Pascal Wehrlein dominated the opening race of the 2024 Formula E season at the Mexico City E-Prix from Sebastien Buemi.
The pair traded the lead multiple times when they took attack mode but pole-sitter Wehrlein pulled away and cruised to his second win in the Mexican capital.
The Porsche driver, and world champion Jake Dennis, were investigated post-race for a technical infringement for not “respecting the homologated primary throttle pedal map”. However, they were cleared four hours later.
Buemi held off Nick Cassidy for second place and Maserati’s Maximilian Gunther was fourth. Mitch Evans rounded out the top five from Jean-Eric Vergne and Jake Hughes. McLaren’s Jake Hughes was seventh ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne.
Antonio Felix da Costa suffered damage and retired early in the race, while Robin Frijns crashed at the exit of the stadium section to cause the only safety car of the E-Prix.
Formula E Mexico City E-Prix 2024 – As It Happened
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Wehrlein keeps win after cleared of investigation
Over four hours after the chequered flag, Wehrlein and Dennis have both been cleared of any wrongdoing for a technical infringement.
The stewards looked at an incident “respecting the homologated primary throttle pedal map” at the start of the race. Wehrlein keeps his win and Dennis stays in ninth.
Da Costa awarded three-grid place penalty
Antonio Felix da Costa has been given a three-grid place penalty for causing a collision with Nico Muller during the Mexico City E-Prix. Da Costa damaged his car and retired from the race.
He will take the penalty at the next race on Friday, January 26 in Diriyah. Another race follows on Saturday before a seven-week break due to the cancelled Hyderabad E-Prix.
No decision yet on Wehrlein
It’s been an hour after the race but we are still no closer to hearing a decision on whether Pascal Wehrlein will keep his race win and if Jake Dennis will stay in ninth. Both drivers are under investigation for an unspecified technical infringement.
Mexico City E-Prix Provisional Top 10
- 1. Pascal Wehrlein, Porsche
- 2. Sebastien Buemi, Envision
- 3. Nick Cassidy, Jaguar
- 4. Maximilian Gunther, Maserati
- 5. Mitch Evans, Jaguar
- 6. Jean-Eric Vergne, DS Penske
- 7. Jake Hughes, McLaren
- 8. Stoffel Vandoorne, DS Penske
- 9. Jake Dennis, Andretti
- 10. Norman Nato, Andretti
Cassidy takes third in first race for Jaguar
It’s a very positive start for Nick Cassidy as he finishes on the podium in his first race for Jaguar and takes the bonus point for fastest lap.
Wehrlein wins the Mexico City E-Prix!
It’s a brilliant drive from Wehrlein as he makes it two wins in Mexico City to take victory in the opening race of the Formula E season. However, he’s under investigation for a technical infringement.
Buemi is second, Cassidy is third then Gunther in fourth and Evans just holds onto fifth.
Final lap: Vergne attacks Evans!
Vergne has a look going into the stadium section as the leaders cross the line for the final lap of the race. Wehrlein is going to win this on the road but what will happen behind?
Lap 36: Evans leading a train of cars
The top four looks settled but Mitch Evans is leading a queue of cars from fifth place downwards. We have two laps to go due to the added laps from the Safety Car.
Lap 33: Cassidy with most energy at the front
Cassidy has the most energy out of the top five drivers but only by half a percent. We have five laps to go and this should get very exciting for the points-paying positions soon.
Lap 31: Wehrlein closing in on victory
Five laps to go, plus two added laps, and Wehrlein is still 1.5 seconds ahead of Buemi, with Cassidy unable to do anything about the Envision driver.
Wehrlein is under investigation though even though he is likely to cross the line in first place.
Lap 28: Leading drivers hold station
Similarly to F1 races in Mexico City, the thin air means there isn’t too much wheel to wheel racing. The top 10 have not changed positions for a few laps now.
Lap 25: Wehrlein getting away
Wehrlein puts his foot down and opens up a two-second lead over Buemi. He’s going for it now after saving his energy in the first half of the race.
Lap 23: Wehrlein still in the lead
Just 13 laps to go and Wehrlein is in control from Buemi and Cassidy. Gunther is hanging onto the pack too, so it’s a four-way fight for the first win of the season.
Lap 21: Vergne on the back of Evans
Evans is dropping away from the leading four drivers, as Vergne is right behind the Jaguar driver. This is somewhat of a surprise for Evans, who was often the best in terms of race pace in 2023.
Lap 18: Wehrlein under investigation
Race leader Wehrlein leads the race but is under investigation for a technical infringement. Dennis and Nato (ninth and 10th) are also being looked at. The drama might not be over yet.
