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To get you back up to speed ahead of the nine-day six-race showdown in Berlin, starting August 5, we're re-running all five rounds of the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship to-date. Next up: six talking points for Round 4 - Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City.
The circuit is notoriously strenuous on drivers and powertrains as temperature and high relative altitudes play havoc on battery management and energy management. High heat can result in drivers having to adjust their driving styles to manage battery temperatures.
Antonio Felix da Costa (DS Techeetah) and Mitch Evans (Jaguar Panasonic Racing) had to adjust and slow down at different points in the race to give up a potential race win at the previous round in Chile. Teams worked hard between Santiago and Mexico City to understand and overcome these issues, did the hard work pay off?
Andre Lotterer scored the second pole of his Formula E career and the first for TAG Heuer Porsche in the championship following the German sportscar giant’s entry into the all-electric street racing series at the start of the season.
Could he follow through in the race and make double up with a maiden victory for both himself and Porsche in Formula E?
Last season’s trip to Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez gave us one of the most spectacular Formula E races to-date as Lucas di Grassi outplayed Mahindra Racing’s Pascal Wehrlein at the energy management game to take the win literally metres away from the finish line, sideways and in spectacular style. The moment was voted by Formula E fans as the greatest moment in the championship’s history.
The race also left Nissan e.dams' pride in tatters as both Sebastian Buemi and Oliver Rowland were left limping home. "It's literally the most heartbreaking thing that can happen to you in the last lap of the race," said Nissan Global Director of Motorsport Michael Carcamo at the time.
"The issue of energy management is the name of this game. That is the fine line we are treading. That's what it takes to win this race and there is always going to be a margin of racing error that you can't account for and that's what makes winners and losers."
Two wins for Lucas di Grassi and one for Daniel Abt meant Mexico City had historically been a prime hunting ground for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler. Would the German outfit fare well this time around?
Panasonic Jaguar Racing's Mitch Evans emerged victorious after a flawless performance. It was perhaps one of the most complete drives in the history of Formula E, and sealed a points lead for the Australian in the Drivers' standings heading to Marrakesh.
"Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to be at the front but I'm not going to get too excited yet," said Evans post-race.
Starting second, the Jaguar driver stormed ahead of polesitter Andre Lotterer (DS Techeetah) to take an early lead, which he held to the very end completely untroubled. His winning margin was, in fact, one of the largest in any Formula E encounter at four seconds - eons in electric street racing parlance!
Some 41,000 fans took to the stadium section to cheer on 24 drivers delivering one of the best Formula E races in history. Mexico City never disappoints. Have a look at how it all unfolded below...
Keep your eye on fiaformulae.com for our look back at Round 5 of the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship from Marrakesh.