“FanBoost really helped my race,” said di Grassi. “This track is difficult to overtake as you could see. I managed to overtake Nico (Prost) from third to second and then with the help of FanBoost I managed to overtake Jerome (D’Ambrosio) which was not so easy. It was really on the limit for braking for the chicane and the first laps we don’t have regen so the car was all over the place.”
The battle for second was fierce.
D’Ambrosio said: “It was really a close call with Seb. We just spoke about it on the podium but I need to see a replay to see what really happened there. One moment we had contact in the first corner and everything went fine. Then he overtook me but cut the first chicane. When he let me by he always lifted in a place I was not going to try to overtake him. Therefore, it created a big mess all around. I think in the end everything played out correctly.”
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“I think today we weren’t quick enough to be honest,” said Buemi. “It’s a very strange track here. The altitude, the asphalt was very warm and we didn’t have much grip. Looking forward to going back to a normal type of circuit. Clearly what happened in qualifying is a bit annoying because it is hard to understand what happened, I kind of didn’t really understand. So at the moment we won’t try to analyse it because the car is good enough but in the race it was not really there.”
Duval took fourth while Prost finished fifth despite picking up a drive-through penalty for an unsafe release during the pitstops. On the penultimate lap Abt felt something break in the front of his car, which pitched him into the wall. He was able to limp his damaged car home in eighth. Robin Frijns took full advantage of the late drama to take a solid sixth place for Andretti, while Sam Bird felt that seventh place was the maximum he could achieve for DS Virgin Racing this weekend.
Nick Heidfeld picked up two points in ninth, while Stephane Sarrazin collected the final point for Venturi in 10th despite leaving the pits with his car set in 100kW mode.
“Formula E - a young competition attracting fresh audiences - provides us with a platform to raise awareness on road safety to the thousands of spectators attending, altogether with our partners from the GRSP and the Red Cross,” he said. “Making significant progress to reduce the number of road crashes’ victims can only be achieved by bringing all stakeholders to take action together, and this weekend we will demonstrate that this is possible.”
What the weekend also demonstrated is that Formula E can produce unpredictable, exciting action that gets the crowd on its feet and shows that sustainable motorsport is the motor racing not just of the future but of the here and now.
2016 Mexico City ePrix (Rd 5) - Race results
1. Lucas di Grassi, Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport, (25)
2. Jerome D’Ambrosio, Dragon Racing, +5.416s (23)
3. Sebastien Buemi, Renault e.dams, +5.522s (15)
4. Loic Duval, Dragon Racing, +16.774s (12)
5. Nico Prost, Renault e.dams, +30.953s (10)
6. Robin Frijns, Andretti Formula E, +33.893s (8)
7. Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing, +34.344s (6)
8. Daniel Abt, Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport, +35.467s (4)
9. Nick Heidfeld, Mahindra Racing, +41.789s (2)
10. Stephane Sarrazin, Venturi, +42.707s (1)
11. Bruno Senna, Mahindra Racing, +43.019s
12. Oliver Turvey, NEXTEV TCR, +44.014s
13. Mike Conway, Venturi, +44.206s
14. Nelson Piquet Jr, NEXTEV TCR, +47.767s
15. Simona de Silvestro, Andretti Formula E, +49.387s
16. Salvador Duran, Team Aguri, +1:08.498s
17. Jean-Eric Vergne, DS Virgin Racing, +1 lap
18. Antonio Felix da Costa, Team Aguri, DNF
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