In the second race of the Mexican Formula E weekend, Oliver Rowland, one of Saturday’s losers, started from pole. The day before, the British Nissan driver also started the race from a very high second position, but in the end he was disqualified due to the team’s mistake, although he himself was not guilty of anything.
It is clear that Oliver wanted to play on Sunday and showed the best time in the second qualification at the circuit of the Miguel Abeda circuit, which is located near the city of Puebla. At the same time, Pascal Wehrlein’s Porsche electric racing car, who can be considered his companion in yesterday’s misfortune, was also on the first starting row.
At the start, Rowland retained the lead, but Edoardo Mortara, the Swiss driver of the Venturi team, made his way to second, starting from third. Wehrlein was in third, followed by BMW representative Jake Dennis ahead of Jean-Eric Verne.
On the first two or three laps, there were no particularly bright overtakes, but the struggle on the track was very sharp, or even contact in nature, and debris was already flying from some cars.
On the fifth lap, Rowland decided to activate the attack mode, for which he left the trajectory, but only in order to immediately recoup, having received an additional 25 kW of power. Almost immediately, Oliver won back two of the four lost positions, but remained behind Wehrlein and Mortara, the new leader of the race.
However, Mortara also took advantage of Attack Mode and returned to the track behind Rowland, while Wehrlein led the race. However, not for long, because Mortara soon outstripped both Rowland and him.
On lap 9, Nyck de Vries, a driver of the Mercedes factory team, dropped out of the fight. He is unlucky in Mexico, and in the second race Lucas di Grassi crashed into his car at full speed. The Brazilian stayed on the track, while de Vries got off, and the stewards became interested in this episode.
On lap 13, several riders did not avoid contact with barriers, which led to amusing consequences: on the cars of Andre Lotterer, Max Gunther and Alex Sims, fragments of advertising banners torn from the fences hung, which made a strange impression from the side.
Mortara continued to lead, increasing the advantage to more than two seconds, Rowland could not catch up with him, and the Briton, in turn, could not get close to Wehrlein.
On the 16th lap, it became known about the decision of the stewards to fine di Grassi for a collision with de Vries – the Brazilian went to the pits to serve the Stop & Go.
Around the same time, there was a hard contact between the cars of Buemi and Oliver Turvey, after which the Briton rolled to the last position – it was clear that his NIO received very serious damage.
On the 17th lap, Wehrlein managed to overtake Rowland – the German moved to 2nd position and less than a second cut him off from the race leader, so the question of who had the most chances to win remained open.
A couple more circles – and Pascal came close to Mortara and was clearly preparing an attack. It seemed that Wehrlein was able to maintain a higher pace, but the difference in speed was still not enough to immediately make a decisive leap forward.
On the 23rd lap, Pascal made his first attack attempts, which were unsuccessful, but the duel continued. The first two broke away from the rest of the peloton for almost four seconds, but behind them there was also a positional struggle.
On the 26th lap, Vergne made a mistake, his car turned around, and he lost several positions, rolling back to 8th place.
On the 27th lap, yellow flags appeared on the track – the reigning Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa did not keep the car on the track, and the contact with the bump stop was quite serious. But it was not necessary to release a safety car on the track, since the Portuguese managed to reach the gap in the fence on his own and move off the track.
Less than five minutes remained before the finish line, and Mortara retained the first position, and nothing threatened his leadership, since Wehrlein was behind him, and their cars were separated by almost two seconds.
On lap 30, Virgin Racing driver Nick Cassidy made a successful attack on Rowland, taking advantage of the Briton’s misstep, and outrunning him for the podium. Oliver tried to counterattack, but made another mistake while braking, and there was even contact between the cars.
On the last lap, another accident occurred – Tom Blomkvist crashed the car, yellow flags appeared, but they did not affect anything. Edoardo Mortara crossed the finish line first, Pascal Wehrlein finished second, and Nick Cassidy joined them on the podium. By the way, for a New Zealander, this is the first such achievement in Formula E.
Rowland, who started from pole, was forced to settle for fourth place, and Dennis closed the top five.
True, it seems that Wehrlein was again unlucky, because immediately after the finish, information appeared that he again came to the attention of the stewards – this time for excessive consumption of energy. But he still participated in the award ceremony.
The final results of the race should be approved a little later, but one thing is for sure: according to the results of the Mexican racing weekend, Mortara became the leader of the electric championship, although the day before he was only on the eighth line of the personal standings. After the stage in Puebla, he has 72 points, with the nearest pursuer, Robin Freins – ten less.
But the density of results is such that after each race there are many changes, so there is no clear leader in Formula E now. Next time the pilots of the series will start in New York, where the next double stage will take place on July 10 and 11.
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