Looking for points in Mexico City to kick-off the second Half of she season
It is a completely new location for round 5 of the Formula-E Championship in Mexico City, Mexico. The 2.09 km long track has 18 turns and is built in the historic Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez where Formula One also races. Formula-E drivers will go for 43 laps. This will be the first time this season that the teams will race in a completely new location, as Mexico City was not part of the line-up in season 1 and there is a lot of anticipation from the fans in Mexico City. The race stands will hold 40,000 spectators for the first Formula-E race in Mexico.
“Fast chicanes, high speeds in the straights before the turns – this track isn’t like the others so it will be interesting to see how we manage this new track on Saturday.” explained Franck Baldet, Venturi’s team coordinator. Looking at both driver and team rankings, Franck said “We can see that it’s possible for us to chase the frontrunners. As I have said many times, we are the underdog of the season and to succeed we need both drivers to score points in order to be in a good position going into the second half of this season. We are very supportive of our new driver, Mike Conway, who is still learning Formula-E with only one race under his belt in Argentina last month. I am positive that he will make good progress and show his talents in this race in Mexico. He has done a great job in the qualifying rounds in Argentina, and we have a lot of confidence in him. As for Stephane Sarrazin, he just needs to keep doing what he’s been doing all season – he scored each time.”
Stéphane and Mike both discovered the track virtually on the simulator last week, an important first step in learning its dynamics, getting familiar with the turns, testing different ranges of power, and set up of the car. The first runs in Mexico will be Friday at 3pm with the shakedown and the round 5 race of the FIA Formula-E championship is scheduled at 4pm Saturday (local time).