12 Feb 19

The season so far: 2019 CBMM Niobium Mexico City E-Prix

Well, what a show it's been so far, right? In the season opener in Saudi Arabia, we saw BMW i Andretti Motorsport prove its pace with an unexpected win from frontman Antonio Felix da Costa, while Mahindra Racing's Jerome d'Ambrosio emerged as an unlikely hero from the madness in Marrakesh. Most recently, the hottest race on record in Chile's scorching capital city of Santiago saw Envision Virgin Racing's Sam Bird emerge victorious while only 13 cars and drivers finished the race - the others falling foul of the testing and tight confines of the inner-city circuit. 

But now, as the ABB FIA Formula E Championship prepares for more madness in Mexico City at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Saturday, February 16, its time to take a look back at all that's happened in the season so far.

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what we learned in santiago

Firm favourites still far from the top:

With reigning champions Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler fifth in the standings and it's own customer team - Envision Virgin Racing - leading the way, the 'underdogs' still reign supreme even three races in. With 41 points between them already, Audi has its work cut out to make up the shortfall in Mexico City. But the German team has fond memories of the Mexican capital after Daniel Abt clinched his first ever Formula E victory here last year. Same again? Join us to find out. 

Unpredictability is the only certainty:

Three races on three different continents have produced three different winners from three different teams. If there's one thing we've learnt from the season so far, it's that unpredictability is almost the only certainty when it comes to Formula E. On top of that, we've so far seen seven different drivers from five different teams take to the podium. With more madness forecast for Mexico City, expect the next race to be just as unpredictable as ever. In the words of our Championship leader and Envision Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird, "anything can happen in this series."  
jerome d'ambrosio on the podium at the Marrakesh e-prix
Unlikely hero Jerome d'Ambrosio is one of three different drivers from three different teams in just three races. 

Tighter, harder and faster:

Three words that perfectly sum up the racing action we've seen on track in the season so far. Gen2 - with twice the range and more performance than Gen1 - has certainly proved it's worth. In Marrakesh (the only point of comparison so far), the radical new car saw lap times tumble by nearly three seconds. While the racing's certainly faster, it's just as hard and more testing than ever. In Santiago, more than nine cars and drivers retired from the race with bumps, scrapes and scratches after battling through 45 minutes of the closest wheel-to-wheel racing we've seen to date. Think Formula E's a walk in the park? Not so much. 

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