Mexico City ePrix – Lucas di Grassi fought back from fifteenth on the grid to take his first win of the season in a frantic Mexico City ePrix.
Having been unable to deliver a competitive time in qualifying, the Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport driver took advantage of a mid-race safety car to make an early pit stop.
This early pit stop was enough to give him and Dragon Racing’s Jerome D’Ambrosio first and second place after the pit stops had been completed.
With the pair having to conserve energy, D’Ambrosio’s defensive driving held off relentless attacks from Jose-Maria Lopez, Jean-Eric Vergne and Sam Bird, which allowed di Grassi to build a lead.
Vergne eventually overtook D’Ambrosio, but it was too late in the race to catch up to di Grassi and the Techeetah driver had to settle for second place and of DS Virgin Racing’s Bird. D’Ambrosio ran out of power and fell down to thirteenth.
Championship leader Sebastien Buemi was running solidly in the points, but a spin at turn one in the second half of the race resulted in a point-less weekend for the Swiss driver.
Mitch Evans was one of few drivers to complete an error-free race and secured a fourth-place finish for Jaguar. Team-mate Adam Carroll followed this up with an eighth place to give Jaguar their first Formula E points.
Nicolas Prost finished in fifth but a late tangle with Mahindra Racing’s Nick Heidfeld may result in a post-race time penalty for the Renault e.Dams driver.
Jose-Maria Lopez also had a spin at turn one whilst trying to pass D’Ambrosio, which dropped him out of podium contention. He did, however, recover to sixth place ahead of Daniel Abt.
Nelson Piquet took ninth ahead of debutant Esteban Gutierrez, who scored the final point for Techeetah.
Oliver Turvey – who had earlier inherited pole position following Daniel Abt’s exclusion from qualifying – retired from the race lead early on with battery issues.
To view the results of the Mexico City ePrix, click here.
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