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After only three rounds, the 2019/20 season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is looking to be just as unpredictable as the last. Ahead of the 2020 CBMM Niobium Mexico E-Prix, here’s our nifty guide of what to look out for during the race.
Vorsprung durch Technik
After all the noise surrounding the impressive debuts made by TAG Heuer Porsche and Mercedes-Benz EQ, not to mention BMW’s continued success, is it finally time for Formula E’s most successful German powerhouse - Audi - to muscle their way in and make the headlines again in Mexico City?
After all, Audi has won the last three E-Prix held in Mexico City and will be looking to become the first team ever to win four Formula E races at the same circuit. As well as Audi, two other outfits have won three times at the same venue, namely Renault in London and Virgin in New York.
Santiago saw Maximilian Guenther became Formula E’s youngest ever race winner aged 22 years and 200 days. Ironically, he beat the record set by the man he actually overtook on the final lap in Santiago, Antonio Felix da Costa, who won the Buenos Aires E- Prix in January 2015 aged 23 years, 132 days. Still, the German missed the opportunity to become the youngest driver to stand on the podium in Formula E by 99 days - Daniel Abt continues to hold that record with a third-place finish in Miami back in the 2014/15 season. Will the BMW young blood manage to strike again in Mexico City?
Youth vs Experience
After Santiago produced the youngest ever Formula E race winner, Mexico City could potentially provide the backdrop for the oldest. Felipe Massa (39 in April), Andre Lotterer (38 years old), Neel Jani (36), and Lucas di Grassi (35) are all in with a chance to break the record as the most senior driver to win, currently held former Renault driver Nico Prost, who won in London on July 3, 2016 aged 34 years and 320 days.
Racing to The Max
Santiago saw the first Formula E victory by a German driver since the 2017/18 season, when Daniel Abt won his and Audi’s home E-Prix in Berlin in May 2018. Indeed, Max Guenther became only the second German to win a Formula E race. “Today is a dream come true,” said an overjoyed Max Guenther after becoming the youngest ever race winner in the all-electric series. “I am incredibly happy to take the first win of my Formula E career.
Showing nous and ability belying his tender years, the 22-year-old made the most of the team’s expert strategy “We used ATTACK MODE very cleverly to allow me to take the lead,” Guenther added. “In the heat, it was also important to keep an eye on the temperature of the batteries. We did that really well. On the final lap, Antonio had to coast a little earlier than me on the straight. I thought to myself ‘now or never’ and went for the overtake. Fortunately, it came off.”
With the new, longer track layout to give way to some of the fastest racing in Formula E history, the race in Mexico City could be the most strategic yet. Will everyone manage the energy to the finish?
Back to back?
Can Guenther make it two E-Prix wins in a row? No driver has managed it since Lucas di Grassi won both the race in Zurich and New York City (round one) at the end of the 2017/18 season in the summer of 2018.
Continue the streak?
BMW i Andretti are hoping to claim a third straight victory for the first time. We haven’t seen a team capture three E-Prix wins in a row since the latter stages of the 2017/18 season, when Audi triumphed with Daniel Abt's win in Berlin before di Grassi continued the streak in both Zurich and New York City.
Front Row lockout
BMW i Andretti will be looking to make the front row for the fourth race in a row this season (and the fifth successive Formula E race including the end of last season after Sims’ three straight pole positions and Guenther’s P2 in Santiago last time out). Five consecutive front rows will set a new Team Record in Formula E. Only Renault e.dams also managed four in a row, back in the 2014/15 season (thanks to Buemi’s two poles and Nico Prost’s two P2s), in Buenos Aires, Miami, Long Beach and Monaco.
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