Lucas Di Grassi takes pole in Mexico City ePrix on Mahindra debut

Lucas Di Grassi takes pole in Mexico City ePrix on Mahindra debut

14.01.2023: Mahindra Racing's Lucas di Grassi strode to Julius Baer Pole Position for the Hankook Mexico City E-Prix Round 1 of Season 9, on debut for the team, taking advantage of Jake Dennis' slip in the Final.

Mahindra Racing's Lucas di Grassi strode to Julius Baer Pole Position for the Hankook Mexico City E-Prix Round 1 of Season 9, on debut for the team, taking advantage of Jake Dennis' slip in the Final.

Both di Grassi and Dennis were fighting hard to keep things in check over what set out looking like a scruffy final effort for both drivers. Ultimately Dennis did fall foul, with a real deep dive into the hairpin at Turn 5 costing him most while the ultra-experience di Grassi kept things under control - the Brazilian's ultimate 1m13.575s lap time some three seconds up on the Avalanche Andretti driver's effort.

Rookie Jake Hughes impressed again with the NEOM McLaren driver winding up third on the grid after bypassing Dan Ticktum in a sharp looking NIO 333 in the Quarters - the latter lining up fifth. Fellow rookie Sacha Fenestraz fired his Nissan into eighth after also making the Duels - no mean feat for either of the grid's new boys with the pack as close as it was.

Andre Lotterer (Avalanche Andretti) made the Duels again - having progressed 15 times last season - but couldn't squeeze by di Grassi in the Semis; he'll line up fourth. Porsche's Pascal Wehrlein is placed nicely in sixth after running well in Free Practice 2 while Sebastien Buemi (Envision Racing) sealed seventh.

Neither DS PENSKE nor Maserati MSG Racing could count a driver in the Duels – a massive turn up given their benchmark pace in testing. That meant reigning champion Stoffel Vandoorne would have to settle for 14th on the grid, with it all to do. The rate of change in this GEN3 development race since testing just under a month ago has proven incredible.

That Julius Baer Pole Position was di Grassi's first in 68 races and his first in Mexico, despite striding to two wins in the past here, at Puebla in Season 7 and at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez itself in Season 5. The points for pole also mean its the first time he's lead the Drivers' standings since winning the title in 2016/17.

Lotterer vs di Grassi formed SF1. The Porsche driver made a big error with a lockup at Turns 5 and 6. The Brazilian was 0.250s down at that point but all he now had to do was keep it clean. He did, making the Final by 1.539s.

Dennis had to set his time with a damaged front wing after clouting it in the Foro Sol and he and Hughes could not be split all the way around the lap. The battle of the Brits saw Hughes slip at the final turn, wrestling his McLaren around the Peraltada with three chops at the wheel – handing Dennis the advantage and a place in the Final.

Two of the most experienced drivers on the grid squared up once again in the first Duel – with Envision Racing’s Buemi looking to outdo Mahindra Racing’s di Grassi. Buemi was 0-3 in the Quarters and has yet to make it through to the Semis. His adversary here knocked him out in New York City last year.

The Swiss looked like he’d bucked that trend but a poor run through the final sector saw the Mahindra driver progress by 0.019s and placing Buemi eighth on the grid.

The youngest driver on the grid in Fenestraz faced off against the oldest in Lotterer in the second bout. The initiative went the way of the Nissan driver as Lotterer ran deep into Turn 1. The German dragged things back through Sector 2 but there was nothing between the pair heading through the Foro Sol. Again it was incredibly tight, just four hundredths between them and experience, ultimately, telling – leaving Fenestraz seventh.

NEOM McLaren vs NIO 333 and rookie Jake Hughes vs Dan Ticktum made up QF3. The McLaren driver had the measure of Ticktum around the lap to make it to the Semis – the Brit settling for a fighting fifth.

Dennis and Wehrlein faced one-another next. The former drew out a huge 0.4s on the factory Porsche driver by half way. In the end, he squeaked it by just 0.029s after a poor run through the Foro Sol – hitting a bollard in the process. Wehrlein would line up sixth.

Group A

With every lap and every kilometre counting at this super early stage of GEN3, there wasn’t a car left in a garage as the session went green. Lotterer set the early running, though about 0.4s down on the ultimate pace we’d seen this weekend as temperatures still relatively low, at just 14 degrees celsius in the air.

