Daniel Abt has won the Mexico City ePrix after making a superb pit stop and profiting from Felix Rosenqvist’s car failure. This time the Audi Abt driver wasn’t disqualified after the race.
Rosenqvist started from pole and built a gap in the early stage of the race. But the Mahindra presumably suffered a failure related to a component of the battery and therefore the car was switched off a couple of times. It gave Oliver Turvey the chance to seek for the win, but was overtaken by Abt during the car swap.
Abt, who won in Hong Kong but was disqualified due to a technical infringement, kept in the lead while Turvey wasn’t able to attack. Instead, the NIO driver had to look in his mirrors for former champion Sébastien Buemi who didn’t manage to overtake his rival and had to settle for third.
Nelson Piquet Jr. won the battle for fourth, demoting points leader Jean-Eric Vergne to fifth. The Frenchman still benefitted from Rosenqvist’s departure and does now hold a 12-point advantage. Mitch Evans finished in sixth, ahead of António Félix da Costa and Edoardo Mortara. Lucas di Grassi, who was handed a 10-place grid penalty and started last, made it into the points with ninth place. Alex Lynn claimed tenth.
Daniel Abt, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, said: “We came here knowing that we had a super-fast car and 12 points overall in the team. In Formula E, anything can happen – you have to focus on every lap. The mechanics were very, very fast today – I don’t know how they were able to do that but it was key for the victory and I’m very thankful for them. We didn’t give up, we kept believing in it and today was just a fantastic day. But we’ve seen Formula E is unpredictable – we saw that with Felix – and we just need to keep doing our best. For now, I’m just very proud of the team and it’s been a great day.”