• Mexico City 2022: Points on return to Mexico City

Formula E back in Mexico City! The Mexican capital hosted the all-electric race series at the weekend for the first time since February 2020, and it was a pretty amazing affair! The setting and atmosphere for the Mexico City E-Prix were both stunning as it returned to grace this year's calendar. Once again, the passionate fans in the Foro Sol ensured that this round was one of the highlights of the entire ABB FIA Formula E World Championship season. However, the race weekend at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez also proved challenging for the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team.

Ups and downs for Nyck

After a strong start to the season with a one-two finish in the first race at Diriyah in Saudi Arabia followed by a more demanding second race, the team again expected to have a challenging race day for this third round of the season in Mexico.

"I have mixed feelings as I look back on the race because it was not very enjoyable in the car," said Nyck de Vries, summing up his day. The reigning World Champion qualified fourth in his group for the quarter-finals but was eliminated by André Lotterer. Nyck started out from sixth on the grid and was subsequently in the top ten for most of the 40-lap race.

Nyck de Vries racing in mexico city

"It was very tough, as the top five were committed to the long game and we wanted to play the same game with them," said Nyck. "But obviously the drivers behind us were kind of racy, and when you then get drawn into this sort of fight, it makes it difficult to keep up with the front-runners. I missed one of the activation zones for attack mode, which cost me a bit of track position."

In the end, however, he was able to fight his way back up to P6 in an exciting final segment and also set the fastest lap of the race. "All in all, the team were very brave and committed," said Nyck. "We kept faith with each other and went for it. Ultimately, it played out well and we got back into P6 where we had started from. As a bonus, we even posted the fastest lap, so overall I am satisfied with our day. I don’t think we were quite quick enough, so from that perspective, this was a decent result."

nyck de vries walking on the track before the race

Bad luck costs Stoffel points

Nyck's teammate Stoffel Vandoorne was less satisfied with his race weekend. Stoffel also qualified fourth in his group for the quarter-finals but dropped out and had to start the E‑Prix from eighth on the grid.

He was running seventh for quite a long time in the race and fought for fifth place in the final minutes when he was spun around in the group scrapping hard for position behind the leaders. He was classified eleventh in the end.

Stoffel Vandoorne standing on track and looking directly in the camera

"I'm a bit disappointed after this race, actually," said Stoffel. "I was running in a points-scoring position for most of the race and everyone was dying on energy on the final laps, but then I got spun around by near the end with two laps to go. It’s frustrating because, without that, I would have finished in P5. We lost a lot of points today as a result."

Stoffel is fifth in the drivers' standings on 28 points after three races so far this season. "It was a tough race, but unfortunately you get days like that," said Stoffel. "We had a good start to the campaign in Diriyah with a podium and a points finish, but we struggled a bit more here in Mexico. We now need to analyse the data and do our homework so that we can come back stronger in Rome."

stoffel vandoorne racing on the track in mexico

Damage limitation in the world championship

The team leave Mexico with a few points in the bag and a lot of knowledge that will now have to be carefully digested during the upcoming break from racing.

Team Principal Ian James commented: "With the performance delta between the teams so narrow, if you don’t start in a strong position from the off, you leave yourself with an uphill battle in all subsequent sessions; this was symptomatic of our race weekend."

Ian James in the box during the mexico e-prix

The Mexico E-Prix turned into a real test of strategy and adaptability for the team. "The drivers managed this very well - fuelled by all the work taking place in the background," added James. "Despite this, being surrounded by cars on differing strategies brings an increased risk of an incident and Stoffel was denied a potential 5th place finish after being spun on the penultimate lap."

Following the race in Mexico City, the team are second in the team championship standings with 66 points, two points behind Venturi Racing. However, the season has only just begun and is so close and hard-fought that there is still everything to play for. A double header on the weekend of April 9th-10th is up next. "We now have time prior to the next race in Rome to ensure that we put ourselves in the right position from the start," said Ian James in conclusion.

racing dome in mexico city

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