That early pace proved to strong for the German, and he went better still at the last to top Group A with a 1m13.405s – he’s strong in the Groups and clearly cool under pressure, having made it through 15 times in Season 8. Buemi followed in the Envision Racing machine, just 0.026s back and di Grassi just five hundredths slower, in third. Fenestraz pulled it out of the bag on debut to fire his Nissan into the Duels – some lap to close the session.

Jean-Eric Vergne didn’t make it, though. The DS PENSKE looked strong in testing and he had topped Free Practice 1 but he couldn’t do enough to progress – despite being only 0.158s shy of Lotterer’s pace.

Group B

Midway through the session, Hughes flew to the quickest time of the day so far on a 1m13.366s – smashing Evans’ early timesheet topper. That didn’t last long though with Ticktum again showing the NIO has speed by going top.

As the chequered flag fell, Dennis was the driver to beat. He stayed there with Ticktum also holding second. Hughes and Wehrlein stayed in the mix and progressed, too. No DS PENSKE would make it through – the reigning champion and the pre-season favourites of many with it all to do – as do the testing pacesetters Maserati MSG Racing.



Formula E also photos


14.01.2023 / MaP

More News

Pascal Wehrlein lays down marker with FP2 benchmark in Mexico ePrix
In the final session before qualifying gets underway, TAG Heuer Porsche's Pascal Wehrlein set the fastest time around Mexico City's Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit.The early session, held at 7:30 local time, brought wit more >>
Formula E - Where to watch the first race of the season and the debut of the all-new Gen3 race car
-    The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship returns to TV screens with the first race of the GEN3 era – the 2023 Hankook Mexico City E-Prix•    New names join the broadcast presenter line-up including the first-ever Formula E champion Nelson Piquet Junior, Oliver Askew and Naomi Schiff•   more >>
Formula E FREE PRACTICE 1: Vergne sets the early pace in Mexico City - results
There was no hanging about in the first session of Season 9 and the GEN3 era at Mexico City's Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, as all 22 drivers got a chance to lock in laps in their all-new cars. However, it was DS PENSKE's Jean-Eric Vergne who topped the timesheets with a 1m13.294s. more >>
What the drivers said ahead of the Mexico City Formula E opener
As Mexico City gets ready to host the first race of the new Gen3 era, we hear from DS PENSKE's Stoffel Vandoorne, TAG Heuer Porsche's Pascal Wehrlein and Mahindra Racing's Lucas di Grassi. All three drivers look ahead to the unknowns of this new era of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, as well as the excitement to be back in Mexico. more >>
Nissan Formula E Team charged up for Gen3 debut in Mexico City
Squad ready to tackle Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguezin the first race of Season 9Nissan Formula E Team is set to take on the maiden race of the Gen3 era as the 2022/23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship gets underway in Mexico City this weekend. more >>
ABT CUPRA team ready for its Formula E race debut in Mexico City this weekend
    The ABT CUPRA team arrives in Mexico City, fully charged and ready for the opening round of the 2023 FIA Formula E Championship    Robin Frijns and Nico Müller will give the new Gen3 Formula E car its race debut at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez    CUPRA to hosts over 100 guests and d more >>
Formula E and DHL renew partnership kicking off the new Gen3 era
•    Formula E and Official Founding and Logistics partner, DHL, agree multi-year partnership extension looking ahead to the Gen3 era and the introduction of the third-generation car – the fastest, lightest, most powerful and efficient electric race car ever built •    Partnership based on pioneering green logistics a more >>
Formula E unplugged returns for Series Two
•    Six-part behind-the-scenes docuseries on the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship premieres from today*•    Series two follows drivers and teams in the championship’s most competitive season yet more >>
Porsche aims to fight for the Formula E World Championship title
Porsche heads into a new Formula E era with the Porsche 99X Electric Gen3. Developed in Weissach, the electric racing car celebrates its race debut on 14 January at the Mexico City E-Prix – the opening round of season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. more >>
The ABT CUPRA FE team hits the tracks for the first time with the new Gen3 Formula E car at Valencia
    The ABT CUPRA FE team enjoyed a successful first test of its Gen3 Formula E Season 9 car at Valencia    Drivers Robin Frijins and Nico Müller drove the car – which is the fastest, lightest, most powe more >>
