Monday , 26 June 2017
(c) Renault Sport media
(c) Renault Sport media

Mexico City ePrix 2017: Preview

Round four of the 2016/17 Formula E season takes place at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, the second race in Formula E to take place on the Mexican circuit.

A month on from Sebastien Buemi becoming the first driver to win three races in a row in Formula E, the pressure is starting to turn up on his competitors as they look to stop his run.

Consistency is a bit of a theme in the Renault e.dams squad, as Buemi’s team-mate Nico Prost has scored three consecutive fourth-placed finishes this season.

At the 2016 event, Jerome d’Ambrosio won after Lucas di Grassi was disqualified – his second disqualification in Formula E.

Both times the Brazilian has been disqualified (Berlin ePrix 2015, Mexico City ePrix 2016), d’Ambrosio has inherited the win.

2017 changes

The track has seen some slight modifications from the last race, with Turn 1 reprofiled so it is just a right turn, as opposed to a tight chicane. It was at this chicane where Buemi hit d’Ambrosio last year, after attempting to get by the Belgian.

There is also a driver change at the Techeetah team, with former Sauber and Haas F1 driver Esteban Gutierrez replacing Ma Qing Hua. Ma made his debut at the 2016 Paris ePrix, in season 2, but failed to score a point in his seven ePrixs.

Gutierrez will be the second Mexican driver to race in Formula E, after compatriot Salvador Duran took part in 13 races in seasons 1 and 2.

 

About Jack Amey

Recent sport journalism graduate looking to break into the world of journalism. Usually found writing about Formula E or F1 opinion pieces here, or making a match day programme for a local club. Or looking for a job.

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