ONES TO WATCH: Will we see more Porsche dominance in Mexico?

It's the first round of Season 9, so it's time to get ready for Formula E Predictor, but with the start of the Gen3 era who should you pick? Let's take a look at some options for the 2023 Hankook Mexico City E-Prix.

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Formula E is back and it's bringing another season of predictor prowess from you, the experts. Gen3 is an entirely fresh start for the grid, it's a brand new car with a whole raft of technology updates for a faster and lighter machine.

For Season 9, the Formula E Predictor game has also had a tune-up. Now available in the Formula E app, you will be challenged to make predictions such as the the top three podium finishers and also play along in real-time during qualifying, making quick decisions on who will progress to pole position - find out how to play here.

The fantastic Foro Sol

The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez has hosted six races in Formula E's history and the circuit has always delivered some thrilling on-track action across the years.

It's a fast and flowing circuit unlike some of the other stop-and-go layouts on the calendar with a series of combination acceleration and deceleration corners, feeding into a couple of chicanes and fast straights - the Foro Sol stadium is the trickiest section, with a series of tight turns in-front of a packed crowd.

Podium potentials

Last season was a dominant performance by Pascal Wehrlein and Porsche. This track previously had some tough memories for the German - dramatically losing the win in 2019 at the final corner when he famously ran out of usable energy 100 metres from the line.

Wehrlein has led the most laps in Mexico City, more than any other driver with 64.

His redemption came in the best possible manner with a commanding and confident victory, leading Porsche to their first victory and 1-2 in Formula E. From his time in the series, Wehrlein has led the most laps in Mexico City, more than any other driver with 64.

If Porsche can recapture that pace from the last race around here, then they could be a strong pairing. New recruit Antonio Félix Da Costa has also had a decent showing here, with back-to-back second place finishes in Seasons 5 and 6.

Porsche one-two Mexico City

The driver with the most success in Mexico City is Lucas di Grassi, the Brazilian has won three of the seven of the Formula E races in Mexico, and crossed the line first in four of them, but was disqualified from the win in Season 2.

After testing it was the shared powertrain behind the Maserati MSG Racing and DS PENSKE squads that topped all but two sessions in Valencia.

Stoffel Vandoorne was all about consistency in his drive to the championship last season, the Belgian setting a new record for the most podiums in a season. The reigning champion will be in the black and gold and has already got up to speed quickly with his new team.

He'll be looking for better fortunes here, after having never scored points in Mexico City. His new team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne, has two podium finishes with third last year and second in Season 3.

Of the two driving for their fellow powertrain users, Maserati MSG Racing, Edoardo Mortara has the best past results in Mexico City. The Swiss-Italian has a third place finish in Season 5, his rise in Formula E since then has been impressive, as he picked up four victories in 2022.

One lap pace in Mexico

It's Wehrlein who has the most pole positions in Mexico - three in total with two here and a third in Puebla. There's only one other driver to have taken a Julius Baer Pole Position in Mexico City, when Andre Lotterer picked up Porsche's first pole in the series back in Season.

There's more choices to make in the Predictor game this season, having to select the eight drivers who will get top the two group stage, before having to make quick-fire selections for the knock-out Duels.

Looking back at the Duel participants last season, it was Stoffel Vandoorne who made the most qualifying battles with 23 appearances. One behind was Edoardo Mortara, the Maserati MSG driver had a memorable qualifying last year as he spun across the line in final, but bravely kept his foot to the floor as he pushed past the limits coming out of the famous Peraltada curve.

Da Costa was another driver to make over 20 appearances in the Duels last season, the Portuguese driver neatly wrapped up qualifying in the Gen2 period with picking up the first and last poles of the last generation. Can he open this new era with pole?

Looking to the fastest laps around the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, the current race lap record sits with di Grassi from last season. But there's one driver returning to the grid who could be a popular choice for the opening race on Season 9.

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Rene Rast is lining up for the NEOM McLaren team in his return to all-electric racing. In his last drive in the series, he picked up TAG Heuer Fastest Lap honours an impressive six times, so much so that they became known as the Rast-est lap.

It's a new season, a new era and a new car - we could be in for some surprises on race day. Make sure to start getting your predictions in now in the Formula E app and don't miss out on making your choices during qualifying.