Successful pre-season test for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team ahead of round one in Mexico
•    All teams took part in official Formula E tests with the new Gen3 cars at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. •    Final shakedown for the Weissach-developed Porsche 99X Electric Gen3 before the seaso more >>
The DS Automobiles DS E-TENSE FE23 cars put on a strong show at Valencia pre season test
 •    Pre-season testing for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship drew to a close in Valencia (Spain) this afternoon•    The two DS E-TENSE FE23 cars driven by reigning champion Stoffel Vandoorne, and Jean-Eric Vergne – the only two-time champion in the history of the series – demonstrated a solid perfo more >>
Formula E pre-season testing - drivers react to first official testing in the new Gen3 race car
•    Former champion António Félix da Costa welcomes the “massive step forward” in power in the new Gen3, the fastest Formula E car yet•    More than 17,300km in 5,128 laps completed during pre-season testing, the first time all drivers were on track together in the Gen3•&nbs; more >>
Formula E tops Independent Global Sustainability in Sport Rankings
•    Formula E rated highest of more than 50 elite global sports by leading independent sustainability organisation•    Rating announced as the new Gen3 – the world’s first net zero race car in the world’s first net zero sport – is on track for the first time at pre-season testing in Valencia more >>
Hankook Tire secure Title Sponsorship of Formula E races in Mexico, Rome and London
•    ABB FIA Formula E World Championship new Technical Partner, Hankook Tire, to be title sponsor of five races in Season 9 next year•    Season opener in Mexico City, season finale double-header in London plus iconic Rome double-header race weekend are Hankook Tire title races in first season of championship partner more >>
David Beckmann new test and reserve driver for TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team in season 9
•    The 22-year-old German has gained Formula E experience with the new Porsche customer team Avalanche Andretti.   •    Beckmann took his first laps in the new Porsche 99X Electric more >>
ABT teams up with CUPRA in Formula E
ABT Sportsline is receiving strong support for its comeback in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship: CUPRA is joining the championship for purely electric formula cars as partner alongside ABT Sportsline. In Extreme E, the two brands have more >>
Formula E Season 9 Calendar
Round(s)    Location    Date(s)1    Mexico City, Mexico    14 January 20232 & 3    Diriyah, Saudi Arabia    27 & 28 January 2023 more >>
Formula E to race in Portland, Oregon in 2023
•    ABB FIA Formula E World Championship maintains USA race on Season 9 calendar with debut in Portland, Oregon in June 2023•    All-new Gen3 car – the f more >>
Formula E and Julius Baer renew partnership for the Gen3 Era
•    Formula E and founding partner, Swiss private bank Julius Baer, agree multiyear partnership extension until end of 2026 and through the Gen3 era with a new race car, new cities, and new sporting format•    Partnership based on mutual objectives of sustainable development and investing in future generations more >>
DS Automobiles and PENSKE AUTOSPORT unveil the DS E-TENSE FE23 Gen3
 •    DS PENSKE presents its DS E-TENSE FE23 car ahead of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship season nine official test, which will take place at Valencia (Spain) between 13-16 December•    Lighter, more efficient and more powerful, the third generation 100% electric single-seater has been developed by the competi more >>
New car, new cities, new teams, new format and a new look for ABB FIA Formula E
ABB FIA FORMULA E World ChampionshipSEASON 9•    Formula E introduces bold new look and sound for Season 9 and the start of the Gen3 era in the championship•    The Gen3, the world’s more >>
ABT team for Formula E comeback is coming together
ABT’s team for the company’s Formula E comeback is coming together: These days, the latest addition, Frederic Espinos, is experiencing his first working days at the Kempten Motorsport Center – he is the new Sporting Director at ABT and responsible for all sporting matters of the team in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. more >>
ABB FIA Formula E World Championship calendar 2023
ABB FIA Formula E World Championship calendar 2023     14 January 2023  Mexico  Mexico City27 & 28 January 2023  Saudi Arabia  Diriyah11 February 2023  India  Hyderabad* more >>
New Sporting Regulations for the GEN3 era of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship
•    New technology and racing formats introduced in Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and the debut of the Gen3 race car     •    Races competed via laps instead more >>
Comments on the world premiere of the Porsche 99X Electric Gen3
    Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President Porsche Motorsport:“We’re delighted to be able to present the new Porsche 99X Electric Gen3 to the world. Our development team in Weissach have invested a great deal of work, experience, heart and soul more >>
New Formula E Porsche 99X Electric Gen3 celebrates world premiere
    The electric racing car, which was refined in Weissach, was unveiled to the public in the Porsche Experience Center in Franciacorta, Italy.       The Porsche 99X Electric Gen3 will tackle its maiden race more >>
New cockpit: Maximilian Günther to start in Formula E with Maserati MSG Racing
25-year-old Maximilian Günther will continue his pursuit of success in the FIA Formula E World Championship with Maserati MSG Racing from the coming season. The premium more >>
DS Automobiles nominates Eugenio Franzetti as director of DS Performance
    After announcing its partnership with PENSKE AUTOSPORT and the arrival of world champion Stoffel Vandoorne alongside double champion Jean-Eric Vergne, DS embarks on a new chapter in its Formula E history.    On the eve of the competitive debut of the new GEN3 car, DS Italy director Eugenio Franzetti is announced as director of DS Perfo more >>
ABB FIA Formula E World Championship season 9 calendar updated
•    FIA World Motor Sport Council ratifies updates to Season 9 calendar of ABB FIA Formula E World Championship•    Cape Town to host Round 5, the first Formula E race in South Africa•    Berlin expands to a double-header race weekend in provisional 17-race season more >>
Hankook and Formula E celebrate partnership launch
As of next season, Hankook will be the new and exclusive technical partner and tyre supplier of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. At an event in The Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Austria, Hankook officially presented the newly developed Hankook iON race tyres to guests and representatives of Formula E, as well as the international media. more >>
Robin Frijns and Nico Müller to compete for ABT in Formula E
ABT Sportsline has signed its dream duo for Formula E: Robin Frijns and Nico Müller will  compete in the German team’s comeback in the electric world championship. For both of them,  joining ABT is like coming home: after successful more >>
René Rast to race for the NEOM McLaren Formula E Team from Season 9
"René has shown his race craft over and over again in every series he has competed in"McLaren Racing has signed a deal with René Rast to race in the FIA Formula E World Championship from the 2022/23 season. The announcement confirms Ren&eacut; more >>
Nissan Formula E announces driver line-up for Season 9
Norman Nato and Sacha Fenestraz team up with Nissan for start of Gen3 eraNissan Formula E today announces Norman Nato and Sacha Fenestraz for its all-new driver line-up ahead of Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, the first campaign of t more >>
Thank you! Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team bids farewell to Formula E as Double World Champions
Formula E: Seoul E-Prix 2022 - Race 2  Double title defence as a parting shot: Stoffel Vandoorne finished the 100th race in the history of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in the runner-up spot, a result that was more >>
The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team aims to return stronger in season 9
•    Season 8 came to an end at the Seoul E-Prix with the 100th race in Formula E history.•    The final race for André Lotterer with the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team.•    The one-two result for the Porsche 99X Electric in Mexico City marked the highlight for Porsche.•&n; more >>
DS TECHEETAH third in the FIA Formula E Season 8 Teams’ Championship
•    Jean-Éric Vergne and Antonio Felix Da Costa respectively 6th and 10th of the second Seoul E-Prix race•    The Portuguese driver scored his third pole position of the season •    The Seoul E-Prix marks the end of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship Season 8  more >>
Stoffel Vandoorne and Mercedes-EQ seal World Championship titles as Mortara wins in Seoul
Stoffel Vandoorne steered to silverware with a second-placed finish in the Hana Bank Seoul E-Prix Round 16 to make more than sure of sealing the 2021/22 ABB FIA Formula E Drivers’ World Championship and the Teams’ World Championship for Mercedes-EQ – a double-double – as Edoardo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) steered to a consummate centenary race win. more >>
Da Costa bookends Gen2 era with pole in Seoul, qualifying results
FIA FORMULA E ChampionshipHana Bank Seoul E-Prix Round 16Sunday, August 14th 2022Antonio Felix da Costa (DS TECHEETAH) fired to an unstoppable Julius Baer Pole Position for the Hana Bank Seoul E-Prix Round 16, leaving Edoardo Mortara (ROKiT Venturi Racing) no scraps to feed on through a perfect lap. more >>


2001-2023 full copyright