Mexico City, Mexico|28 Feb, 2018

Guide: welcome to the 2018 Mexico City E-Prix

With four rounds of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship over and out, it's time for the series to return to Mexico City for the third time in Formula E's history. Welcome, one and all, to the 2018 Mexico City E-Prix. Click here to purchase your ticket.

Taking place on March 3 at the legendary Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, the 2.093km layout was created for the arrival of Formula E in 2016 and stands as a firm favourite in the calendar. With all the action (on and off-track) taking place in just a few days, we've packaged it up into a handy guide to help plan your race day.

For anything not listed, feel free to ask for further information at one of our information kiosks. All the times stated below are subject to change. Keep an eye on the information at the event for live updates.

Can't join us this time? No problem - check out our equally handy broadcast guide to find out how to watch where you are.

SATURDAY MARCH 3 (all times are local to Mexico City)

08:00 - Allianz E-Village opens
For the early risers, the gates to the Allianz E-Village - Formula E's festival of entertainment, technology and innovation - open at 08:00. With activities for all ages, including the drivers' autograph session, food stalls, interactive displays and the chance to drive the track on our simulators in the Gaming Arena. Here, the fastest three will go through to the E-Race where they'll have the chance to race directly against the three fastest Formula E drivers. Think you can beat the pros? Now's your chance to prove it.
Click here to learn more about the Allianz E-Village.

08:00 - Free Practice 1, Track


For those keen on getting in on all the racing action, the first free practice session of the day starts at 08:00. This is the first time the drivers will have the chance to drive the track under timed conditions, giving us an insight into how they'll perform during the race. Despite the timings, they don't count towards the race result - it's just a free practice session. Here, the drivers can make use of the full 200kW of the car's power.

09:15 - Pit Walk, Pit Lane
Always wanted to see behind the scenes at Formula E? Well, for ticket holders with pit lane access, it's your chance to see into the team garages and get to the heart of Formula E.

10:30 - Free Practice 2, Track
Yep, you guessed it - it's exactly the same format as before only this is the second time the drivers will drive the track under timed conditions. This session is another chance for them to test the set-up of the car and make sure it's perfect for the race. Again, despite the timer running, this session doesn't count towards the race and drivers can make use of all 200kWs.

12:00 - Qualifying, Track


Qualifying determines the starting grid for the race, with the fastest driver lining-up in first place. The session lasts one hour and sees drivers divided into groups, decided by a lottery conducted in advance. Each driver has six minutes to set their best time, with the top-five drivers proceeding to the Super Pole shoot-out.

12:45 - Super Pole, Track
During the Super Pole shoot-out, the drivers go out one-by-one, with the fifth fastest driver from the group stages going out first. When they cross the line to start their flying lap, the pitlane light turns green and the fourth fastest driver heads out. This is repeated until all five drivers have completed a lap. The fastest driver out of the five will be awarded the Julius Baer Pole Position and an additional three points. It's all worth fighting for.


13:00 - Sotomayor (live performance), Allianz E-Village
Head over to the Allianz E-Village to see electro band Sotomayor perform live on stage.

13:45 - E-Race, Gaming Arena, Allianz E-Village


Not all the racing in Formula E takes place on the track. At every round in the championship is the E-Race - a virtual race taking place in the Allianz E-Village, where drivers battle against the fans on simulators, that replicate all the on-track action. With the three fastest fans going head-to-head against the three fastest drivers, the E-Race is the place to take on pros. Think you can do it?

14:00 - Drivers' Autograph Session, Allianz E-Village

Stick around after the E-Race to meet with the drivers at the Autograph session. Signing everything from caps, t-shirts and, err, lemons (?), be sure to bring your favourite merchandise along. Oh, and don't forget the fruit.

14:20 - Electric Vehicle Parade, Track
Since its inception in 2012, Formula E has been used by car manufacturers such as Audi, Jaguar, Renault, Mahindra, DS, BMW and NIO as a testbed to develop electric vehicle (EV) technology for the road. Here in Mexico City, you'll see a variety of EVs drive on track in the electric vehicle parade.

15:00 - Pit Walk, Pit Lane
At 15:00 there's another chance to see behind the scenes at Formula E as we open up the pit lane to ticket holders with pit lane access. Here's your chance to see into the team garages and get to the heart of Formula E.

15:00 - Driver Parade, Track
Here's your chance to get a good look at all 20 drivers before the race as they complete a parade lap. The next time you see them, they'll be going flat out in the race.

16:03 - 2018 Mexico City E-Prix (47 laps), Track


Here it is, the moment you (not to mention all the teams and drivers) have been waiting for. No more practice, no more qualifying, just 47 laps of pure electric racing and one winner. After Audi Sport Abt Shaeffler driver and reigning champion clinched victory here last year, could this be the race that sees di Grassi return to form?

17:05 - Podium Ceremony, Allianz E-Village


That's it, the results are in and three drivers will take to the podium but only one can take the title - who will it be? Watch them celebrate with Mumm champagne in the Allianz E-Village.

17:20 - Kinky (live performance), Allianz E-Village
Stick around after the podium ceremony to see Kinky perform live on stage.

20:00 - Allianz E-Village and Mexico City E-Prix closes
That's it for the 2018 Mexico City E-Prix but don't worry, there are another seven rounds of all-electric racing to come - click here to see our full calendar listing.