Di Grassi wins first ever Mexico City ePrix
Lucas Di Grassi is the winner of Mexico City ePrix, the fourth round of the FIA Formula E 2015/2016 season, held at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Brazilian driver scored his second win this season and took the lead in the championship.
Jerome D’Ambrosio won the pole position for the second time this season. Dragon Racing driver drove excellently during Super Pole battle, beating Lucas Di Grassi and Daniel Abt from ABT Schaeffler Audi team and Renault e.Dams pair Nico Prost and Sebastien Buemi. Reigning champion Nelson Piquet Jr crashed his NEXTEV during the first round of qualifying so started from the back of the grid.
The start of the race was clear, without accidents, but also without too many overtaking during opening laps. Buemi moved up to the fourth overtaking Abt while Vergne dropped well down due to a problem with the front wing. Gaps between top five were very tight. They were within two seconds and in a lap before going into the pit for a cars change, Di Grassi managed to overtake Prost for second.
After pit-stop, D’Ambrosio was still on the top, Di Grassi remained second while Buemi moved up to third, leaving Prost on fourth. But, the Belgian didn’t stay on the top for a long as Di Grassi overtook him using fan boost on lap 24. Buemi was aggressive as always but also too nervous, constantly complaining about D’Ambrosio’s driving style.
There was a lot of excitement n the last 10 laps or so. While Di Grassi was in the race of his own, D’Ambrosio and Buemi still were in a battle for second, but Prost got 10 seconds penalty what allowed Abt and Loic Duval to move up in the standings. In the final lap, Daniel Abt crashed in the barriers but somehow managed to finish the race.
Di Grassi cooly finished the race as the winner, D’Ambrosio was second and Buemi third. Duval must be happy with fourth, Prost finished fifth while Robin Frijns was sixth. Remaining points were scored by Sam Bird, Daniel Abt, Nick Heidfeld and Stephane Sarrazin.