Saturday began with both Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne coming in fourth in their qualifying groups, to progress to the quarter finals. From there Nyck and Stoffel qualified to the starting grid in sixth and eighth place respectively.
Despite sitting comfortably in the points for most of the race, Nyck was passed by a group of cars in the latter half of the 40 laps, dropping out of the top ten. He then fought his way back up to finish in P6, in a dramatic and intense run-in to the finish line. Nyck spoke of the efforts to maintain his position after the race: “The team were very brave and committed. We kept faith with each other and went for it. Ultimately, it played out well and we got back into P6 where we had started from. As a bonus, we even posted the fastest lap, so overall I am satisfied with our day.”
Stoffel was equally racing firmly in P7 for the larger part of the race, until he was spun around in the closing minutes in the chasing group, finally crossing the line in P11. He talked about the difficulty of Mexico City and the regrouping effort needed from the whole team ahead of the next round: “We had a good start to the campaign in Diriyah with a podium and a points finish, but we struggled a bit more here in Mexico. We now need to analyse the data and do our homework so that we can come back stronger in Rome.”
Speaking after the Mexico City E-Prix, Team Principal Ian James commented on the team’s battle on track: “For us Mexico has, once again, proven to be a challenging hunting ground. With the performance delta between the teams so narrow, if you don’t start in a strong position from the off, you leave yourself with an uphill battle in all subsequent sessions; this was symptomatic of our race weekend.”
Leaving Mexico, Nyck is currently second in the Drivers’ World Championship by a margin of 5 points, with Stoffel in fifth place trailing his teammate by just 10 points. The Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team have maintained their position in second place in the Team Standings, just 2 points shy of the championship leaders. Bring on Round 4!
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