Lap 15: Gunther and Evans take attack mode
Evans takes his last attack mode and Gunther follows on Lap 15. This promotes Cassidy up to third, so the top five will no longer need to go wide to take attack mode from now on. Wehrlein leads by one second from Buemi with 20 laps remaining.
Lap 13: Buemi into attack mode and Wehrlein leads
Wehrlein is back at the front as Buemi goes into attack mode for a second time. Gunther is third but is yet to take his second attack mode. For now, the Jaguar drivers sit in fourth and fifth.
Lap 12: Green, green, green!
We are back racing and Buemi leads the field away. He gaps Wehrlein, who is told to slipstream the Swiss driver to save energy.
Lap 10: Safety car now out
Race director Scot Elkins calls for the safety car due to Frijns’ crash. It’s Buemi, Wehrlein, Gunther, Cassidy and Evans in the top five.
Then come Hughes, Vandoorne, Dennis, Nato and Vergne. The top 10 score points just like in F1. We have 25 laps to go.
Lap 9: Frijns into the wall and out!
Robin Frijns crashes on the exit of the stadium and we have a Full Course Yellow! The Envision driver is parked in the middle of the road and the drivers are having to squeeze by.
“I don’t know why this keeps happening,” remarks Frijns.
Lap 7: Buemi retakes the lead
The lead changes hands again as Buemi takes the lead after Wehrlein goes for his second and last attack mode. Going for the extra power boost early is the play here from most teams.
It’s Buemi, Wehrlein, Gunther, Cassidy and Evans at the front.
Lap 5: Buemi goes for attack mode
Buemi now goes into the attack mode zone to hand the lead back to Wehrlein. We still have yellow flags for Da Costa’s stricken car but no sign of a safety car yet.
Gunther is pushing the leading duo hard with Evans and Cassidy rounding out the top five.
Lap 3: Muller in the wall and Da Costa is out!
Nico Muller is in the wall at Turn 4 but gets going then Antonio Felix da Costa comes to a halt. It looks like his car is damaged as well!
At the front, Wehrlein takes his first attack mode and comes out in second place.
Lap 1: Wehrlein holds the lead and Gunther takes third!
Wehrlein gets a rocketship start and retains first, with Buemi in second. Gunther jumps the Jaguars to take third. Cassidy is fourth and Evans is fifth.
Drivers line up to the grid
The drivers pull up the their starting spots, here we go…
Huge crowd ready for first race of the season
The baseball stadium at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez if nearly full as the crowd are ready to see 22 of the world’s best drivers go for it in the first race of the season.
Five minutes until we go racing!
Andretti team principal Roger Griffiths is already ruling out a win as Jake Dennis starts 13th and Norman Nato in 14th.
“Our strategy here is we have to make some moves early on,” said Griffiths. “There are a couple of slower cars ahead of us so we have to get past them and get on the tail of the front group. Then we will use attack mode and go from there.
“I think a win here will be very optimistic but we will take what we can. I think it’s damage limitation.”
Jaguar remain favourites
Nick Cassidy and Mitch Evans might be starting on the second row but they are favourites for victory here going off their race pace.
They were fastest on each day of pre-season testing and had great efficiency last season too. Will they play nicely though? Let’s hope friends don’t become foes in Mexico City.
Bolt in the house!
Eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt is on the grid in Mexico City and had a chance of driving the Gen3 car on Friday.
“These cars are different yesterday when I punched it,” said Bolt. “The amount of power I got was amazing. I should be waving the chequered flag.”
Have you missed it? Formula E is back for 2024 in its 10th season and you just know it’s going to give us plenty of drama.
The title race will go down to the wire and it all starts today with the race getting under way at 2pm in Mexico City (8pm UK and 9pm CET). Stay with us for the latest updates!
Where to watch Mexico City E-Prix 2024 in the UK?
Formula E fans in the UK can find the series on a new broadcaster for Season 10. TNT Sports will show the race on TNT Sports 4, with the action also being simulcast on TNT Sports 1.
Where to watch Mexico City E-Prix 2024 in the USA?
In the USA, fans of Formula E have several options to tune into the races, catering to both traditional and digital viewing preferences. Roku stands out as a new partner in broadcasting Formula E in the USA. It offers live coverage of all race sessions. Additionally, CBS Network provides delayed coverage.
Formula E is broadcasted across various regions. For instance, fans in Australia can watch live coverage on Stan Sports, while in Japan, J-Sports 3 and BS Fuji offer race sessions and highlights.
In Southeast Asia, SpoTV provides live coverage, and in China, platforms like HUYA and CCTV5+ broadcast the races. This extensive international coverage reflects Formula E’s growing popularity and the global interest in electric motorsport.