. Da Costa, now in second, stayed ahead as 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 heavy crash 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. 

POINTS TABLES

PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION
1
Mitch Evans
Panasonic Jaguar Racing
46:42.093s
(26)
2
Antonio Felix da Costa
DS TECHEETAH
+4.271s
(18)
3
Sebastien Buemi
Nissan e.dams
+6.181s
(15)
4
Jean-Eric Vergne
DS TECHEETAH
+14.331s
(12)
5
Alexander Sims
BMW i Andretti Motorsport
+19.244s
(11)
6
Lucas di Grassi
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
+28.346s
(8)
7
Oliver Rowland
Nissan e.dams
+29.750s
(6)
8
Edoardo Mortara
ROKiT Venturi Racing
+30.204s
(4)
9
James Calado
Panasonic Jaguar Racing
+30.796s
(2)
10
Pascal Wehrlein
Mahindra Racing
+31.132s
(1)
11
Jerome D’Ambrosio
Mahindra Racing
+32.818s
 
12
Robin Frijns
Envision Virgin Racing
+33.665s
 
13
Maximilian Guenther
BMW i Andretti Motorsport
+35.512s
 
14
Brendon Hartley
GEOX DRAGON
+36.399s
 
15
Oliver Turvey
NIO 333
+50.888s
 
16
Neel Jani
TAG Heuer Porsche
+1:04.891s
 
 
 
 
 
 
DNF
Stoffel Vandoorne
Mercedes-Benz EQ
35 Laps
 
DNF
Sam Bird
Envision Virgin Racing
31 Laps
 
DNF
Daniel Abt
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
30 Laps
 
DNF
Ma Qing Hua
NIO 333
25 Laps
 
DNF
Nyck de Vries
Mercedes-Benz EQ
18 Laps
 
DNF
Andre Lotterer
TAG Heuer Porsche
11 Laps
(3)
DNF
Felipe Massa
ROKiT Venturi Racing
6 Laps
 
DNF
Nico Mueller
GEOX DRAGON
2 Laps
 
 
*Provisional - pending FIA final classification
2019/20 ABB FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP
TEAM STANDINGS
BMW i Andretti Motorsport
71
Panasonic Jaguar Racing
59
Mercedes-Benz EQ
56
DS TECHEETAH
55
Nissan e.dams
43
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
40
Envision Virgin Racing
38
ROKiT Venturi Racing
24
TAG Heuer Porsche
21
Mahindra Racing
15
GEOX DRAGON
2
NIO 333
0
 
*Provisional - pending FIA final classification
 
2019/20 ABB FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP
DRIVER STANDINGS
Mitch Evans
Panasonic Jaguar Racing
47
Alexander Sims
BMW i Andretti Motorsport
46
Antonio Felix da Costa
DS TECHEETAH
39
Stoffel Vandoorne
Mercedes-Benz EQ
38
Lucas di Grassi
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
32
Sam Bird
Envision Virgin Racing
28
Oliver Rowland
Nissan e.dams
28
Maximilian Guenther
BMW i Andretti Motorsport
25
Edoardo Mortara
ROKiT Venturi Racing
22
Andre Lotterer
TAG Heuer Porsche
21
Nyck de Vries
Mercedes-Benz EQ
18
Jean-Eric Vergne
DS TECHEETAH
16
Sebastien Buemi
Nissan e.dams
15
Pascal Wehrlein
Mahindra Racing
13
James Calado
Panasonic Jaguar Racing
12
Robin Frijns
Envision Virgin Racing
10
Daniel Abt
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler
8
Jerome D’Ambrosio
Mahindra Racing
2
Felipe Massa
ROKiT Venturi Racing
2
Brendon Hartley
GEOX DRAGON
2
Oliver Turvey
NIO 333
0
Nico Mueller
GEOX DRAGON
0
Neel Jani
TAG Heuer Porsche
0
Ma Qing Hua
NIO 333
0
 
*Provisional - pending FIA final classification

 

 

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